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** The ironic thing? The ratings for 101.1 plunged all the way down to an 0.2... an [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating unfathomable rating]] for a major market commercial FM station. Speculation was high on not if, but '''when''' the owners kill the news format. Adding salt into the wound is CBS flipped a lower-rated Lite AC station to a simulcast of WBBM days before the change... and killed any potential that the news station had. The station was even sued by the prison bound ex-governor Rod Blagojevich for ads teasing him that he couldn't listen to the station from his [[IShallTauntYou Colorado jail cell]], not remembering that [[TechnologyMarchesOn they were also on the Internet]].
** One year after Q101 went off the air, the station was sort-of avenged, as "FM News" was sunk in an ''en masse'' firing and went Hot AC i101, mixing in some alternative crossover hits.

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** The ironic thing? The ratings for 101.1 plunged all the way down to an 0.2... an [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating unfathomable rating]] for a major market commercial FM station. Speculation was high on not if, but '''when''' the owners kill the news format. Adding salt into the wound is CBS flipped a lower-rated Lite AC station to a simulcast of WBBM days before the change... and killed any potential that the news station had. The station was even sued by the prison bound ex-governor Rod Blagojevich for ads teasing him that he couldn't listen to the station from his [[IShallTauntYou Colorado jail cell]], not remembering that [[TechnologyMarchesOn they were also on the Internet]].
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Internet]]. One year after Q101 went off the air, the station was sort-of avenged, as "FM News" was sunk in an ''en masse'' firing and went Hot AC i101, mixing in some alternative crossover hits.



* Remember 101.9 WRXP listed above? Well, in summer 2011, it became WEMP FM News 101.9, an all-news format (after running an adult contemporary stunt for about a month). Ratings crashed by ''more than 80%'' within five months of the format shift, plummeting from a 2.6 to a 0.5. Smart move, there, abandoning the market you had a monopoly on (they were pretty much the only New York station to play new indie rock) to go head-to-head against 1010 WINS, which is as much a New York cultural institution (it's received shout-outs in Beastie Boys songs, among others as it is a news station. Merlin finally decided to cut its losses in July 2012 and switch the station back to alternative/indie rock (as New Rock 101.9), though to halt rejoicing, the old station was canned in the middle of its 10:00 newscast. The station jumped to 2.1 in the ratings... but with Merlin deep in debt (partly because of the aforementioned decay), they had to pull out of the New York market and sell the station to CBS, who made it a simulcast of the AM sports radio station WFAN (with the hope of it eventually taking over the main feed, as the former WRKS did for WEPN). 101.9 just can't catch a break.
* 102.7 WNEW is a sad tale indeed. It started as an influential AOR station in the 1970s and 1980s. However, the station failed to adapt to the trends of rock, instead squeezing its playlist and often going into a new format each year. To many NY rock fans, the final straw was when the station paid little attention to the death of [[Music/TheGratefulDead Jerry Garcia]] in 1995, a far cry compared to their tribute to other rock musicians. Then, Opie and Anthony came on, and had a predominantly talk-based format, causing management to torpedo "The Rock of New York" in September 1999 for talk. The ratings stayed stagnant (i.e. pathetic) in the 1-2 range, outside of Opie and Anthony. Then, Opie and Anthony got canned due to daring people to have sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral, with the church even calling for the revocation of the station's license. The fact the station lost its stars and got fined $750,000 is bad enough, but its ratings went to 0.8, which, until 101.9 went news, was not accomplished by any other major FM frequency in NYC.\\

