WBBM (780 AM) is an all-news radio station located in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Owned by Entercom, its studios are located at Two Prudential Plaza in the Loop neighborhood, and its transmitter site is in Itasca.[2] WBBM is a Class A station which broadcasts on a clear-channel AM frequency. Its daytime signal provides at least grade B coverage to large portions of Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana, and city-grade coverage as far north as Milwaukee. At night, it is strongest in the Midwest but also covers much of the eastern half of North America.

WBBM is available both in AM and FM with HD Radio.[3] Since August 1, 2011, much of its programming has been simulcast at 105.9 MHz over sister station WCFS-FM.[4]

CityChicago, Illinois, United States
Broadcast areaChicago metropolitan area
BrandingWBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM
SloganChicago's All-News Station
Frequency780 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air dateFebruary 6, 1924[1]
FormatAll News
Power50,000 watts
ClassA (Clear channel)
Facility ID9631
Transmitter coordinates41°59′26″N 88°1′40″W / 41.99056°N 88.02778°WCoordinates: 41°59′26″N 88°1′40″W / 41.99056°N 88.02778°W (main antenna)
41°59′23″N 88°1′44″W / 41.98972°N 88.02889°W (auxiliary antenna)
Callsign meaningNone (sequentially assigned)
AffiliationsCBS Radio Network
(which also includes CBS News)
Bloomberg Radio
WBBM-TV (local news and weather partnership)
(Entercom License, LLC)
WebcastListen Live


The most-common "program" on WBBM is a live rolling "news wheel" that begins at the top of each hour, structured into segments of news, traffic, weather, sports, and Bloomberg's business updates. The scheduling of these segments is similar to that of sister stations WWJ and KCBS. This news wheel is interruptible at all moments due to breaking local news events or significant national events that necessitate longer-form coverage.

Other programs featured on WBBM include: Noon Business Hour, hosted by Cisco Cotto and Kris Kridel; At Issue, public affairs interviews with Craig Dellimore; CBS News Weekend Roundup; old-time radio programme When Radio Was; audio portions of 60 Minutes and Face the Nation; and live broadcasts of all 22 games that involve the Chicago Bears from August to January.

WBBM also broadcasts 60 second light segments throughout the day, such as Real Estate Feature, Made In Chicago, Innovation Minute, Eating Right, among others. All of these segments are also available as podcasts. Current on-air staff includes: Pat Cassidy, Felicia Middlebrooks, Cisco Cotto, Kris Kridel, Keith Johnson and Nick Young.


WBBM was first licensed on January 31, 1924 to the Frank Atlass Produce Company at 110 Park Place in Lincoln, Illinois.[5][6] The station's primary founder, 29-year-old Harry Leslie "Les" Atlass, had extensive earlier radio experience. In 1911, he had reportedly constructed a simple spark transmitter set.[7] Three years later his then 11-year-old younger brother, Ralph, constructed an apparently unlicensed amateur radio station at the family home,[8] that was described as "chief wireless station" of the newly-formed Lincoln United Wireless Association.[9] With the April 1917 entrance of the United States into World War One the federal government took full control of the radio industry, and it became illegal for civilians to operate radio transmitters and receivers.[10] After the conclusion of the war the civilian radio restrictions were lifted.[11][12] Les Atlass' continuing interest in radio led in mid-1923 to his obtaining a license to operate an amateur radio station, 9DFC.[13]

Although the original spark radio transmitters were only capable of producing the dots-and-dashes of Morse code, the development of vacuum-tube transmitters made audio transmissions practical. In the early 1920s this led to the introduction of organized broadcasting, and by the end of 1922 over 500 broadcast stations were operating in the United States. Amateur radio stations were not permitted to make broadcasts intended for the general public. However during April 1923 Les Atlass, in conjunction with the Lincoln Courier, broadcast local election results over 9DFC, claiming as a technicality that instead of a prohibited public broadcast, he was merely transmitting information to a second amateur, which by chance (and through publicity in the local newspaper) others might overhear.[1]

