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  • 91.5 - maybe WBEZ??

    During intermittent e-skip on 7/26, I caught a bit of a newscast that might be WBEZ-91.5 Chicago. At 5:34pm CDT it's a news story about Chicago Police shootings. WBEZ has the same story on their website. Does anyone know if WBEZ even carries local news at that time, and can anyone identify the newscaster as being WBEZ?
    Of course, this story could easily have been broadcast on other Illinois or regional (Indiana, Wisconsin) stations too.
    Chris - Poughkeepsie, NY
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  • #2
    Chris,

    WBEZ is a deep fringe regular in my location and I can attest to them being very intense on local news, weather and traffic. It often sounds more like one of Chicago's talkers (WBBM, WGN) than a National Public Radio affiliate. I don't know of many 91.5's in Wisconsin, but all of the ones in Indiana are weak high school or religious stations.

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    • #3
      Thanks for the reply. It so happens I caught WBEZ Weds night 8/3 for sure, so it is now in my log book. There's a clip of my 8/3 reception in my post on the FM DX forum.
      Chris - Poughkeepsie, NY
      DTV DXer since April 2009
      See last 24hr DTV DX on Autologger Map here: https://rabbitears.info/tvdx/one_tun...01803EF/tuner1
      DTV DX screenshots at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dtvdxer/sets
      DTV DX Videos at: http://www.youtube.com/user/dtvdxer

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      • #4
        Agreed, sounds like WBEZ. Voice is familiar as well. Then again, a lot of reporters sound similar to each other. But yes, WBEZ has moved much more toward an all-news format, while still keeping a public radio affiliation. For instance, their RDS runs solely traffic information now in an effort to compete with the big local AM stations. It's a very common and easy catch where I live.

        In addition, most stations in the region often will NOT report on the local Chicago news unless they are serving Chicagoland itself or if the specific story went national. Stations tend to keep much of their news stories within state boundaries around here.
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