101.9 Adds Jock Dave Packer to Staff; Gives Rumor to Hybrid News/Music Format

By Jerry Barmash Comment

New York’s new station at 101.9, which dropped the Rock format on Friday when it was fully taken over by Merlin Media, is preparing for a changeover to News.

Last week, we told you that several WINS anchors and reporters made the move to Merlin.

Now, FishbowlNY has learned that WCBS-FM fill-in jock Dave Packer has been hired. This fuels speculation that Merlin, behind COO Walter Sabo, would appear to be developing a similar format to one he created at WKXW/New Jersey 101.5.

At WKXW, Sabo was instrumental in programming a News/Talk station Monday through Friday, and an Oldies station on the weekends.

For now, 101.9 has kept the old WRXP call letters and a mix of 1980s pop/rock. But there are no jocks, just a female-voiced jingle announcing “101.9 FM New…” instead of saying “News.”