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Merlin Media Looks to Regain its Prior Identity at 101.9

That didn’t take long.

As we continue with the dream, or nightmare theme, that was FM News 101.9/WEMP, there’s word that Merlin Media, not surprisingly, is ready sever ties with its call letters. FishbowlNY has learned that Merlin has re-registered for the WRXP calls.

Those call letters would bring the dial position full circle with Alternative Rock, except not under Emmis’ ownership this time. A source tell us the “Back to the Future” moment won’t end with the call letters, as the company s considering ”possibly bringing back some of the old staff.”

On Tuesday, Merlin ended its attempt at FM News after just 11 months and atrocious ratings, with New Rock 101.9 taking over the airwaves, minus any jocks.

Only a handful of WEMP staffers were kept on, for now as reporters for Merlin’s Philadelphia station. Among them are former WCBS 880 anchor Therese Crowley, one-time ABC Radio anchor Hilarie Barsky, Brett Larson, formerly with WINS and WNYW, and Bill Edwards, former WKJY/KJOY program director.

Whether this group is staying just to help with the sister station, provide news within the music programming once the mic is opened, or Merlin is laying the groundwork for another format is unclear.

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Radio Stations Roll Out Election Night Plans


It may only be a mid-term elections, but don’t tell that to the many city TV and radio stations. Most stations, expecting a late night, are making plans for extended coverage on Tuesday night.

FishbowlNY has obtained details from various media outlets.

  • WABC

The talk station will be live all night with Mark Levin, John Batchelor, and Doug McIntyre. Additionally, WABC will give listeners local updates every quarter hour from co-anchors Ken Duffy and Hilarie Barsky, with reporters in the field throughout the tri-state region.

The talk juggernaut with take major victory/concession speeches live, plus offer comprehensive election results on the Talk the Vote page at wabcradio.com.

The WCBS-AM and WINS plans after the jump. Read more