102.7 Chicago

Joe Soto Fills Doug Banks’ Slot At WVAZ

Following the passing of Doug Banks in April, iHeartMedia Urban AC “V103” 102.7 WVAZ Chicago is promoting Joe Soto to fill his afternoon drive timeslot. The Chicago native has been filling in the afternoon period since Banks’ passing as opposed to his previous 7pm-12am evening shift. iHeartMedia Chicago taps Joe Soto to host afternoons from 2-7pm on Urban AC WVAZ-FM (V103) live in-studio, effective immediately. Soto, a 36-year veteran, is most familiar to Chicagoland listeners as host of “The Real Show” and “Back in the Day” on V103. He previously co-hosted mornings on co-owned WGCI-FM. Soto has multi-format experience hosting shows in Dallas, Rockford and for ABC Radio Networks. “I’m proud to have Joe Soto take the reins of afternoon d...[Read More]

Doug Banks Passes At 57

Syndicated afternoon host Doug Banks passed away this morning at the age of 57. While his cause of death has yet to be confirmed, Banks had suffered from diabetes for many years. Banks began his career at 93.1 WDRQ Detroit in the 1970s while in high school before moving on to 1580 KDAY Los Angeles, 1310 KDIA Oakland, and 1230 KLAV Las Vegas before establishing himself as a star in Chicago. Banks joined 102.7 WBMX in 1986 for mornings before moving to crosstown 107.5 WGCI the next year to do nights and then mornings. In 1994 Banks moved to afternoons and began national syndication. That show would move to mornings in 1997 and remain there until 2008. That year he moved to sister Urban AC “V103” 102.7 WVAZ for afternoons and relaunched his show in syndication first with Citadel M...[Read More]

FCC Applications 4/21

Station Moves Two of iHeartMedia’s Chicago FM stations are swapping their primary and auxiliary antennas on the John Hancock Tower. Country “Big 95.5” WEBG Chicago will shift from 8.3kW at 358 meters to 5.3kW at 425 meters, while Urban AC “V103” 102.7 WVAZ Oak Park will move from 6kW at 357 meters to 3.8kW at 425 meters. Neither station will see any changes in their predicted coverage areas. Renard Communications Classic Hits “The Dinosaur” 103.9 WNDR-FM Mexico/Syracuse, NY held a CP to increase from a Class A to Class C3 that expired last year due to the tower site no longer being available. Now after procuring a new location, WNDR-FM has once again filed to make its upgrade and operate with 18.7kW at 114 meters (Coverage Map). Seven Mountains Med...[Read More]