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CityChicago, Illinois
Broadcast areaChicago market
Branding"90.1 FM WMBI"
Slogan"Moody Radio Chicago"
Frequency90.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air dateJuly 25, 1960[1]
FormatChristian radio
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT135 meters (443 ft)
Facility ID66063
Callsign meaning"W Moody Bible Institute"
OwnerMoody Bible Institute
(The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago)
Sister stationsWMBI
WebcastListen Live

WMBI-FM is an FM Station broadcasting on 90.1 MHz in Chicago. WMBI-FM is owned and operated by the Moody Bible Institute and broadcasts from their campus in downtown Chicago, and transmitter facilities are located in Addison.

WMBI-FM broadcasts three channels in the HD Radio format as:

  • HD1: Moody Radio
  • HD2: Majesty Radio
  • HD3: Radio Moody Espanol.[2]


WMBI-FM is the flagship station of Moody Radio. Moody Radio owns and operates 37 stations around the country and the network provides programming to almost 400 affiliates around the country. WMBI-FM's format consists of Christian talk and teaching and Christian music. Local programming includes The Morning Ride, and This is the Day with Nancy Turner. In addition to local programming, WMBI-FM carries a variety of talk shows originating at Moody Radio in Chicago including Midday Connection with Anita Lustrea and Melinda Schmidt, Chris Fabry Live! with Chris Fabry and In the Market with Janet Parshall.


The station began broadcasting July 25, 1960, and originally simulcast the programming of its sister station WMBI AM 1110.[3] The station originally had an ERP of 44,000 watts at a HAAT of 450 feet.[4] The station's ERP was increased to 49,700 watts in 1963, and in 1972 its ERP was increased to 100,000 watts at a HAAT of 441 feet.[4]

Moody Bible Institute also operated an earlier FM station, which began broadcasting experimentally September 5, 1941, and was the country's first non-commercial FM station.[5][6] The station originally operated at 47.5 MHz, and held the call sign W75C.[6][7] In 1943, the station's call sign was changed to WDLM, standing for D. L. Moody.[6][8] By 1948, the station's frequency was changed to 95.5 MHz and its call sign was changed to WMBI-FM.[9] In Summer 1952, the station was granted authority to remain silent, and on December 23, 1952 the station's license was cancelled.[10][11]

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  1. ^ 1971 Broadcasting Yearbook, Broadcasting. 1971. p. B-62. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=19 HD Radio Guide for Chicago
  3. ^ 1961-62 Broadcasting Yearbook, Broadcasting. 1961-1962. p. B-52. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  4. ^ a b History Cards for WMBI-FM, fcc.gov. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1947, Broadcasting, 1947. p. 226. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Ghrist, John R. (1996). Valley Voices: A Radio History. Crossroads Communications. p. 123-127.
  7. ^ Broadcasting 1943 Yearbook, Broadcasting, 1943. p. 304. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  8. ^ Broadcasting 1944 Yearbook, Broadcasting, 1944. p. 440. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  9. ^ "WMBI", Broadcasting. October 25, 1948. p. 19-20. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "FCC Actions", Broadcasting-Telecasting. July 21, 1952. p. 94. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "FCC Actions", Broadcasting-Telecasting. December 29, 1952. p. 70. Retrieved September 14, 2018.

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Coordinates: 41°55′41″N 88°00′25″W / 41.928052°N 88.006963°W / 41.928052; -88.006963