United States

Happy 100th Anniversary to WGN 720 Chicago!

WGN is a 50,000-watt, non-directional, clear channel Class A station, licensed to Chicago, illinois. WGN used to be easily heard here in Southern California in the 1980s when KDWN Las Vegas would take Monday morning silent periods.
WGN 720 in Chicago signed on the air 100 years ago today — May 19, 1922 — as WDAP. The radio station was originally located in the Wrigley Building.
The Chicago Tribune purchased WDAP, and on June 1, 1924, renamed it WGN. The call letters stood for “World’s Greatest Newspaper,” a slogan the newspaper used since 1911.
The WGN call letters were in use by a Great Lakes vessel, but the skipper agreed to relinquish them so the newspaper could use them for the radio station.
Wikipedia says: “Early programming was noted for its creativity and innovation. It included live music, political debates, comedy routines, and some of radio’s first sporting event broadcasts, including the 1924 Indianapolis 500, and a live broadcast of the 1925 Scopes Trial from Dayton, Tennessee.”
In 1934, WGN became a founding member of the Mutual Broadcasting System. Previously the station was affiliated with NBC and CBS.
Over many decades, WGN aired middle of the road music until the 1970s, when its switched to adult contemporary. Music programming was phased out during the 1980s, and by 1990, the station’s lineup mainly consisted of talk shows.
“100 Years of WGN Radio: A Retrospective” will air Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm CT and Sunday, May 22 at 2 PM CT on WGN-TV. The video will also be available for on-demand viewing on wgnradio.com beginning Friday, May 20.

Steve Mittman to MWDX – The National Radio Club FB group (2022-05-20)


2GN Goulburn will stop regular programming on 1368 from 8am on Friday 20 May and play a ‘retune’ loop message for next 3 weeks until finally switching off the AM tx after 90 years of local broadcasting. Henceforth, ‘Forever Classic’ GNFM on 107.7 Goulburn and 106.1 Crookwell.

Matt Francis to ICDX-AM iog (2022-05-19)


This station, “Radio Blackbeard“, is broadcasting now (16.00 hrs. U.K./17.00 CET) with a very strong signal on 1495 khz. / 200 metres (AM). It wasn’t on air this morning. I am receiving it in a slightly different location from yesterday, which was in Sherwood, Nottingham, whilst today I am receiving it in West Bridgford, Nottingham). The signal is too strong to be from The Netherlands.
I can’t find any information anywhere about this station!

Martin Wilson (2022-05-18)

United States

Woof Boom Radio is teasing an upcoming format change at “Muncie Sports 92.51340 WXFN/92.5 W223CZ Muncie IN.
WXFN is currently running teasers promoting that they are “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”. New WMUN call letters are now in place.
WXFN carries Fox Sports Radio programming along with an hour-long local 4pm show hosted by Mark Foerster. The station also airs play-by-play of the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, IndyCar Series, Ball State University football and women’s basketball, and three local high schools.

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-05-17)


I have heard continuous music this afternoon in Nottingham, England, from a radio station with a very strong signal here on 1495 khz./200m. (AM) with the odd announcement stating “Radio Blackbeard” and inviting listeners to send reception reports to an e-mail address! I don’t know anything about this station.

Martin Wilson (2022-05-17)

Maybe a new Dutch radio station?

Ydun Ritz (2022-05-17)

United Kingdom

I think Absolute on 1215 AM from Washford is on reduced power  today. It is sounding weaker with lots of mush fading due to co channel interference from Droitwich. Using the directional properties of a portable radio here near Bristol the ground wave signal from Droitwich is actually stronger than that of Washford. The two other  Washford outlets on 882 and 1089 are ok.

Simon Hockenhull to TX-list (2022-05-14)

You are right about periods of reduced power from Washford.
They are carrying out stay replacement and structural repairs to the masts.

Mike to TX-list (2022-05-15)