I'm just glad it's finally sold, and I'm ready for Journal to get on the ball & take over. I noticed that as part of the sale, Journal was requiring some transmitter upgrades. (I'm guessing maybe HD upgrade to match their other stations). Maybe that's part of what they're waiting for.
As far as Pirkle, nothing against him, but I just thought his stations always sounded really cheaply ran. I used to hate "I 100" back in the day when I was in my teens/20s. I always thought it was a horribly programmed & produced CHR, with little money or research put into it. I much preferred crosstown "95-3 TNZ" over them. And also, the recent news/talk format was really awful as well. Once again, weak shows & virtually no money spent on professional imaging and promos for the station. (it all sounds like cheap, in house stuff). About the only format that I really thought they put a bit of money & effort into was the Hitkicker country format in the mid 90's. They had Mark Driscoll doing sweepers & used the Young Country jingle package. And they hired a good PD (Brian Landrum), who knew how to program a young leaning country format.
Anyway, some may lament the loss of a local owner, but personally, I'm glad it's once again in the hands of a company that will actually spend some money on creating a professional, larger market sounding station. So, bring on "Q100" & "Classic Hits 93.1"
(if that's truly what they are going to do, as per rumors).