UPDATE 6:28pm – According to a tweet from radioinsight…
With yesterday’s format change, Merlin Media has applied to bring the WRXP call letters back to 101.9 in New York.
Do you remember 101.9 RXP? Did you love it? Did your heart ache when they started giving nonstop weather and traffic reports? They’ve stopped doing that:
Almost a year after flipping the former Emmis Modern Rockers in New York and Chicago to FM News, Merlin Media has flipped both stations back to music. WEMP (FM News 101.9)/New York brings back the Modern Rock format to the Big Apple as “New Rock 101.9.” (The station was previously WRXP under Emmis.)
Well, that was a surprise… no, wait, that wasn’t much of a surprise. FM News was tanking at the bottom of the ratings for a year, despite the occasional television ad that popped up once in a while. Sadly, a lot of people lost their jobs over this change, a lot of talented news men and women who took a gamble on FM News and lost. Hopefully the old RXP audience comes back in droves and brings millions of their friends.
The good thing about “New Rock” is that the playlist has left out the classic rock tracks that seemed so out of place, such as AC/DC and Aerosmith. In fact, the oldest song I’ve heard so far has been R.E.M.’s “The One I Love,” and that’s just fine, because it fits in with what their overall sound should be. In fact, they could toss in the occasional Sex Pistols or Ramones as well. But no Beatles. I love the Fab Four, but they don’t belong here.