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Fans upset over Memphis radio station's unexpected format change

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) -  Fans are fuming after an unexpected and drastic format change to one of Memphis' newest radio stations.

Listeners of 87.7 The Pig are frustrated by the change in programming to conservative talk radio. Fans expressed their distaste on The Pig's Facebook page.

One person said, "not going to like this format at all. Bring back the good stuff."

Another added, "Give us back MUSIC!! I have cable if I want to watch Fox News!!"

"The problem is we had very passionate listeners but not enough of them," said George Flinn, President of Flinn Broadcasting. He flipped the switch on 87.7 on Friday after years of sluggish ratings and financial losses.

"In our ratings we weren't in the top 20," said Flinn. "We were losing $5000 a month out of my pocket and we did it for four years and we just couldn't do it anymore."

Flinn said the new conservative talk radio show is the first on FM in the Mid-South. He says it will draw a bigger audience.

"We're going to sort, sift and separate until we have the best programming on," said Flinn. "I'm excited about this."

However listeners are disappointed that the only place to get The Pig is online. Flinn said this is an effort to keep the programming going, so they can get it on-air again.

"Believe me, people that know me know I never give up and they know the pig will be back on the air as soon as I build another station, which is what I'm working on right now," Flinn added. 

He hopes to have the PIG on air again by the end of the year. Flinn says it will be a better signal in the middle of the bandwidth. In the meantime, iPhone and Blackberry apps are being developed so you can listen to it on the go.

Listen to The Pig online at: www.ipigradio.com

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MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) -  Fans are fuming after an unexpected and drastic format change to one of Memphis' newest radio stations.

 

Listeners of 87.7 The Pig are frustrated by the change in programming to conservative talk radio. Fans expressed their distaste on The Pig's Facebook page. One person said, "not going to like this format at all. Bring back the good stuff." Another added, "Give us back MUSIC!! I have cable if I want to watch Fox News!!"

 

"The problem is we had very passionate listeners but not enough of them," said George Flinn, President of Flinn Broadcasting. He flipped the switch on 87.7 on Friday after years of sluggish ratings and financial losses.

 

"In our ratings we weren't in the top 20," said Flinn. "We were losing $5000 a month out of my pocket and we did it for four years and we just couldn't do it anymore."

 

     Flinn said the new conservative talk radio show is the first on FM in the Mid-South. He says it will draw a bigger audience.

 

"We're going to sort, sift and separate until we have the best programming on," said Flinn. "I'm excited about this."

 

However listeners are disappointed that the only place to get The Pig is online. Flinn said this is an effort to keep the programming going, so they can get it on-air again.

 

"Believe me, people that know me know I never give up and they know the pig will be back on the air as soon as I build another station which is what I'm working on right now," Flinn added. 

 

He hopes to have the PIG on air again by the end of the year. Flinn says it will be a better signal in the middle of the bandwidth. In the meantime, iPhone and Blackberry apps are being developed so you can listen to it on the go.

 

Listen to The Pig online at: www.ipigradio.com

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