In the meantime, the 101.5 frequency has been taken over by the Pole, which spins music to strip by (lotsa Mötley Crüe and sleazy hip-hop) and features a bathroom-cam video on its website. On Friday, our Melanie Asmar wondered if the Pole is a stunt, and all signs point to "yes." A blurb on a Radio Insight page notes the similarity of this gag to one in Norfolk, Virginia, earlier this year. In that case, a station owned by Max Media (which also holds the deed to 101.5) flipped to goofy "Classic Chinese Hits" for a brief period before emerging with a contemporary-hit-radio format. Oh yeah: The consultant at that station was Alan Burns, who performs the same task for 101.5's sister station, Hot 107.1 FM.
Since Hot 107.1 specializes in CHR, don't look for 101.5 to follow the same path as the Virginia signal. Indeed, current speculation suggests that FM talk could wind up in that dial position -- and there are plenty of other options as well. In the meantime, don't get attached to the Pole. Expect Max Media to take it all off soon.