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WGN Heads Upstairs

Tribune will relocate AM operation and lease space for a restaurant

This WGN imaging studio is among those in the existing facilities that will move.

Sometime this summer WGN(AM) will be newly ensconced in new offices and studios on the seventh floor of the Tribune Tower in Chicago.

The station at 720 kHz currently is on the first floor. Parent Tribune Co. will lease 14,000 square feet of that space to a restaurant.

Director of Engineering James Carollo tells Radio World the company plans to build a state-of-the-art plant for “the next page in WGN’s storied history.”

From 1935–1961, WGN was in the tower; it then moved to Bradley Place, a standalone AM/TV building on the northwest side of town. In 1986 WGN Radio moved back to the Michigan Ave. location.

The station’s publicly visible showcase studio will remain on the first floor, Carollo said.

“Up on the seventh floor the station will have main and alternate air studios, two production rooms, two edit suites, other editing stations and an all-digital news, sports, traffic and agri-business center with 10 separate workstations. The control surfaces will be Wheatstone E6 units in the studios and production rooms and Wheatstone Sideboard control surfaces at the news and sports workstations.”