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Merlin Media To Take Control Of WKQX/WLUP This Friday

Ahead of what was originally planned, Merlin Media will take operational control of Emmis Communication's Chicago properties WKQX-FM and WLUP-FM this coming Friday, July 15th. The alternative music format on WKQX-FM, known as Q101, will come to a final end this Thursday. All on-air staffers from Q101 will be released. The station will flip to it's new format of News & Talk soon after the end of the music Thursday night.

Read more: Merlin Media To Take Control Of WKQX/WLUP This Friday

Steve Dahl Announces New Podcast Plans

Chicago radio legend Steve Dahl made an announcement via his Twitter account moments ago, announcing his future plans. Beginning August 1st, he will be charging a monthly fee of $9.95 to hear the podcasts. Further details about the payment plan will be made available on his website, Dahl.com, although currently, Dahl's website is down, due to too many users trying to check out the news, crashing the system.

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WLS-FM/WIND-AM/WYLL-AM Team Up To Sponsor 'Rockin' For the Troops 2011' Concert

As they have also done for the last five years, WLS-FM & WIND-AM are both sponsoring the annual concert to support our men & women in the US military, the "Rockin' For the Troops" concert. This year, WIND-AM's sister-station, WYLL-AM is also one of the concert's sponsors. The concert, which is the sixth annual one, is put together by Operation Support Our Troops - America (formerly known as Operation Support Our Troops - Illinois).

Read more: WLS-FM/WIND-AM/WYLL-AM Team Up To Sponsor 'Rockin' For the Troops 2011' Concert

WMAQ-TV Searching For New Asst. News Director... Again

WMAQ-TV is once again searching for a new Assistant News Director after the person they hired just over two weeks ago backed out.

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WGN's John Williams Raises Over $23,000 To Help Animal Shelter In Need

Just over a week ago, some thieves stole two air conditioning units, stole the copper piping and coils from another unit and did damage to other equipment on the top of the Animal Welfare League's building in the south side of Chicago. Since then, the facility that cares for approximately 120 animals has been without air conditioning. The cost of the damages is guessed to be between $20,000-$25,000. WGN-AM midday radio personality John Williams was upset by the story and looked to do something to help out the Animal Welfare League today.

Read more: WGN's John Williams Raises Over $23,000 To Help Animal Shelter In Need

News & Notes: WGN-AM; Steve Dahl; Harvey Wells; Vocalo; Steve Bartlestein; CSN; Dan Kelley; More

In today's News & Notes, we have a handful of media news items, including: WGN-AM doing four live remotes from the Blackhawks convention, Steve Dahl becomes a grandfather and prepares to make an announcement, iHeartRadio prepares to make an announcement, Harvey Wells prepares to move to California and back with CBS Radio, Vocalo unveils its new website, Steve Bartlestein exits WBBM-TV, Comcast SportsNet to air some classic Chicago championships, and Dan Kelley says goodbye to his Internet radio station. Details can be found below.

Read more: News & Notes: WGN-AM; Steve Dahl; Harvey Wells; Vocalo; Steve Bartlestein; CSN; Dan Kelley; More

Chicago's Johnson Publishing Sells Stake In Company To JPMorgan Chase

Iconic Chicago-based media corporation, Johnson Publishing Company, Inc., has sold a significant minority share of the company to JPMorgan Chase's Special Investments Group. Since being founded in 1942 by John H. Johnson, Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. has always been owned by the Johnson family. This marks the first time in 69 years that Johnson Publishing will have an ownership partner.

Read more: Chicago's Johnson Publishing Sells Stake In Company To JPMorgan Chase

Chicago Media Stars To Participate In Celebrity Grill-Off Showdown To Benefit Local Charities

A bunch of Chicago media personalities will be taking part in a pair of "Celebrity Grill-Off Showdowns" at local Jewel-Osco stores, all for good causes. The events take place this coming Saturday.

Read more: Chicago Media Stars To Participate In Celebrity Grill-Off Showdown To Benefit Local Charities

Today's Chicago Woman Magazine Looks At '100 Women Making A Difference 2011'

The new July issue of the local magazine "Today's Chicago Woman" is now out. The special issue features a look at "100 Women Making A Difference." This is the 23rd year in a row the magazine has done such a list.

