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WGN FM

Here you go folks www.WGN.fm. Look how they are teasing the new website.
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    Thursday, August 22 2013, 01:43 PM - #permalink
    The original domain, WGNFM.com will also take you there. The "tease" music & video, along with the way they are making use of the FM letters is all quite clever.
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    Thursday, August 22 2013, 01:58 PM - #permalink
    So does freeform mean swearing? Hearing buzz swear could be fun.
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    Thursday, August 22 2013, 05:21 PM - #permalink
    Anyone notice the same font is being used just like the old Loop FM 98, and AM 1000 days.
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    Thursday, August 22 2013, 08:00 PM - #permalink
    I was sexually turned on by that and I have no idea why....but I am smiling
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    Thursday, August 22 2013, 08:45 PM - #permalink
    WGN-FM might be coming sooner rather than later I believe...i101 could be history soon.
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    Friday, August 23 2013, 09:09 AM - #permalink
    Is anyone old enough to remember WGNB(FM), WGN's first FM station in the 1940s and early 1950s. At first it featured popular and classical music and in its last days it simulcast WGN-AM. The station went off the air in 1953 when WFMT moved over to its former frequency 98.7 MHZ. Then in the 1960s WGN bought WFMT. Because of protests by WFMT listeners---fears that WGN would change WFMT's fine arts format---WGN donated WFMT to WTTW(TV). Now WGN for the third time is attempting to purchase an FM station.
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    Friday, August 23 2013, 09:33 AM - #permalink
    Yes, I remember WGNB. I also remember when the building next to the tribune tower had a marquee and housed an auditorium where they had some local TV shows, one I went to was I think Down you go hosted by by prof from NW, can' t remember his name. On the marquee was lettering for WGNB.
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    Friday, August 23 2013, 09:47 AM - #permalink
    Is Tribune allowed to have TV, AM a newspaper and now an FM?
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    Friday, August 23 2013, 10:00 AM - #permalink
    Not currently Don. Tribune Broadcasting would have to:
    1. Apply for a waiver of the rule (which is a possibility if they can prove the newspapers are seriously for sale)
    2. Sell the Chicago Tribune to a new owner (which they are slowly doing)
    3. Spin off the Tribune's print division into a separate company (which has already been started and is awaiting approval)

    So, as of today, no they can't own an FM, but soon...
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    Friday, August 23 2013, 11:45 AM - #permalink
    I have to wonder if a possible WGN-FM brand is strong enough to sustain an audience in their target demo?

    WCFS-FM broadcasts WBBM-AM 780 nearly 24/7 and it has proven to be less of a success. The thinking was to place the hottest news station in Chicago on an FM signal and watch the advertising dollars roll in. That didn't really happen and in fact, the AM band receives a high overall rating. It is a 50,000-watt non-directional signal which can be heard way beyond the signal of 105.9 FM.

    Sports is alive and well on WSCR-AM 670. A virtual cash cow. I see no reason to dilute that station's format by placing it on an FM signal. The 50,000 watt AM stations still must be maintained. With radio apps, they are far from dead and yes, people under the age of 30 are aware of the AM radio band.

    I don't think Chicago would be hurting for Classic Rock if one of the many stations in that format abandoned it.
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    Friday, August 23 2013, 02:13 PM - #permalink
    I think the Tribune should look into acquiring the 87.7 frequency since that so called radio business man Randy Micheals won't have need for it much longer.
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    Friday, August 23 2013, 06:55 PM - #permalink
    Problem with that scenario Rich R is not everyone can get that station on their radios, due to it being a little off the dial. On those handheld gimmicks and certain stereo systems, the first station one can get is 87.9 FM and some but not all of the newer models would be able to get 87.7 FM but the reach would be the problem as well, via solid signal strength, so I can't envision that happening as Merlin is time-brokering that station for now. Still believing Tribune should go after i101 FM and turn that into WGN-FM or whatever they decide to call that station.
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    Friday, August 23 2013, 09:33 PM - #permalink
    Yes Jed 101.1FM would be a good grab for Tribune company the only problem is No One Would Tune In To TALK RADIO on 101.1FM so the Tribune folks would be throwing money out the window like that idiot Randy Michaels did when he took 101.1 and twisted it to News.
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    Saturday, August 24 2013, 01:24 AM - #permalink
    Rich, bottom line, I could care less who takes that station over from Merlin so long as Merlin is never allowed to own another radio station in this or any other market again and they force that turd Homel/Michaels the hell out once and for all. To me, it just makes a little more sense for Tribune to buy i101 FM and finally turn it into something worth listening to, even if is talk radio, with better talents at the helm, since what they have tried and have on now is not working and their ratings continue to plummet.
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