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The Essentials

Call Letters: WBEW
Frequency: 89.5fm
City of License: Chesterton
Metro(s): Northwest Indiana
Power: 4000 watts @ 597 feet (Class B1)
Format: Talk/Jazz
Address: 848 East Grand Avenue, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611-3462
Phone: 312.948.4632
Ownership: Chicago Public Media, Inc.
Web Presence:

Station Personnel


Managing Director: Silvia Rivera
VP/Development: Greg Salustro
Mornings: Jesse Menendez ("The Vocalo Morning Amp") (8am - 10am)
Mornings: Jill Hopkins ("The Vocalo Morning Amp") (8am - 10am)
Various programs throughout the day.



President/Executive Director: Kenneth Freedman
President/GM: Torey Malatia


Mornings: Molly Adams
Mornings: Brian Babylon

Station History

Signed on in 2001.


Owned by Auricle Communications. Proposed a variety format. Unsure if Auricle ever signed the station on the air. In June 2002, Auricle Communications sold WAJW for $550,000 to Chicago Public Media, Inc.


For Further Reading...

"Changing Hands." Broadcasting & Cable 132, no. 29 (2002): 46.
Feder, Robert. "WBEZ forges ahead with expansive agenda." Chicago Sun Times 26 September 2006. Page 59.
Feder, Robert. "What to watch for (and listen for) in '07." Chicago Sun-Times. 2 January 2007. Page 43.

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