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Merlin Media Moves Closer to Potential WRXP Flip, Names Walter Sabo COO

Since buying a trio of Emmis radio stations last week, including New York’s WRXP, Randy Michaels has kept adding important parts to its upper management at newly formed Merlin Media.

Today, the fledgling company named Walter Sabo (left) as chief operating officer. Sabo, a former executive at ABC Radio, RKO Radio, and NBC’s FM station group, founded his New York-based Sabo Media consultancy in 1984.

“Success requires building brands that are unique, desirable and difficult to duplicate. Walter has the vision, intelligence, leadership skills, and experience to move Merlin beyond current convention and to take advantage of emerging media opportunities. It also means attracting special, talented people, and Walter knows how to do that,” said Michaels.

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Emmis Unloads WRXP to Randy Michaels’ Merlin Media

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 stations under the name Merlin Media. Emmis retains minority stake in the radio stations.

Merlin Media has 45 days to file the paperwork and complete the acquistion.

Radioinsight.com says, once approved, expect WRXP to flip from Modern Rocker to a News/ Talker.   

Update: Statement from Jeff Smulyan, Emmis chairman and CEO

“While it is always difficult to part with stations that have been valuable contributors to our company, we believe that today’s transaction will create significant value for our shareholders.” said Smulyan. “As a significant minority partner in Merlin Media, we’re delighted to remain engaged with these markets and stations in the exciting days ahead.”

WRXP Bringing TakLiberty Rock Festival to New Jersey

Alternative Rocker WRXP has unveiled its first rock festival–TakLiberty (pronounced Take Liberty) Festival.

The multi-stage rock show takes place on Sunday, September 18 at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.  

From the two stages, fans will see Coldplay, Richard Ashcroft, Two Door Cinema Club, The Kooks, Graffiti 6, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart perform. Those artists just scratch the surface, though, with many others to be included.

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Loveline with Dr. Drew Joins WRXP Evening Lineup

Westwood One’s Loveline with Dr. Drew and Mike Catherwood makes its New York debut on Emmis’ WRXP. The sex talk call-in show airs on ‘RXP starting tonight from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Loveline addresses the issues of young people today in the arena of sex, relationships, and health. With WRXP, Loveline is now in seven of the top 10 markets.

The show is hosted renowed sex and addiction specialist, Dr. Drew Pinsky, and “Psycho” Mike Catherwood.

Loveline is an exciting addition to 101.9 ‘RXP and a benefit to the tri-state audience,” said Leslie Fram, WRXP program director. “Dr. Drew’s credibility and Mike’s personality are a perfect match for our nightly programming.”  

Broadcast from Los Angeles, Loveline is the nation’s most successful and longest running radio call-in program. Dr. Drew has hosted the show for 25 years.

“We continue to give great information in an entertaining context,” added Dr. Drew. “Mike creates an event in the studio every night. He’s a great radio talent. New York listeners won’t be able to resist this.” 

WLTW and WCBS-FM Remain Number One and Two in April PPM Ratings

WLTW/Lite FM maintained its large lead over WCBS-FM in the April PPM ratings released Monday by Arbitron.

The Clear Channel powerhouse dropped to a 7.0 (from 7.6 in March), while Classic Hits WCBS-FM slipped to 5.3 (5.4 in March).

Status quo also at number three, although WHTZ/Z100 lost .3 to 4.8.

With baseball season in full swing, the Mets and Yankees flagships saw impressive gains. WFAN increased .4 to 2.9, while WCBS 880 rocketed up 1.1 to 4.8 and fourth place.

WKTU fell slightly to fifth place with a 4.6.

More ratings results after the jump

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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 (www.MTVHive.com/120).

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WRXP Celebrates Three Years On Air With Special Concerts

It’s been three years since Emmis flipped 101.9 to the Alternative Rocker WRXP.

To celebrate the big occasion, ‘RXP is hold two gala concerts next month.

Along with the performances, the station is thanking their fans with discount prices, of course at $10.19.

Beginning on Monday, February 14, listeners can win tickets to the 3rd Birthday Show at set times during the week: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m.

For everyone else, tickets are available at wrxp1019.com and through Ticketmaster.

As for the concerts, on Sunday, March 20, Matt and Kim play the legendary Stone Pony stage in Asbury Park, NJ.

On the following night,  Guster performs at Irving Plaza.

WRXP Teams Up With HISTORY to Promote New Series

WRXP 101.9 is handing over its airwaves to HISTORY today. Until 7 p.m. Emmis’ WRXP is going commercial free, while helping to launch HISTORY’s new series Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy.

Throughout the day, the comedian invades the Alternative Rocker to introduce the show. He’ll discuss his travels that took him from sea to shining sea meeting people, seeing places, and getting a history lesson.

In addition, ‘RXP morning host Matt Pinfield has special segments of Rock music history and Rock influences.

Meanwhile, on the WRXP website–RXP TV airs Only in New York video experiences hosted by The Rock Show’s Pinfield and Leslie Fram.  

Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy is a 13-part series with new episodes Tuesday nights at 9 p.m.

Emmis Sees Ad Rates Rise, NY Stations Still Underachieve

Emmis Communications, which in recent months attempted a buyout by owner Jeff Smulyan, is seeing revenue on the increase at its radio stations.

Radio-info.com reports the domestic revenues improved from $41.7 million for the fiscal quarter ended in November 2009 to nearly $44.9 million.

Despite the good news, the report indicates Emmis’ New York radio triumvirate is slightly underperforming.

As we reported in November, Emmis may put Alternative Rocker WRXP up for sale.

In the most recent Arbitron PPM ratings, ‘RXP held steady at a 2.1.

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