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WFAN Making the Move to FM in November - Posted October 8, 2012
In a bold, if not unexpected maneuver, WFAN will make the leap to FM in November. The New York Times columnist Richard Sandomir broke the news via Twitter today. ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

WFAN Making the Move to FM in November - Posted October 8, 2012
In a bold, if not unexpected maneuver, WFAN will make the leap to FM in November. The New York Times columnist Richard Sandomir broke the news via Twitter today. ... [FishbowlNY]

WEMP Begins the Phase as New Rock 101.9 - Posted July 18, 2012
It's been more than 24 hours since one of New York City's worst radio "experiments" officially failed. When the 10 a.m. headlines concluded yesterday, WEMP/101.9 had wrapped up its nearly year-long all-news with one "final st... [morningmedianewsfeed]

WEMP Begins the Phase as New Rock 101.9 - Posted July 18, 2012
It's been more than 24 hours since one of New York City's worst radio "experiments" officially failed. When the 10 a.m. headlines concluded yesterday, WEMP/101.9 had wrapped up its nearly year-long all-news with one "final st... [FishbowlNY]

News Gone From WEMP, Alternative Music Returns - Posted July 17, 2012
Staff meetings were held this morning at Merlin Media stations in New York, WEMP, and in Chicago, WIQI. Effective immediately, WEMP has flipped from its ill-fated News format. However, the surprise is, a planned News/Talk hybrid like Merlin ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

News Gone From WEMP, Alternative Music Returns - Posted July 17, 2012
Staff meetings were held this morning at Merlin Media stations in New York, WEMP, and in Chicago, WIQI. Effective immediately, WEMP has flipped from its ill-fated News format. However, the surprise is, a planned News/Talk hybrid like Merlin ... [FishbowlNY]

Breaking: End of Line for Merlin's WEMP as FM News - Posted July 16, 2012
Merlin Media is ready to cut its losses as an all-news FM station. FishbowlNY has confirmed the upstart radio company, owned by Randy Michaels, is holding a full staff meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday. We're told Merlin is also scheduling meetings at i... [FishbowlLA]

Breaking: End of Line for Merlin's WEMP as FM News - Posted July 16, 2012
Merlin Media is ready to cut its losses as an all-news FM station. FishbowlNY has confirmed the upstart radio company, owned by Randy Michaels, is holding a full staff meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday. We're told Merlin is also scheduling meetings at i... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Breaking: End of Line for Merlin's WEMP as FM News - Posted July 16, 2012
Merlin Media is ready to cut its losses as an all-news FM station. FishbowlNY has confirmed the upstart radio company, owned by Randy Michaels, is holding a full staff meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday. We're told Merlin is also scheduling meetings at i... [FishbowlNY]

Sara Lee Kessler Exits FM News 101.9/WEMP - Posted February 29, 2012
Change is in the air and on the air at the upstart newser 101.9/WEMP. FishbowlNY has learned that veteran broadcaster Sara Lee Kessler has left the station. Kessler, best known for her long-running stint as WWOR/Channel 9 anchor, had been a rep... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Sara Lee Kessler Exits FM News 101.9/WEMP - Posted February 29, 2012
Change is in the air and on the air at the upstart newser 101.9/WEMP. FishbowlNY has learned that veteran broadcaster Sara Lee Kessler has left the station. Kessler, best known for her long-running stint as WWOR/Channel 9 anchor, had been a rep... [FishbowlNY]

Report: Interim Program Director Named at WEMP - Posted February 23, 2012
It's been three weeks since WEMP pulled the plug on its programming VP Liz Aiello. A report by NTS MediaOnline says Merlin ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Report: Interim Program Director Named at WEMP - Posted February 23, 2012
It's been three weeks since WEMP pulled the plug on its programming VP Liz Aiello. A report by NTS MediaOnline says Merlin ... [FishbowlNY]

