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WSPL station logo.png
City Streator, Illinois
Broadcast area La Salle/Peru, Illinois
Branding 1250 WSPL
Slogan Where Streator People Listen
Frequency 1250 kHz
Translator(s) 98.5 W253BX (Streator)
First air date September 26, 1953 (as WIZZ)[1]
Format Full Service/
Adult standards
Language(s) English
Power 500 watts (day)
64 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 63535
Transmitter coordinates 41°09′30″N 88°50′13″W / 41.15833°N 88.83694°W / 41.15833; -88.83694
Callsign meaning Where Streator People Listen
Former callsigns WIZZ (1953-2001)[2]
Affiliations Cumulus Media Networks
Owner Studstill Media
(Mendota Broadcasting, Inc.)
Webcast Listen Live

WSPL (1250 AM, 98.5 FM) is an American radio station licensed to serve the community of Streator, Illinois. The station is owned by Studstill Media and the broadcast license is held by Mendota Broadcasting, Inc .

The station, established in 1953 as "WIZZ", was assigned the call sign "WSPL" by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on January 5, 2001.[1][2]


Station's logo as a News/Talk station

WSPL airs Westwood One's "America's Best Music" adult standards format from late afternoons to early mornings on weekdays, and 24 hours a day on weekends.[3][4] WSPL previously broadcast a news/talk radio format.[5] As of January 2013, local programming on WSPL includes a morning drive show, the WSPL Morning Show airing Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM Central, hosted by Nick Deranek, and sports with Illinois Hall of Fame Broadcaster "Big Al" Hauessler, along with a tradio show called The Swap Shop, which airs Monday through Friday at 9:15 AM Central. Sports broadcasts include Streator Township High School football and simulcasts of Chicago White Sox baseball and Chicago Bulls basketball.[6]


"Cousin Ed" Nowotarski hosted "Polka Party", a live polka music program, on WSPL for 34 years before retiring from broadcasting in November 2001.[7] Nowotarski died in January 2004.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Directory of AM and FM Stations and Market Data for the United States". 1955 Broadcasting Yearbook-Marketbook. Washington, DC: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1955. p. 133. 
  2. ^ a b "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Media Bureau. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "America’s Best Music", AM 1250 WSPL. Accessed November 19, 2015
  4. ^ WSPL Arbitron Station Information Profile, Nielsen Audio. Accessed November 19, 2015
  5. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "On-Air Personalities". WSPL AM 1250. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Cousin Ed's last 'Polka Party'". The Pantagraph. Bloomington, IL. November 9, 2001. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Cousin Ed remembered for music". The Daily Times. Ottawa, IL. January 20, 2004. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 

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