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City Glenview, Illinois
Broadcast area Glenview/Northbrook Township
Frequency 88.5 MHz
Format Indie/College Music, News, Sports
ERP 185 watts
HAAT 32.0 meters
Class A
Facility ID 42125
Transmitter coordinates 42°6′39.00″N 87°49′56.00″W / 42.1108333°N 87.8322222°W / 42.1108333; -87.8322222
Callsign meaning W GlenBrooK
Former callsigns WMWA
Owner Glenbrook High School District
Webcast Listen Live
Website gbsradio.com

WGBK 88.5 FM is a non commercial radio station operated by the students and faculty advisers of Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Cook County, Illinois and Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois. The station was originally owned and operated as WMWA by the Midwestern Academy, a Christian day school affiliated with the General Church of the New Jerusalem. The radio courses at Glenbrook South were started in 1981. Shortly thereafter, in 1982, the high school bought evening time on WMWA. In 1996, the high school district purchased the station and requested a call letter change (hence WGBK).[1]

WGBK currently serves Chicago's North Shore communities. WGBK programs popular music, covers local news, and broadcasts local high school sports. The high school radio station was founded and developed by Dell Kennedy who has retired from the teaching profession. In August 2004, the station began broadcasting 24 hours per day and streaming its broadcasts online. The station has been managed since the summer of 2004 by one of Dell Kennedy's former students, Dan Oswald, who was a student in the program from 1988-1992.[2]

Glenbrook South 2002 graduate and Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump worked on the radio station during his high school career under the direction of Dell Kennedy.

In 2004, the station received 2nd place in the John Drury High School Radio Awards, and has continued to be awarded for excellence in student broadcasting and production.[3]

In 2012, WGBK will be celebrating its 30th anniversary.


  1. ^ "WBGK history". Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  2. ^ Feder, Rober (January 28, 2005). "Loop aligns stars in supporting roles". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  3. ^ McCarville, Eileen (December 27, 2004). "WBFH rocks with a raft of awards.". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 

WGBK History

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