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* Remember 101.9 WRXP listed above? Well, in summer 2011, after being purchased by the aforementioned Merlin Media, it became WEMP FM News 101.9, an all-news format (after running an adult contemporary stunt for about a month). Ratings crashed by ''more than 80%'' within five months of the format shift, plummeting from a 2.6 to a 0.5. Smart move, there, abandoning the market you had a monopoly on (they were pretty much the only New York station to play new indie rock) to go head-to-head against 1010 WINS, which is as much a New York cultural institution (it's received shout-outs in Beastie Boys songs, among others others) as it is a news station. Merlin finally decided to cut its losses in July 2012 - literally days before the one-year anniversary of its debut - and switch the station back to alternative/indie rock (as New Rock 101.9), though to halt rejoicing, the old station was canned in the middle of its 10:00 newscast. The station jumped to 2.1 in the ratings... but with Merlin deep in debt (partly because of the aforementioned decay), they had to pull out of the New York market and sell the station to CBS, CBS Radio, who made it a simulcast of the AM sports radio station WFAN (with the hope of it eventually taking over the main feed, as the former WRKS did for WEPN).WEPN earlier in 2012). 101.9 just can't couldn't catch a break.
break for over a year. Even so, the aforementioned shift at co-owned 92.3 to Alternative in 2017 has softened the blow.
* 102.7 WNEW is a sad tale indeed. It started as an influential AOR station in the 1970s and 1980s. However, the station failed to adapt to the trends of rock, instead squeezing its playlist and often going into a new format each year. year during the 1990s (Alternative, AAA, Classic Rock, and so on). To many NY rock fans, the final straw was when the station paid little attention to the death of [[Music/TheGratefulDead Jerry Garcia]] in 1995, a far cry compared to their tribute to other rock musicians. musicians in years past. Then, Opie and Anthony came on, were brought in after being fired from a Boston radio station, and had a predominantly talk-based format, causing show that did well in the ratings. This caused management to torpedo "The Rock of New York" in September 1999 for talk. The ratings for the station stayed stagnant (i.e. pathetic) in the 1-2 range, range outside of Opie and Anthony. Then, This made things awkward when in 2002, Opie and Anthony got canned were fired due to daring people to have sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral, with the church even calling for the revocation of the station's license. The fact the station lost its stars and got fined $750,000 is bad enough, but its ratings went sank to 0.8, which, until 101.9 went news, news (mentioned above), was not accomplished by any other major FM frequency in NYC.\\



CBS nuked the Talk format in January 2003 and spent the next few years going through a revolving door of formats that went nowhere: first the hybrid Talk/Hot AC "Blink 102.7", with Lynda Lopez (sister to Music/JenniferLopez) in the morning, then a basic AC format still called Blink 102.7, then a more upbeat AC format as Mix 102.7, then a Disco format which was actually pretty cool, but nobody knew it existed. Finally, in January 2007 the station settled permanently on a Hot AC format, Fresh 102.7, and not only got out of the gutter, but started seriously challenging WLTW for its dominance of the lucrative "at-work" listenership. By 2016, it finally had the WNEW call letters returned after several years in Florida warehousing limbo, then several years in Washington where CBS made (and failed) in an attempt to overcome WTOP's all-news monopoly.

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CBS nuked the Talk format in January 2003 and spent the next few years going through a revolving door of formats that went nowhere: first the hybrid Talk/Hot AC "Blink 102.7", with Lynda Lopez (sister to Music/JenniferLopez) in the morning, then a basic AC format still called Blink 102.7, then a more upbeat AC format as Mix 102.7, then a Disco format which was actually pretty cool, but nobody knew it existed. Finally, in January 2007 the station settled permanently on a Hot AC format, Fresh 102.7, and not only got out of the ratings gutter, but started seriously challenging WLTW for its dominance of the lucrative "at-work" listenership. By 2016, it finally had the WNEW call letters returned after several years in Florida warehousing limbo, then several years in Washington where CBS made (and failed) in an attempt to overcome WTOP's all-news monopoly.


* 92.3 "The Beat" in Los Angeles and their competition back in the 90s. "The Beat" competed against two other Hip-Hop/R&B stations: "Power 106" and "K-Ace 103.9". "K-Ace" was the first to fall, with the station owner making a radio announcement that they would not be a party to glorifying promiscuity and violence to black youths. They switched over to become an oldies R&B station (a very good one), before eventually being bought and turned into a Latin oldies station. "The Beat" became "Hot 92.3", and "The Beat" call sign moved higher up on the dial to "100.3", leaving "Hot" as a pseudo R&B oldies station with a very limited playlist. Most of "The Beats" old [=DJs=], such as Shirley Strawberry and Theo remained. Currently, "Hot" plays mostly 90s R&B, with some older classic soul mixed in, which is ironic, because the station is now playing tracks they once played as world premieres almost 20 years ago.

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* 92.3 "The Beat" in Los Angeles and their competition back in the 90s. "The Beat" competed against two other Hip-Hop/R&B stations: "Power 106" and "K-Ace 103.9". "K-Ace" was the first to fall, with the station owner making a radio announcement that they would not be a party to glorifying promiscuity and violence to black youths. They switched over to become an oldies R&B station (a very good one), before eventually being bought and turned into a Latin oldies station. "The Beat" became "Hot 92.3", and "The Beat" call sign moved higher up on the dial to "100.3", leaving "Hot" as a pseudo R&B oldies station with a very limited playlist. Most of "The Beats" old [=DJs=], such as Shirley Strawberry and Theo remained. Currently, "Hot" plays played mostly 80s and 90s R&B, with some older classic soul mixed in, which is ironic, because the station is now playing played tracks they once played spun as world premieres almost 20 years ago.ago. In early 2015, however, "Hot" was blown up and relaunched as Hip-Hop "Real 92.3", taking "Power" DJ Big Boy for mornings in the process.



* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles had two all-news AM stations for decades, but when both KNX and KFWB ended up owned by the same network (CBS), it was pretty much inevitable that one of them would switch formats or decay. KFWB gave its weekends up to infomercials and tried to re-brand its remaining news programming as "Hollywood", but eventually gave up and is pretty much all-talk now, with drive-time news blocks. KNX has so far averted this, even giving up their sports coverage and old radio show reruns.

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* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles had two all-news AM stations for decades, but when both KNX and KFWB ended up owned by the same network (CBS), it was pretty much inevitable that one of them would switch formats or decay. KFWB gave its weekends up to infomercials and tried to re-brand its remaining news programming as "Hollywood", but eventually gave up and is pretty much all-talk now, spent it's last years as a predominantly talk radio station, with drive-time news blocks.blocks. The station was eventually blown up in favor of sports-talk, before ultimately being sold. KNX has so far averted this, even giving up their sports coverage and old radio show reruns.


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* Fat Possum Records was founded in 1991 to give exposure to hitherto unknown blues artists, primarily from the North Mississippi Hill Country (R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, T-Model Ford, CeDell Davis). Unfortunately, many of these performers were in their 60's and 70's when they signed on to the label. As they predictably began to die off, Fat Possum found itself focusing more on indie-rock and folk. Their most recent blues releases have largely been archival material to which they have purchased the rights.

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* Fat Possum Records was founded in 1991 to give exposure to hitherto unknown blues artists, primarily from the North Mississippi Hill Country (R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, T-Model Ford, CeDell Davis).[=CeDell=] Davis, Paul "Wine" Jones). Unfortunately, many of these performers were in their 60's and 70's when they signed on to the label. As they predictably began to die off, Fat Possum found itself focusing more on indie-rock and folk. Their most recent blues releases have largely been archival material to which they have purchased the rights.



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* ''The Epoch Times'' was founded in 2000 by a group of Chinese-Americans to promote the meditation practice Falun Gong, which had recently been banned by the Chinese government. While they did report on politics, primarily related to China, they only did so when it dovetailed with their reports on spirituality and meditation. By the time 2016 rolled around, ''The Epoch Times'' got swept into the politics of UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump and overhauled the website to become a mouthpiece for the Trump administration and right-wing conspiracy theories, completely abandoning its original intent. It also attempted to spread its pro-Trump propaganda on Facebook, and after being banned by the website for violating their terms of service, repeatedly came back in the form of sockpuppet accounts.


* Unique Leader Records started out as an underground label that was run by several members of Music/DeedsOfFlesh and mostly featured decidedly non-melodic brutal death metal acts. Within roughly six or seven years, numerous acts on the label (namely the aforementioned Deeds of Flesh, Music/{{Disgorge}}, Gorgasm, Music/SpawnOfPossession, and Music/SeveredSavior) had managed to gain quite a bit of buzz and were getting on tours with big-name acts, which did a great deal to increase the label's profile. Two bands changed this: Rings of Saturn and Halo of Gunfire. The latter went nowhere, but the former already had a decent social media presence and crossover appeal with the deathcore fanbase and wound up turning into a major hit. They struck it big again with Music/{{Fallujah}} (who had already abandoned their deathcore sound by the time that they were signed, but still had a lot of pull within that circle), and the message was clear: their brutal death days were over and they weren't even trying to pretend otherwise. While they do still sign brutal death acts, they have signed enough deathcore, tech, and even djent acts over the past six or seven years to make it clear that they are no longer the label's main priority. This has become particularly prominent in the late 2010s; while they have had several recent death metal signings that managed to release well-loved albums, the ''vast'' majority of their signings from 2017 onward have been deathcore, and they have so far signed nothing but deathcore acts after Erik Lindmark's death in late 2018.

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* Unique Leader Records started out as an underground label that was run by several members of Music/DeedsOfFlesh and mostly featured decidedly non-melodic brutal death metal acts. Within roughly six or seven years, numerous acts on the label (namely the aforementioned Deeds of Flesh, Music/{{Disgorge}}, Gorgasm, Music/SpawnOfPossession, and Music/SeveredSavior) had managed to gain quite a bit of buzz and were getting on tours with big-name acts, which did a great deal to increase the label's profile. Two bands changed this: Rings of Saturn and Halo of Gunfire. The latter went nowhere, but the former already had a decent social media presence and crossover appeal with the deathcore fanbase and wound up turning into a major hit. They struck it big again with Music/{{Fallujah}} (who had already abandoned their deathcore sound by the time that they were signed, but still had a lot of pull within that circle), and the message was clear: their brutal death days were over and they weren't even trying to pretend otherwise. While they do still sign brutal death acts, they have signed enough deathcore, tech, and even djent acts over the past six or seven years to make it clear that they are no longer the label's main priority. This has become particularly prominent in the late 2010s; while they have had several recent death metal signings that managed to release well-loved albums, the ''vast'' majority of their signings from 2017 onward have been deathcore, and they have so far signed nothing but deathcore acts after Music/{{Disentomb}} has been the sole non-deathcore signing since Erik Lindmark's death in late 2018.


