|Broadcast area||Chicago, Illinois|
|Branding||AM 1590 WCGO|
|Slogan||WCGO is Chicago|
|First air date||1947|
10,000 watts day|
2,500 watts night
|Transmitter coordinates||42°1′20.00″N 87°42′43.00″W / 42.0222222°N 87.7119444°W|
|Callsign meaning||W ChicaGO|
Pollack Broadcasting (William Pollack) |
(Evanston Broadcasting LLC)
WCGO (1590 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Talk format. Licensed to Evanston, Illinois, United States, it serves the Chicago area. The station is currently owned by William Pollack's Pollack Broadcasting, through licensee Evanston Broadcasting LLC.
The station was launched September 29, 1947, as WNMP, which had a light-classical and beautiful music format, along with broadcasting college sports on Saturday afternoons. State Representative Harry Semrow was one of the early owners. The station changed hands several times, and the call sign was changed to WLTD in the early 1970s. In April 1970 Chuck Schaden's first "Those Were The Days" program aired on WNMP. It continued on WLTD until 1975, when the station changed format.
On April 9, 1979, the station's call sign was changed to WONX.
On April 10, 2009, the previous WCGO on 1600, also owned by Kovas, went silent. On April 13, 2009, the call sign was changed to WCGO. With 1600 now vacant, WCGO on 1590 AM was able to increase daytime power to 10,000 Watts. Nighttime power is 2,500 watts using a four-tower directional antenna array.
WCGO began producing talk radio shows starting on September 2, 2014 including "The Franklin Raff Show," "The Geoff Pinkus Show," "Legal Eagles" with William Pelarenos, and the legendary "Milt Rosenberg" who had previously hosted "Extension 720" on WGN-AM for 37 years.