101.1 Ditches Music for News

The station now features an all-news format under FM News 101.1, WWWN-FM

By Ben Bowman and Lisa Balde
|  Monday, Aug 1, 2011  |  Updated 7:52 AM CDT
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The Talk: Q101 Signs Off

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WKQX-FM (101.1), better known as Q101, signed off earlier this month

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Out with the tunes, in with the news.

Once an alternative rock station, WKQX-FM (101.1), better known as Q101, now features an all-news format under FM News 101.1, WWWN-FM.

Merlin Media, headed by the Randy Michaels who resigned from the Tribune company under controversial circumstances, launched the news station, according to the Sun-Times.

Q101 signed off earlier this month and, following a transitional period, began its new schedule with featured hosts and reporters Mary Ellen Geist, Ed Curran, Rob Hart, Dave Williams, Charlie Meyerson, Debra Dale, Sam Sylk and Jill Urchak.

"My favorite format has always been spoken radio," said Michaels in a statement. "I've long had a nostalgic love affair with the big AM stations known for the format, and today – as music moves to the iPod – it's time for spoken word to move to FM. I'm proud to be part of Chicago's only 24-hour all-news station."

The switch to news comes as WBBM-AM begins simulcasting on FM 105.9.

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