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Encyclopedia > WLS (AM)
WLS
WLS Newsradio Logo
Broadcast area Chicago, Illinois
Branding 890-AM WLS
Slogan Chicago's Talk Station
First air date April 12, 1924
Frequency 890 kHz
Format News/Talk
ERP 50,000 watts
Class A (clear channel)
Callsign meaning World's Largest Store
Owner ABC Radio
Website http://www.wlsam.com/

WLS is a pioneer Chicago radio station. The call letters stand for World's Largest Store (for its original owner, Sears, Roebuck). The station operates on an AM clear channel frequency of 890 kHz with a power of 50,000 watts in AM stereo. Since the purchase of its parent company in 1959 and the subsequent merging with WENR, a station with which WLS had shared its frequency since the 1920s, WLS has been owned and operated by the radio division of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), which is expected to merge with Citadel Broadcasting by June of 2007. Its transmitter and towers are located in Tinley Park, Illinois. Image File history File links Logo for WLS Newsradio Chicago File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, The City of Big Shoulders, The 312, The City that Works Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837  - Mayor... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Look up Slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... April 12 is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (103rd in leap years). ... Year 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Sine waves of various frequencies; the bottom waves have higher frequencies than those above. ... A kilohertz (kHz) is a unit of frequency equal to 1,000 hertz (1,000 cycles per second). ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... In radio telecommunications, effective radiated power or ERP is determined by subtracting system losses from system gains. ... The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one joule per second. ... This is the list of broadcast station classes. ... Clear channel stations are AM radio stations that are designated as such so that only one or two 50,000 watt powerhouses operate at night on each designated frequency, covering a wide area via sky wave propagation. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... ABC Radio is a division of the American Broadcasting Company focused on AM radio and FM radio broadcasting. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, typically common to a particular domain name or subdomain on the World Wide Web on the Internet. ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, The City of Big Shoulders, The 312, The City that Works Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837  - Mayor... A radio station is an audio (sound) broadcasting service, traditionally broadcast through the air as radio waves (a form of electromagnetic radiation) from a transmitter to an antenna and a thus to a receiving device. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... Sears, Roebuck and Company (NYSE: S) was founded in Chicago, Illinois as a catalog merchandiser in 1886 by Richard Sears and Alvah Roebuck. ... AM broadcasting is radio broadcasting using Amplitude Modulation. ... AM stereo is any of a number of mutually-incompatible techniques for broadcasting two_channel audio in the mediumwave band in a manner that is compatible with receivers designed for standard amplitude modulation. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Citadel Broadcasting Corporation NYSE: CDL is a Las Vegas, Nevada based broadcast holding company. ... Incorporated Village in 1892. ...


Sears opened the station in 1924 as a service to farmers and subsequently sold it to the Prairie Farmer Magazine, which continued that orientation through 1960. It was the scene of the National Barn Dance, which featured Gene Autry, Pat Buttram, and George Gobel, and which was second only to the Grand Ole Opry in presenting country music and humor. Year 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar). ... The National Barn Dance was a former country music radio program broadcast in the early period of radio over the facilities of WLS in Chicago, Illinois. ... Gene Autry. ... Pat Buttram (born June 19, 1915 in Addison, Alabama; died January 8, 1994 in Los Angeles, California) was an American actor, famous for his many movies as a sidekick of Gene Autry playing the role of Smiley. In Gene Autry movies, Pat Buttram played a variety of sidekicks with different... George Leslie Gobel (May 20, 1919 - February 24, 1991) was an American comedian, born in Chicago, Illinois, and known as Lonesome George. ... The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...


The station also experimented successfully in many forms of news broadcasting, including weather and crop reports. Its most famous news broadcast was the report of the Hindenburg disaster by Herbert Morrison. Weather is a term that encompasses phenomena in the atmosphere of a planet. ... LZ 129 Hindenburg was a German zeppelin that was destroyed by fire while landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey on May 6, 1937. ... Herbert Morrison (May 14, 1905 – January 10, 1989), American radio reporter, was best known for his vivid description of the explosion and fire that destroyed the Hindenburg zeppelin. ...