WBBM Lincoln

A few months later Atlass procured a proper broadcasting license with the call letters WBBM, and the station made its debut broadcast on the evening of February 6, 1924,[1] transmitting on 1330 kHz.[6] The station's call letters had been randomly assigned from an alphabetic list maintained by the Department of Commerce, and during the inaugural broadcast Atlass adopted a representative slogan of "We Broadcast Better Music".[1] (Over the years, additional slogans would include "We Broadcast Broadmoor Music",[14] "World's Best Broadcast Medium",[15] and "Where Better Broadcasts Materialize".)[16]

WBBM's time in Lincoln was brief. In mid-February 1924, it was announced that the Frank Atlass Produce Company, the family business where Les Atlass was president, had been sold, and he was preparing to move to Chicago. The last reported broadcast in Lincoln occurred on April 14th, after which the station was dismantled, and its equipment shipped to Les Atlass' newly purchased Chicago home.[1] The station was officially deleted a few months later.[17]

WBBM Chicago

Poster for the WPA Illinois Writers Project radio series Moments with Genius, broadcast on WBBM c. 1939.
Eleanor Roosevelt dedicating the South Side Community Art Center, broadcast nationally on CBS Radio via WBBM (May 7, 1941)[18]

Shortly after moving to Chicago, Les Atlass returned to the airwaves, and received a new license for a broadcasting station operated from his home at 7421 Sheridan Road, again with the call letters WBBM and transmitting on 1330 kHz, now with himself as the licensee.[19]

In 1925, station ownership was transferred to the Atlass Investment Company, with the station located at 1554 Howard Street, now transmitting with 1,500 watts.[20] On June 4, 1925, studios and transmitter were moved to the Broadmoor Hotel in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood. "95.99%" of the station's programming was devoted to music during this period,[15] including live musical broadcasts aired from a small studio in the lobby of the hotel. In 1926, the Stewart-Warner corporation leased the station's full schedule, and began producing all of its programming.[21]

On June 15, 1927 WBBM moved to 770 kHz with 1,000 watts, sharing time with Chicago stations WAAF (now WNTD) and WJBT.[22] Later in the year power was increased to 5,000 watts.[5] On November 11, 1928, under the provisions of General Order 40, the Federal Radio Commission implimented a major reallocation of the AM broadcasting band. WAAF was reassigned to 920 kHz, while WBBM and WJBT remained at 770 kHz, with the frequency now designated a "clear channel" assignment. WJBT's license was acquired by the Atlass Investment Company, and the two stations were consolidated as WBBM-WJBT, although the latter call sign was rarely, if ever, used. Its transmitter was moved to Glenview, Illinois and its studios were moved to the Wrigley Building.[5] Powers for clear channel stations could potentially be up to 50,000 watts, and WBBM's was increased to 10,000 watts in 1928 and 25,000 watts the following year.[5]

The station began a long association with the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) on September 27, 1928, when it joined the network as Chicago's second affiliate, WMAQ (now WSCR) having joined the network at its launch one year earlier.[16] CBS bought a controlling interest in WBBM in 1929,[23] and in 1931 it purchased the remaining station stock. Les Atlass remained at the station, while Ralph left and purchased station WLAP in Louisville.[24]

On May 15, 1933, the station discontinued the WJBT dual call letter usage and reverted to just WBBM, after the Federal Radio Commission requested that stations using only one of their assigned call letters drop those that were no longer in regular use.[25]

As part of the November 11, 1928 AM band reorganization, KFAB in Lincoln, Nebraska had also been assigned to transmit on 770 kHz. WBBM and KFAB were far enough apart to allow concurrent operation during the daytime, but their longer range nighttime signals required coordination to avoid mutual interference. Initially the stations established a timesharing agreement for nighttime hours. However, in early 1932 KFAB switched network affiliation from NBC to CBS, and the fact that now much of their evening programming was identical allowed for an improved accommodation, by establishing simultaneous "synchronized" broadcasting of their common programming.[26] The synchronized operation began on January 27, 1934.[27]

WBBM's power was increased to 50,000 watts in 1935.[5] In March 1941, as part of the implementation of the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement, both WBBM and KFAB were shifted to 780 kHz. After the attack on Pearl Harbor and the resulting U.S. entry into World War II, there was an increase in air traffic at Naval Air Station Glenview, and the Navy asked WBBM to move its towers to a new location. As a result, the station's towers and transmitter were moved to Itasca, Illinois on May 1, 1942.[5] During World War II, much of WBBM's programming was devoted to the war effort.[21][28]

