Published on Friday, 29 July 2011 10:13
The headline pretty much says it all. The brand new format on the new WWWN-FM, which has been discussed much on this website
and elsewhere, will be making its debut at some point early this afternoon. The format has been teased and tested on the temporary Hot AC station that replaced the Alternative Rock station Q101. The big difference is that the music will be going away and newly created female-friendly news/talk/commentary format will take over 24/7.
The station recently switched its call letters
from WKQX-FM, which had long been associated with rock radio in Chicago, to WWWN-FM, which will now be associated with news. The temporary station had been using the name "101.1 FM New," but that too will be changed this afternoon.
It could be a bit of a bumpy start for the new station, though. Some of the brand new equipment is still being installed in the studios and training is not yet complete on the other new equipment already installed. A few of the rough issues have surfaced on the trial runs of newscasts this past week. The station hopes to have all those issues smoothed out very soon. A brand new website will be launched in the very near future, but not in time for today's radio launch. Details on the new site, which should include streaming and web video capabilities, will be coming in a few days.
New names, logos, and station information will be forthcoming.
The end of the temporary Hot AC radio station on 101.1 also means the temporary "stunt" hire of one-time Chicago radio superstar Robert Murphy came to a close today, as well. Murphy began working the morning show at WWWN-FM (then still with the call letters of WKQX-FM) on Tuesday, July 19th. He didn't even last two full weeks, as his job there is now complete as of 9:59am today. The following photo was taken of the temporary morning show team of hosts Robert Murphy and Lise Dominique, along with producer JP Allen, earlier this morning.