Most popular radio stations in Chicago 2020

Chicago’s leading radio station in March 2020 was WBBM-FM, with 7.7 percent of radio listeners in the Chicago metropolitan area tuning in to the station for at least five minutes in each quarter hour period. This metric is often referred to as simply Average Quarter-Hour Persons (abbreviated to AQH).

Which radio stations are the most popular in Chicago?

One of the most listened to radio stations in Chicago is WBBM-AM. Since first airing in 1924, the station has established itself as one of greater Chicago’s most popular. WBBM-AM operates in an all-news format, keeping the citizens of Chicago informed about local news, weather, sports and traffic conditions. Although WBBM is owned by broadcasting company Entercom, many of the city’s other top stations such as WVAZ-FM, WKSC-FM and WLIT-FM are owned by media industry giant iHeartMedia.


iHeartMedia was formerly known as CC Media Holdings Inc. prior to the company’s rebranding in 2014. The company owns hundreds of radio stations across the United States, and a total of six in the Chicago area alone. iHeartMedia also regularly features close to the top of a ranking of leading online radio companies in the U.S. based on average active sessions and provides a vast range of stations to its users including those focused on news, sports and multiple different genres of music.

Leading radio stations in Chicago, U.S. in March 2020, by ratings

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Release date

April 2020


United States

Survey time period

March 2020

Age group

6 years and older

Special properties

Monday to Sunday, 6 am to midnight

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