WSCR (670 kHz, 670 The Score) is a commercial sports talk radio station licensed to Chicago, Illinois, and owned by Entercom. Its transmitter is located just off Army Trail Road in the suburb of Bloomingdale, and its studios are located at Two Prudential Plaza in the Loop. It is known as The Score and has been on the air since January 2, 1992. WSCR is currently the flagship station for the Chicago Cubs Radio Network and the Chicago Bulls, and is also the Chicago home for Illinois Fighting Illini football and men's basketball. WSCR also carries other live sports programming from CBS Sports Radio and Westwood One, including Monday Night Football.
WSCR uses HD Radio on its AM signal 24 hours a day.[note 1] The station's programming is also available to listeners with an HD Radio receiver via a simulcast on the HD2 subchannel of sister station WBMX.
|Broadcast area||Chicago market|
|Branding||670 The Score|
|Slogan||Chicago Sports Radio|
|Frequency||670 kHz (AM)|
(also on HD Radio)
|Repeater(s)||104.3 MHz WBMX-HD2|
|First air date||January 2, 1992|
|Format||Sports talk radio|
|Transmitter coordinates||Coordinates: (NAD27) (main tower)|
(NAD27) (auxiliary tower)
|Former frequencies||820 kHz (1992-1997)|
1160 kHz (1997-2000)
|Affiliations||CBS Sports Radio|
Chicago Bulls (NBA)
Chicago Cubs Radio Network
(Entercom License, LLC)
|Sister stations||WBBM, WBBM-FM, WBMX, WCFS-FM, WUSN, WXRT|
The station initially signed on at 820 kHz on January 2, 1992 as a 5,000-watt regional "daytime" station. This meant that after sundown the station had to sign off to avoid interfering with the nighttime signal of WBAP in Fort Worth, Texas, the clear-channel station on 820AM. WSCR moved to 1160 on April 7, 1997.
In 2000, it moved to its current frequency of 670AM, a 50,000-watt clear-channel signal that had long been the home of WMAQ, Chicago's oldest radio station. Viacom had bought CBS a year earlier, and the purchase put the merged company over FCC limits on ownership in Chicago. WMAQ had more than held its own with longtime rival WBBM in the mid-1990s, and it was initially thought that Viacom would break up the WSCR intellectual unit, with WMAQ inheriting WSCR's play-by-play rights. However, Viacom decided to operate only one all-news station in Chicago, opting to end WMAQ's format and concentrate on WBBM, while moving the entire WSCR to 670AM and selling the 1160 frequency to Salem Communications (that station is now WYLL).
WSCR's studios were then located at 4949 W. Belmont Ave. on the northwest side of Chicago, in the building where sister station WXRT had long been located. (WSCR ceased broadcasting from that location in 2001.)
From 2001 to 2008, the station was the flagship for Chicago Blackhawks hockey, until their move to WGN. WSCR was also the radio home for the Chicago White Sox baseball team from 2006 to 2015, until their departure to WLS at the conclusion of the 2015 season.
The Chicago Cubs made WSCR the flagship of their radio network following the White Sox' departure to WLS. When the Cubs left WGN for CBS Radio following the 2014 season, the Cubs were heard on WBBM (780AM). A clause in the Cubs' deal with CBS allowed a one-time move to WSCR in the event that the White Sox left the station. The move was officially announced on November 11, 2015. The Cubs' first year on WSCR paid immediate dividends, as the team won the 2016 World Series, its first world championship in 108 years, and the first since the birth of radio and modern communications.
Before 1992, the WSCR call letters were used for a station in Hamden, Connecticut, where it was an acronym for ""Suburban Country Radio". Prior to that, they were the longtime radio call letters for a now-defunct station in Scranton, Pennsylvania at 1320AM, standing for "SCRanton".
On January 31, 2018, Entercom announced that WSCR would become the new flagship station for the Chicago Bulls on February 3, 2018 after Cumulus Media nullified their contract with the team to carry games on WLS after they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The Score is known for various concepts, such as:
Starting in 2005, WSCR started airing Sporting News Radio overnights (now CBS Sports Radio and limited to Saturday and Sunday a.m. and other fill-in time slots). It also began airing the Dan Patrick show on a delayed basis in 2007. Now overnights are covered by Les Grobstein. WSCR also airs CBS Sports Radio on its website whenever it airs the NFL on Westwood One or the Cubs, which do not allow live streaming.