In 1948, KFAB was relocated to Omaha, and was also reassigned to 1110 kHz, freeing up WBBM to begin operating fulltime on 780 kHz and end the nighttime synchronized broadcasts.[29] In 1956, WBBM's studios were moved to a location on North McClurg Court, with the rest of CBS' Chicago operations, where it remained until moving to Two Prudential Plaza in 2006.[5][30] Les Atlass held various senior level management positions with WBBM and CBS until his retirement November 29, 1959 on his 65th birthday. He died the next year.[31]

The station maintained a MOR/Personality-based format until 1964, when it became a news/talk station. WBBM adopted its current all-news format in 1968. The station has been the flagship station of the Chicago Bears since 2000, and in its history has also aired games from the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Blackhawks.

Over the years, WBBM fended off competition from other all-news stations that were attempted in the market: McLendon-owned WNUS-AM-FM (1390 AM, now WGRB and 107.5 FM, now WGCI-FM), NBC's WNIS-FM (101.1 FM), and from Group W's WMAQ, which came under the CBS umbrella when Westinghouse Electric Corporation purchased CBS in 1995 (sports-talk WSCR took over WMAQ's 670 AM frequency in 2000). For many years, WBBM has been in a spirited battle with rival news/talk/sports station WGN for the position of the #1 radio station in the Chicago market. In the June 2009 ratings period, as estimated by Arbitron, WGN held a slight edge over WBBM in PPM metered listenership ratings. However, since the fall of 2009, WBBM has regained the lead while WGN's listenership began to decline. Another challenge to WBBM's news radio domination from Merlin Media (operated by former Tribune Company executive Randy Michaels), which purchased FM station WKQX (the successor to WNIS-FM) in June 2011 and flipped formats as the female-focused FM News 101.1 the next month, was fended off by WBBM with the launch of the WCFS-FM simulcast. The AM signal is all but unlistenable in portions of downtown, particularly in office buildings; WCFS serves mainly to improve WBBM's coverage in these areas. Meanwhile, the clear channel signal is easily receivable throughout the Midwest, and at night, most of the eastern United States west of the Appalachian Mountains, and portions of the Southwest.

On August 1, 2011, much of WBBM's programming began to be simulcast at 105.9 MHz over sister station WCFS-FM.[32] The FM station's call letters were retained and should not be confused with WBBM-FM, a CHR/Top 40 station; WCFS's former adult contemporary format was retained in an automated form over its 105.9 HD2 subchannel.

On June 5, 2014, the Chicago Cubs announced that the flagship station for their radio broadcasts would move from WGN (720 AM) to WBBM for the 2015 season under a seven-year deal. The deal ended the team's 90-year association with WGN; the station had broadcast Cubs games from its establishment in 1924, became its exclusive broadcaster in 1958, and was co-owned with the Cubs by Tribune Company from 1981 to 2009. Cubs games were only broadcast on WBBM's AM feed, so that the FM feed could continue to broadcast WBBM's regular all-news programming uninterrupted.[33] The arrangement lasted only one season: after sister station WSCR lost the White Sox to WLS for the 2016 season, an option was invoked which allowed the Cubs to move to WSCR in their place.[34][35][36]

On February 2, 2017, CBS agreed to merge CBS Radio with Entercom, currently the fourth-largest radio broadcaster in the United States; the sale will be conducted using a Reverse Morris Trust so that it will be tax-free. While CBS shareholders retain a 72% ownership stake in the combined company, Entercom was the surviving entity, separating the WBBM radio stations (both 780 and FM 96.3) and WCFS-FM from WBBM-TV. The merger was approved on November 9, 2017, and was consummated on the 17th.[37][38][39][40] Despite that, WBBM radio and WBBM-TV maintain a strong partnership. On March 1, 2018, Entercom launched a new website for WBBM alone on their Radio.com portal, breaking it off from the former CBS Chicago portal.