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WLFM/Smooth 87.7 Simulcasting On Comcast/Xfinity Cable Systems

WLFM-LP, the station best known as Chicago's Smooth 87.7, has found a clever way to reach more listeners. The Smooth Jazz and Adult Contemporary station is now being simulcast 24 hours a day on all Comcast/Xfinity cable systems on Xfinity channel 877. The partnership between WLFM and Comcast kicked off in mid-June with a "soft launch" and was made official this afternoon.

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Univision Radio Chicago Changes Station Formats

Univision Radio Chicago has made some drastic changes to a pair of radio stations, heard on three frequencies. WPPN-FM and the simulcast of WVIV-FM & WVIX-FM have flipped formats. The format changes took place at the start of this past holiday weekend.

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News & Notes: WGN-TV; JoAnn Genette; Dave Alpert; David Jennings; Maxx Myrick; Zoltar

In this weekend's News & Notes, we have stories about: fireworks on WGN-TV, a new national show coming to WGN-TV from Chicago, JoAnn Genette coming to Metro Traffic, Dave Alpert joins VRN, David Jennings & Kipper McGee also at VRN, Maxx Myrick finds new work in radio, and Zoltar's Industrial dance mixes return. Details are just below...

Read more: News & Notes: WGN-TV; JoAnn Genette; Dave Alpert; David Jennings; Maxx Myrick; Zoltar

Y103.9 Makes Changes, Joins Tom Kent's Radio Network

Northwest suburban WWYW-FM, aka Y103.9, is making some changes to its line-up and programming, while still remaining a Oldies/Classic Hits station. The station has signed on with Tom Kent's "24/7 Fun" radio network, which will take over much of the station's on-air content.

Read more: Y103.9 Makes Changes, Joins Tom Kent's Radio Network

National Radio Hall Of Fame Announces Controversial 2011 Inductees

The Chicago-based National Radio Hall Of Fame announced the inductees for the class of 2011 this morning. The announcement will surely confuse and possible even anger some, as the National Radio Hall of Fame Steering Committee broke away from the rules of previous years, passing on the usual nomination process and not allowing any outside or public voting. They also did not vote in any current or recent radio individuals or programs, choosing to focus only on persons or shows from radio's distant past.

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Univision Names New VP/GM of Chicago TV Stations

The Univision Television Group has named Carlos San Jose as their Vice President and General Manager of its Chicago cluster of television stations. Effective July 5th, San Jose will take over overseeing operations at Chicago's Univision station WGBO-TV, as well as the Univision/TeleFutura station, WFXT-DT.

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News & Notes: Walter Sabo; Emmis; Allison Rosati; Mike & Mike; Silvy & Giangreco; Danny Mac; CSN; Michelle Damico; Nick Charles; More

In today's News & Notes, we look at stories about Merlin Media's continued growth thanks to the hiring of COO Walter Sabo, Emmis makes plans to take care of their exiting employees in Chicago and New York, Allison Rosati stays put, Mike & Mike come to town, Silvy & Giangreco team up for a live remote, Danny Mac does some live remoting of his own, Comcast SportsNet hires Jim Riggleman, best wishes to Michelle Damico, condolences to the family and friends of Nick Charles, and a look at a pair of hot radio rumors. It is all just below!

Read more: News & Notes: Walter Sabo; Emmis; Allison Rosati; Mike & Mike; Silvy & Giangreco; Danny Mac; CSN;...

James VanOsdol Hoping To Publish 'Oral History Of Q101'

This past week, WKQX-FM was among the Emmis-owned stations sold to the new radio corporation Merlin Media. The alternative rock station known as Q101 will soon be a memory as plans are to flip the station to a news/talk format sometime in August. Radio personality James VanOsdol, who has been with the station on and off throughout its entire alt-rock existence, is looking to self-publish a book on the station, chronicling its history and stories.

Read more: James VanOsdol Hoping To Publish 'Oral History Of Q101'

Chicago Media Participates In The 42nd Annual Pride Parade

Tomorrow morning will be Chicago's 42nd Annual Pride Parade. This annual event is the City of Chicago's second largest parade with 240 units strolling slowly down the streets and up to an estimated 500,000 spectators on the street sides. Numerous Chicago media outlets will be participating in this year's Pride Parade.

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