|City||Oak Park, Illinois|
|First air date||1951|
|Format||Polish Language Talk and other ethnic programming|
|Power||1,000 watts unlimited|
|Callsign meaning||Polish National Alliance|
|Former callsigns||WEBS, WOPA, & WBMX|
|Owner||Polish National Alliance
(Alliance Communications, Inc.)
WPNA (1490 AM) is a time-brokered radio station licensed to Oak Park, Illinois, USA, the station serves the Chicago area. The station is currently owned by Alliance Communications. WPNA hosts radio programs for various ethnic and cultural groups in the Chicago metropolitan area.
While the majority of programming is Polish language talk, they feature polka music on the weekends such as the long running Eddie Blazonczyk Polka Show hosted by Tish Blazonczyk, Polka Classics with Keith Stras, and the IPA Polka Show sponsored by the International Polka Association.
WPNA is the home of the Hagerty Family Irish Program, the longest running Irish program in the USA. This program has been on the 1490 AM dial every Saturday morning since the station went on the air in 1951.
The station's history goes back to 1951 when a license to broadcast on 1490 AM from Oak Park was granted by the FCC under the call sign WEBS. Shortly after going on the air, the call sign was changed to WOPA to better reflect the location of its studios. The offices and antenna were in the former Oak Park Arms Hotel, now a retirement community. The call sign once again changed in 1984 to WBMX for 3 years until 1490 AM was purchased by the Polish National Alliance which changed the station's call letters to WPNA on May 1, 1987. In September 2001, the station launched its first website at www.wpna1490am.com. A major change in station management occurred in late February 2015, and its website was converted to an all-Polish language site in June 2015 under a new URL: www.radiowpna.com.
WPNA was the home of the long-running Chet Gulinski Show, which featured polka music and was quite popular in Chicago's Eastern European communities.
- WPNA Official Website
- Hagerty Family Irish Program Website
- International Polka Association Website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WPNA
- Radio-Locator Information on WPNA
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WPNA
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