A few weeks back I wrote about the news of Q101's sale from Emmis Communications to Merlin Media, run by Randy Michaels, former Tribune CEO, and how that the beloved rocker had at least till August 1st to live...
...well think again as Chicago Media insider "Larz" reported yesterday on his wildly industry popular website ChicagoRadioandMedia.com, that Emmis has agreed to allow Merlin to take over all operations of the stations, which include programming, this Friday, July 15th.
It gives the fans of the station, young and old, less than eighty-four hours from the time of this post to enjoy their favorite DJ's and alternative tunes.
Already confirmed by various posts and tweets from the on-air staff themselves, it's never an easy thing to announce to your loyal fans, especially when they aren't the ones bearing the tough times after the mic is shut off.
I'm sure most of the talent will bounce back and find work eventually, as have others that have been involved in station sales and format flips before them.
For those looking to get their alternative fix in after Friday, I'd suggest "102.1 Independent" out of Milwaukee in the Norther burbs and "95.1 Will Rock" from the Illinois/Wisconsin border (Pleasant Prairie to be exact) for those of us closer to the city.
Not exactly the same thing as having a major market alternative station, but after Friday, I have even less of a reason to cancel my subscription to SiriusXM or stop my religious listening to anything on Kevin Smith's "SModcast" Network.
What are some of your best memories from "Chicago's Alternative Q101"?