WMVP (1000 AM) is a commercial radio station licensed to Chicago, Illinois, carrying a sports format. Owned by Good Karma Brands, the station serves the Chicago metropolitan area as the market affiliate of ESPN Radio, the flagship station of the Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox, and the Chicago Wolves (the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes) and is the home of local personalities David Kaplan, Tom Waddle and John Jurkovic. Formerly an ESPN Radio owned-and-operated station, WMVP’s studios are co-located with WLS-TV in the Chicago Loop while the transmitter is located in Downers Grove.
In addition to a standard analog transmission, WMVP is simulcast over the second HD subchannel of WSHE-FM and is available online.
WMVP began broadcasting on February 25, 1926, as WCFL, the radio voice of the Chicago Federation of Labor. The station was originally owned by the Chicago Federation of Labor and was operated by the Chicago Federation of Labor Radio Committee. WCFL was a pioneer in the development of labor radio, and it played a major role in the labor movement in Chicago.
In 1987, WCFL was sold to ABC Radio. ABC changed the station’s call letters to WMVP and adopted a sports format. WMVP was one of the first sports radio stations in the country, and it quickly became a popular destination for sports fans in Chicago.
In 1999, ABC Radio sold WMVP to ESPN Radio. ESPN Radio has since made WMVP its flagship station in Chicago. WMVP is home to a variety of sports programming, including live game broadcasts, pre- and post-game shows, and expert analysis from its team of experienced sports commentators and analysts.
WMVP is a popular radio station in Chicago, and it is a trusted source of sports information and entertainment for its listeners. The station’s commitment to quality programming and its dedication to serving the Chicago community have made it a valuable asset to the city.