WGN (AM)

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WGN, 720 kHz, is a commercial AM radio station in Chicago, Illinois, United States.wikipedia
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Chicago Tribune

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WGN is the only radio station owned by Nexstar Media Group, which primarily owns television stations; it had been one of the flagship properties of Tribune Media, through its Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary, prior to its 2019 merger with Nexstar, and was co-owned with the Chicago Tribune, whose "World's Greatest Newspaper" slogan served as the basis for the WGN call sign, from 1924 to 2014.
Founded in 1847, and formerly self-styled as the "World's Greatest Newspaper" (a slogan for which WGN radio and television are named), it remains the most-read daily newspaper of the Chicago metropolitan area and the Great Lakes region.

Tribune Broadcasting

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WGN is the only radio station owned by Nexstar Media Group, which primarily owns television stations; it had been one of the flagship properties of Tribune Media, through its Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary, prior to its 2019 merger with Nexstar, and was co-owned with the Chicago Tribune, whose "World's Greatest Newspaper" slogan served as the basis for the WGN call sign, from 1924 to 2014.
The new owners changed the station's call letters to WGN, to match the Tribunes slogan, "World's Greatest Newspaper."

List of North American broadcast station classes

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WGN is a clear channel Class A station operating with the maximum AM power in the United States of 50,000 watts, using a non-directional antenna.

Clear-channel station

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WGN is a clear channel Class A station operating with the maximum AM power in the United States of 50,000 watts, using a non-directional antenna.

Call sign

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WGN is the only radio station owned by Nexstar Media Group, which primarily owns television stations; it had been one of the flagship properties of Tribune Media, through its Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary, prior to its 2019 merger with Nexstar, and was co-owned with the Chicago Tribune, whose "World's Greatest Newspaper" slogan served as the basis for the WGN call sign, from 1924 to 2014.
All new call signs have been 4-character for some decades, though there are historical 3-character call letters still in use today, such as KSL in Salt Lake City, KOA in Denver, WHO in Des Moines, WWJ in Detroit, WJW in Cleveland, WBT in Charlotte, WSM in Nashville, WGR in Buffalo, KHJ in Los Angeles, and WGN plus WLS (AM) 890 and WLS-TV in Chicago.

Emergency Alert System

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WGN is responsible for the activation of the Chicago metropolitan area Emergency Alert System when hazardous weather alerts, disaster area declarations, and child abductions are issued.

WLS (AM)

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It is the only all local talk station in Chicago, with WIND, WCPT and WLS all carrying at several nationally syndicated talk shows on their schedules.
The Bulls moved to Entercom-owned sports radio station AM 670 WSCR, while the White Sox signed a deal with talk station AM 720 WGN.

Amos 'n' Andy

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After a dispute with the station in 1927, Gosden and Correll took the program's concept and announcer Bill Hay across town to WMAQ and created the first syndicated radio show, Amos 'n' Andy.
The pair hoped that the radio exposure would lead to stage work; they were able to sell some of their scripts to local bandleader Paul Ash, which led to jobs at the Chicago Tribune's station WGN in 1925.

Mutual Broadcasting System

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On 1934, WGN served as a founding member of the Mutual Broadcasting System.
Mutual's original participating stations were WOR–Newark, New Jersey, just outside New York (owned by the Bamberger Broadcasting Service, a division of R.H. Macy and Company; in 1949, WOR-TV would begin broadcasting & Bamberger would be renamed General Teleradio, due to General Tire & Rubber's increased investment in the TV station ), WGN–Chicago (owned by WGN Inc., a subsidiary of the Chicago Tribune), WXYZ–Detroit (owned by Kunsky-Trendle Broadcasting), and WLW–Cincinnati (owned by the Crosley Radio Company).

Drake Hotel (Chicago)

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The station was originally located at the Wrigley Building, although it moved to the Drake Hotel the following July.
The Drake served as the original studios of radio station WGN when it was renamed from WDAP in 1924.

Chicago

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WGN, 720 kHz, is a commercial AM radio station in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
Chicago has five 50,000 watt AM radio stations: the CBS Radio-owned WBBM and WSCR; the Tribune Broadcasting-owned WGN; the Cumulus Media-owned WLS; and the ESPN Radio-owned WMVP.

Carole Mathews

In 1939, Carole Mathews, the "Miss Chicago" of 1938, launched her own WGN radio program Breakfast Time with Carole Mathews.
She also hosted a WGN radio program, Breakfast Time with Carole Mathews. Soon she was engaging in modeling.