Merlin Media Tries to Work Magic in Finding a New Programming VP at WEMP - Posted February 6, 2012
The wheels of the Merlin Media's experimental All-News FM format are still coming off. As we reported over the weekend, WEMP 101.9 VP of programming Liz Aiello was ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Merlin Media Tries to Work Magic in Finding a New Programming VP at WEMP - Posted February 6, 2012
The wheels of the Merlin Media's experimental All-News FM format are still coming off. As we reported over the weekend, WEMP 101.9 VP of programming Liz Aiello was ... [FishbowlNY]

Walter Sabo Reportedly Out at as Merlin Media COO - Posted December 31, 2011
With the clock about to strike midnight on 2011, it also appears to have struck midnight for Walter Sabo as Merlin Media chief operating officer. Sabo, on his personal LinkedIn page, lists Merlin Media as his employer from May 2011 to ... [SocialTimes.com]

Disgraced LA Times Parent Co. Exec Benefits from More Bankruptcy Nonsense - Posted November 23, 2011
According to documents filed yesterday in bankruptcy court, the Tribune Company felt it would face protracted litigation from former VP & CEO Randy Michaels if it chose to contest his wrongful... [FishbowlLA]

Merlin Media Founder Randy Michaels Arrested on DUI - Posted October 14, 2011
Randy Michaels, who is no stranger to controversy, has been arrested north of Cincinnati on driving under the influence charges. Various reports say, the man who helped launch Merlin Media in June, was pulled over in a muddy... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Merlin Media Founder Randy Michaels Arrested on DUI - Posted October 14, 2011
Randy Michaels, who is no stranger to controversy, has been arrested north of Cincinnati on driving under the influence charges. Various reports say, the man who helped launch Merlin Media in June, was pulled over in a muddy... [FishbowlNY]

Merlin Media Sets Friday for Takeover of 101.9 - Posted July 12, 2011
While the format is still to be determined, various reports say fledgling Merlin Media will remove Rock station WRXP 101.9 from the air on Friday. Reports say Thursday is the final day for the 'RXP air staff. On June 21, Randy Michaels... [FishbowlLA]

Merlin Media Sets Friday for Takeover of 101.9 - Posted July 12, 2011
While the format is still to be determined, various reports say fledgling Merlin Media will remove Rock station WRXP 101.9 from the air on Friday. Reports say Thursday is the final day for the 'RXP air staff. On June 21, Randy Michaels... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Merlin Media Sets Friday for Takeover of 101.9 - Posted July 12, 2011
While the format is still to be determined, various reports say fledgling Merlin Media will remove Rock station WRXP 101.9 from the air on Friday. Reports say Thursday is the final day for the 'RXP air staff. On June 21, Randy Michaels... [FishbowlNY]

Merlin Media Hires Veteran Radio Programmer Pete Salant - Posted July 8, 2011
Merlin Media is taking another step toward the future. Accomplished radio programmer Pete Salant has joined Merlin Media in an unspecified programming role, sources with knowledge of the information tell FishbowlNY. Salant... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Merlin Media Hires Veteran Radio Programmer Pete Salant - Posted July 8, 2011
Merlin Media is taking another step toward the future. Accomplished radio programmer Pete Salant has joined Merlin Media in an unspecified programming role, sources with knowledge of the information tell FishbowlNY. Salant... [FishbowlNY]

Merlin Media Takes Next Step with WRXP, Registers New Call Letters - Posted July 7, 2011
Merlin Media, the start-up formed by Tribune castoff Randy Michaels, may have its new call letters ready to go. Perhaps, though, it's all one big tease. As we've been reporting for several weeks, rumors are running rampant t... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Merlin Media Takes Next Step with WRXP, Registers New Call Letters - Posted July 7, 2011
Merlin Media, the start-up formed by Tribune castoff Randy Michaels, may have its new call letters ready to go. Perhaps, though, it's all one big tease. As we've been reporting for several weeks, rumors are running rampant t... [FishbowlNY]

Traffic Guru Jeff McKay Reportedly Headed to Merlin Media, New 101.9 FM Station - Posted July 6, 2011
Last week, we told you that longtime traffic reporter Jeff McKay left Metro Networks after nearly 20 years. While McKay has been close to the vest about his ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Traffic Guru Jeff McKay Reportedly Headed to Merlin Media, New 101.9 FM Station - Posted July 6, 2011
Last week, we told you that longtime traffic reporter Jeff McKay left Metro Networks after nearly 20 years. While McKay has been close to the vest about his ... [FishbowlNY]

