Browsing All posts tagged under »WLUP«

Let’s Stop Playing the Name Game

August 7, 2012


The bells have rung. Times have changed. Listeners are smarter and more savvy about media than ever before. And therefore they are more skeptical too. Because of this, over and over again, the best hosts and programmers now say its important to connect with your audience in a real way. Have a conversation with them, be […]

Paying Homage to Steve Dahl – or – Why is Radio So Lame?

July 12, 2011


Apparently its been 30 years since anything exciting happened in Chicago radio and I can prove it. Just read the first line of a recent Chicago Tribune article about the impending changes in the market stemming from Emmis Communication’s sale of WKQX and WLUP to Randy Michael’s new company Merlin Media: “More than three decades removed from Disco Demolition Night at […]

Could Randy Michaels Be Thinking More Newsradio Than All-News?

June 24, 2011


Randy Michael’s acquisition of three Emmis stations (WKQX and WLUP/Chicago and WRXP/New York) has generated a metric ton of speculation about the future of each station’s format. One of the most consistent rumors is an all-news format for both WKQX and WRXP. There are a couple of glaring reasons that this idea sounds ridiculous on the surface: Competition: […]

When Randy Michaels (Or Anyone Else) Buys Your Station

June 22, 2011


“When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.” Robert Heinlein, “The Cat Who Walks Through Walls” Too often that’s exactly what we do when faced with a distressing situation; especially one we can’t control. We run in circles screaming and shouting; which accomplishes nothing. While this advice applies to all kinds […]

Who’s Rallying the Loyal Loopers?

February 11, 2011


If you don’t already know him, let me introduce you to the original Joey Baggadonuts. He got semi-famous on this television spot that originated in Chicago for WLUP, better known as 97.9 the Loop: Quirky marketing, back when stations had marketing budgets, and big personalities were the hallmarks of this legendary rock station. Now with […]

Perspective: Tim Dukes, Recovering Programmer

December 15, 2010


It’s fascinating how much my radio consumption changed now that I’m not working at a station. For example, as I began writing this post I was actually working in silence; the radio wasn’t even turned on. That never happened when I was working at a station.  It also feels like my perspective on what really matters when it comes to programming […]