As of August 1, 2011 one of Chicago's beloved rock stations, Q101 (101.1 WKXQ) is slated to be converted into news/talk radio pending an agreement reached between Emmis Communications and Merlin Media (alongside Randy Michaels, ex-CEO of previously brankrupt Tribune Corporation). According to a press release dated June 21, 2011, Emmis Communications has reached an agreement for the transfer of three radio stations to Merlin Media in a deal worth over $110 million- two of these stations are staples of Chicagoland radio- 101.1 WKQX, Q101 and 97.9 WLUP, The Loop. HOWEVER, the transaction’s closing is subject to various regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. This means there is still a chance to fight and have our voices heard! We must make the "powers that be" think with their hearts and not their wallets! Radio should be about the listeners and not the shareholders. Corporate America should be supportive of the First Amendment and use their power to facilitate venues for freedom of expression as opposed to dictating what music we can listen to in Chicago. This greed and indoctrination is not only stifling originality and individuality, but it is also taking away jobs from so many "regular", talented people to increase the wealth of themselves and their shareholders. Please take a short moment to add your name to this petition, and give our favorite rock stations a fighting chance; we must fight until the very end!
**At the time the above was written, August 1st was to be the launch date of the new platform for WKQX. Because of the changes already put into place, we are now requesting that you put Q101 BACK on the air with it's original DJs and music genre. Please keep Chicago's Alternative rock station alive!
Thank you for your time and consideration
Michelle Kollross and Joanna Weglarz