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Chicago’s WGN Radio Celebrates 100 Years On Air

Will debut its own documentary May 19

WGN Radio is celebrating its 100 anniversary throughout the month of May with a series of events and a documentary release.

Dating back to 1922, WGN was created by Thorne Donnelley and Elliott Jenkins, both Chicago natives and radio enthusiasts. The duo first started broadcasting from the Wrigley Building with their experimental station named WDAP. Its call letters were soon changed to WGN two years later when Col. Robert McCormick, editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, acquired the station. Now, WGN is owned by Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

In addition to the famous Wrigley Building, over the years, the station has been headquartered at several other notable Chicago landmarks including The Drake Hotel and Tribune Tower.

To celebrate its centennial, WGN will debut the documentary “100 Years of WGN Radio: A Retrospective,” this Thursday, May 19. The 45-minute documentary, produced in-house, expands on the radio station’s history from its inception to present.

Other events this month include the launch of a special edition birthday lager, exclusive station broadcasts for the Indianapolis 500 and a long list of history segments. Plus, a resolution from the the State of Illinois and City of Chicago honoring WGN.

For a more detailed timeline on the station’s 100-year history and event details, visit WGN’s website.