Starting in the 1930s, WLS had been an affiliate of the Blue Network of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), and as such aired the popular Fibber McGee and Molly and Lum and Abner comedy programs (both produced at the studios of Chicago's NBC-owned stations, WENR and WMAQ) during their early years. When the Federal Communications Commission forced NBC to sell the Blue Network, WLS maintained its affiliation with the network under its new identity, the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). Under this affiliation, some programs from the network that were not commercially sponsored or which were scheduled to cross the time that WLS and WENR shifted its use of the same frequency (such as baseball or football games) were transferred to air on a third Blue Network/ABC affiliate in Chicago, WCFL. Blue/ABC network broadcasts of addresses by labor leaders were also shifted away from WLS and WENR to WCFL, which was owned at the time by the Chicago Federation of Labor. The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American radio and television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Jim and Marian Jordan were featured in 1947 NBC promotional art by Sam Berman. ... Lum and Abner was an American radio comedy which was on the air as a first-run network program from 1932 to 1954. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... The FCCs official seal. ... WCFL (1000 kHz Chicago, Illinois) was a 50,000-watt AM radio station located in Chicago. ... The Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) is the central labor body for over 300 Chicago area unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO. The CFL was formed in the late 1800s to strengthen the efforts of individual union locals by creating a unified voice for the citys labor movement. ...


In 1960 WLS hired star disc jockey Dick Biondi (RHOF) [1] from WKBW in Buffalo, New York to anchor the station's new Top 40 music radio format. Other notable disc jockies who worked at WLS include Fred Winston, Art Roberts, Clark Weber, Ron Riley, Larry Lujack, Bob Sirott, John Records Landecker, Yvonne Daniels, Kris Erik Stevens, Steve Dahl, Steve King, Chuck Buell, Jimmy Howes and Tommy Edwards. In the 1960's WLS was a major force in introducing new music and recording artists. Voted by broadcasters nationally as "The Station of the Year" in 1967, 1968 & 1969. John Rook was named "Program Director of the Year" in 1968 & 1969 as WLS was estimated attracting 4.2 million listeners weekly by Pulse research. During the 1970s WLS ran a Sunday night music interview program called Music People. Beginning in the mid 1980s WLS cut back on mainstream Top 40 music with mostly AC leaning and oldies and had more talk from disc jockeys rather than music, including a Sunday night late night talk show called "Sex Talk" and a daily late night sports related talk show. On August 23, 1989 at 7pm, WLS stopped playing occasional music on its AM station (appropriately, the last song played was a song by Chicago, "Just You 'N' Me", from their 6th album) as it became a 24/7 all talk station featuring high-rated talk talents from around the country, such as Bob Lassiter from Tampa Bay and Stacy Taylor from San Diego. After a few years, however, they dropped many of these hosts and began a mostly syndicated lineup. It currently features Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity,and others. For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Dick Biondi (born 1933, Endicott, New York, USA) is a Radio Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Top 40 and Oldies disc jockey. ... The National Radio Hall of Fame and Museum, an offshoot of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, Illinois, recognizes and showcases those who have contributed to the development of the medium throughout its history in the United States. ... WWKB (formerly WKBW) is a radio station in Buffalo, New York that operates on an AM frequency of 1520. ... Nickname: City of Good Neighbors, Queen City, City of Light Location of Buffalo in New York State County Erie County  - Mayor Byron Brown Area    - City 136. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Music radio is a radio format where music is the primary source of broadcast content on both commercial and non-commercial stations. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Clark Weber was a Chicago radio personality since 1961. ... Larry Lujack (born June 6, 1940), a Top 40 Music radio disc jockey who was a precursor to the shock jocks of the 1990s, is known for his world-weary sarcastic style, Klunk letter of the day, and darkly humorous Animal Stories. ... Chicago broadcaster Bob Sirott began his career in radio as a disc jockey for WLS. He made the transition to television at WBBM-TV. From there, he became a correspondent for the CBS newsmagazine West 57th. ... John Records Landecker (born March 28, 1949) is Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Top 40 and Oldies disc jockey. ... Steve King is a radio personality who has been heard on several different stations, almost all in the Chicago area. ... August 23 is the 235th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (236th in leap years), with 130 days remaining. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Chicago is a rock band that was formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. ... Chicago VI is the sixth album by American rock band Chicago, released in 1973. ... Talk radio is radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ... Bob Lassiter on a Tampa Bay public access TV show, 1988. ... Landsat image of Tampa Bay Tampa Bay is a large natural harbor and estuary along the Gulf of Mexico on the western coast of Florida, made up of Old Tampa Bay, Hillsborough Bay, McKay Bay, and the New Tampa Bay. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates , Government County San Diego Mayor City Attorney         City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Jerry Sanders (R) Michael Aguirre Scott Peters Kevin... Rush Hudson Limbaugh III (born January 12, 1951) is an American radio talk show host. ... Sean Patrick Hannity (born December 30, 1961, in New York City, New York) is an American conservative talk radio host, an executive producer of Fox News Channels program Hannity & Colmes, and the author of two books. ...