The NCAA's Big East conference began in 1979 as a basketball-centric conference for colleges located in the northeastern US's major urban centers to ensure their programs would remain relevant with championship tournament's new focus on conference play. However, complicating matters were that three of the schhols (Boston College, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh) also fielded major college football teams that participated as independents. Afraid of eventually having those teams poached by a conference that sponsored both football and basketball, the conference expanded to include schools like West Virginia and Miami that did not fit the mold of the other schools (being located outside of the region and more suburban and rural in nature). The conference continued to expand to include more football teams, which ultimately created instability with the conference due to the unusual "football" and "non-football" structure. After several programs were lost and added in between 2005 and 2013 as part of the extensive conference membership changes within the entire NCAA, the conference's remaining non-football schools (Georgetown, Villanova, Seton Hall, St. John's, Providence, Marquette, and [=DePaul=]) announced they were splitting away from the football schools, joining with three other basketball schools and taking the Big East branding with them to reestablish the conference as a basketball focused one. However, even though the conference has returned to its basketball roots, the name has become a misnomer as half of the conference members (Marquette, [=DePaul=], and the newly added Butler, Xavier, and Creighton) are all located in the Midwest.

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The NCAA's Big East conference began in 1979 as a basketball-centric conference for colleges located in the northeastern US's major urban centers to ensure their programs would remain relevant with championship tournament's new focus on conference play. However, complicating matters were that three of the schhols schools (Boston College, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh) also fielded major college football teams that participated as independents. Afraid of eventually having those teams poached by a conference that sponsored both football and basketball, the conference expanded to include schools like West Virginia and Miami that did not fit the mold of the other schools (being located outside of the region and more suburban and rural in nature). The conference continued to expand to include more football teams, which ultimately created instability with the conference due to the unusual "football" and "non-football" structure. After several programs were lost and added in between 2005 and 2013 as part of the extensive conference membership changes within the entire NCAA, the conference's remaining non-football schools (Georgetown, Villanova, Seton Hall, St. John's, Providence, Marquette, and [=DePaul=]) announced they were splitting away from the football schools, joining with three other basketball schools and taking the Big East branding with them to reestablish the conference as a basketball focused one. However, even though the conference has returned to its basketball roots, the name has become a misnomer as half of the conference members (Marquette, [=DePaul=], and the newly added Butler, Xavier, and Creighton) are all located in the Midwest.


* Website/TheAgonyBooth was a website with [[{{MST}} recaps]] on terrible (or divisive) movies and TV episodes, with a few articles every now and then. Then one of the recappers created a video show, Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack. Which was followed by many others until wordy recaps were abandoned in lieu of only video reviews, turning the website into a Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses clone. Even the site forums were shut down. Since 2014, the site at least tried a resurgence of text to make an even split, with more reviews, essays, and even the occasional recap. The recaps the site was once known for are now hard to find, and most of them are locked behind a paywall.

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* Website/TheAgonyBooth was a website with [[{{MST}} recaps]] on terrible (or divisive) movies and TV episodes, with a few articles every now and then. Then one of the recappers created a video show, Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack. Which was followed by many others until wordy recaps were abandoned in lieu of only video reviews, turning the website into a Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Website/ChannelAwesome clone. Even the site forums were shut down. Since 2014, the site at least tried a resurgence of text to make an even split, with more reviews, essays, and even the occasional recap. The recaps the site was once known for are now hard to find, and most of them are locked behind a paywall.



* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses started as a hub for various video reviewers and riffers, with enough contributors to host five anniversary specials, eventually reaching movie length, though Creator/DougWalker was always essentially (and literally, in the original logo) the face for the site and his work the most prominent on the site. They lost some of their more prominent members like Creator/AllisonPregler and Creator/LindsayEllis starting around 2013, and while new contributors did hop on board, they never reached the level of fame that the long-time members (current and former) did. They also changed their name to Channel Awesome in 2014 and [[AdoredByTheNetwork focused more on]] ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' and related spinoffs, though the other contributors still had video links on the channel's social media.\\

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* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses [[Website/ChannelAwesome That Guy with the Glasses]] started as a hub for various video reviewers and riffers, with enough contributors to host five anniversary specials, eventually reaching movie length, though Creator/DougWalker was always essentially (and literally, in the original logo) the face for the site and his work the most prominent on the site. They lost some of their more prominent members like Creator/AllisonPregler and Creator/LindsayEllis starting around 2013, and while new contributors did hop on board, they never reached the level of fame that the long-time members (current and former) did. They also changed their name to Channel Awesome in 2014 and [[AdoredByTheNetwork focused more on]] ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' and related spinoffs, though the other contributors still had video links on the channel's social media.\\


