CityChampaign, Illinois
Broadcast areaChampaign-Urbana
Frequency91.7 MHz
BrandingFamily Friendly WBGL
Slogan"Faith, Hope, Family"
FormatChristian AC
AffiliationsNorthwestern Media
OwnerUniversity of Northwestern - Saint Paul
First air date
October 1982 (1982-10)
Call sign meaning
We Bring God's Love
Technical information
ERP20,000 watts
HAAT140 meters (460 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
Coordinates: 40°09′11″N 88°06′58″W / 40.153°N 88.116°W / 40.153; -88.116
WebcastListen Now

WBGL (91.7 FM) is a Christian radio station licensed to Champaign, Illinois and owned by the University of Northwestern - Saint Paul. Studios are located in Champaign.

Relay stations

WBGL is relayed by 9 full-power FM stations and three low-power FM translators. Their combined footprint provides at least secondary coverage from the outer southern suburbs of Chicago to the Illinois side of the St. Louis area to southeastern Missouri.

Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
(m (ft))
Class FCC info
WCFL 104.7 Morris, Illinois 50,000 137 m (449 ft) B FCC
WIBI 91.1 Carlinville, Illinois 50,000 145 m (476 ft) B FCC
WNLD 88.1 Decatur, Illinois 1,000 93 m (305 ft) A FCC
WZGL 88.1 Charleston, Illinois 2,100 69.9 m (229 ft) A FCC
WCRT-FM 88.5 Terre Haute, Indiana 1,050 98 m (322 ft) A FCC
WCBW-FM 89.7 East St. Louis, Illinois 250 57 m (187 ft) A FCC
WBMV 89.7 Mount Vernon, Illinois 10,500 150 m (490 ft) B1 FCC
WVNL 91.7 Vandalia, Illinois 100 50 m (160 ft) A FCC
WIMB 89.1 Murphysboro, Illinois 3,500 31.8 m (104 ft) A FCC
W211AD 90.1 Granite City, Illinois 60 32 m (105 ft) D FCC
W230BS 93.9 Effingham, Illinois 38 64.8 m (213 ft) D FCC
K295FB 106.9 Cape Girardeau, Missouri 92 65 m (213 ft) D FCC
WBGL 91.7 Champaign, Illinois 20,000 140 m (460 ft) B FCC

Northwestern Media

WBGL and Peoria-based sister station WCIC are part of Northwestern Media. Between them, the two stations and their satellites and repeaters cover almost two-thirds of Illinois, as well as portions of Missouri, Iowa, and Indiana.

In August 2019 the Illinois Bible Institute reached an agreement to sell the entire WBGL/WCIC New Life Media Network to the University of Northwestern – St. Paul, which owns and operates a network of contemporary Christian stations and a network of Christian talk and teaching stations, for $9,901,558.34, plus $200,000 in third-party underwriting announcements for the seller's non-broadcast, non-profit activities for one year. The closing date was November 1, 2019.[1][2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Northwestern Media Acquires WBGL/WCIC In Illinois", Radio Insight. August 6, 2019. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "U. of Northwestern Buys 13 Stations From Illinois Bible Institute", HisAir.net. August 5, 2019. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Northwestern Media Moves to Buy New Life Media", All Access Music Group. August 5, 2019. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "U. of Northwestern Buys 13 Stations From Illinois Bible Institute", Inside Radio. August 6, 2019. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "Northwest Arkansas Cluster, Michigan AM, Bakersfield FM, Vermont FM Sold". All Access. Retrieved 2019-11-14.