The station is the exclusive Chicago radio outlet for Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball and football along with Chicago Cubs baseball, Westwood One's coverage of NFL football, and pre/postgame shows.
Twice an hour, there are minute-long "Score Board Updates" by reporters with game results and highlighted stories of the day. The Chicago Wolves sponsor the studio the updates are done in. Many producers are on-air contributors and fill in when other hosts have days off. Other reporters include Julie DiCaro, Zach Zaidman, David Schuster, Nick Shepkowski, and Jay Zawaski.
Weekends outside of play-by-play constitute of local shows by Mike Esposito, Steve Rosenbloom and Mark Grote (Rosenbloom and Grote host a show known as the Wake & Bake show), as well as syndicated shows from CBS Sports Radio.
The Score has had three primary broadcast facilities in its years on the air. The first was at 4949 West Belmont Avenue on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The second, with them moving to the 670 frequency after the merger of Westinghouse and CBS Radio, was at the NBC Tower. Currently the station is located in Two Prudential Plaza, along with several other Entercom stations.
Due to the station's transmitter power and the surrounding area's flat land (with near-perfect soil conductivity), WSCR provides at least secondary coverage to most of Illinois, including Peoria and Springfield. It also provides a strong signal to much of southern Wisconsin (with Milwaukee getting a city-grade signal) and almost half of Indiana. At night, it can be heard across much of the eastern three-fourths of North America with a good radio.
| Occupant of the AM 670 kHz frequency in Chicago, Illinois (Facility ID 25445)
The following radio stations broadcast on AM frequency 670 kHz: 670 AM is a United States clear-channel frequency. KDLG and WSCR share Class A status of 670 kHz.Chicago Cubs Radio Network
The Chicago Cubs Radio Network comprises 30 stations in six states.Pat Hughes has been the play-by-play announcer since 1996. From 1996 to 2010, Hughes was partnered with Ron Santo. After Santo's death, Keith Moreland took over as color analyst, lasting three seasons (2011–13). Ron Coomer became the color analyst in 2014. Zach Zaidman handles the Cubs Central pre- and post-game shows, and takes over the play-by-play for the fifth inning of most games. Cubs television play-by-play announcer Len Kasper joins the radio network to call the fifth inning of nationally televised games featuring the team, such as Sunday Night Baseball and postseason contests.
All 162 regular season baseball games, some spring training games, and all postseason games are broadcast by the network, though not all affiliates distribute the entire slate. The games are transmitted to stations via C-Band satellite service on AMC-8.
From 1925 to 2014 (continuously from 1958 to 2014), the Cubs' flagship station was WGN, 720 AM, the lone radio station of the Tribune Company (which for many years simultaneously owned the Cubs, TV station WGN-TV and its national superstation, and the local newspaper from which it gets its name, the Chicago Tribune). When it was part of the Tribune Radio Network, the network's non-sports programming included the National Farm Report, a farm news feature hosted by Orion Samuelson; Samuelson Sez (a weekly commentary hosted by Samuelson); and Farming America, a farm news feature hosted by Steve Alexander (previously by Max Armstrong).
In 2015, the Cubs' broadcast rights moved to CBS Radio after Tribune Co. declined to renew its longstanding broadcast rights. The 2015 season was broadcast by WBBM. After sister station WSCR's loss of radio rights to broadcast the Chicago White Sox games to WLS in July 2015, it was widely expected that the Cubs would move to WSCR as a replacement. This move was confirmed by CBS Radio on November 11, 2015 and finalized before the start of the 2016 Cubs season. Through WSCR, the games also air on the FM dial via HD Radio through WSCR's subchannel on WBMX (104.3-HD2).David Haugh
David Haugh (born May 22, 1968) is a sports columnist with the Chicago Tribune. He began his career at the South Bend Tribune in Indiana, working there for nearly a decade before joining the Chicago Tribune as the paper's Chicago Bears beat writer. Currently, he writes the "In the Wake of the News" column, originated at the Tribune by Hugh E. Keough in 1907. Haugh was also the co-host of the now-defunct "Kap and Haugh Show", which aired on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN Plus. He partnered with longtime Chicago sports broadcaster David Kaplan on the program from 9-noon M-F.In July 2018, Haugh replaced Brian Hanley as the host of "Mully & Hanley" on WSCR. He joined retained host Mike Mulligan on the newly branded "Mully & Haugh."Ed O'Bradovich
Edward O'Bradovich (born May 21, 1940, in Melrose Park, Illinois) is a former American football defensive end in the NFL that was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round (91st pick) of the 1962 NFL Draft; he spent his entire ten-year career with the Bears. He attended Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois and the University of Illinois.
