|Broadcast area||Northeastern Illinois / Southeastern Wisconsin|
Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Chicago White Sox
|WCCQ, WERV, WIIL, WJOL, WSSR, WXLC, WZSR|
First air date
|September 25, 1949|
Call sign meaning
|WauKegan Radio Station|
|Power||1,000 watts day|
90 watts night
Public license information
WKRS (1220 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Spanish Sports format. Licensed to Waukegan, Illinois, United States, the station is currently owned by Alpha Media, through licensee Alpha Media Licensee LLC, and features programming from TUDN Radio. Its studios and transmitter are separately located in Waukegan.
The station began broadcasting September 25, 1949. It ran 1,000 watts during daytime hours only, and was owned by The News-Sun Broadcasting Company. In 1983, WKRS was sold to Roger E. Kaplan, owner of 102.3 WXLC, for $650,000. In 1987, the station was sold to H&D Radio Limited Partnership, along with WXLC, for $5.5 million. In 1997, it was sold to Spring Broadcasting, and in 1999 it was sold to Belvidere Broadcasting, along with WXLC, for $4.3 million. In 2000, the station was sold to NextMedia Group, along with WXLC, for $9.4 million.
Between 1949 and 2012, WKRS had been a longtime English-language radio station broadcasting local news and information for the Lake County region. Personalities heard on WKRS included national hosts Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage, Bill O'Reilly, and Dave Ramsey, along with local hosts Al Salvi, Libby Collins, and Lenny Palmer, among others. Known at times as "The Voice Of Lake County" and "The Talk of Lake County", WKRS also broadcast Lake County Fielders minor league baseball games as well as high school sports for the Lake County area.
Among its alumni are Chicago TV reporters Anita Padilla, Matt Rodewald, and Susan Carlson.
In January 2012, it was announced that the station would drop its longtime English-Language Talk format in favor of a Spanish-language sports format, with programming from ESPN Deportes Radio, effective February 1, 2012.
In 2014, WKRS and NextMedia's 32 other radio stations were sold to Digity, LLC for $85 million. In 2016, Digity, LLC was purchased by Alpha Media for $264 million.
After ESPN Deportes Radio was discontinued on September 8, 2019, the station became an affiliate of TUDN Radio.