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WBBM Newsradio 780-AM, Chicago’s only All-News
radio station and one of the most trusted brands in the market, today announced
that beginning on Monday, August 1 it will launch a simulcast of its
Edward R. Murrow award-winning programming on 105.9 FM. For 24-hours a day,
seven days a week, Chicagoans can easily find their familiar traffic and
weather together on the eights, along with the latest breaking news, business,
sports, and Chicago Bears games using the prominent AM or FM broadcast

The 2011 NAB Marconi Award
“Legendary Station of the Year” nominee can also be accessed online at and through the application for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android devices.

Said Rod Zimmerman, CBS RADIO Chicago’s Senior Vice President and Market Manager, “WBBM
Newsradio has built a flawless reputation, and is a name well-known by millions
of listeners in the Chicago
area.  Since 1968, we have served the
community with sound journalism and information through broadcasts on
780AM.  As we take this next step in advancing
the availability of WBBM we do so with the same integrity and judgment that has
guided us for the past 40+ years. 

“Offering listeners an AM and FM
option to interact with our stations has been a winning strategy for CBS RADIO in
major markets such as San Francisco and Detroit.  The upside for the consumer, and the
advertisers who want to reach them, is enormous, and we strongly believe this
move will prove successful in the future.”

WBBM consistently dominates as Chicago’s No. 1 station with
listeners 12+ (Arbitron 2011, Monday thru Sunday, 6am to Midnight).  Anchored by Felicia Middlebrooks and Pat
Cassidy in morning drive, along with a roster of seasoned journalists including
Kris Kridel, Sherman Kaplan, Keith Johnson and Steve Grzanich, among others, WBBM
is the radio station more Chicagoans turn to for breaking news than anywhere
else.  The station has won numerous
awards for its coverage including National Sigma Delta Chi honors, and Edward
R. Murrow regional and national awards for Overall Excellence, Newscast, and
Breaking News Coverage.  Additionally,
WBBM has received similar awards for Station of the Year, Best Newscast, Best
Reporter and Best Sports from the Associated Press.

WBBM began broadcasting in 1923 and became
“Newsradio” in 1968.  The station has
served as the flagship for Chicago Bears broadcasts since 2000 offering a full
slate of pre-season, regular and post-season match-ups.  WBBM also has provided exclusive play-by-play
of the Chicago Air and Water Show dating back to the 1980’s, and supports Mercy
Home for Boys and Girls, Chicago House, Gateway Green and the Chicago
Innovation Awards.