City Chicago, Illinois
Broadcast area Chicago market
Frequency 90.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1970[1]
Format Public radio, jazz
ERP 6 watts
HAAT 352 feet
Class D
Facility ID 10794
Transmitter coordinates 41°50′26.00″N 87°43′5.00″W / 41.8405556°N 87.7180556°W / 41.8405556; -87.7180556
Callsign meaning Radio ARTE
Former frequencies 90.5 MHz (1970-2014)
Owner Chicago Public Media
Sister stations WBEZ
Webcast Listen Live
Website Official website

WRTE (90.7 FM) is an American radio station broadcasting a Public media format. It is licensed to Chicago, Illinois, United States, and serves the city of Chicago. The station is owned by Chicago Public Media.[2]

WRTE signed on in 1970 as WCYC with licensee, Boys and girls Club of Chicago on 90.5FM.[1] The Boys (and girls) Club sold the radio station to the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum (Now National Museum of Mexican Art) in 1997, renaming the station WRTE.

In the final years of the National Museum of Mexican Art's ownership of the station, it underwent many hardships, including erratic staff changes, fundraising challenges and more. As of Spring 2011 the frequency was put up for sale and on June 22, 2012 it was announced that Chicago Public Media had purchased WRTE FM. On December 31, 2012 Chicago Public Media took control of the purchase of the frequency and began to simulcast its Vocalo programming broadcast from Navy Pier in downtown Chicago. Vocalo will eventually open a community bureau in Little Village/Pilsen where it can conduct community training and remote broadcast. Along with these changes Vocalo will add Spanish-language programming to its regular programming on Sundays (according to a press release) with support from existing community programmers and in partnership with several Spanish-language community media partners.[3]

On July 31, 2012, Chicago Public Media applied to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to move WRTE's transmitter site from 2801 S. Ridgeway in Chicago, to University Hall on the East campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.[4] On September 28, 2012, the FCC granted Chicago Public Media a construction permit to move the station's transmitter site to its new location.[5] On October 12, 2012, Chicago Public Media applied with the FCC change the station's frequency to 90.7 MHz FM.[6] On November 15, 2012 the FCC granted a construction permit for the move to 90.7 MHz. The effective radiated power decreased to 6 watts and the HAAT increased to 107.3 meters, and on February 11, 2013 WRTE 90.7 FM made the move from 90.5 airing a Vocalo.org/89.5FM WBEW simulcast to the city of Chicago.

In late 2015, WRTE began simulcasting Glen Ellyn jazz station WDCB, strengthening the western suburban station's coverage in the city of Chicago. Vocalo programming is now heard in downtown Chicago on a translator (W216CL) at 91.1 FM, fed via WBEZ-HD2.

WRTE broadcasts in the HD Radio format.[7]


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