Merlin Media bringing Smooth Jazz, Alt back to Chicago


Merlin Media began airing Broadcast Architecture’s Smooth Jazz network 5/3 on WLUP’s HD-3 signal in Chicago. Merlin entered into an LMA with Venture Technologies Group to program and sell ads on WLFM-LP (87.7 MHz, Chicago) effective 4/30. WIQI-FM’s FM News Chicago (101.1) is currently being simulcast on 87.7FM. Beginning 5/7, FM News will be replaced with “Q87.7” Underground/Alternative, marking the return of the Alternative format to Chicago’s airwaves after the departure of Emmis’ Q101. WLFM-LP is a low-power TV station whose audio can be heard on 87.7 FM.