WCKG (1530 AM) is a radio station licensed to Elmhurst, Illinois, United States. The station serves the Chicago area and is owned by DuPage Radio, LLC.[2] The station operates during daytime hours only. Hours of operation are determined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); daytime broadcasting varies monthly with the changes in sunrise and sunset. Due to its close proximity to 1530 WCKY in Cincinnati, OH, its coverage diminishes during the mid afternoon. The station is also heard on 102.3 FM through a translator in Elmhurst.

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CityElmhurst, Illinois
Broadcast areaChicago, Illinois
BrandingSports Talk WCKG
Frequency1530 kHz
Translator(s)102.3 W272DQ (Elmhurst)
First air dateOctober 10, 1974 (as WKDC)[1]
Power760 watts day only
Facility ID32227
Transmitter coordinates41°52′3″N 87°55′7″W / 41.86750°N 87.91861°W / 41.86750; -87.91861Coordinates: 41°52′3″N 87°55′7″W / 41.86750°N 87.91861°W / 41.86750; -87.91861
Callsign meaningWill, Cook, Kane, DuPaGe
(also heritage calls for WCFS-FM)
Former callsignsWKDC (1974 (1974)–1994 (1994))
WJJG (1994 (1994)–2012 (2012))
AffiliationsFox Sports Radio
OwnerArthur Dubiel
(DuPage Radio, LLC.)
Sister stationsQ101 Chicago
WebcastListen Live



AM 1530 signed on the air October 10, 1974.[1] The station's call letters were originally WKDC representing the signal coverage in Will, Kane, DuPage and Cook counties.[3][4] It ran 250 watts, during daytime hours only, and aired a middle of the road (MOR) format.[5][6] It was owned by Frank and Lois Blotter, operating as DuPage County Broadcasters.[3][7] The studios were built for stereo (Cetec Sparta stereo audio equipment) although it was not until 1976 when the FCC authorized the station to test AM stereo. Daytime and night-time findings on AM stereo were presented at the 1977 NAB Convention in Washington, DC.

In 1981, the station was sold to Robert Snyder's Snyder Broadcasting for $1 million, and it began airing show tunes.[3][7][8][1] Snyder Broadcasting filed for bankruptcy on December 29, 1982, and the station was taken off the air in October 1983 and remained off the air for over a year until it was repurchased by Frank and Lois Blotter.[7][9][10] When it returned to the air, it began airing beautiful music and adult standards.[7][11][4] By the early 1990s, it was airing ethnic programming and big band music.[12][13][14]


In 1994, the station was sold to Joe Gentile for $700,000 and its call sign was changed to WJJG.[9][15] The call letters stood for owner Joseph J. Gentile.[7][16] Joe's nickname was "The Baron of Barrington," where he owned a Chrysler-Plymouth dealership for many years.[9] Gentile hosted a program weekday mornings, featuring talk and adult standards.[17] The station also featured brokered programming, including a show hosted by John H. Cox, syndicated talk shows, and The Sounds of Sinatra with Sid Mark.[17][18][19][20]


On September 19, 2012, AM 1530 changed its call letters to WCKG.[15] In 2013, the station was sold to DuPage Radio, LLC for $290,000.[21] Arthur Dubiel is the majority owner, and his son, Matt runs the station.

On June 27, 2017, the FCC approved WCKG to move its FM translator, W272DQ, to the top of Trump Tower in Chicago.[22]

On April 23, 2018, WCKG changed their format from news/talk/variety to sports, with programming from Fox Sports Radio.[23]


The station is also heard on 102.3 FM through translator W272DQ in Elmhurst.

Broadcast translators of WCKG
Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
m (ft)
Class FCC info
W272DQ 102.3 Elmhurst, Illinois 151530 90 51 m (167 ft) D FCC

See alsoEdit

Joseph J. Gentile Center


  1. ^ a b c Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1982, Broadcasting/Cablecasting, 1982. p. C-71. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  2. ^ "WCKG Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
  3. ^ a b c History Cards for WCKG, fcc.gov. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Chicagoland Radio Waves, MediaTies. Summer 1988. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1976, Broadcasting, 1976. p. C-59. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "Stations, everywhere: a listeners' guide to the AM and FM bands", Chicago Tribune Magazine. March 4, 1979. p. 37. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d e Ghrist, John R. (1996). Valley Voices: A Radio History. Crossroads Communications. pp. 395-398.
  8. ^ "Ownership Changes", Broadcasting. April 20, 1981. p. 105. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Rose, Ronit Addis. "Making Waves in Radio Car Dealer Buys Jazz Station; Let the Blues Begin", Crain's Chicago Business. May 28, 1994. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  10. ^ "Ownership Changes", Broadcasting. April 9, 1984. p. 104. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  11. ^ Chicago Radio Guide. Vol. 1, No. 1. May 1985. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  12. ^ Wilhelmson, Brenda. "Radio in DuPage", Chicago Tribune. February 25, 1990. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  13. ^ Reich, Howard. "Air-Waives", Chicago Tribune. February 21, 1993. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  14. ^ "Station Formats", Chicago Airwaves. p. 13. August 1993. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  15. ^ a b Call Sign History, fcc.gov. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  16. ^ "WJJG-AM Owner/Personality Joe Gentile Passes Away", Chicagoland Radio and Media. October 10, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  17. ^ a b Felshman, Jeffrey. "My Own Private Radio", Chicago Reader. April 22, 2004. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  18. ^ Feder, Robert (July 22, 2003). "Talk show hosts aim for U.S. Senate". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on December 8, 2007. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  19. ^ "The Sounds of Sinatra". WJJG. Archived from the original on August 5, 2003. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  20. ^ "WJJG – 1530 AM – Chicago Radio – Joe Gentile". WJJG. Archived from the original on April 18, 2005. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  21. ^ "WCKG AM 1530 Sold", Chicagoland Radio and Media. November 4, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  22. ^ Application Search Details – BPFT-20170612ABZ, fcc.gov. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  23. ^ "WCKG Brings Fox Sports to Chicago", RadioInsight. April 23, 2018. Retrieved September 20, 2019.

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