The big change occurred in the spring of 2018, when various former contributors (Pregler and Ellis among the most prominent voices) compiled their grievances with the channel (such as terrible, borderline abusive management and poor treatment of women) into one very long document; the channel's PR response only made things worse, causing nearly every remaining contributor to leave the site, leaving the ''Nostalgia Critic'' team, Creator/BradJones[[note]]who promotes his content more through his own website[[/note]], the Top 5 team[[note]] Walter Banasiak, Aiyanna Wade, and Heather Reusz, who also act on Nostalgia Critic every now and then[[/note]] and Larry Bundy, Jr. The channel's social media thus switched entirely to promoting ''Nostalgia Critic'' related content.

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The big change occurred in the spring of 2018, when various former contributors (Pregler and Ellis among the most prominent voices) compiled their grievances with the channel (such as terrible, borderline abusive management and poor treatment of women) into one very long document; the channel's PR response only made things worse, causing nearly every remaining contributor to leave the site, leaving the ''Nostalgia Critic'' team, Creator/BradJones[[note]]who promotes his content more through his own website[[/note]], the Top 5 team[[note]] Walter Banasiak, Aiyanna Wade, and Heather Reusz, who also act on Nostalgia Critic every now and then[[/note]] then; Top 5 would later be cancelled, though the team members would try other shows centered around geek culture[[/note]] and Larry Bundy, Jr. The channel's social media thus switched entirely to promoting ''Nostalgia Critic'' related content.


* Website/TheAgonyBooth was a website with [[{{MST}} recaps]] on terrible (or divisive) movies and TV episodes, with a few articles every now and then. Then one of the recappers created a video show, Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack. Which was followed by many others until wordy recaps were abandoned in lieu of only video reviews, turning the website into a Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses clone. Even the site forums were shut down. Since 2014, the site at least tried a resurgence of text to make an even split, with more reviews, essays, and even the occasional recap.

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* Website/TheAgonyBooth was a website with [[{{MST}} recaps]] on terrible (or divisive) movies and TV episodes, with a few articles every now and then. Then one of the recappers created a video show, Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack. Which was followed by many others until wordy recaps were abandoned in lieu of only video reviews, turning the website into a Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses clone. Even the site forums were shut down. Since 2014, the site at least tried a resurgence of text to make an even split, with more reviews, essays, and even the occasional recap. The recaps the site was once known for are now hard to find, and most of them are locked behind a paywall.


* Encyclopedia Dramatica started out as a catalog for Website/LiveJournal drama and other internet culture. In the years since, the site has gradually deteriorated towards {{imageboard|s}} culture and trolling (part of the blame for this can be laid at the feet of EternalSeptember) and getting the distinction of being the "Wikipedia for Trolls" in the process. Eventually, the head administrator, Sherrod "Girlvinyl" [=DeGrippo=], had enough and {{Retool}}ed the site in April 2011 into [=OhInternet=], which returned to the tradition at cataloging memes and internet culture while purging all the NotSafeForWork material and trolling culture and style. Users of the site, however, were infuriated, quickly setting up mirror websites as a replacement and bombarding [=DeGrippo=] with hate mail and death threats. Worse, [=OhInternet=] didn't catch on with new users, who accused it to be a Website/KnowYourMeme ripoff among other things, and it was shut down in 2013.

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* Encyclopedia Dramatica started out as a catalog for Website/LiveJournal drama and other internet culture. In the years since, the site has gradually deteriorated towards {{imageboard|s}} culture and trolling (part of the blame for this can be laid at the feet of EternalSeptember) a NewbieBoom) and getting the distinction of being the "Wikipedia for Trolls" in the process. Eventually, the head administrator, Sherrod "Girlvinyl" [=DeGrippo=], had enough and {{Retool}}ed the site in April 2011 into [=OhInternet=], which returned to the tradition at cataloging memes and internet culture while purging all the NotSafeForWork material and trolling culture and style. Users of the site, however, were infuriated, quickly setting up mirror websites as a replacement and bombarding [=DeGrippo=] with hate mail and death threats. Worse, [=OhInternet=] didn't catch on with new users, who accused it to be a Website/KnowYourMeme ripoff among other things, and it was shut down in 2013.