O'Bradovich has the rare distinction of an athlete that within the same state grew up, attended college, and enjoyed a long professional career. "OB", as he was known throughout his career, grew up in Hillside, IL, attended the University of Illinois and played his entire career for the Bears. Perhaps the singular professional career distinction was when he intercepted a short pass in the 1963 NFL Championship game and rumbled down the field on a key play for a Bears victory. Before joining the Bears, he played in the CFL for the B.C. Lions and the Calgary Stampeders.He started (year) co-hosting the Suburban Tire Post Game Show after Bears games, alongside former Bear Doug Buffone on WSCR in Chicago and lives in Palatine, IL. In May 2009, O'Bradovich and Buffone left WSCR-AM and joined Chicago Sports Webio. However, in June 2009, the founder of Chicago Sports Webio was charged with operating a Ponzi scheme, and the site was shut down. O'Bradovich and Buffone re-signed with the Score in late August 2009. O'Bradovich began broadcasting Chicago Rush Arena Football League games for Comcast SportsNet and WGN in 2010. Following his retirement, O'Bradovich has closely followed the Bears, giving the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speeches for both Dan Hampton and Mike Ditka.O'Bradovich played himself in the television movies Brian's Song, starring James Caan as Brian Piccolo, and Coach of the Year, starring Robert Conrad as former Chicago Bears player Jim Brandon.Fighting Illini Sports Network
The Fighting Illini Sports Network are radio stations in Illinois that broadcast Illinois Fighting Illini athletic events. The current, 44 radio station network is managed by Fighting Illini Sports Properties, whose offices are located in Champaign, Illinois.KBOI (AM)
KBOI is a commercial AM radio station in the western United States, located in Boise, Idaho, broadcasting on 670 kHz under ownership of Cumulus Media. KBOI airs news/talk programming. Studios are located on Bannock Street in downtown Boise, while it transmits from a six-tower facility southeast of Nampa.
KBOI is Idaho's most powerful AM station, broadcasting with 50,000 watts around the clock. During the day, a single tower beams the station's full power to southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon by day. At night, power is fed to all six towers in a directional pattern to avoid interfering with WSCR in Chicago, the Clear-channel station on 670 kHz. Even though it must direct its signal north-south as a result, KBOI can still be heard across most of western North America at night.
KBOI is licensed by the FCC to broadcast in the HD (hybrid digital) format, although it currently does not have HD turned on as of 7 March 2018.KLTT
KLTT (670 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Christian Talk format to the Denver, Colorado, and Colorado Springs, United States, areas. The station is currently owned by Crawford Broadcasting and is licensed to Colorado subsidiary KLZ Radio, Inc. With its 50,000 watt daytime signal, KLTT broadcasts can be received throughout most of the state. This powerful daytime signal reaches into southeastern Wyoming, northeastern New Mexico, and into the western portions of Nebraska and Kansas. At night, the station reduces power to 1,400 watts, with a directional signal to the north and south to protect Class-A clear-channel station WSCR in Chicago.Matt Spiegel
Matt Spiegel is a sports talk show host and singer based in Chicago. He served as a mid-day host from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on WSCR from 2009 to 2018.Mike North
Mike North (born c. 1952) is an American radio sports personality, formerly working for Clear Channel Communications as a cohost with Andy Furman on Fox Sports Daybreak Mon-Friday from 5am-8am CST on their Fox Sports Radio subsidiary, until this program was cancelled in September, 2016. North currently writes a column, The Rebel Inside, twice a week for the Daily Herald and does videos three days a week for their web site about current sports topics. He was the co-host of the Monsters in the Morning with Dan Jiggetts on Comcast SportsNet Chicago in 2009 and was a sports talk radio show host at WSCR "The Score 670" in Chicago from 1992 to 2008. He was also the color man for the Chicago Rush AFL team for two seasons alongside Tom Dore. He was the co-host of Monsters and Money in the Morning on WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago until its cancellation in 2010.NBC Tower
