Breaking News: Format Changes for FM News in New York and Chicago

The final stories covered by FM News 101.9 (WEMP-FM, New York) and FM News 101.1 (WIQI-FM, Chicago) announced format changes for the respective stations.

“Effective immediately, Alternative is back on the air in New York as New Rock 101.9 and Adult Hits are on the air in Chicago as i101. It was a difficult decision to make, but after a year of minimal audience engagement, coupled with the format’s inherent expense, I felt it was time to make a change.” stated Randy Michaels, CEO of Merlin Media. “I’d like to thank the people who poured their heart and soul into the effort and I wish them all the best.”

“After a year without Alternative in New York, I expect to see the audience rapidly embrace New Rock 101.9. The market is wide open and the listeners are passionate for this type of music,” stated Jim Richards, Interim Operations Manager of WEMP and WIQI. Richards went on to say, “Chicago’s current competitive market matrix creates an incredible opportunity for Adult Hits and i101 is the ideal weapon for the battle.”

Here’s a sample of the first 10 songs on each station:

New Rock 101.9

Beastie Boys – No Sleep Til Brooklyn
Alex Clare – Too Close
Foo Fighters – Walk
Third Eye Blind – Graduate
Phoenix – 1901
Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
Offspring – Self Esteem
Black Keys – Tighten Up
Pearl Jam – Daughter
Rage Against the Machine – Guerilla

Radio i101

*NSYNC – Bye Bye Bye
P!nk – Get the Party Started
311 – All Mixed Up
EMF – Unbelievable
Goo Goo Dolls – Name
Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch – Good Vibrations
Alanis Morissette – You Outta Know
Poison – Unskinny Bop
Britney Spears – Baby, One More Time
Salt N Pepa – Whatta Man