WLS and the other O&O ABC Radio Network stations not affiliated with ESPN Radio or Radio Disney are part of the transaction in which ABC Radio is to be merged with Citadel Broadcasting.[2] ESPN Radio is a national sports radio network based in the United States. ... Radio Disney is a radio network based in Dallas, Texas in the United States broadcasting music and other content targeted at children. ... Citadel Broadcasting Corporation NYSE: CDL is a Las Vegas, Nevada based broadcast holding company. ...


Current Weekday Line Up

  • 4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.: Wall Street Journal This Morning
  • 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Don Wade & Roma
  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Jerry Agar
  • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Rush Limbaugh
  • 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: The Roe Conn Show
  • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: Sean Hannity
  • 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.: Mark Levin
  • 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.: Coast to Coast AM with George Noory

Rush Hudson Limbaugh III (born January 12, 1951) is an American radio talk show host. ... Roe Conn Flying with a Thunderbird Roe Conn (born in Chicago on April 27, 1964) is an American radio talk show host who is the host of The Roe Conn Show which airs on WLS-AM 890 in Chicago, Illinois. ... Sean Patrick Hannity (born December 30, 1961, in New York City, New York) is an American conservative talk radio host, an executive producer of Fox News Channels program Hannity & Colmes, and the author of two books. ... Mark Levin Mark Reed Levin (b. ... George R. Noory George Ralph Noory (born June 4, 1950) is an American radio broadcaster. ...

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Satellite Radio Local Traffic/Weather: XM Channel 217 | Sirius Channel 151 Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... WAIT (820 AM) is a radio station in Willow Springs, Illinois. ... WAUR (930 AM) is a radio station in Willow Springs, Illinois. ... WBBM (AM), also known on-air as Newsradio 780, is an all-news radio station in Chicago, Illinois. ... WCPT 850 AM is a daytime-only progressive talk radio station licensed to Crystal Lake, Illinois, and serving the Chicago area. ... WVON and WCEV (1450 AM) are radio stations licensed to Cicero, Illinois, serving the greater Chicago area. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... WEDC was a shared time radio station operating at 1240 on the am dial in Chicago. ... WGN-AM is a radio station on 720 kHz in Chicago, co-owned with WGN-TV. WGN-AMs transmitter is located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. ... WIND-AM News-Talk 560 is a radio station based in Chicago, Illinois, broadcasting its talk radio format on 560 kHz. ... WJOB is an AM Station broadcasting on 1230 kHz in Hammond, Indiana east of the Chicago metropolitan area. ... WLTH is an AM Station broadcasting on 1370 kHz in Gary, Indiana east of the Chicago metropolitan area. ... WMBI is an AM Station broadcasting on 1110 kHz in Chicago, Illinois. ... WMVP (1000 AM) is the callsign of a commercial radio station in Chicago. ... WNTD is an AM radio station in Chicago, Illinois. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... WRDZ-AM 1300 is an AM radio station licensed to La Grange, Illinois serving northeast Illinois, northwest Indiana and southeast Wisconsin. ... WRLL-1690 AM is an oldies station licenced to Berwyn, IL and serves areas in Northeast Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southeast Wisconsin. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... WSCR is a sports radio station in the Chicago, Illinois radio market. ... WVON and WCEV (1450 AM) are radio stations licensed to Cicero, Illinois, serving the greater Chicago area. ... WYLL 1160 is a Christian Talk & Teaching radio station located in Chicago and owned by Salem Communications. ... WWCA (1270 AM) is a radio station in Gary, Indiana. ... XM redirects here. ... Sirius Satellite Radio NASDAQ: SIRI is one of two satellite radio (SDARS) services operating in the United States and Canada. ...

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WLS (AM) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (643 words)
The station operates on an AM frequency of 890 kHz.
Starting in the 1930s, WLS had been an affiliate of the Blue Network of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), and as such aired the popular Fibber McGee and Molly and Lum and Abner comedy programs (both produced at the studios of Chicago's NBC-owned stations, WENR and WMAQ) during their early years.
WLS and the other OandO ABC Radio Network stations not affiliated with ESPN Radio or Radio Disney are part of the transaction in which ABC Radio is to be merged with Citadel Broadcasting.
WLS, the Prairie Farmer station (559 words)
From 1928 until the spring of 1960, WLS (which went on the air in 1924) aimed its programming at the farm families of the prairies of the Midwest.
Sharing (until the the mid-50's) the 870 (and later 890) spot on the dial with WENR, WLS was one of the nation's great broadcast stations.
Featuring a wealth of material about WLS artists, staff (and their families), it was as indispensible on the farm as the Sears Roebuck catalogue.
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