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News Gone From WEMP, Alternative Music Returns

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 is using in Philadelphia, is not happening.

The station is returning to its Emmis roots with 101.9 New Rock, an Alternative rock station.

The handwriting has been on the wall for FM News/WEMP to make a major change, after it was unable to get past a .6 in the ratings. Interestingly, a News/Talk idea gained traction when the station hired Mark Austin Thomas, a veteran of that genre.

Merlin Media CEO Randy Michaels tells All Access, ”It was a difficult decision to make, but after a year of minimal audience engagement, coupled with the format’s inherent expense, I felt it was time to make a change. I’d like to thank the people who poured their heart and soul into the effort and I wish them all the best.”

Update: FishbowlNY has learned from a source close to the situation at WEMP that virtually the entire staff has been let go, including management. News director Thomas, hired in May, and last month Terry Sheridan, brought in from WINS as newsroom manager, also was sent packing. We’re told a several younger editors, and a couple of reporters, siblings Mike Murillo and Michelle Murillo stay on, primarily to gather news for the sister station in Philadelphia. The new Alternative format began just as the 10 a.m. meeting concluded, although without jocks for the time being.

We’re told that the anchors Alice Stockton-Rossini, Catherine Smith, and Dave Packer are among the purged. However, Maria Garcia does remain. She has many years of DJ experience on Long Island.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Writer Quits XOJane to Do More Drugs, June 14
  2. Anna Wintour Admits Glorifying Mass Murderers Isn’t a Good Idea, June 11
  3. Patch Sets Records for Revenue and Traffic, June 11
  4. New Yorker Cover Pokes Fun at Bloomberg Soda Ban (left), June 13
  5. WNYW Airs Tweet From Newark Mayor Cory Booker About Relationship with President Obama, June 8
  6. Warner Fusselle, Brooklyn Cyclones, Veteran Baseball Announcer, Dies at 68
  7. Veteran WINS Reporter Terry Sheridan Jumps Ship to WEMP, June 10

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Veteran WINS Reporter Terry Sheridan Jumps Ship for WEMP

This summer marks one year for FM News 101.9/WEMP. Prior to the debut, owner Merlin Media went after its eventual competition by grabbing several WINS employees.

WEMP is at it again.

Terry Sheridan, a reporter with WINS since May 2001, has been named WEMP newsroom manager, effective tomorrow. At WINS, Sheridan covered numerous big stories, including the 9/11 attacks and the Flight 587 plane crash.

“It’s bittersweet to be leaving WINS after 11 years, but I’m excited and looking forward to the opportunity to join the team at FM News,” Sheridan tells FishbowlNY.

Before his stint at WINS, Sheridan had a three-year run as director of programming and operations at Westwood One’s Shadow Broadcast Services.

Throughout his 30-year radio career, Sheridan has also been heard on WCBS 880 and WOR.

A Fordham University graduate, Sheridan was program director at the school’s WFUV.

Last month, WEMP named California-based Mark Austin Thomas station VP/news director. The change at the top was needed, in part, because of poor ratings. The April Arbitron figures show 101.9 slipping to a .6, making it one of the lowest charting stations in New York.

WNBC-TV and WCBS-AM Among the Big Winners at Folios

2012 Folio co-hosts, WCBS anchors DuBois and Johnson

The Folio Awards explore the best reporting on Long Island. Television and radio personalities were selected for their work. But make no mistake about it, this celebration of the past year had an unofficial theme–The Red Carpet is out for CBS.

As we reported last month, WCBS/Channel 2 finalized its takeover of Long Island mainstay Channel 55/WLNY, complete with several hours of new programming using Channel 2 talent. And the Fair Media Council, which oversees the Folios, is ecstatic.

The event’s printed program opens with this message:

“Congratulations, FMC Folio Winners 2012 and Welcome, CBS Long Island.”

The same sentiment was echoed in the ballroom of the Crest Hollow Country Club, where at the conclusion of the National Anthem, video screens read “Welcome to Long Island, CBS News.”

The feeling was kept close to the heart of CBS staffers who participated in the awards program. Wayne Cabot presented, alongside his WCBS 880 afternoon partner Steve Scott. Before leaving the podium, Cabot said, “More than ever Long Island is CBS territory,” to which Scott concurred.

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