WRXP Cancels TakLiberty Rock Festival Fueling 'Flip' Speculation - Posted June 30, 2011
As we've been reporting, Emmis sold WRXP to veteran broadcasting executive Randy Michaels. Earlier this month, Michaels created Merlin Media for the takeover of 'RXP and two other Emmis stations based in Chicago. There has been much speculatio... [FishbowlLA]

Merlin Media Moves Closer to Potential WRXP Flip, Names Walter Sabo COO - Posted June 27, 2011
Since buying a trio of Emmis radio stations last week, including New York's WRXP, Randy Michaels has kept adding impor... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Merlin Media Moves Closer to Potential WRXP Flip, Names Walter Sabo COO - Posted June 27, 2011
Since buying a trio of Emmis radio stations last week, including New York's WRXP, Randy Michaels has kept adding impor... [FishbowlNY]

Update: Newly Created Merlin Media Names John Gehron, Chairman, Advisory Board and Liz Aiello, VP - Posted June 21, 2011
Earlier today, we told you that Randy Michaels formed a company--Merlin Media to purchase three Emmis radio stations, including ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Update: Newly Created Merlin Media Names John Gehron, Chairman, Advisory Board and Liz Aiello, VP - Posted June 21, 2011
Earlier today, we told you that Randy Michaels formed a company--Merlin Media to purchase three Emmis radio stations, including ... [FishbowlNY]

Emmis Unloads WRXP to Randy Michaels' Merlin Media - Posted June 21, 2011
It's been several months in the making. This morning, Emmis has sold WRXP. Two other stations (WLUP and WKQX) are part of the portfolio acquired by Randy Michaels and GTCR, a Chicago based investment firm. Michaels bought the trio of stati... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Emmis Unloads WRXP to Randy Michaels' Merlin Media - Posted June 21, 2011
It's been several months in the making. This morning, Emmis has sold WRXP. Two other stations (WLUP and WKQX) are part of the portfolio acquired by Randy Michaels and GTCR, a Chicago based investment firm. Michaels bought the trio of stati... [FishbowlNY]

Tribune's Appointment of Nils Larsen to Broadcasting CEO Leaves Many 'Scratching Their Heads' - Posted June 2, 2011
Tribune Co. announced a significant change to the management structure of its broadcasting operations this week, eliminating the president position held by Jerry Kersting for the past year and appointing ... [TVSpy]

LA Times Publisher Made CEO of Tribune Co. - Posted May 6, 2011
Eddy Hartenstein, publisher of the Los Angeles Times Media Group, has been promoted to head honcho of the Tribune Company. His official title is Company President and Chief Executive Officer. Oddly enough, Hartenstein will also keep... [FishbowlLA]

New York Times A Couple of Years Late Reporting On the LA Times' Struggles - Posted January 24, 2011
The New York Times ran an extremely belated piece today on the struggles at the LA Times. Thanks to the Grey Lady we learn that since the Tribune Company took control of the LA Times, half the newsroom positions at the paper have been cut and the paper shut down its... [FishbowlLA]

Even Without Abrams, Anchor-Less News Preps For Launch - Posted November 16, 2010
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Trib Staffers Head Out, and More Comings and Goings - Posted November 2, 2010
Among today's games of Media Musical Chairs: The ranks are thinning at the Tribune Co. in the wake of former president Randy Michaels... [MediaJobsDaily]

Tribune Company Has Spent $135 Million on Bankruptcy, Creditors Allowed to Sue Sam Zell - Posted October 25, 2010
The Tribune Company submitted a new proposal to exit Chapter 11 protection on Friday, and some mighty interesting factoids were revealed in the filing. Among other tidbits, it was revealed the Tribune Company has spent $135 million in bankruptcy-related fees. Hmmmm, wonder how many LA Times staff positions can you save with... [FishbowlLA]

