We were huge fans of Q101 and were super ticked off when Merlin Media took it off the air, because seriously, Green Bay Wisconsin has better rock and alternative stations than Chicago. That is sad. We had been listening to The Mixx (which is pop rock stuff) to replace it. Trust me, that’s no replacement.
We were happily surprised that 87.7 fm is now playing alternative music! (Though the problem with the label Alternative is that it isn’t defined all that well. What I consider alternative may not be what you consider alternative). On our trip to Green Bay last weekend, we were happy to be able to listen to some pretty good music till we got out of Illinois. Merlin Media (yes the ones who took Q101 off the air) are the owners of that station. I’m guessing they figured out that their news station they put on 101.1 sucks and consulted their reputation management company who told them to get a rock/alternative station back on the air.
My thoughts so far are pretty good. Right now, we are in a music loop. They seem to play a lot of the same songs over and over and over again. Since the new station is about a week old, I’m willing to give them a little time to grow out their playlist. (Now, supposedly Q101 is now on 1530 AM. However, I’ve tried several times and I can’t find it). I’ve heard everything from Pearl Jam to Live to Nine Inch Nails to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Goyte to Fun.
I am a little hesitant to support Merlin Media. However, they seemed to realize that they made a mistake. Hopefully, they’ll be able to keep this station on the radio. I’m loving that they actually play music instead of a commercial every 30 seconds.
If you are in the Chicago market, check it out!