** And on Memorial Day weekend 2010 they finally blinked and converted The Brew to a Top 40 format called "Radio Now" to take on the local Kiss FM station (here not owned by Clear Channel), mainly because a smooth jazz station with a lousy signal was threatening to switch over to the same "Radio Now" format and try to steal listeners from Clear Channel's other Milwaukee stations. A possible purposeful SelfDestructiveCharge by the smooth jazz station, as their parent company also owns classic rock powerhouses WKLH and The Hog and were willing to pull a stunt to force The Brew to switch over off-guard. That station eventually switched over to a country oldies format, then to a dance-heavy CHR format in 2012 which has done nothing in the market.

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** And on Memorial Day weekend 2010 they finally blinked and converted The Brew to a Top 40 format called "Radio Now" as WRNW to take on the local Kiss FM station (here not owned by Clear Channel), mainly because a smooth jazz station with a lousy signal was threatening to switch over to the same "Radio Now" format and try to steal listeners from Clear Channel's other Milwaukee stations. A possible purposeful SelfDestructiveCharge by the smooth jazz station, as their parent company also owns classic rock powerhouses WKLH and The Hog and were willing to pull a stunt to force The Brew to switch over off-guard. That station eventually switched over to a country oldies format, then to a dance-heavy CHR format in 2012 which has done nothing in the market.market.
** In October 2018, iHeart converted WRNW to a sports radio station to try to fend off WKTI's new FM sports talk dominance, though it's expected both, along with WSSP, which is an AM station using an FM translator in the market, are fighting for a very small audience.



* WTMJ, like in many markets, has suffered as its full service reputation was thrown out once the old guards retired to become the mouthpiece of Waukesha County Republicans via Charlie Sykes, Jeff Wagner and John Mercure; the station's only politically neutral shows are their sports broadcasts and weekend morning hobby shows, and their reputation has dragged down their television operation in turn as the radio station and television station share a newsroom and some viewpoints, along with Sykes hosting what should be the television station's neutral Sunday morning talk show, and Wagner appearing on the television station's newscasts daily in a poor ''Series/PardonTheInterruption'' segment clone that consists of the same older people calling in to 'sound off' on reactionary news issues that any sensible person sees they're on the wrong side of. Rival WISN hasn't really decayed beyond the usual problems with Clear Channel talk stations these days, and their former sister television station broke off all ties in 2009 and regularly disclaims that they aren't related to the radio station any longer, helping both form distinctive personalties. With the sale of WTMJ's owner Journal Communications to Scripps coming in the next few months, those same personalities are now expressing well-found unease that they'll be controlled by the new management in Cincinnati (note that WTMJ Radio's biggest advocate to put them on TV was reduced to a figurehead a few months before for botching Journal's TV negotiations with Time Warner Cable).

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* WTMJ, like in many markets, has suffered as its full service reputation was thrown out once the old guards retired to become the mouthpiece of Waukesha County Republicans via Charlie Sykes, Jeff Wagner and John Mercure; the station's only politically neutral shows are their sports broadcasts and weekend morning hobby shows, and their reputation has dragged down their television operation in turn as the radio station and television station share a newsroom and some viewpoints, along with Sykes hosting what should be the television station's neutral Sunday morning talk show, and Wagner appearing on the television station's newscasts daily in a poor ''Series/PardonTheInterruption'' segment clone that consists of the same older people calling in to 'sound off' on reactionary news issues that any sensible person sees they're on the wrong side of. Rival WISN hasn't really decayed beyond the usual problems with Clear Channel talk stations these days, and their former sister television station broke off all ties in 2009 and regularly disclaims that they aren't related to the radio station any longer, helping both form distinctive personalties. With the sale of WTMJ's owner Journal Communications to Scripps coming in the next few months, Scripps, those same personalities are now expressing well-found unease that they'll be controlled by the new management in Cincinnati (note that WTMJ Radio's biggest advocate to put them on TV was reduced to a figurehead a few months before for botching Journal's TV negotiations with Time Warner Cable).
** Sykes eventually retired from WTMJ in 2016, just as he realized that the rise of Trump was a step too far and there was too much damage being done by the Republican Party, and began to play a 'opposing view' nobody would have ever pictured him being. WTMJ under Scripps began to moderate their hosts, along with the television side pulling back on things that had dragged down their ratings, including the PTI-like segments. Jeff Wagner was the heir-apparent to Sykes and moved to mornings, only to move back to his mid-afternoon slot within a matter of weeks due to flagging ratings.
** In late 2018, WTMJ and WKTI (its FM sister, which had been a country station) were sold off by Scripps to Good Karma Brands, which maintained the local ESPN Radio station, WAUK. Good Karma instituted an 'all-local' strategy for WTMJ as far as news outside its play-by-play, while WKTI became an all-local sports talk station, and WAUK became an autofeed of the national ESPN Radio schedule.


