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CityElgin, Illinois
Slogan"The Right Mix"
Frequency88.9 MHz
First air dateJanuary 13, 1950[1]
FormatPublic radio
High school
ERP740 watts
HAAT13 meters (43 ft)
Facility ID4266
Transmitter coordinates42°02′17″N 88°16′15″W / 42.03806°N 88.27083°W / 42.03806; -88.27083
Callsign meaningElgin Public Schools[1]
AffiliationsWisconsin Public Radio, National Public Radio, BBC World Service
OwnerElgin Area School District U46
(Board of Education School District U-46)
WebcastWPR Ideas Network webcast
WebsiteWEPS Online

WEPS (88.9 FM) is a radio station licensed to serve Elgin, Illinois, United States. The station is owned by the Elgin Area School District U46 and licensed to Board of Education School District U-46. Founded in 1950, WEPS is the oldest non-commercial educational radio station in the state of Illinois.[1][2][3]

WEPS broadcasts a public radio format as a member of Wisconsin Public Radio. WEPS also airs programming from National Public Radio and the BBC World Service.[4]


Originally licensed in 1950 to broadcast at 88.1 MHz, WEPS originally broadcast instructional programs to the Elgin Public Schools, local high school sporting events, and was partially staffed by students to give them experience in high school radio station operation.[1][5] The effort to bring WEPS on the air was led by Ernest C. Waggoner, director of audio-visual education for the school district.[1] The station originally had an ERP of 10 watts.[6] In 1960, the station's frequency was changed to 90.9 MHz, and its ERP was increased to 380 watts.[6] In 1977, the station began sharing time on the frequency with WDCB.[7]

WEPS moved to its current 88.9 MHz frequency in 1987, after reaching an agreement with WDCB, which allowed WDCB to begin full-time operations.[7][8] The station became an affiliate of Wisconsin Public Radio's Ideas Network on September 28, 2005.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d e Alft, E. C. (1984). "Chapter IX - Civic Pride". Elgin: An American History. Crossroads Communications. ISBN 0-916445-09-7.
  2. ^ Tabor, Terri (September 13, 2000). "Pieces finally falling into place for Elgin's WEPS". Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
  3. ^ Tabor, Terri (January 14, 2000). "U-46 hopes more will tune in to station's potential". Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
  4. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Stations: WEPS". Public Radio Exchange. Retrieved December 14, 2008.
  6. ^ a b History Cards for WEPS, fcc.gov. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Bagnato, Andrew. "College Station Clears the Air Over Frequency", Chicago Tribune. September 2, 1986. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  8. ^ Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1988, Broadcasting/Cablecasting. 1988. p. B-86. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  9. ^ "U-46 relaunches district's radio station WEPS 88.9 FM", Daily Herald. November 22, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  10. ^ Davidson, Randall (2006). 9XM Talking: WHA Radio and the Wisconsin Idea. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 342. ISBN 0-299-21870-8.

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