In 2018, WBBM was granted a construction permit to move its transmitter to WSCR's transmitter site in Bloomingdale.[41][42][43] WBBM's power would be reduced to 35,000 watts during the day and 42,000 watts at night.[42][43]

Station alumni


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The author also contributes articles to magazines and internet publications. His articles can be found online at the Casino City Times website and in a number of magazines including Casino Player, Strictly Slots, Southern Gaming and Destinations and Midwest Gaming & Travel magazines for players. He also writes for a number of industry publications, including Casino Journal and Slot Manager magazines.

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He then pursued a newspaper career, first working as a sportswriter for the Suburban Trib in Hinsdale, Illinois. From there, he moved to the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph in Colorado Springs, Colorado, before returning to Illinois as a sports copy editor for the News-Sun in Waukegan, Illinois. In 1982, he was hired as a copy editor by the Chicago Sun-Times, and it was there he started writing about casinos and casino games with a weekly column starting in 1994.

Mal Bellairs

Mal Bellairs (born November 9, 1919 – July 12, 2010) was a well-known Chicago-area radio and television personality during the second half of the 20th century. He was named a National Radio Hall of Fame Regional Pioneer by the Illinois Broadcasters Association.

Paul Gibson

Paul Gibson may refer to:

Paul Gibson (broadcaster) (died 1965), former program host for WBBM (AM) Radio in Chicago

Paul Gibson (American football) (1948–1975), former wide receiver in the National Football League

Paul Gibson (baseball) (born 1960), former Major League Baseball pitcher

Paul Gibson (footballer) (born 1976), English football goalkeeper who most notably played for Manchester United

Paul Gibson (politician) (born 1944), Australian politician and rugby league footballer of the 1960s and 1970s

Paul Gibson Jr. (1927–2014), American airline executive and New York City deputy mayor

Paul Gibson (broadcaster)

Paul Gibson (died 1967) was a broadcaster and sales representative for WBBM (AM) radio in Chicago from the 1940s until his death from cancer. He was primarily known as a lecturer, who would broadcast his opinions on multiple subjects as many as four times a day over WBBM. Gibson was one of the first broadcasters to take listener phone calls on the air in an early version of today's talk radio format. He also co-hosted a WBBM program in the late 1950s with Lee Phillip entitled The Lady & The Tiger, serving as a chauvanist antagonist to Phillip.

Robin Robinson

Robin Carolle Brantley (born August 4, 1957), known professionally as Robin Robinson, is a longtime Chicago television news anchor best known for her 27 years as main news anchor at Fox-owned WFLD-TV in Chicago. She can now be heard on the radio at WBBM (AM) as a fill-in anchor/reporter and WVON as host of her own show, 'Robin's Nest.'

Ted Albrecht

Theodore Carl Albrecht (born October 8, 1954) is a former professional American football player who played offensive tackle for five seasons for the Chicago Bears. Albrecht currently serves as an analyst for Northwestern University football broadcasts on WGN (AM) radio.


WBBM may refer to the following broadcast media outlets in the Chicago, Illinois area:

WBBM-TV, a television station (digital channel 12 or virtual channel 2) licensed to Chicago and an owned and operated affiliate of the CBS Television Network

Any of three radio stations formerly owned by CBS Radio and currently owned by Entercom:

WBBM (AM), a radio station (780 AM) licensed to Chicago and broadcasting an all-news format

WBBM-FM, a radio station (96.3 FM) licensed to Chicago and broadcasting a contemporary hit radio format

WCFS-FM, a radio station (105.9 FM) licensed to the Chicago suburb of Elmwood Park, Illinois that simulcasts the all-news format of WBBM (AM).


WBBM-FM (96.3 MHz) is a Top 40 (CHR) radio station in Chicago. It is known on the air as B96 and it is owned by Entercom. The station has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 3,300 watts, broadcasting from a transmitter atop the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower). The studios and offices are located at Two Prudential Plaza in the Loop. WBBM-FM's main competition is 103.5 WKSC-FM, owned by iHeartMedia.


WGRB, 1390 AM, is a radio station in Chicago owned by iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel Communications until September 2014). It airs a gospel music format targeted to Chicago's African-American religious community. On Sundays, the station broadcasts the services of several African-American churches in the area. WGRB has studios located at the Illinois Center complex on Michigan Avenue in Downtown Chicago, and it broadcasts from a transmitter based near 87th and Kedzie in the city's southwest side.