The NBC Tower is an office tower on the Near North Side of Chicago, Illinois located at 454 North Columbus Drive (455 North Cityfront Plaza is also used as a vanity address for the building) in downtown Chicago's Magnificent Mile area. Completed in 1989, the 37-story building reaches a height of 627 feet (191 m). NBC's Chicago offices, studios, and owned-and-operated station WMAQ-TV are located here as of 1989 and on October 1, 1989, WMAQ-TV broadcast their first newscast at 10:00 that evening at their new home, NBC Tower with the then-weeknight news team of Ron Magers, Carol Marin, John Coleman, and Mark Giangreco. Later, Telemundo O&O WSNS-TV since their 2002 purchase by NBC. Formerly its former radio sister WMAQ/WSCR was located here. The studios of NBC's former Chicago FM property, WKQX and its sister station WLUP are located in the NBC Tower.The design, by Adrian D. Smith of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is considered one of the finest reproductions of the Art Deco style. It was inspired by 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, which is NBC's global headquarters. The tower is further enhanced by the use of limestone piers and recessed tinted glass with granite spandrels. The building takes additional cues from the nearby landmark Tribune Tower with the use of flying buttresses. A 130 ft (40 m) broadcast tower and spire tops the skyscraper. WMAQ and WSNS have STL and satellite facilities on the roof; the STLs link to WMAQ and WSNS's transmitter facilities atop the Willis Tower. WMAQ radio/WSCR studios and STL were located in the building until 2006 when they relocated to Two Prudential Plaza.
Located in the Cityfront Plaza area, the building contains 850,000 sq ft (79,000 m2) of space and three floors of underground parking with 261 spaces. Connected to the main tower is a four-story radio and television broadcasting facility where popular shows such as Judge Mathis and WSNS's newscasts and WMAQ's newscasts are currently taped, and was the former recording facility for The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show before their tax credit-influenced move to Stamford, Connecticut in 2009. It was also home to the 90's syndicated improv/sketch show Kwik Witz, The Jenny Jones Show until its cancellation in 2003, and Steve Harvey until their move to Los Angeles in 2017.Ron Coomer
Ronald Bryan "Ron" Coomer (born November 18, 1966), nicknamed "Coom Dawg", is a former first baseman and third baseman in Major League Baseball and the current color analyst and play-by-play broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs radio on WSCR 670 AM. Coomer had a nine-year major league career from 1995 to 2003 playing for the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was elected to the American League All-Star team in 1999 while with the Twins.
During his baseball career he opened up a baseball facility in Orland Park, Illinois, called C.F. Swingtown Baseball Academy, which is no longer owned by Coomer.The Heckler (newspaper)
The Heckler is a satirical sports newspaper created in 2003 by Brad Zibung (born 1976) and George Ellis (born 1977). It is based in Chicago and chronicles the pratfalls of the fabled Chicago Cubs baseball club as well as other major Chicago sports teams and athletes.
The Heckler has received acclaim from the Chicago Reader, The Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Tonight on WTTW, WFLD's Fox News in the AM, WGN-TV, ESPN Radio Chicago, WSCR, Time Out Chicago and the Sporting News. It has subscribers in 40 states.
In 2006 The Heckler branched beyond the Chicago Cubs and began covering all major Chicago sports.
In March 2007, The Heckler published its first book, The Cubs Fan's Guide to Happiness.WBBM (AM)
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. Its transmitter diplexed and shared located with sister station WSCR in west-suburban Bloomingdale.
WBBM is a Class A station which broadcasts on a clear-channel AM frequency, powered with 35,000 watts by day and 42,000 watts at night. 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, with a good radio, WBBM can be heard around the Midwest and other adjacent regions of North America.
