WCGO

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WCGO
WCGO 1590 is Chicago Logo.png
CityEvanston, Illinois
Broadcast areaChicago, Illinois
BrandingAM 1590 WCGO
SloganWCGO is Chicago
Frequency1590 kHz
Translator(s)W240EH (95.9 MHz, Evanston)
First air dateSeptember 29, 1947[1]
FormatTalk/Korean Christian
Power10,000 watts day
2,500 watts night
ClassB
Facility ID35447
Transmitter coordinates42°1′20.00″N 87°42′43.00″W / 42.0222222°N 87.7119444°W / 42.0222222; -87.7119444
Callsign meaningW ChicaGO
Former callsignsWNMP (1947-1970)[2]
WLTD (1970-1979)[2]
WONX (1979-2009)[3]
OwnerPollack Broadcasting (William Pollack)
(Evanston Broadcasting LLC)
Websitehttp://1590wcgo.com/

WCGO (1590 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a talk format, with Korean Christian programming weekday mornings and early afternoons. Licensed to Evanston, Illinois, United States, it serves the Chicago area. The station is currently owned by William Pollack's Pollack Broadcasting, through licensee Evanston Broadcasting LLC.[4][5]

History[edit]

WNMP[edit]

The station began broadcasting on September 29, 1947, and held the call sign WNMP.[1][2] WNMP operated during daytime hours only, with a power of 1,000 watts.[2] Block programming was aired in its early years.[6] In 1959, the station adopted a classical music/light music format.[7] In 1960, the station was sold to Harry H. Semrow and his brother Otto Semrow for $325,000.[8][9][2] The station aired an easy listening format in the 1960s and carried Northwestern Wildcats football.[10][11][12] In December 1969, the station was sold to Alan H. Cummings and Buddy Black for $875,000.[13][2]

WLTD[edit]

Its call sign was changed to WLTD on November 2, 1970.[2] WLTD aired easy listening music, old-time radio shows, and specialty talk shows.[14] On May 2, 1970, Chuck Schaden's first Those Were The Days program aired on WNMP.[15][16] It continued on WLTD until 1975, when the station changed format.[16]

In 1975, the station was sold to Kovas Communications for $400,000, and the station adopted a beautiful music format.[17][2][18][19]

WONX[edit]

On April 9, 1979, the station's call sign was changed to WONX.[2] The station switched to a Spanish language format.[20][21] Programming in other languages were also aired over the years.[22][23][24][25] In 1982, the station added nighttime operations, running 2,500 watts.[2][26] It uses a four-tower directional array at night.[5] In 1997, the station's daytime power was increased to 3,500 watts.[27]

WCGO[edit]

On April 10, 2009, the previous WCGO on 1600, also owned by Kovas, was taken off the air.[28] On April 13, 2009, WONX's call sign was changed to WCGO.[3] With 1600 now vacant, the new WCGO was able to increase its daytime power to 7,000 watts.[29] In 2014, the station's daytime power was increased to 10,000 watts.[30][31]

WCGO began airing talk programs in September 2014, with local shows hosted by Franklin Raff and Geoff Pinkus, as well as Dana Loesch's syndicated program.[32] On April 6, 2015, Milt Rosenberg began hosting a program on the station.[33] As of 2019, its programming includes The Kate Dalley Show, French and Friends, The Citizen Kelly Show, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, The Dave Ramsey Show, and Korean Christian programming weekday mornings and early afternoons.[34]

In 2017, the station was sold to William Pollack for $3 million.[4][35]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WNMP Started" (PDF). Broadcasting – Telecasting. October 6, 1947. p. 24. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j History Cards for WCGO, fcc.gov. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Call Sign History, fcc.gov. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "WCGO Being Purchased By William Pollack", Chicagoland Radio and Media. May 11, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  5. ^ a b AM Query Results: WCGO, fcc.gov. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  6. ^ "AM Histories", Broadcasting — Telecasting. A Continuing Study of Major Radio Markets: Study No. 7: Chicago. October 25, 1948. p. 20. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "WNMP Skeds Classic Fare", Billboard. April 13, 1959. p. 2. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "Changing hands", Broadcasting. October 3, 1960. p. 66. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  9. ^ Heise, Kenan. "Harry Semrow, County Tax Official", Chicago Tribune. November 24, 1987. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  10. ^ "Listeners the Final Answer?", Billboard. December 21, 1963. p. 36. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  11. ^ "Stations By Format", Billboard. October 16, 1965. p. 62. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  12. ^ "Stations By Format", Billboard. November 19, 1966. p. 38. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  13. ^ "Changing Hands", Broadcasting. December 1, 1969. p. 40. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  14. ^ Duston, Anne. "WLTD Places Emphasis on Old-Time Radio Shows", Billboard. June 10, 1972. p. 21. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  15. ^ Feder, Robert. "Chuck Schaden returns to his thrilling days of yesteryear", RobertFeder.com. July 24, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  16. ^ a b "TWTD Archive – May 2, 1970", Speaking of Radio. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  17. ^ "Ownership changes", Broadcasting. November 17, 1975. p. 71. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  18. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1976, Broadcasting, 1976. p. C-59. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  19. ^ "Stations, everywhere: a listeners' guide to the AM and FM bands", Chicago Tribune Magazine. March 4, 1979. p. 37. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  20. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1981, Broadcasting & Cable, 1981. p. C-70. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  21. ^ Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1985, Broadcasting & Cable, 1985. p. B-82. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  22. ^ The Broadcasting Yearbook 1990, Broadcasting & Cable, 1990. p. B-98. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  23. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1995, Broadcasting & Cable, 1995. p. B-123. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  24. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2000, Broadcasting & Cable, 2000. p. D-136. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  25. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2008, Broadcasting & Cable, 2008. p. D-185. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  26. ^ Public Notice Comment – BL-19821006AE, fcc.gov. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  27. ^ "Construction Permit Activity", The M Street Journal. Vol. 14, No. 22. June 4, 1997. p. 3. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  28. ^ "WCGO Being Purchased By William Pollack", Chicagoland Radio and Media. May 11, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  29. ^ "WCGO Goes Dark, WONX -- Now WCGO -- Ups Power", All Access Music Group. April 13, 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  30. ^ "Engineering Report Covering Request for Construction Permit on Behalf of Kovas Communications, Inc. For WCGO (AM) 1590 Kilohertz Evanston, Illinois", Charles A. Hecht & Associates, Inc. January 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  31. ^ Application Search Details – BL-20140618ABP, fcc.gov. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  32. ^ Feder, Robert. "Broadcast museum to honor Rich 'Svengoolie' Koz", RobertFeder.com. August 29, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  33. ^ Feder, Robert. "Milt Rosenberg to host new midday show on WCGO", RobertFeder.com. April 3, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  34. ^ Schedule, WCGO. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  35. ^ Application Search Details – BAL-20170512AAE, fcc.gov. Retrieved March 23, 2019.

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