City Vernon Hills, Illinois
Broadcast area Chicago, Illinois
Branding Polskie Radio Chicago
Frequency 1030 kHz
First air date 1988
Format World Ethnic
Power 10,000 watts day
3,200 watts critical hours
120 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 52910
Transmitter coordinates 42°15′10″N 88°23′45″W / 42.25278°N 88.39583°W / 42.25278; -88.39583
Former callsigns WLMV (1985-1988)[1]
Owner Polnet Communications, Ltd.
Webcast Listen live
Website polskieradio.com

WNVR (1030 AM, "Polskie Radio Chicago") is a radio station licensed to serve Vernon Hills, Illinois, United States. WNVR is one of eight stations owned by Polnet Communications.

It broadcasts a World Ethnic format featuring Polish language programming 24 hours a day.[2] WNVR's studios are located at 3656 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago, Illinois. Its transmitter site is off Route 176 west of Crystal Lake, Illinois.

The station was assigned the WNVR call letters by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on January 15, 1988.[1] In the late 1980s and early 1990s the station aired a Business news format, before switching to a world ethnic format in the early 1990s.[3][4][5][6]

On April 30, 2014 WNVR was granted an FCC construction permit to increase day power to 27,000 watts, critical hours power to 8,000 watts, and night power to 210 watts. The current top loaded towers will be replaced by new more efficient towers.[7]


  1. 1 2 "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
  2. "Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
  3. Chicago Area Radio Stations Chicago Tribune. March 24, 1989. Accessed January 4, 2014
  4. WNVR AM 1030 Radio Chicago. Fall 1989. (p. 28) Accessed December 29, 2013.
  5. WNVR AM 1030 Radio Chicago. (p. 46) Spring 1991. Accessed January 4, 2014
  6. Station Formats Chicago Airwaves. (p. 13) August 1993. Accessed January 4, 2014
  7. "FCC Construction Permit". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.

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