The station began in 1923 as WTAY in Oak Park, Illinois and was originally operating on 1360 KC, sharing the frequency with WSBT (owned by the South Bend Tribune) and WJKS (which went on to become WIND (AM)). It was owned by a community newspaper called Oak Leaves. In 1925 Coyne Electrical School purchased the station and moved it to their campus on Chicago's north side. They changed its call letters to WGES, standing for Coyne's slogan, "World's Greatest Electrical School."In the late 1920s, the station moved to the Guyan Hotel on the West Side of Chicago. The station aired big band music from the nearby Guyan's Paradise Ballroom. Louis Guyan, owner of the hotel and ballroom, purchased the station from Coyne with an idea of serving those in the community by offering many foreign language programs. It broadcast several hours a day of programming in Italian, French, German, Spanish and Polish.

Gene T. Dyer purchased the station in the early 1930s, eventually moving it from the Guyan Hotel to 2400 W. Madison Street, where co-owned WSBC (AM) and WCBD (AM) were located. In 1941, WGES moved to 1390 kHz and went from 500 watts power to 5,000 watts power, moving its transmitter location from the roof of the Guyan Hotel to an antenna farm at 86th and Kedzie in Chicago. In 1944 the FCC ruled that radio station owners could only own one AM and FM station per market. Gene Dyer sold WGES to his brother, Dr. John Dyer, and WSBC to Julius Miller, a broadcaster at the station. WGES moved from 2400 West Madison to a converted mansion at Washington Boulevard and Washtenaw Street. The station added African American programming to its daily schedule in the mid-1940s with a daily blues and jump music program conducted by Al Benson, a former minister whose church services were broadcast on WGES. By the 1950s, more hours of African-American programming were added, with the addition of disk jockeys Richard Stamz, Ric (Stan) Recardo, Sam Evans, Herb Kent, Franklin McCarthy and Sid McCoy.(McCoy would later go on to be the voice of Soul Train.) WGES's foreign language programming was cut back to only four hours a day.Had he kept the station, Dr. Dyer said WGES would have become Chicago's first all black radio station, but instead he sold it to Gordon McLendon in 1962.The callsign changed to WYNR on 1 September 1962. McLendon fired all of its foreign language announcers and black disc jockeys, and hired black disc jockeys from radio stations in other cities for the top 40 format.As WYNR, "Winner", 1390 was owned by Gordon McLendon of Dallas, Texas. The station was hosted primarily by black disc jockeys from 1962 thru 1964, when it became America's first 'all-news' radio station, W-NUS, on September 3, 1964. Announcers included Big John Evans, Dick Kemp (The Wild Child), Luckey Cordell, Bruce Brown, Floyd Brown, and Yvonne Daniels.There were complaints to the United States Federal Communications Commission that the station had eliminated foreign-language programming. The FCC held a hearing to investigate the complaints at which some politicians testified.The station switched to rhythm and blues in 1963, then abruptly changed to all-news with the new call letters WNUS. McLendon bought WFMQ (107.5 FM), changed its call sign to WNUS-FM and began to simulcast the all news format on the FM frequency. In 1969, McLendon changed the stations' format to beautiful music as more powerful WBBM (AM) switched to all-news. In 1975, Globetrotter Communications, owners of soul music station WVON, purchased WNUS-AM-FM from McLendon and moved WVON from its 1000-watt allocation on 1450 kHz to the 5000-watt allocation on 1390 kHz that had been occupied by WNUS. WNUS-FM was also changed to a soul music format, with a change of call letters to WGCI-FM. A few years later, Globetrotter was purchased by the Gannett media conglomerate.

As music listeners switched from AM to FM in large numbers in the late 1970s and early 1980s, 1390 tried several formats including all talk, urban oldies and simulcasting WGCI (FM). The call sign was changed to WGCI (AM) in 1984. The format changed to gospel music on October 5, 1998 under Clear Channel ownership. Its call letters were changed to WGRB (Gospel Radio Blessings for Chicago) in 2003 to differentiate it from its sister FM station.

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