WGN-TV

WGN-TV, virtual channel 9 (UHF digital channel 19), is an independent television station licensed to Chicago, Illinois, United States. Owned by Irving, Texas-based Nexstar Media Group, it is sister to the company's sole radio property, news/talk/sports station WGN (720 AM). WGN-TV's studios are located on West Bradley Place in Chicago's North Center community (as such, it is the only major commercial television station in Chicago which bases its main studio outside the city's downtown business district); its transmitter is located atop the Willis Tower in the Chicago Loop.

WGN-TV
Chicago, Illinois
United States
ChannelsDigital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 9
Branding
  • WGN Channel 9; WGN News
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
OwnerNexstar Media Group
(Tribune Media Company[3])
History
First air date
April 5, 1948
(73 years ago)
 (1948-04-05)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 9 (VHF, 1948–2009)
Call sign meaning
Founded by the Chicago Tribune, the "World's Greatest Newspaper"
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID72115
ERP645 kW
HAAT454 m (1,490 ft)
Transmitter coordinates41°52′44″N 87°38′10.2″W
Translator(s)K22MN-D 22 Fort Peck, MT
K32MF-D 32 Red Lake, MN
K33DP 33 Carlin, NV
[4]
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Websitewgntv.com

Like concept progenitor WTBS in Atlanta, WGN-TV—which, alongside WGN radio and the now-defunct regional cable news channel Chicagoland Television (CLTV), was among the flagship broadcasting properties of Tribune Media (formerly known as the Tribune Company until August 2014) until the company's purchase by Nexstar was completed in September 2019—was a pioneering superstation; on November 8, 1978, it became the second U.S. television station to be made available via satellite transmission to cable and direct-broadcast satellite subscribers nationwide. The former "superstation" feed, WGN America (now NewsNation), was converted by Tribune into a conventional basic cable network in December 2014, at which time it removed all WGN-TV-produced local programs from its schedule and began to be carried on cable providers within the Chicago market (including Xfinity, U-verse, WOW! and RCN) alongside its existing local carriage on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network.[5][6][7][8] (Since September 2020, the Bradley Place studios have housed production facilities for WGN America's nightly newscast, NewsNation.) Although the Chicago station is no longer widely available within the United States on conventional pay television providers outside of its home market, WGN-TV continues to be available as a de facto superstation on some providers, including many Canadian cable and satellite providers.


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