Robert Feder, in his Chicago Media blog, took the occasion to criticize Merlin Media’s/Randy Michaels’ FM News 101.1 (WIQI-FM) in that market…along with Erich “Mancow” Muller’s recent appearances behind the mic:
“If Mancow Muller is the answer, then the problems with FM News 101.1 are even worse than I thought.
Sometime after 10am Thursday, the former million-dollar shock jock will step into the Merchandise Mart studios of WIQI-FM (101.1), open a microphone and rant about whatever’s on his mind. It will mark his third unheralded appearance on the Merlin Media station in the last eight days…This is worth noting for two reasons: One, because it’s a return to the same studio and the same frequency from which Mancow’s Morning Madhouse emanated for 12 years before Muller was fired by former Q101 owner Emmis Communications in 2006. And two, because his deployment, however long it lasts, is the clearest sign yet that Merlin Media bossman Randy Michaels has no idea of how to fix his station.
At this point, I think we can all agree that FM News 101.1 has been an abject failure…
Said Michaels, in response: “Who? I don’t read blogs, particularly those of out of work critics.”