WBBM is heard on both the AM and FM bands with HD Radio. Since August 1, 2011, much of its programming has been simulcast at 105.9 MHz over sister station WCFS-FM.WBMX (FM)
WBMX (104.3 MHz 104.3 Jams) is a commercial FM radio station in Chicago, Illinois, serving the Chicago metropolitan area and Northwest Indiana. The station is owned by Entercom and airs a classic hip hop radio format.
WBMX's studios and offices are located at Two Prudential Plaza in the Chicago Loop. The station has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 4,100 watts, with its transmitter atop the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower). WBMX broadcasts in the HD Radio format, with its HD2 signal simulcasting the sports radio format on co-owned WSCR.From 1974 to 1988, the call letters WBMX were held by 102.7 FM, licensed to Oak Park, Illinois (Now Urban AC station WVAZ). On December 4, 2017, the call letters were transferred from Boston (where they had been held by 104.1 FM since 2009) to 104.3 FM in Chicago.WLTH
WLTH is an AM radio station broadcasting on 1370 kHz in Gary, Indiana east of the Chicago metropolitan area. It is owned by Michilliana Broadcasting, LLC. The station's current format is African-American Talk Radio.
Notable radio alumni of WLTH include Steve King (later of WLS, and now with WGN); Felicia Middlebrooks (now with WBBM); Michael King (now with WXIA-TV); Tommy Williams (later of WSCR); Dinahlynn Biggs over 38 years on air with over 500, 000 listeners of the popular show:The Dinahlynn Biggs Show until June 2017 now on Chicago Radio, R.Veronica Williams (later with Chicago Public Radio WBEZ 91.5 FM later of Radio-One Indianapolis WLTC AM 1310 "The Light"/106.7 WTLC-FM.
Current hosts include: Jeffrey Smith on "Midday News Desk", "The Drive from 2 - 5" Monday thru Friday features Karen Williams and Steve Williams (not related) with Old School music and entertainment news, Verle Harris and Natalie Ammons, Bill Kaye "The BK Report", Jonathan Boose and Scott Cannon (A.K.A. The Khemist) "Issues & Answers" Monday, Dr. Ruth Needleman and Lorell K on "Issues & Answers" Thursdays. Currently on Saturday nights the "Brothers of the Blues" blues radio program is on from 8pm until Midnight.
In September 2013, the station changed its location from Merrillville, Indiana, to its original city of Gary- specifically, 478 Broadway and then moved to 115 W. 5th Avenue in 2016.WMAQ (AM)
WMAQ was an AM radio station located in Chicago, Illinois, United States, and broadcast at 670 kHz with 50,000 watts. The station was in existence from 1922 to 2000, and was the oldest surviving broadcast outlet in Chicago. It was a class A clear channel station, and could be heard, particularly at night, over most of the eastern United States. WMAQ was owned in its later years by CBS Radio, but for much of its life it was owned by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), and later Westinghouse Broadcasting. The station's original owner was the Chicago Daily News newspaper, but its longest-running ownership was as an NBC Radio owned-and-operated station. Its transmitter was located in Bloomingdale, Illinois just off Army Trail Road, with a 238-meter (780-foot) tower where it remains today, with the callsign still on the exterior facade. The AM 670 transmitter is now in use by WMAQ's successor, All Sports Radio WSCR, and remains under the ownership of Entercom, which merged with CBS Radio in 2017.WWFE
WWFE is also a former acronym for WWE.WWFE (670 AM), known as "La Poderosa", is a commercial radio station in Miami, Florida, broadcasting to the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. WWFE's format is Spanish, with an emphasis on Cuban news and music.
670 AM is a United States clear-channel frequency; WWFE must reduce nighttime power and use a highly directional antenna in order to prevent interference to the skywave signal of WSCR in Chicago, which is a Class A station on 670 AM. The other Class A station on this frequency is KDLG in Dillingham, Alaska.WYLL
WYLL 1160 AM is a Christian talk and teaching radio station located in Chicago, Illinois and owned by Salem Communications. The Studios and offices are located in Elk Grove Village. Its daytime transmitter facilities and two-tower array are located in Des Plaines and its nighttime transmitter facilities and six-tower array are located in Lockport. The station runs features, preaching, and other religious programs. Ministries may also buy time for programming. WYLL additionally produces a couple hours of local call-in shows every day. WYLL is a Class B AM radio station broadcasting on the clear-channel frequency of 1160 AM.
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