FCC Report 10/15: WBBM On The Move

AM Changes

Newsradio 780 WBBM Chicago 105.9 WCFS Elmwood ParkCBS Radio News 780 WBBM Chicago has applied to vacate its tower site of the last 75 years and co-locate at the site of sister Sports “670 The Score” WSCR and SBS’ “La Ley 107.9” WLEY-FM Aurora.

From its new location WBBM will drop from 50kW day/night to 35kW day/42kW night but with the taller tower should come close to duplicating its current coverage. With WBBM’s simulcast partner 105.9 WCFS Elmwood Park being the home to most of its in-market listening it is doubtful most WBBM listeners even notice the change.

WBBM currently operates from a 55 acre site adjacent to the intersection of Interstate 290 and Illinois 390 in Itasca IL. Likely valued in the tens or hundreds of millions this is not the first time the station has sought a potential move. In 1988, the adjacent Roselle Village sought to annex 22 acres for WBBM to build a 680 foot tower so that Hamilton Partners could purchase the current property to build a mixed-use business park.

780 WBBM Chicago transmitter building

Image Courtesy Scott Fybush

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.