Radio - October 2015 - (Page 20)
WGN Radio Is a Chicago
Hall of Famer
by Jason Ornellas
ince 1922, WGN (then known as
WDAP) has been broadcasting in
Chicago, initially on 833 kHz, and since
1927, on 720 kHz on the AM dial.
WGN Radio is part of Tribune Broadcasting and is
the company's sole remaining radio station. Its history
is long and storied, but one thing has been the same
since 1924 - the famous call letters that stand for
"World's Greatest Newspaper." This moniker was on
the front page of the Chicago Tribune for decades, but
last year, Tribune Media (parent of Tribune Broadcasting) split from Tribune publishing, and WGN is no
longer co-owned with the newspaper. Centrally located
in the Tribune tower in downtown Chicago, WGN has
a "walk of fame" marker along Michigan Avenue with a
number of its legends enshrined in the walk.
WGN is in a unique position because they are
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a top-rated stand-alone radio station in a major
market. They are co-owned with over 40 television
stations in 33 cities including New York, Los Angeles,
Chicago, Houston, Dallas and Washington, D.C.
WGN has been in its current facility since July 1, 2012
and completed a move from the ground floor to the
seventh floor to give WGN a state-of-the-art facility,
while maintaining continuity for programming with
multiple sources and precise timing.
NEVER MISSED A TONE
Every facility has an interesting story behind it,
and WGN is no exception. WGN takes time very seriously. Many years ago, WGN engineering constructed
a top-of-the-hour time generator to give a very
specific tone at the top of the hour. This tone consists
of three frequencies mixed together and has been a
hallmark of WGN Radio ever since.
Generally, WGN runs a 10-second delay, so the
of WGN Engineering
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