Chicago’s Public Radio station. Chicago Public Media serves the public interest by creating and delivering diverse, compelling content that informs, inspires, enriches and entertains. Through a broad range of media platforms, we connect diverse audiences in our service area and beyond to one another. We help them make a difference in our communities, our region, and our world.
WCGO Radio has been carving its legacy into Chicago’s radio landscape since its first broadcast in 1947, through radio pioneer Frank Kovas. Maintaining a close focus on Chicago’s diverse communities, WCGO is the flagship station for the nationally syndicated SmartTalk Radio Network. WCGO’s coverage footprint runs from northwestern Indiana to southeastern Wisconsin, including all of Chicagoland, via its 10,000/2,500 watt day/night 1590 AM signal, and its 95.9 FM signal. One of the few independently minded radio stations in Chicago, WCGO is SmartTalk for the 21st Century.
WCGO delivers an exclusively fresh perspective with SmartTalk radio, featuring Korean Christian Broadcasting, The Ramsey Show, The Joe Walsh Show, The Jared Dillian Show, The Hard Question with Blanquita Cullum, The Ken Coleman Show, Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis, overnights with CoastToCoast, and news headlines at the top of the hour.
Weekends provide an informative, lively and entertaining cross-section of modern living with SoberRadio, Mindful Money, Inside Analysis and DM Radio with Eric Kavanaugh, BBQ Nation, Travel Planners Radio Show, Married With Microphones, Denny Farrell’s Original Big Band Showcase, Mike Jackson Outdoors, The Hannah & Fred Show, Inside The Skev, Playtime with Bill Turck & Kerri Kendall, Heart & Home with JT & Leanne, Food & Wine with Chef Jamie Gwen, Beyond The Beltway with Bruce DuMont, Justice Watch Radio, Roll The Dice, and the award-winning Late Night Chicago Radio with Denny Farrell.
SmartTalk. Chicago radio has never sounded better!
Northwestern University’s student-run radio station. The station plays a wide range of jazz, rock, underground dance, hip-hop, and world music, in addition to offering public affairs programming and Wildcat sports.
Currently broadcasting general city information in looped recorded messages. The goal is to broadcast emergency information. Transmitting on AM 1650. Tune in a couple times a week for timely reminders and information about events, services, public hearings and more.