WKQX Heads To The Web/HD2 As New Hires Are Made For The Future 101.1
Report: Robert Murphy To Do Temp Mornings During Hot AC Stunt
July 18, 2011 at 1:45 PM (PT)
ALL ACCESS ears in THE WINDY CITY note that Alternative music continued to run all weekend on EMMIS/MERLIN MEDIA WKQX (Q101)/CHICAGO. The imaging was stripped away, and a simple generic "WKQX" sweeper was running into the music.
The station was also running a promo saying that CHICAGO's Alternative will be heard MONDAY on 97.9 HD2.
Meanwhile, MERLIN MEDIA Honcho RANDY MICHAELS was being coy last week with CHICAGO TRIBUNE reporter ROBERT CHANNICK, writing to him, "I can tell you that we won't be going all news on AUGUST 1st."
Murphy Back For Mornings (Temporarily) As Q101 Set To Shift To Hot AC Stunting
In a nod to WKQX's pre-Alternative heritage, MERLIN is bringing back the station's longtime morning man from the 1980's, ROBERT MURPHY, who, according to TIME OUT CHICAGO's ROBERT FEDER, will do a morning show 5-10a (CT) weekdays while the station shifts to a reportedly temporary Hot AC format like its sister station WRXP/NEW YORK is doing. MURPHY, FEDER reports, will host the show with his former WLS-F co-host LISE DOMINIIQUE.
Ed Curran Also Hired For New WKQX Format
Market veteran ED CURRAN has joined the staff being formed for MERLIN's new format on 101.1, according to FEDER. The former CBS O&O WBBM-TV (CBS 2)/CHICAGO meteorologist and technology reporter has most recently been filling in at crosstown TRIBUNE Talk WGN-A and SALEM Talk WIND-A.
CURRAN joins former WGN News Director CHARLIE MEYERSON and reporter ROB HART among the new hires reportedly joining MERLIN for the CHICAGO launch; also in the mix, reports FEDER, are ABC NEWS anchor and former XM RADIO "GOOD MORNING AMERICA RADIO," KLIF-A/DALLAS, WPHT-A and WWDB/PHILADELPHIA, CFUN-A/VANCOUVER, and WKXW (NEW JERSEY 101.5)/TRENTON personality HILARIE BARSKY, HARPO RADIO Producer SCOTT MILLER and OM KATHERINE KELLY, and former CBS RADIO News WCBS-A/NEW YORK anchor MARY ELLEN GEIST.