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WYLL
WYLL
WYLL am1160 logo.png
CityChicago, Illinois
Broadcast areaChicago Metropolitan Area
BrandingAM 1160 WYLL
SloganHope for Your Life
Frequency1160 kHz
First air dateOctober 1924[1][2]
FormatChristian talk and teaching
Power50,000 watts
ClassB
Facility ID28630
Transmitter coordinates42°2?31?N 87°51?58?W / 42.04194°N 87.86611°W / 42.04194; -87.86611 (day antenna)
41°34?23?N 87°59?37?W / 41.57306°N 87.99361°W / 41.57306; -87.99361
(night and aux. antenna)
Former call signsWJJD (1924-1997)[3]
WSCR (1997-2000)[3]
WXRT (2000-2001)[3]
OwnerSalem Media Group
(Salem Media of Massachusetts, LLC)
Sister stationsWIND
WebcastListen Live
Website1160hope.com

WYLL 1160 AM is a Christian talk and teaching radio station located in Chicago, Illinois and owned by Salem Communications. The Studios and offices are located in Elk Grove Village. Its daytime transmitter facilities and two-tower array are located in Des Plaines and its nighttime transmitter facilities and six-tower array are located in Lockport. The station runs features, preaching, and other religious programs. Ministries may also buy time for programming. WYLL additionally produces a couple hours of local call-in shows every day. WYLL is a Class B AM radio station broadcasting on the clear-channel frequency of 1160 AM.

1160 AM is a United States clear-channel frequency, on which KSL in Salt Lake City, Utah is the dominant Class A station. WYLL's nighttime signal must protect that of KSL.

History

WJJD

The station began broadcasting in October 1924, and held the call sign WJJD.[1][2] The station was owned by the Loyal Order of Moose and was located in Mooseheart, Illinois.[1][4][5][6] It ran 500 watts and operated at 278 meters (1080 kHz).[1][4] In January 1925, its frequency was changed to 990 kHz and in December 1925 it was changed to 810 kHz.[1][7][8] By 1926, the station's power had been increased to 1,000 watts.[8]

In 1926, auxiliary studios were established in the Palmer House, from which a variety of musical programming was broadcast.[1][9][10][11] In 1927, the station's frequency was changed to 820 kHz, and in 1928 its frequency was changed to 1180 kHz and its power was increased to 20,000 watts.[5] In 1929, its frequency was changed to 1130 kHz.[5] The station signed off at sunset in Salt Lake City, to protect clear-channel station, KSL.[5]

WJJD aired a variety of music, general entertainment, sports, and public interest programming in the 1920s,[1][9] 30s,[10][11][12] and 40s.[13][14]

In 1933, the station was sold to a firm headed by Ralph Atlass, and its studios were moved to the Trustees System Service Building, in Chicago.[6][15][5] In 1936, the station's transmitter was moved to Des Plaines and in 1940 its studios were moved to the Carbide & Carbon Building.[5] Its frequency was changed to 1160 in 1941, as a result of the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement.[5]

WYLL's daytime transmitter site in Des Plaines

Lew Fonseca and Charlie Grimm broadcast Chicago Cubs games on WJJD during the 1939 and 1940 seasons.[16] WJJD won the exclusive rights to broadcast Cubs games locally in 1944, though WIND won exclusive rights to broadcast the following season.[17]Ed Short was the station's director of sports publicity and promotion from 1946 until 1950, when he became the Chicago White Sox press and promotion director.[18][19]

In 1944, the station was sold to Field Enterprises for approximately $750,000.[20][21][22] In 1947, the station's power was increased to 50,000 watts.[5] In 1947, WJJD began airing Here Comes Tomorrow, which was the first radio serial with an all African-American cast.[23][24]Al Benson was a R&B disc jockey on WJJD in the late 1940s.[25]

In 1953, Plough Broadcasting purchased WJJD for $900,000.[26] WJJD aired several popular country music and popular music programs in the 1950s.[27][28][29][30][31][32]

In June 1956, WJJD adopted a top 40 format.[33] Amid competition from WLS in the early 1960s, the station shifted to a pop standards format.[34][35][36][37] In 1961, its studios were moved to its transmitter site in Des Plaines.[5]

On February 15, 1965, WJJD adopted a country music format.[37][38][39] The station's programming was simulcast on 104.3 WJJD-FM, with WJJD-FM continuing WJJD's country programming after sunset.[39] In 1966, its studios and transmitter were moved one mile west.[5] In 1977, the simulcast ended when 104.3 adopted a "beautiful country" format as WJEZ.[40]

In 1980, the station began 24-hour operations.[5] It ran 10,000 watts at night, though nighttime power was reduced to 5,000 watts later that decade.[41][42][43]

In 1982, WJJD adopted an adult standards format, and carried programming from the syndicated Music of Your Life network.[44][45] The station was branded "Music of the Stars" and featured artists like Frank Sinatra, the Count Basie Orchestra, Tony Bennett, Patti Page, the McGuire Sisters, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Nat King Cole, and Barbra Streisand.[45][46][47][48]

In 1984, WJJD and WJEZ were sold to Infinity Broadcasting for $13.5 million.[49]Clark Weber joined WJJD in 1985, hosting a talk show weekday mornings, while adult standards continued to air in the remainder of the schedule.[50][51][52][48] In April 1993, the station began airing G. Gordon Liddy's syndicated talk show middays.[53][54]

In November 1994, WJJD dropped adult standards music altogether for a full-time talk format.[55][56] Hosts included Ed Vrdolyak, Ty Wansley, G. Gordon Liddy, David Brenner, the Don and Mike Show, Tom Leykis and Jim Bohannon.[56] WJJD began airing The Howard Stern Show mornings in October 1995.[57] Ed Vrdolyak and Ty Wansley were moved from mornings, and replaced Don and Mike in the afternoon.[57] On July 29, 1996, WJJD returned to an adult standards format, though it retained G. Gordon Liddy and Tom Leykis's programs.[58]

In 1996, Infinity Broadcasting was purchased by the parent company of CBS.[59] On February 3, 1997, the station began simulcasting the oldies programming of 104.3 WJMK.[60]

WSCR

In 1997, CBS sold sports talk formatted 820 WSCR, and the intellectual unit of WSCR was moved to AM 1160 on April 7, 1997.[61][62][63] The station was branded The Score.[64] Hosts on The Score during this period included, Norm Van Lier, Doug Buffone, Terry Boers, Dan Bernstein, Mike North, Dan McNeil, and Dan Jiggetts.[64]

On August 1, 2000, Infinity Broadcasting ended 670 WMAQ's all news format, leaving co-owned WBBM 780 as the only all-news formatted station in Chicago, and WMAQ began simulcasting WSCR.[65][66] Two weeks later, the intellectual property of WSCR officially moved to AM 670, retiring the long-standing WMAQ call letters on 670 in the process.[66][67] On August 15, 2000, 1160's call sign was changed to WXRT, and the station began simulcasting the adult album alternative programming of 93.1 WXRT.[67][3]

WYLL

In late 2000, Salem Communications purchased the station for $29 million.[68] In February 2001, Salem moved the Christian talk programming of WYLL 106.7 to 1160, along with the WYLL call letters, with 106.7 adopting a Christian contemporary format the following month.[69][70][71][3]

On April 7, 2005, WYLL's nighttime power was increased to 50,000 watts; the nighttime signal is highly directional.[72]

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