Itís been some of the best radio Iíve heard on a station of itís kind, moreso now. Mostly local. Real.
The most recent airstaff consisted of big name Chicago talent broadcasting to the NW Suburbs (McHenry and Kane Counties, and to an extent Lake County) Itís been thru multiple staff changes since it launched, but it was always a good harder edged Classic Rock station and the way it was done was nothing short of great.
The last couple of months and especially days have shown a rare respect for the listeners and staff in specific. Not just abrupt termination and format flip, but letting people say what they need to say. Thatís rare.
NW Suburbs. The only locally programmed and targetted commercial stations left in that area will be WZSR and WRMN.
WAIT transmits from the same site as the studio and WZSR (The former WAIT-FM) but it broadcasts from a Chicago studios to Chicago. NextMedia flushed it about 2 decades ago, I believe their purchase of 103.9 back in Ď04 replaced WAIT, at least in that building and local area.
There was also WRMNís sister, WJKL. It went to EMF 2 decades back and left the area.
A lot of what I mentioned above (WJKL, WAIT and now WFXF) leave a lot of that area without much local choice. There are the Chicago signals, and even some of the Rockford signals that reach that area, however Iíve noted a lot of static in some parts of Kane County. Itís really sad for suburban radio.
A lot of the harder edged Classic Rock is not touched by The Drive nor The River. The River does not reach the northern half of WFXFís coverage area too well.
Since WJKL moved, this does indeed fill that gap. Unless they take it silent while renovating the transmitter site in Gilberts, Air 1 will sign onto 103.9 in the middle of a pledge drive. Theyíre not doing very well it seems. The format change from Christian CHR to Worship Music happened in January. This is their first pledge drive since. They keep asking for less money or asking people to double their donations. They rarely had a problem with this before. Always met their goals, all while asking for $40 a month. Now itís $30, $20, $15, lump sum, and some ďWhateversĒ This may or may not be a problem. They have plenty of cash on hand, but if they canít raise enough money during these pledge drives, the Air 1 portion of EMF is going to have a problem of itís own.
Personal well wishes:
This ends 15 years of local programming on 103.9 from the launch of Y103.9 in 2004, to the format change to Classic Hits-Oldies at the end of 2005 to the current format in 2013.
I want to wish everybody both past and present who were involved in those past 15 years the best. Especially those leaving Monday. It was a decent local station.
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