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WCKG 1530-102.3 logo.png
City Elmhurst, Illinois
Broadcast area Chicago, Illinois
Branding Sports Talk WCKG
Frequency 1530 kHz
Translator(s) 102.3 W272DQ (Elmhurst)
First air date October 10, 1974 (as WKDC)
Format Sports
Power 760 watts day only
Class D
Facility ID 32227
Transmitter coordinates 41°52′3″N 87°55′7″W / 41.86750°N 87.91861°W / 41.86750; -87.91861Coordinates: 41°52′3″N 87°55′7″W / 41.86750°N 87.91861°W / 41.86750; -87.91861
Callsign meaning Will, Cook, Kane, DuPaGe
(also heritage calls for WCFS-FM)
Former callsigns WKDC (1974 (1974)–1994 (1994))
WJJG (1994 (1994)–2012 (2012))
Affiliations Fox Sports Radio
Owner Arthur Dubiel
(DuPage Radio, LLC.)
Sister stations Q101 Chicago
Webcast Listen Live
Website wckg.com

WCKG (1530 AM) is a radio station licensed to Elmhurst, Illinois, United States. The station serves the Chicago area. The station is licensed to Dupage Radio, LLC.[1]


AM 1530 signed on the air October 10, 1974. The station's call letters were originally WKDC representing the signal coverage in Will, Kane, DuPage and Cook counties. The studios were built for stereo (Cetec Sparta stereo audio equipment) although it was not until 1976 when the FCC authorized the station to test AM stereo. Daytime and night-time findings on AM stereo were presented at the 1977 NAB Convention in Washington, DC.

In 1994, AM 1530 changed its call sign to WJJG. The call letters stood for owner Joseph J. Gentile. Joe's nickname is "The Baron of Barrington," where he owned a Chrysler-Plymouth dealership for many years.

On September 19, 2012, AM 1530 changed its call letters to WCKG. Arthur Dubiel is the majority owner, and his son, Matt runs the station.

Hours of operation are determined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); daytime broadcasting varies monthly with the changes in sunrise and sunset. Due to its close proximity to 1530 WCKY in Cincinnati, OH, the station's coverage diminishes during the mid afternoon. It is licensed to sign off at sundown.

On June 27, 2017 the FCC approved WCKG to move its FM Translator, W272DQ to the top of Trump Tower in Chicago.[2]

On April 23, 2018 WCKG changed their format from news/talk/variety to sports, with programming from Fox Sports Radio.[3]

See also[edit]

Joseph J. Gentile Center


  1. ^ "WCKG Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_RvGNcqUDw
  3. ^ WCKG Brings Fox Sports to Chicago Radioinsight - April 23, 2018

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