WPNA

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WPNA
City of license Oak Park, Illinois
Broadcast area Chicago
Slogan "Chicagoland's International Choice"
Frequency 1490 kHz
Format Polish Language Talk and other ethnic programming
Power 1,000 watts unlimited
Class C
Facility ID 1093
Transmitter coordinates 41°52′52″N 87°47′38″W / 41.88111°N 87.79389°W / 41.88111; -87.79389Coordinates: 41°52′52″N 87°47′38″W / 41.88111°N 87.79389°W / 41.88111; -87.79389
Callsign meaning Polish National Alliance
Former callsigns WEBS, WOPA, & WBMX
Owner Polish National Alliance
(Alliance Communications, Inc.)
Webcast Listen Live
Website WPNA Website

WPNA (1490 AM) is a time-brokered radio station licensed to Oak Park, Illinois, USA, the station serves the Chicago area. The station is currently owned by Alliance Communications.[1] WPNA hosts radio programs for various ethnic and cultural groups in the Chicago metropolitan area.

While the majority of programming is Polish language talk, they do feature polka music on the weekends such as the long running Eddie Blazonczyk Polka Show hosted by Tish Blazonczyk, Polka Classics with Keith Stras, and the IPA Polka Show.

History[edit]

The station's history goes back to 1951 when a license to broadcast on 1490 AM from Oak Park was granted by the FCC under the call sign WEBS. Shortly after going on the air, the call sign was changed to WOPA to better reflect the location of its studios. The offices and antenna were in the former Oak Park Arms Hotel, now a retirement community. The call sign once again changed in 1984 to WBMX for 3 years until 1490 AM was purchased by the Polish National Alliance which changed the station's call letters to WPNA on May 1, 1987.

WPNA is the home of the Hagerty Family Irish Program, the longest running Irish program in the USA. This program has been on the 1490 AM dial every Saturday morning since the station went on the air in 1951.[2]

WPNA was the home of the long-running Chet Gulinski Show, which featured polka music and was quite popular in Chicago's Eastern European communities.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WPNA Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  2. ^ Curry, Cathy. "Chicago's First Family of Irish Radio", Irish American News, Chicago, May 2011. Retrieved on 23 October 2014.

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