Weekly Review: Chicago’s Q101

In today’s podcast, Anthony Cekay and Scott Palmer discuss the end of Chicago’s alternative radio station, Q101. The largest independently owned radio station in America, Q101 was instrumental in making alternative rock mainstream in the 1990s introducing the world to acts like The Smashing Pumpkins, Local H, Liz Phair and more. Recently Randy Michaels and his group Merlin Media purchased Q101, and another Chicago-based rock station, 97.9 The Loop, and there are plans to change the format. Read more about the sale by clicking here. Anthony and Scott discuss the station’s rise in the late 1980s; the alternative rock renaissance of the 1990s; and the station’s demise. Click here to listen:

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About anthonycekay

I play the saxophone - soprano and tenor - and specialize in composing jazz and music for strings. Alumnus of U of Louisville (BA) and City College of NY (MA).
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