Sports WQTX readies flip to Oldies

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The Lansing State Journal is reporting that Rubber City Radio owned Sports WQTX-FM 92.1 will change its format to satellite-fed Oldies this weekend leaving the Lansing market with one all-sports station, WVFN-AM 730. Lansing had been without an Oldies station since September 2005 when WJIM-FM changed its format to Contemporary Hits.

Sports WQTX first took to the airwaves in December of 2000 on FM 92.7 Charlotte after being purchased by Rubber City. The station expanded its coverage to FM 92.1 in July of 2004 and stayed on FM 92.1 only in October 2005 when FM 92.7 switched to a Smooth Jazz format.

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Lansing's highest-rated sports radio station is disappearing. WQTX (92.1-FM), billed as "The Ticket," is becoming an oldies-rock station. That starts Monday; for local sports-talk hosts, today is the final day. "We'll have our farewell shows," said Jack Ebling, the station's morning host. His will be from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. today. Fred Heumann is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Dave "Mad Dog" DeMarco from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; national shows fill the other times... WQTX radio ends sports-talk format (Fri 3/31, Lansing State Journal)



I am extremely disappointed that 92.1 WQTX has been flipped to an Oldies format from Sports. In fact, I'm mad as hell. I know so many people who listened to that station, and I find it hard to believe there wasn't a more creative effort made by ownership to increase revenue and keep the format going. It was a completely classless move to simply yank it off the air, and I for one am offened that ownership has so little regard for its listeners.






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