Randy Michaels Out as Tribune CEO - Posted October 22, 2010
In an anti-climatic decision, the Tribune Company board of directors got Randy Michaels to step down from his post as CEO. The clock was ticking on Michaels' tenure after allegations into his personal conduct and management style, leading... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Randy Michaels Out as Tribune CEO - Posted October 22, 2010
In an anti-climatic decision, the Tribune Company board of directors got Randy Michaels to step down from his post as CEO. The clock was ticking on Michaels' tenure after allegations into his personal conduct and management style, leading... [FishbowlNY]

Tribune Chief's Resignation a Positive for the Company? - Posted October 19, 2010
This morning, we spoke with GalleyCat editor Jason Boog about two of the big media stories from the past couple of days: the possible resignation of Tribune Company chief exec Randy Michaels and the ... [PRNewser]

Tribune's Michaels Is Still Working - Posted October 19, 2010
Randy Michaels, the former DJ and chief executive of Tribune Co., is still working as the day ends on Tuesday despite reports that he would be asked to resign. The Los Angeles Times, a Tribune paper, reported earlier today that Michaels has ... [MediaJobsDaily]

Tribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels Is Sticking Around... For Now - Posted October 19, 2010
The rumor mill was churning this morning as multiple outlets reported that Tribune Co. CEO ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Tribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels Is Sticking Around... For Now - Posted October 19, 2010
The rumor mill was churning this morning as multiple outlets reported that Tribune Co. CEO ... [FishbowlNY]

Anxiously Waiting For Randy Michaels To Get Fired - Posted October 19, 2010
Late last night, The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune reported that the Tribune Company board may be planning to ask CEO Randy Michaels to resign. That it may happen at a board meeting taking place today. That Michaels' successor and his golden parachute were ... [FishbowlLA]

Video Killed The Media Something: Lee Abrams Suspended From Tribune Co. - Posted October 13, 2010
So the Tribune Co. has had to deal with quite a bit of less-than-positive attention lately: a scathing New York Times article chronicling the... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Video Killed The Media Something: Lee Abrams Suspended From Tribune Co. - Posted October 13, 2010
So the Tribune Co. has had to deal with quite a bit of less-than-positive attention lately: a scathing New York Times article chronicling the... [FishbowlNY]

Hopefully Not A Job Title Of The Future: 'Chief Restructuring Officer' - Posted September 9, 2010
The Tribune Co. has appointed Donald Liebentritt to be Chief Restructuring Officer, effective immediately, reports Tower Ticker. The company also promoted David Eldersveld to be Liebe... [MediaJobsDaily]

M-I-C-K-E-Y T-R-I-B-U-N-E? - Posted August 26, 2010
Former Disney chairman and CEO Michael Eisner is in talks to become chairman of the board of The Tribune Co., reports the LA Times. Tribune Co., which... [MediaJobsDaily]

Tribune Co. Awards $25k For Employee's Good Idea - Posted February 19, 2010
Well see, this is why the company can't get out of bankruptcy (just kidding!): Tribune Co.'s paper The Sun Sentinel just handed $25,000 and a free Caribbean cruise to... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Tribune Co. Awards $25k For Employee's Good Idea - Posted February 19, 2010
Well see, this is why the company can't get out of bankruptcy (just kidding!): Tribune Co.'s paper The Sun Sentinel just handed $25,000 and a free Caribbean cruise to... [FishbowlNY]

Tribune Memo to Staff: We're Actually Making Money - Posted January 21, 2010
Don't tell the creditors that are chomping at the bit to push Sam Zell out of the Tribune Company so they can divvy up whatever assets are left after this elongated bankruptcy, ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Tribune Memo to Staff: We're Actually Making Money - Posted January 21, 2010
Don't tell the creditors that are chomping at the bit to push Sam Zell out of the Tribune Company so they can divvy up whatever assets are left after this elongated bankruptcy, ... [FishbowlNY]

Tribune Co. Names New CEO, Zell Still Chairman Though - Posted December 2, 2009
Chicago Tribune's Phil Rosenthal writes: Randy Michaels today was named chief executive of Tribune Co., succeeding Sam Zell, who remains chairman of the Chicago-based media concern that has been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy ... [FishbowlLA]

