|City of license||Chicago, Illinois|
|Branding||Newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM|
|Slogan||All news. All day. All night.|
|Frequency|| 780 kHz (also on HD Radio)|
105.9-2 FM (WCFS-2)
|First air date|| 1911 (amateur station)|
|Class||A (clear channel)|
|Callsign meaning|| World's Best Battery Maker (referring to Mallory Battery Company)|
We Broadcast Better Music (from a past slogan)
World's Best Broadcast Medium
|Sister stations(s)||WBBM-TV, WBBM-FM, WCFS-FM, WJMK, WSCR, WUSN, WXRT|
|Owner|| CBS Radio |
(CBS Radio East, Inc.)
|Sister Stations||WBBM-TV, WBBM-FM, WCFS-FM, WJMK, WSCR, WUSN, WXRT|
|Webcast||Listen Live to Newsradio 780|
|Website||WBBM 780's Website|
The station traces it's history to 1911, when Leslie & Ralph Atlass, owners of the Mallory Battery Company of Lincoln, Illinois began an amateur spark station. In 1923, it received a commercial license & was assigned the frequency of 1300 kHz. It also received it's current call letters, which stand for World's Best Battery Maker. In later years, an alternate meaning, "We Broadcast Better Music", was created.
The Atlasses sold their battery company in 1924 to devote their full attention to WBBM & moved to Chicago that same year. It became a charter CBS affiliate in 1928. The new network liked what it saw in the station & bought a controlling interest in 1929. Leslie Atlass remained station manager with a 33% interest. CBS bought the remaining stock in 1933. As part of the deal, Atlass became vice president of CBS' Central Division while remaining station manager of WBBM - positions he continued to hold until his retirement in 1959. A series of power increases over the years culminated in it's current power of 50,000 watts in 1935, allowing the station to cover much of North America after dark. It had studios @ various locations in Chicago until 1956. In 1956-2006, it operated from a converted arena on North McClurg Court & in 2006 it moved to Two Prudential Plaza.
The station has been all-news since 1968. Prior to it's current incarnation, the station had a MOR/Personality-based format. The station has been the flagship station of the Chicago Bears since 2000 & in it's history has also aired Chicago White Sox & Chicago Blackhawks games.
780 is also known for a couple of trademarks. Typically before a commercial break the current on-air personality will claim, “WBBM news time…(current time of day)" (as is standard procedure with every other all-news stations, O&O by CBS). Also after any sort of sports update the on-air personality will also proudly claim, “you're listening to the home of the Bears.”
As all other CBS-owned all-news stations (except 1010 WINS and KNX 1070), WBBM updates traffic and weather together on the 8's, sports at :15 and :45, business at :25 and :55. However, it also carries all the games of Chicago bears, and when it is broadcasting so, the station will runs recorded message to overseas listeners something like "We are carrying a Bears game... Check back soon for news, traffic, weather."
|Morning Drive||Felicia Middlebrooks and Pat Cassidy||Bart Shore||Josh Liss|
|Afternoon Drive||Keith Johnson and Kris Kridel||Mike Pries|
|Evening||Jackie Swike and Dave Marshett||Paula Fagan|
|Weekend Overnight||Jeanette Hudson|
- Dave Juday - Sunday night/fill-in sports reporter (3/2015 - 5/2015)
- Sherman Kaplan - midday news anchor (2/1969 - 22/9/2015)