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WLUW 88.7 FM
CityChicago, Illinois
Broadcast areaFar Northside of Chicago, IL and Evanston, Illinois
Frequency88.7 MHz
BrandingChicago Sound Alliance
FormatIndie Music, Community
OwnerLoyola University Chicago
Call sign meaning
We're Loyola University W
Technical information
Licensing authority
ERP100 Watts
HAAT70 meters (230 ft)
Public license information
88.7 FM Profile

WLUW is a college radio station owned and operated by Loyola University Chicago, serving Chicago, Illinois and its northern suburbs.


WLUW was founded in the 1970s, although it originally was not associated with Loyola University. The station was originally as "The Hitline", then "High Energy 88-7 FM" in the late 1980s, and then simply "Energy 88-7". In the mid-1990s the station changed radio formats to 88.7 Listener Supported Community Radio. Loyola University Chicago ceased funding WLUW in 2002, turning over operational control of the station to WBEZ. WLUW became financially independent in 2007[citation needed].

In 2008, Loyola resumed control of the station[1][2]

Around the time of the ownership change, some station personnel left WLUW to form competitor the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP).[3]

In the fall of 2009, WLUW moved its headquarters from Damen Hall on the Lake Shore Campus to the Terry Student Center located downtown on E. Pearson St. at the Water Tower Campus.

Previous format

In the 1980s through the mid-1990s, the station had a contemporary hit and dance music radio format (High Energy 88-7 FM and then Energy 88-7 FM), modeled after commercial radio stations such as B-96 in Chicago, with a full staff of student disc jockeys and news anchors/reporters. During this period, WLUW broadcast from the Loyola Water Tower Campus Communication building at 26 E. Pearson in Chicago.

Notable station alumni


  1. ^ "Chicago | Chicago : News : Politics : Things To Do : Sports". Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  2. ^ Joravsky, Ben. "Picking Up Its Marbles | The Arts". Archived from the original on 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  3. ^ "Record Chirp - Gapers Block Chicago". 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  4. ^ "Brian Wheeler | The Official Site Of The Portland Trail Blazers". Retrieved 2015-04-23.

Coordinates: 42°00′04″N 87°39′36″W / 42.001°N 87.660°W / 42.001; -87.660