Legendary WLS-AM/Chicago Celebrates 95th Years on the Air
|RADIO ONLINE | Friday, April 12, 2019|
WLS-AM/Chicago celebrated its 95th birthday on the air on Friday, April 12. The day was filled with live interviews, contests, as well as throw-backs showing the legendary 50kW giant's long legacy of serving Chicago and much of the lower 48 for 95 years. Today, that tradition continues with local news wrapped around iconic personalities like Mancow Muller and John Howell, as well as national shows from Chicago native Chris Plante, talk icon Rush Limbaugh and renowned commentator and podcaster, Ben Shapiro.
"WLS" first launched on April 12, 1924, as Sears-Roebuck and Company's own broadcast outlet to reach and market to farmers. Shortly after 6pm that day, Edgar Bill stepped to the microphone and exclaimed: "Here ye, here ye, here ye! WLS, the Sears-Roebuck station is on the air!" WLS stood for "World's Largest Store" and first aired farm and civic programming, popular music, comedies and radio serials.
Celebrate with WLS-AM 890 on WLSAM.com and checkout Twitter and Facebook for trivia, photos, live stream and contests.