Tribune Tower

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The former WGN annex onto Tribune Tower is now used as a retail space containing Dylan's Candy Bar.
WGN Radio (720 kHz) originated broadcasts from the building until moving to 303 Wacker Drive in June, 2018.

Wally Phillips

Some former well-known personalities on WGN include longtime morning hosts Wally Phillips, Bob Collins, Spike O'Dell, Paul Harvey and Roy Leonard.
Walter Phillips (July 7, 1925 – March 26, 2008 ) was an American radio personality best known for hosting WGN's morning radio show from Chicago for 21 years from January 1965 until July 1986, and was number one in the morning slot from 1968 until he left for an afternoon radio slot in 1986.

Bob Collins (broadcaster)

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Some former well-known personalities on WGN include longtime morning hosts Wally Phillips, Bob Collins, Spike O'Dell, Paul Harvey and Roy Leonard.
Bob Collins (February 28, 1942 – February 8, 2000) was a morning DJ on WGN-720AM radio in Chicago.

Sam 'n' Henry

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In 1926, WGN broadcast Sam & Henry, a daily serial with comic elements created and performed by Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll.
Sam 'n' Henry was a radio series performed by Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll that aired on Chicago radio station WGN from 1926 through 1928.

WMAQ (AM)

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After a dispute with the station in 1927, Gosden and Correll took the program's concept and announcer Bill Hay across town to WMAQ and created the first syndicated radio show, Amos 'n' Andy.
The actors were no strangers to Chicago radio as their program originally aired on WGN as Sam 'n' Henry; their first appearance on Chicago radio is said to have been on WLS in the late 1920s.

Oak Brook, Illinois

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Business topics are covered on the Wintrust Business Lunch with Steve Bertrand. WGN is one of the scant few news/talk radio stations in the country that broadcasts only locally produced talk shows, with a Sunday morning religious block featuring the only two outside programs on the station; Christ Church of Oak Brook's brokered Love Changes Life, followed by The Lutheran Hour as their sole syndicated program.

WIND (AM)

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It is the only all local talk station in Chicago, with WIND, WCPT and WLS all carrying at several nationally syndicated talk shows on their schedules.
Schwartz continued as overnight host on WIND until 1981, when he moved to 720 WGN.

WGN-TV

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In October 2008, WGN-TV began to provide forecasts for WGN radio (prepared by Tom Skilling and other members of the sister television station's weather staff), after it ended a ten-year forecast partnership with The Weather Channel.
Owned by the Nexstar Media Group, it is a sister property to news/talk/sports radio station WGN (720 AM) and local cable news channel Chicagoland Television (CLTV).

Steve King (radio)

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Late-night hosts over the years have included Franklyn MacCormack, Ed "Chicago Eddie" Schwartz, Don Vogel and the husband-and-wife team of Steve King and Johnnie Putman.
For more than 25 years, King and his wife, Johnnie Putman, hosted The Steve and Johnnie Show overnights on WGN.

Nick Digilio

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Williams' former timeslot, 1-4 p.m. was left vacant for several months, with the station's other radio hosts filling in on a rotating basis – including weekend host Nick Digilio, and Bob Sirott, who formerly hosted "The Noon Show" on the same station, in addition to a weekend program that is pre-recorded with his wife, Marianne Murciano (Sirott was also a prominent news anchor at NBC owned-and-operated station WMAQ-TV, channel 5, and later at Fox-owned WFLD, channel 32).
He is the host of an award-winning radio program on WGN Radio in Chicago, and is a frequent fill-in host for WGN.

WJAZ (Chicago)

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The original WGN began operating on the evening of March 29, 1924, after the newspaper took over programming of the former WJAZ.
A short-term agreement was made with the Chicago Tribune to take over the existing station's programming, which went into effect on March 29, 1924, and at the same time the station's call letters were changed to WGN and the transmitting frequency to 810 kHz.

ABC News Radio

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The station continues to utilize ABC News Radio for national news as the network's Chicago affiliate, even after the network was taken in-house at the start of 2015 after several years of ownership by Citadel Broadcasting/Cumulus Media at the start of 2015.

Chicago White Sox

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WGN serves as the flagship radio outlet for Chicago White Sox baseball, Chicago Blackhawks hockey and Northwestern University football and men's basketball telecasts.
The White Sox did not sell exclusive rights for radio broadcasts from radio's inception until 1944, instead having local stations share rights for games, and after WGN (720) was forced to abdicate their rights to the team in the 1943 after 16 seasons due to children's programming commitments from their network, Mutual.