WDWS

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WDWS
City of license Champaign, Illinois
Broadcast area Champaign–Urbana
Branding News Talk 1400 DWS
Frequency 1400 kHz
First air date January 24, 1937
Format News Talk Information
Power 1,000 watts unlimited
Class C
Facility ID 14961
Transmitter coordinates 40°5′4.00″N 88°14′53.00″W / 40.0844444°N 88.2480556°W / 40.0844444; -88.2480556
Callsign meaning David W. Stevick
Affiliations CBS Radio News , Fox Sports Radio, Premiere Radio Networks, Learfield Sports, Dial Global Radio Network, Compass Media Networks
Owner D.W.S., Inc.
Sister stations WHMS, WKIO
Webcast Listen Live
Website wdws.com

WDWS (1400 kHz AM) is a news-talk radio station in Champaign, Illinois. The station operates at 1 kW of power, and is owned by the News-Gazette, the primary newspaper in the Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area. The station provides news and information for the city, and agricultural information for surrounding farmland. The station broadcasts Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Dave Ramsey, Kim Komando, Jim Bohannon and Bill Cunningham.

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The station signed on for the first time on January 24, 1937 as the area's first commercial radio station. David W. Stevick, publisher of the News-Gazette, had applied for a license in 1935, and his wife Helen and daughter Marajen continued the project. They named the station WDWS in his honor. WDWS was the east central Illinois affiliate for St. Louis Cardinals baseball when it signed on until 2010. Although the station broadcasts at only 1,000 watts, the signal is easily received throughout much of east-central Illinois .

WHMS-FM, which also broadcasts from Champaign, is the sister station to WDWS, and was known as WDWS-FM for many years. The two stations are the flagships for Illinois Fighting Illini football and basketball games; a role that WDWS has held throughout its history. WDWS also airs the Illini women's basketball, volleyball, and baseball games exclusively. WDWS broadcast the Chicago Cubs in 2011, however Cubs games moved to WGKC in 2012.

WDWS is currently an affiliate of the CBS Radio Network, and CBS was WDWS' national news source from 1937 until 2001. From 2001 until 2009, WDWS was affiliated with ABC News Radio.

The station has been carrying Rush Limbaugh's show(it started on August 1, 1988) since the mid to late 1990s. Sean Hannity was added in 2009.

WDWS is known throughout the area for its morning program, Penny for Your Thoughts. The show, hosted by former Illini sports announcer Jim Turpin, is known for its unique open-line format.

The station is also the affiliate for other Big Ten games on the radio, with most of them coming from Learfield Sports or IMG College. It also airs high school basketball games every Friday.

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