In November 2003, I joined fellow geeks Scott Fybush, Blaine Thompson, Mike Ward and Garrett Wollman on a tour of some of Chicago’s great studio and transmitter sites. Unfortunately, I hadn’t owned my digital camera very long and most of the resulting pictures didn’t turn out, including, much to my dismay, all of the shots from the WGN transmitter site. Here are the pictures that did turn out.
Greatest. Breakroom. Ever. (Clear Channel/Chicago)
Real Oldies 1690 (WRLL/Berwyn, IL) board
Two very auxiliary studios: for 560 WIND at the transmitter site in Gary, IN (top) and 105.1 WOJO at the transmitter site in the John Hancock building
Meters for stations on the John Hancock Building combiner (top to bottom, left to right): 105.1 WOJO, 102.7 WVAZ, 91.5 WBEZ, 95.5 WNUA, 101.1 WKQX, 98.7 WFMT, 97.9 WLUP-FM, 100.3 WILV (then WNND) and 99.5 WUSN
The door to the WOJO transmitter room at the Hancock
The Chicago skyline from the WOJO transmitter room at the Hancock
A pretty cool piece of equipment: 560 WIND was still owned by Univision when these photos were taken…and they still had the phone selector installed from when WIND was a Westinghouse talker
Don’t be vandalizing the WLXX transmitter site.
The Viva 93.5/103.1 studio (93.5 WVIX/Joliet & 103.1 WVIV-FM/Highland Park) Geeky editor note: when WVIV-FM was still doing ’80s hits as WXXY-FM, I did my one and only (so far) major market airshift. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t pull one off on Viva.