WSPL

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WSPL
WSPL-AM 1250 radio logo.png
City of license Streator, Illinois
Broadcast area La Salle/Peru, Illinois
Slogan "News. Talk. Sports."
Frequency 1250 kHz
First air date September 26, 1953[1]
Format News/Talk
Language(s) English
Power 500 watts (day)
64 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 63535
Transmitter coordinates 41°09′30″N 88°50′13″W / 41.15833°N 88.83694°W / 41.15833; -88.83694
Callsign meaning Where Streator People Listen
Former callsigns WIZZ (1953-2001)[2]
Affiliations Cumulus Media Networks
Owner Studstill Media
(Mendota Broadcasting, Inc.)
Sister stations WALS, WBZG, WGLC-FM, WIVQ, WSTQ, WYYS
Website am1250wspl.com

WSPL (1250 AM) is an American radio station licensed to serve the community of Streator, Illinois. The station is owned by Studstill Media and the broadcast license is held by Mendota Broadcasting, Inc .

The station, established in 1953 as "WIZZ", was assigned the call sign "WSPL" by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on January 5, 2001.[1][2]

Programming[edit]

WSPL broadcasts a news/talk radio format.[3] As of January 2013, local programming on WSPL includes a morning drive show, the WSPL Morning Show airing Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM Central, hosted by Colin McIntyre, news with Nick Deranek, and sports with Illinois Hall of Fame Broadcaster "Big Al" Hauessler, along with a tradio show called The Swap Shop, which airs Monday through Friday at 9:15 AM Central along with Sundays at 9:30 AM Central. Sports broadcasts include Streator Township High School football and basketball.[4] As of February 2013, the station was evolving back to a middle of the road format featuring music from the likes of The Carpenters, Dean Martin and Perry Como and became a 24/7 music format as of September 30th, 2013.

Alumni[edit]

"Cousin Ed" Nowotarski hosted "Polka Party", a live polka music program, on WSPL for 34 years before retiring from broadcasting in November 2001.[5] Nowotarski died in January 2004.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Directory of AM and FM Stations and Market Data for the United States". 1955 Broadcasting Yearbook-Marketbook. Washington, DC: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1955. p. 133. 
  2. ^ a b "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "On-Air Personalities". WSPL AM 1250. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Cousin Ed's last 'Polka Party'". The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL). November 9, 2001. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Cousin Ed remembered for music". The Daily Times (Ottawa, IL). January 20, 2004. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 

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