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WGN (720 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station in Chicago, Illinois, with studios on the 18th floor of 303 East Wacker Drive in the Chicago Loop.[2] WGN has a news/talk format, along with broadcasts of Chicago Blackhawks hockey and Northwestern University football and basketball.

WGN is the only radio station owned by Nexstar Media Group, which primarily owns television stations. From 1924 to 2014, WGN was owned by Tribune Media, which also owned the Chicago Tribune, whose "World's Greatest Newspaper" slogan served as the basis for the WGN call sign.

WGN is a clear channel, Class A station, broadcasting at the maximum power of 50,000 watts, and using a non-directional antenna. The transmitter is on Martingdale Road in Elk Grove Village, near Interstate 290.[3] During daytime hours, near-perfect ground conductivity gives WGN at least secondary coverage to almost two-thirds of Illinois (as far south as Springfield) as well as large slices of Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Iowa. During nighttime skywave hours, with a good radio, it is audible over most of the Eastern and Central United States and Central Canada. The station also streams its programming on its website and supplies podcasts as well.

WGN is responsible for the activation of the Chicago metropolitan area Emergency Alert System when hazardous weather alerts, disaster area declarations, and child abductions are issued.

Weekdays begin with a news and information show hosted by Bob Sirott. Midday programs from John Williams and Anna Davlantes are heard. In PM drive time, the station features "Chicago’s Afternoon News with Steve Bertrand." In the evening, shows from John Records Landecker, Rollye James and Dave Plier are heard. Weekends feature shows on home repair, law, pets, the outdoors and travel. John Williams hosts a Sunday evening adult standards show and Dave Plier plays the music of Frank Sinatra on Sunday mornings.

WGN is one of the few talk stations in the U.S. to broadcasts all local talk shows during the day and evening. But in recent years, it has added some nationally syndicated talk shows at night. Monday through Saturday, it carries "The Jim Bonhannon Show" from Westwood One during late night hours. On Sundays it runs "Live on Sunday Night, It's Bill Cunningham" from WLW Cincinnati. WGN was the longtime Chicago outlet for Paul Harvey from 1951 until his death on February 28, 2009. Harvey's news and commentary shows were carried nationally by ABC Radio, although he was based in Chicago and the programs aired locally on WGN.

WGN airs local news headlines, weather forecasts supplied by WGN-TV, traffic reports and sports headlines every half-hour on weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and every hour nights and weekends. Also during weekdays, the radio station simulcasts the 4:00 a.m. hour of the WGN Morning News.

WGN serves as the flagship radio outlet for Chicago Blackhawks hockey and Northwestern University football and men's basketball. In 2018, WGN became the flagship station for the Chicago White Sox for two seasons.[4] WLS 890 AM had the contract to carry the White Sox. But its parent company, Cumulus Media ran into financial problems and gave up the rights to White Sox broadcasts. With the 2020 season, WMVP 1000 AM became the White Sox flagship radio outlet.

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