|City of license||Elmhurst, Illinois|
|Branding||1530 The Blaze|
|Slogan||The Voice of DuPage County|
|First air date||October 10, 1974|
|Format||Talk / Brokered programming|
|Power||760 watts day|
|Callsign meaning||Former callsign and name of WCFS-FM (The PaCKaGe) or ChiKaGo (misspelling of "Chicago")|
|Former callsigns||WKDC (1974
WJJG (1994 –2012 )
Broadcast Barter Radio Networks
|Owner||Joseph J. Gentile WJJG Inc.|
|Sister stations||Q101 Chicago|
AM 1530 signed on the air October 10, 1974. The station’s call letters were originally WKDC representing the signal coverage in Will, Kane, DuPage and Cook counties. The studios were built for stereo (Cetec Sparta stereo audio equipment) although it was not until 1976 when the FCC authorized the station to test AM stereo. Daytime and night-time findings on AM stereo were presented at the 1977 NAB Convention in Washington, DC.
In 1994, AM 1530 changed its call sign to WJJG. The call letters stood for owner Joseph J. Gentile. Joe’s nickname is “The Baron of Barrington,” where he owned a Chrysler-Plymouth dealership for many years.
Former "Hometown Station, WJJG" shows included:
- Mike Baker and "The Forgotten 45's"
- Scott Layman's "Take the Red Line"
- The "Ken Oda Show" (sports analyst)
- Cop Talk
- The Chicky Check In Show with Mary Margaret O'Connor
- The Don of Sports
After WJJG became WCKG, several shows produced by John DiVita such as "The Don of Sports", and "Meet the Chicago Historians" moved to the website windyCityHometown.com and air on Jack FM 89.7 WRHS-FM Norridge.
On May 6, 2012, WJJG began simulcasting internet radio station Q101. On September 19, 2012, the station changed its call sign to WCKG.
Hours of operation are determined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); daytime broadcasting varys monthly with the changes in sunrise and sunset.
8-11 a.m. Dan Patrick
11-1 p.m. Geoff Pinkus
1-4 p.m. Alex Jones
4-7 p.m. Mancow Replay
- Official website of WCKG
- Official website of Mike Baker And The Forgotten 45s
- With the history of AM 1530 Elmhurst, IL
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WCKG
- Radio-Locator Information on WCKG
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WCKG