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City of license Oak Park, Illinois
Broadcast area Chicago
Frequency 1490 kHz
Format Polish Language 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
Owner Polish National Alliance
(Alliance Communications, Inc.)
Website WPNA Website

WPNA (1490 AM) is a 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.


The station's history goes back to 1951, when a license to broadcast on 1490 AM from Oak Park was granted by the FCC. The license was 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. 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 stations call letters to WPNA.

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.


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

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