* [=EPCOT=] Center, the second Walt Disney World theme park, opened in 1982 as an {{Edutainment}} park (a concept that arose when ambitions to realize Walt's plans for a planned community -- [=EPCOT=] stood for "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow" -- proved unrealizable) with two halves. Future World featured attractions about technology old and new, imagination, sealife, and the human body, while World Showcase was a permanent World's Fair. It didn't even feature any "classic" Disney characters greeting guests (the closest to Mickey and company was Figment the dragon, an original character). Families (especially kids) weren't keen on the initial attraction lineup, so as the decade progressed the Disney characters were brought in and ''Captain EO'' was brought into Future World's Journey Into Imagination pavillion. Since TheNineties, while World Showcase has seen little change, most of the original Future World pavillions have received complete overhauls or been replaced outright to combat {{Zeerust}}, and the educational content of newer attractions (some of which are thrill rides) is meager. World Showcase's two ride-through attractions have become IP based at the expense of educational value, with the ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' retheme of the Norway Pavilion in particular catching a lot of InternetBackdraft. It's now known only as Epcot.

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* [=EPCOT=] Center, the second Walt Disney World theme park, opened in 1982 as an {{Edutainment}} park (a concept that arose when ambitions to realize Walt's plans for a planned community -- [=EPCOT=] stood for "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow" -- proved unrealizable) with two halves. Future World featured attractions about technology old and new, imagination, sealife, and the human body, while World Showcase was a permanent World's Fair. It didn't even feature any "classic" Disney characters greeting guests (the closest to Mickey and company was Figment the dragon, an original character). Families (especially kids) weren't keen on the initial attraction lineup, so as the decade progressed the Disney characters were brought in and ''Captain EO'' was brought into Future World's Journey Into Imagination pavillion. Since TheNineties, while World Showcase has seen little change, most of the original Future World pavillions have received complete overhauls or been replaced outright to combat {{Zeerust}}, and the educational content of newer attractions (some of which are thrill rides) is meager. World Showcase's two ride-through attractions have become IP based at the expense of educational value, with the ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' retheme of the Norway Pavilion in particular catching a lot of InternetBackdraft.backlash. It's now known only as Epcot.


** However, things have taken a very dark turn recently, as Tribune Media has announced their merger with the Sinclair Broadcast Group of Hunt Valley, MD (the guys who own ''ProfessionalWrestling/RingOfHonor''), who are notorious in broadcasting circles for having become a MegaCorp via acquisitions, illegal duopolies and triopolies via [[LoopholeAbuse shell companies]], [[NoBudget slashing station budgets]], outsourcing and cancelling in-house newscasts, and their very conservative political views. If the merger goes through, it could mean very bad things for WGN radio (assuming they keep it, as Sinclair doesn't own any radio stations),

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** However, things have taken took a very dark turn recently, for a while, as Tribune Media has announced their merger with the Sinclair Broadcast Group of Hunt Valley, MD (the guys who own ''ProfessionalWrestling/RingOfHonor''), ''ProWrestling/RingOfHonor''), who are notorious in broadcasting circles for having become a MegaCorp via acquisitions, illegal duopolies and triopolies via [[LoopholeAbuse shell companies]], [[NoBudget slashing station budgets]], outsourcing and cancelling in-house newscasts, and their very conservative political views. If the merger goes had gone through, it could mean could've meant very bad things for WGN radio (assuming they keep kept it, as Sinclair doesn't own any radio stations),stations). Thankfully, Sinclair's own hubris brought the merger deal down andTribune has since announced a merger with another mega-group, the far-less inflammatory Nexstar. It's not clear what they'll do with WGN radio either, assuming this deal goes through.


* Believe it or not, this almost happened to Creator/{{Disney}} in the mid-2000s. At that time, then-CEO MichaelEisner decided to convert their historic feature animation division into an all-CGI studio in an effort to mostly compete with Creator/DreamWorksAnimation[[note]]Given that Dreamworks Animation is the brainchild of Jeffrey Katzenberg, who had a major grudge against Eisner even back when he was a Disney employee in the 90's...[[/note]], which was outstripping their films in popularity by that point. Despite their acquisition of the Creator/{{Pixar}} animation studio during that same time, between this and Creator/DisneyChannel's focus on tween-centric entertainment in the wake of ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' and ''Series/HannahMontana'''s popularity made people start to think the company was changing itself into a tween-star-spewing factory rather than an entertainment company focusing on animation and family entertainment. This turned around in TheNewTens when their in-house animation studio yielded up its biggest hits in decades starting with ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', though they permanently gave up on hand-drawn animation at the same time (after its much-anticipated revival with ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' and ''Winnie-the-Pooh'' didn't prove profitable at the box office).

