Frenemies share resources.

There is a love-fest in the Windy City, as a low-power FM station is featuring news updates from a very high-power AM. Oldies-formatted WRME-LP, owned by Weigel Broadcasting, will be running one-minute news updates supplied by Tribune Media powerhouse WGN. According to Weigel Vice Chairman Neil Sabin, “WGN’s programming is complementary to our music format, and the credibility of WGN’s views and information makes this a win-win for both stations and our compatible audiences.” Editor’s $0.02: Sure, it’s true that an LPFM is hardly a threat to a 50,000-watt clear channel blowtorch, but this sort of thing is happening more and more, as competing stations realize that they can share resources without negative consequences. It’s very much in keeping with the win-win philosophy at work in the competing-advertisers promotion concept we discussed last week. (By the way, is it just me, or does it strike anyone else as hinky that the LPFM service is being used to broadcast a format that is distinctly not community-oriented—the intention of the original regulation?)

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