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Shuffle Up And Deal

By Scott Smith in News on Mar 31, 2005 10:09PM

After a successful roll out of a “shuffle” format this weekend, Q101 goes into full-on iPod mode starting tomorrow at 10 AM.

2005_03_31_records.jpgSun-Times radio and television colmunist Robert Feder reported the upcoming change this morning. In an interview with Feder, Mike Stern, vice-president of programming for Q101 owner Emmis Radio Chicago said the change was due in part to a decline in ratings for the alternative radio format nationwide but also due to “changing lifestyles and new technology.” Chicagoist was unaware that pesky old technology was the only thing holding Q101 back from playing the same 10 songs over and over.

Though the re-signing of morning drive personality Mancow in September held back the barbarians at the gate, recent low ratings, the interest sparked by the “Nine FM” format, and personnel changes behind the scenes all likely forced the hands of station bosses.

Radio observers noted the most unsettling portion of Feder’s column this morning was his use of the phrase “mad props” in an item on WCKG personality Buzz Kilman.

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