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* Believe it or not, this almost happened to Creator/{{Disney}} in the mid-2000s. At that time, then-CEO MichaelEisner decided to convert their historic feature animation division into an all-CGI studio in an effort to mostly compete with Creator/DreamWorksAnimation[[note]]Given that Dreamworks Animation is the brainchild of Jeffrey Katzenberg, who had a major grudge against Eisner even back when he was a Disney employee in the 90's...[[/note]], which was outstripping their films in popularity by that point. Despite their acquisition of the Creator/{{Pixar}} animation studio during that same time, between this and Creator/DisneyChannel's focus on tween-centric entertainment in the wake of ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' and ''Series/HannahMontana'''s popularity made people start started to think the company was changing itself into a tween-star-spewing factory rather than an entertainment company focusing on animation and family entertainment. This turned around in TheNewTens when their in-house animation studio yielded up its biggest hits in decades starting with ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', though they permanently gave up on hand-drawn animation at the same time (after its much-anticipated revival with ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' and ''Winnie-the-Pooh'' didn't prove profitable at the box office).


* Believe it or not, this almost happened to Creator/{{Disney}} in the mid-2000s, and for a good reason. At that time, then-CEO MichaelEisner decided to convert their historic feature animation division into an all-CGI studio in an effort to mostly compete with... Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, of all studios working in the field![[note]]Then again, remember that Dreamworks Animation is the brainchild of Jeffrey Katzenberg, who has a major grudge against Eisner even back when he was a Disney employee in the 90's...[[/note]] However, that's not all that happened. Despite their acquisition of the Creator/{{Pixar}} animation studio during that same time, and Eisner being replaced by BobIger as the company's CEO, the damage seemed to already be getting done. How? Well, let's just say that Creator/DisneyChannel was making the situation worse when their two original works, a TV movie called ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' and a sitcom called ''Series/HannahMontana'', were getting so popular that people were starting to think the company was changing itself into a tween-star-spewing factory rather than an entertainment company focusing on animation and family entertainment. Then in 2009, a glitter of hope shone into the darkness... the release of the 2D-animated ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''!
** While we're on the same subject, Hollywood Pictures started as another label for Disney to make more adult fare (joining their ''Touchstone Pictures'' label), only with smaller budgets. Later down the road, they realized that having two adult labels was extensive and quietly retired the brand at the turn of the century. Then Disney lost Creator/DimensionFilms to Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany, and needing a new genre label they gave the commitment to an already existing division. So Hollywood Pictures was revised and they now served to make low-budget horror films similar to Dimension. Sadly, the revamp was an utter failure, as Hollywood only released three more movies before Disney torpedoed them for good in 2007.

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* Believe it or not, this almost happened to Creator/{{Disney}} in the mid-2000s, and for a good reason. mid-2000s. At that time, then-CEO MichaelEisner decided to convert their historic feature animation division into an all-CGI studio in an effort to mostly compete with... Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, of all studios working in the field![[note]]Then again, remember with Creator/DreamWorksAnimation[[note]]Given that Dreamworks Animation is the brainchild of Jeffrey Katzenberg, who has had a major grudge against Eisner even back when he was a Disney employee in the 90's...[[/note]] However, that's not all [[/note]], which was outstripping their films in popularity by that happened. point. Despite their acquisition of the Creator/{{Pixar}} animation studio during that same time, between this and Eisner being replaced by BobIger as Creator/DisneyChannel's focus on tween-centric entertainment in the company's CEO, the damage seemed to already be getting done. How? Well, let's just say that Creator/DisneyChannel was making the situation worse when their two original works, a TV movie called wake of ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' and a sitcom called ''Series/HannahMontana'', were getting so popular that ''Series/HannahMontana'''s popularity made people were starting start to think the company was changing itself into a tween-star-spewing factory rather than an entertainment company focusing on animation and family entertainment. Then entertainment. This turned around in 2009, a glitter of hope shone into TheNewTens when their in-house animation studio yielded up its biggest hits in decades starting with ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', though they permanently gave up on hand-drawn animation at the darkness... same time (after its much-anticipated revival with ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' and ''Winnie-the-Pooh'' didn't prove profitable at the release of the 2D-animated ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''!
box office).
** While we're on the same subject, Hollywood Pictures started as another label for Disney to make more adult fare (joining their ''Touchstone Pictures'' label), only with smaller budgets. Later down the road, Eventually they realized that having two adult labels was extensive and quietly retired the brand at the turn of the century. Then Disney lost Creator/DimensionFilms to Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany, and needing a new genre label they gave the commitment to an already existing division. So Hollywood Pictures was revised and they now served to make low-budget horror films similar to Dimension. Sadly, the revamp was an utter failure, as Hollywood only released three more movies before Disney torpedoed them for good in 2007.

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