WHAT IS THAT CONCRETE BUNKER IN FRONT OF THE WGN TRANSMITTER?

When driving on Route 53, it’s hard not to notice the WGN transmitter that is off of Rohlwing Road between Schaumburg and Biesterfield Roads.  But you might have looked a little more closely and wondered what that concrete bunker-like structure is next to the front gate of the property. 

After contacting WGN, they informed us that it is actually “an L shaped concrete barrier. It was built to protect  the power transformers that provided power for the site during the 1940s. It has no function now but it is expensive to remove such a massive structure so it remains in place as a reminder of the distant past.”

WGN purchased the property in 1938 from Regina Thies, wife of Herman Thies. Prior to the move, WGN’s transmitter was in a more western suburb. It was common in those days for a big, clear-channel broadcaster to locate their transmitters in rural areas far from their cities of license to avoid overloading the less selective radios of the time. As radios improved and interference issues became better understood, stations such as WGN relocated closer to their studios.

Look for additional photos of the WGN transmitter and the building on the Local History Digital Archive.   Go to www.localhistory

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One Response to “WHAT IS THAT CONCRETE BUNKER IN FRONT OF THE WGN TRANSMITTER?”

  1. Linda Shannon Says:

    The radio/tv mast is a benchmark: NH1071.

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