|City of license||Chicago, Illinois|
|Broadcast area||Chicago, Illinois|
|Frequency||100.3 FM (MHz)
(also on HD Radio)
100.3-2 FM (80's Hits)
|First air date||1947 (as WFMF)
November 5, 2004 (as WILV)
|Audience share||3.3 (Sep'09, RI)|
|Callsign meaning||We're In LoVe
or W Illinois (state) LoVe
|Former callsigns||WFMF (1947-1974)
(Chicago FCC License Sub, LLC)
|Sister stations||WDRV, WWDV, WTMX|
WILV (100.3 FM, "Chicago's 100.3") is a radio station broadcasting an adult contemporary format. Licensed to Chicago, Illinois, USA, the station serves the Chicago area. The station is currently owned by Hubbard Broadcasting. The station is also broadcast on HD radio. WILV has studios at One Prudential Plaza and its transmitter co-located atop John Hancock Center.
The station began operation in 1947 as WFMF, owned by Marshall Field. It was used for over the air background music in the stores. By May 1974, the station changed call letters to WLOO "W-100," later simply known as "FM-100," played an easy listening "beautiful music" format — mostly instrumental renditions of pop songs along with some soft vocalists. The station was sold to Century Broadcasting in the early 1970s, which also owned AM 820 (then WAIT, later WCZE "Cozy" and WXEZ). During this time, the station also syndicated a version of its format to other stations across the country, known as the FM 100 Plan.
Through the 1980s, the station continued the easy listening format with more vocalists including more AC artists and less standards artists. In 1988 the call letters changed to WXEZ-FM (eXtra EZ). The instrumentals were eliminated. The station evolved to a soft AC format.
In 1990, the call letters were changed to WPNT-FM, known as "The Point" and the station evolved to more straight-ahead AC, playing the top 40 hits of the '60s and '70s and the AC/soft rock hits of the '80s, '90s and beyond. WPNT-AM simulcast the FM for a while, but was quickly spun off because the land the transmitters sat on in suburban Elmhurst, Illinois became more valuable than the daytime-only station itself. On 100.3, Steve Cochran hosted morning drive, later to be replaced by Fred Winston.
By 1995, the station was again known as "FM 100", "100.3, Chicago's FM 100" or variation. Between 1995 and 1997, the format was straight ahead Hot AC.
In 1997, WPNT was sold to Evergreen Media. The station became known as "Chicago's 100.3" while the positioner was "Music That Picks You Up & Makes You Feel Good". The station heavily relied on more uptempo Hot AC along with many 80s golds.
Chancellor and Evergreen merged in 1997. At that point, Chancellor owned 95.5 WNUA (smooth jazz) (from Chancellor), Rock 103.5 WRCX (from Evergreen), 97.9 WLUP (rock) (from Evergreen), 93.9 WLIT (adult contemporary) (from Viacom), 102.7 WVAZ (urban AC) (from Evergreen/Broadcast Partners), 107.5 WGCI-FM (urban contemporary) (from Gannett), hip hop WEJM 106.3 (from Broadcast Partners/Evergreen), and WPNT.
The newly formed Chancellor had too many FM stations and had to sell 3. So, in the Summer of 1997, 106.3 WEJM was sold to Crawford Broadcasting Company and it flipped to Gospel (and urban AC years later). Bonneville International, who had already owned pop/alternative station 101.9 WTMX, bought WLUP "The Loop" and WPNT. Later, in 2000, they bought classical station WNIB (now WDRV) for $147 million.
Since The Loop had become musically close to WTMX, WLUP flipped to a classic rock format. WPNT was also musically close to WTMX; so, on September 1, 1997, WPNT became an AC station. The station's call letters were changed to WNND to match the new moniker "Windy 100."
On November 5, 2004, at 7 a.m., WNND adopted a rhythmic-leaning AC format as "100.3 Love FM," with the WILV call letters.
By 2007, the station began focusing on Adult Contemporary music again, and by 2008, the station was once again known as "Chicago's 100.3" as it was prior to becoming WNND in 1997. As of 2010, the station's music mix is still heavy on 70s and 80s music, but has more of an upbeat adult contemporary feel.
On June 7, 2010, at 1 p.m., WILV shifted their playlist to focus on 80s music, but 70s and 90s music still has a presence. They also changed their name to "Rewind 100.3" and format to adult hits, leaving only WLIT-FM and WCFS-FM as Chicago's only AC stations.
Current airstaff includes: Brian Peck (mornings), Megan Reed (middays), Brian Middleton (afternoons), Cara Carriveau (evenings), Brian Travis (overnights).
On December 1, 2013 WILV rebranded as "Chicago's 100.3".
WILV began broadcasting in HD in 2006. On their HD-2 channel, the first format was the previous "Love" format WILV ran from 2004-2006. It changed to a nonstop mixshow format called "Club Love" in 2008 after the station tweaked to its current Gold AC format. On May 20, 2009, the HD-2 channel changed again, this time to "The Mormon Channel" a national HD-2 network run by Bonneville on HD-2 stations in Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and others. By March 2013, it was broadcasting Voice of Russia.
- "Chicago Market Ratings". Radio-Info.
- "WILV Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "HD Radio Station Guide". HD Radio. iBiquity.
- "$505M sale: Bonneville sells Chicago, D.C., St. Louis and Cincinnati to Hubbard". Radio-Info.com. January 19, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
- "Hubbard deal to purchase Bonneville stations closes". Radio Ink. May 2, 2011. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
- Official website
- The Mormon Channel website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WILV
- Radio-Locator information on WILV
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WILV