New Life Russian Radio

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Broadcast areaChicago Metro area and Northern suburbs
BrandingNew Life Russian Radio
SloganThe 1st Radio
FormatWorld Ethnic, News Talk
Power5,000 watts day
17 watts night
Former callsignsWEAW (1950s-1979)
WPRZ (1979-1981)
WEAW (1981-1987)
WSSY (1987-1990)
OwnerPolnet Communications, Ltd.

New Life Russian radio, which debuted in Chicago in 1979, was the largest and longest running Russian language broadcasting company in North America. They broadcast from Chicago on 1330 AM (WKTA). New Life Russian radio served one of the fastest-growing markets in the US – Russian speaking.[1]


The format of New Life Russian Radio is unique and varying. New Life has an abundance of sports, music, feature stories, entertainment, daily discussion topics and lots of talk. Weekends are dedicated to special family programming, programs for children, discussions on political and social issues, and sports. Consequently, the popularity and growth of New Life Russian Radio has been unprecedented.

As part of its commitment to the community, New Life Russian Radio sponsors and produces performances of Russian-speaking artists from the Former Soviet Union. The genre spectrum of these performances is very wide, from pop and rock to theater and ballet.

New Life Russian Radio is anchored and staffed by well-known on-air personalities of the Russian speaking community, including reporters and talents from the BBC, Voice of Russia, Echo of Moscow, Voice of America and others.

All broadcasting on New Life Russian Radio is live and interactive with listener participation and call-in segments.


New Life has the exclusive rights to rebroadcast the audio from the Russian Division of the BBC and several radio stations in Russia including: 'Echo of Moscow', 'Russian Radio', 'Radio Retro' and more.

Station Information[edit]

New Life Russian Radio broadcast on 1330 AM (WKTA) from Northbrook, Illinois. The signal strength is 5,000 watts, which covers Chicago and the northern suburbs. New Life leases time on 1330 AM (WKTA) from Polnet Communications, Ltd.[2] The program was sold, and now currently broadcasts as Vmeste.FM.


Coordinates: 42°08′22″N 87°53′07″W / 42.13944°N 87.88528°W / 42.13944; -87.88528

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