WCKG

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For the Elmwood Park, Illinois radio station that held the call sign WCKG at 105.9 FM from 1985 to 2007, see WCFS-FM.
WCKG
City of license Elmhurst, Illinois
Broadcast area Chicago
Branding 1530 The Blaze
Slogan The Voice of DuPage County
Frequency 1530 kHz
First air date October 10, 1974 (1974-10-10)
Format News/Talk
Power 760 watts day only
Class D
Facility ID 32227
Transmitter coordinates 41°52′3″N 87°55′7″W / 41.86750°N 87.91861°W / 41.86750; -87.91861Coordinates: 41°52′3″N 87°55′7″W / 41.86750°N 87.91861°W / 41.86750; -87.91861
Callsign meaning W= Will, C= Cook, K= Kane, G= dupaGe
Former callsigns WKDC (1974 (1974)–1994 (1994))
WJJG (1994 (1994)–2012 (2012))
Affiliations The Blaze
Owner DuPage Radio, LLC.
(DuPage Radio, LLC.)
Sister stations Q101 Chicago
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.wckg.com

WCKG (1530 AM) is a radio station licensed to Elmhurst, Illinois, USA. The station serves the Chicago area. The station is licensed to Joseph J. Gentile; however, he died on October 10, 2011.[1]

History[edit]

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.

On September 19, 2012, AM 1530 changed its call letters to WCKG.

WCKG currently airs a unique Independent Talk format featuring Glenn Beck, Alex Jones, Peter Schiff, Ron Paul, Free Talk Live., Nomad Capitalist and top and bottom hour news from TheBlaze.

Hours of operation are determined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); daytime broadcasting varys monthly with the changes in sunrise and sunset.

Personalities/Programs[edit]

8-11 a.m. Glenn Beck Program (also simulcast on TheBlaze)

11-1 p.m. Alex Jones

1-2 p.m. Power Hour

2-4 p.m. Peter Schiff

6-8 p.m. Free Talk Live

See also[edit]

Joseph J. Gentile Center

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WCKG Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 

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