Tribune Plans To Emerge From Bankruptcy By May 31 - Posted November 16, 2009
On Friday, Tribune Co. filed papers with the bankruptcy court in Delaware asking for an extension of the time that the bankrupt media company has to exclusively file a reorganization plan. Tribune said it hopes to extend this period, which is due to expire at the end of... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Tribune Plans To Emerge From Bankruptcy By May 31 - Posted November 16, 2009
On Friday, Tribune Co. filed papers with the bankruptcy court in Delaware asking for an extension of the time that the bankrupt media company has to exclusively file a reorganization plan. Tribune said it hopes to extend this period, which is due to expire at the end of... [FishbowlNY]

Florida TV Station Gives a Web Name to New Morning TV Show - Posted April 10, 2009
Being in Chapter 11 sure isn't slowing down Tribune, including for two of the company's South Florida properties: the Sun-Sentinel newspaper and the CW affiliate serving Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. A year ago WSFL-TV moved in to the Sun-Sentinel newsroom. And the publisher of the newspaper added the title of general manager of the... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

More Tribune Insanity: Randy Michaels - Posted August 1, 2008
TellZell has a few telling stories about Tribune Chief Operating Officer Randy Michaels. Not only is he an insensitive rube... [FishbowlLA]

Tales of the Tribune Co.: It's All Gone Straight to Zell - Posted July 31, 2008
"If current trends in advertising are permanent, we have a really serious problem." No kidding. Words to live by from Sam Zell who may have met his Waterloo in the form the Tribune deal he orchestrated last year, which he is ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Tales of the Tribune Co.: It's All Gone Straight to Zell - Posted July 31, 2008
"If current trends in advertising are permanent, we have a really serious problem." No kidding. Words to live by from Sam Zell who may have met his Waterloo in the form the Tribune deal he orchestrated last year, which he is ... [FishbowlNY]

Sam Zell Press Conference Roundup - Posted July 23, 2008
Tell Zell reports that after missing the Sam Zell/Randy Michaels press conference yesterday, he caught it and was unimpressed: The entire argument collapses on a singl... [FishbowlLA]

Tales of the Tribune Co.: Hiller and Lipinski Out - Posted July 14, 2008
Rumors were flying this morning that Los Angeles Times publisher and CEO David Hiller was a... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Tales of the Tribune Co.: Hiller and Lipinski Out - Posted July 14, 2008
Rumors were flying this morning that Los Angeles Times publisher and CEO David Hiller was a... [FishbowlNY]

BREAKING: David Hiller Resigns - Posted July 14, 2008
Randy Michaels sends this e-mail to LAT staffers (well, the ones who are left, anyway): I want to let you know that David Hiller has decided to step down as publisher of The Los Angeles Times, effective immediately. David took over as publisher in October 2006, during a difficult period for the... [FishbowlLA]

Morning Reading List, 03.20.08 - Posted March 20, 2008
Good morning Washington. Did you go to The Express' happy hour last night at The Greene Turtle? Or perhaps you were at Al Neuharth Free Spirit Conference's evening gala, which recognized "Free Spirit of the Year" Cathie Black. Or yet another birthday party for that reporter with the curliest chest hair... [FishbowlDC]

Morning Reading List, 03.03.08 - Posted March 3, 2008
Good morning Washington. One year ago we said goodbye to Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and AP said hello (again) to Ron Fournier. It's the birthday of Al... [FishbowlDC]

Sam Zell Brings Hope, Leaves Sass At Home--But What About the Moosehead Joke - Posted February 26, 2008
Tribune Co. CEO Sam Zell visited the Newport News Daily Press newsroom yesterday and didn't say anything. Sure, he offered a vision of hope and all. But Barack Obama could have given them that. We're guessing the "D-Press" staff was hoping for a "fuck" here or a "tits" there, but, as... [FishbowlLA]

Morning Reading List, 02.08.08 - Posted February 8, 2008
Good morning Washington. Is the writer's strike really over? Quickly navigate Morning Reading List: REVOLVING DOOR | NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE MEDIA | ... [FishbowlDC]

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