Z-101.7 Gives Way to "Mike"

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WHZZ-FM (101.7) Lansing has dropped its fairly successful CHR format in favor of a "Jack" style format, rebranding itself as "101.7 Mike FM". The new format, which is currently running without live announcers, features a mix of 70's, 80's and 90's hits. WHZZ's parent company, MacDonald Broadcasting, implemented a similar format on sister station WMJO-FM Bay City last year, and has enjoyed reasonable success with the format in the Tri-Cities market.

This effectively ends speculation that Citadel's WMMQ-FM might adopt the "Jack" format in light of the departure of morning host Tim Barron. However, WHZZ's switch to this format is a total surprise, since their CHR format was garnering respectable ratings. I guess the next question is, who, if anyone, will pick up the CHR torch in the Lansing market?

 

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This reminds me of WDRQ becoming "Doug FM."

Thank you
Dan Gates

I LOVE this format. I truly do and I never thought I would say something positive about a Mac station! Bryan Adams to Nazarath to Blondie, Toto, Pink, Madonna, Deepche Mode, Martin Page (In the house of stone and light)......What a great mix of EVERYTHING I like! Will it last? I hope so. Since I like all different types of stuff, this is where I will probably spend most of my time. I get tired of hearing the same stuff on FMK. HATE the hard rock of Q106. Do NOT like the deep stuff I don't know at MMQ....country is ok once in a while. So thank you, Mr.Mac, for giving me more of a variety of things I like. (I still can't believe I am giving that man PROPS!).

personally I already miss the old format and I looking for another station to fill the void that Z 101.7 has left in my life. If anyone knows of a station that is coming and will be in the same format I would appreciate the update!

DUH jennifer, 97.5 is top 40. its been in the news and in the papers. where have u been??

I'm so mad! I loved Z101.7 not just because the music was great, but because it was a blast calling in and talking to the people there. I knew practically all of them! Now like none of them work there anymore! And I'm a teenager so I HATE this new music!(They say they play 80s, 90s, and today-but they don't play today!!) No offense to any1 who likes it. The new 97.5 is great and I LOVE the music but it is near impossible to find the phone number on the internet to call in and request songs, talk to the people, etc., so if any1 knows the number it would be great if you could post it!

363-2975 is the number, they dont do a countdown yet like 101.7 did at 9, but someone should suggest it.

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