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New Rock 101.9 May Hit the Road to New Jersey

The smoke has barely cleared from the drama surrounding Merlin Media yanking FM News off the air. But there is still plenty of news emanating from the offices on Hudson Street.

For starters, FishbowlNY has learned that Merlin, which last month erased the memory of FM News in favor of a resurrected Rock format and former call letters, may leave SoHo for new, less expensive digs.

“There are rumblings of a possible move to a lower-rent location,” a source admits to FishbowlNY. “Since they’ve greatly downsized the staff, they dont need an entire floor at 395 Hudson, and are trying to save every penny possible since millions were flushed down the toilet during the year wasted trying to build an audience for the now-defunct WEMP.”

The source adds that WRXP may head to New Jersey.

While the Internet hasn’t been awash with this information, two rumors have persisted in the blogosphere: Merlin is teasing listeners with the Rock music before flipping to the final format, and it will remain free of personalities.

The source attempts to squelch those thoughts.

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WRXP Broadcasts First Live Concert in May

For the first time in its history, Emmis’ WRXP will broadcast a live concert. The show, at the famed New York City club Webster Hall, takes place on May 11.

Morning show hosts Matt Pinfield and Leslie Fram will be joined by Rich Russo and Brian Phillips. The concert is being branded, The Anything Anything 10 O’ Clock News: Live Edition, a hybrid created from Russo’s Sunday night free form show Anything Anything and Phillips’ nightly Ten O’ Clock News.

The special broadcast will be syndicated by two stations in at least two other markets and feature New York indie rock band The Dirty Pearls.

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Changes at WRXP, Matt Pinfield Heads to Middays and Back to MTV

Alternative Rocker WRXP 101.9 FM is making changes to its on-air staff, effective Monday. Matt Pinfield and Leslie Fram make the move from morning drive to middays (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Swapping with Pinfield and Fram is current midday jock Steve Craig.

“[He] is one of the strongest talent in the country,” says Fram, who doubles as WRXP program director.  “He had amazing ratings in middays in one of our strongest dayparts and truly deserves this move. Personally, I’m excited not to hear the alarm clock at 4 a.m.”

Meantime, Pinfield is set to return to where his fame grew exponentially–host as 120 Minutes. He is back with the profilic MTV music franchise, starting in April on MTV2. The show will air monthly, along with a weekly online companion piece–120 Seconds that Pinfield begins tomorrow on MTV Hive (

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