Every time I start the app I have to endure a 10 or 15 second ad. Not a big deal BUT if reception/signal is spotty, I endure that ad several times in a row. Not to mention the same 4 radio ads they play on the broadcast. What blows my mind is some of the ads on the app are even geographically relevant! Holy cow! I realize this is commercial radio, but F I will not use this app long term because of the marketing and endless advertising.
I used to use this app exclusively. It was great and I loved it. In the last year or so, the app is buggy. I will be listening and go to pause, by tapping on my headphones pause button. Sometimes pause works, sometimes I go to iOS control panel and pressing play does not work. I have to go into the app and select play. Sometimes I will pause and later I will notice the app has started playing again. I have stopped using the app all together. Just go to the Apple Music app and search for WGN radio or tell Siri to play WGN radio. You don’t need the app.
Every time my phone changes access points (all same SSID) as I move between upstairs and downstairs, I hear the connection commercial for Chevy again. This interrupts the program and is very irritating. I used to use radio garden to avoid this problem, but it seems that WGN cut off that access. Other station's apps don't have this issue. Don't I listen to enough commercials in the program stream? Please fix.
Yes, it streams the radio station in the background but that’s about where the good stops. The interface is bad: buttons can’t be reached easily. Ads are in intrusive positions. The casting feature casts to the AppleTV as a video feed, so it cannot run in the background not very pleasant. I wish they would just run the radio feed through the iTunes Store, and use the WGN news app for news. That would be a better setup than trying to cram everything into this poorly coded app.
The WGN App has a lot of potential & has a lot of content to offer, but it also has a couple of MAJOR flaws; 1. Any audio I open (podcast or livestream) stops when my phone locks & its screen goes black. This is NOT how TuneIn & ApplePodcasts behave! 2. The app uses a LOT of cellular data. I often don’t have WIFI access, & usually just open the app at most for 5 min/daily, but it’s one of my highest-cellular-usage apps!
WGN is my constant…. But with this app it isn’t because it won’t continue and goes out so I miss a full conversation, news updates etc….. so frustrating that the iPhone app is so lousy to listen too. Please FIX it soon as I’m sure many people have the same issue. There is nothing wrong with my internet so it’s not that. Thanks.
When I'm listening to the live stream on my iPhone and the lock screen comes on, the WGN app stops working till I unlock the screen!? Frustrating! The WBEZ app keeps playing why can't you fix this, I have seen people comment on this same thing months ago, I know it's never worked right for me! I want to listen to the regular personalities, I'm not a baseball fan, sooo you made that possible...but it does not work!!!
The worst radio app I’ve ever used. Interrupts itself every 5-10 mins with a commercial ….or worse, it won’t stop buffering so I’ll have to restart it, then sit thru more canned commercials. Sometimes it interrupts its own commercials with different commercials! All a very crummy way to listen to ‘talk-radio’, esp when there are already more commercials than content.
I usually listen to the Blackhawks broadcast but for the past two months when I click to stream on the app or website it doesn’t play the broadcast - just an endless loop of ads. Super disappointing. I don’t live in Illinois anymore and I used to enjoy listening to the games via the app.
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Start app on your device - Chevy commercial Connect to bluetooth - Chevy commercial Leave your WiFi range to use 5g - Chevy commercial Answer a call on your smartphone - Chevy commercial Connect smartphone to Apple CarPlay - Chevy commercial Respond to a text message - Chevy commercial "Take it from #99 - Chicago winters are tough, but Chevy..." "Hey Blackhawks fans, Chicagoland Chevy dealers..." "Ready for a summer roadtrip? Your Chicago Chevy dealers..." "Hit the road in a new Chevy Trax from your Chicagoland Chevy dealers..."
The audio runs smoothly for awhile, then goes silent while it buffers. After a few minutes of buffering it starts playing again. Why does it randomly buffer when my location hasn't changed? It gets frustrating and annoying. Also, a sleep function in the app would be nice.
The clarity is great and the delay is almost non-existent, but it will drop from time-to-time even if there is no change in reception or network strength (1st big thing) and the other big thing is that it drops when your phone goes to sleep. That needs to be fixed because if your driving you can't always be looking down to check if your phone is about to go to sleep. And then it takes a good 30-40 seconds to come back up after it drops. It's very frustrating, especially when you're trying to listen to a hockey game. Everything else about it is great, but those two things need to be addressed.
As lacking in features and functionality as the latest 'Windows 8 wanna-be' design for the main website. (The previous design was much better.) Where are the show notes and links? Where are the Cochran and Kaplan show podcasts? Why are Carol Roth and Turi Ryder still showing up and current podcasts are slow to display? Why are the sound levels of some of the podcasts weak or inconsistent? The live broadcast should be the only thing that streams. Podcasts should be downloadable and organizable In a playlist. Show segment title topics should be easily recognizable on a phone screen (within about the first 23 characters). A different image for each show personality in the podcast file would help to quickly identify and sort the list. Maintain a list for the current and previous week. Provide emailing capability for podcasts files. Users should not be forced to struggle with selecting podcasts one-at-a-time (or worse, restart a crashed app due to a weak signal), while their device is hooked up to a car stereo. Now that the new talent lineup is taking shape, its time to refocus on the digital side. Please rewrite and stabilize the app. This is not up to the standard of the WGN that I know!
Every other audio ap I have stops when the phone rings, but not this one. And you can't turn it off or lower the volume before taking the call, so for the first seconds of the call, you and your caller can't speak over the broadcast, until you go through minimizing the call, pulling up the ap, and stopping. The volume control on the side of my phone only affected the call, not the radio, so no quick lowering of the volume. Worse still, if you have an alarm set on ap that came with the iPhone, it doesn't ring through, defeating the purpose of the alarm. Idk if it does this with other ap alarms. Unfortunately, with 4 kids' schedules to keep track of, it's a deal breaker. I can't use the ap.
First of all, they don't broadcast Cubs games on here because of contract agreements with major league baseball. It's major-league baseball's "fault", not WGN. Second, all I want to do is listen to the shows on my phone. If you're going to be an idiot and give it a bad rating because you don't like the host, that's your problem. If you don't like hosts, then don't download the app. Better yet, don't listen to the station anymore. It does what it's supposed to do, and that's it. Nothing special. It's free. Quit your complaining.
The sole reason I downloaded this app was to listen to the hawks games when I wasn't able to watch the games. The one time I (try to) listen to the game, it would play until there was a break, then it wouldn't return to the game after the break was over. Same thing goes for intermissions. If you don't restart the feed, you will just get silence until you restart the feed. However, the quality of the sound was very good and clear. There was also not a easy access point to the stream of the game. It took me a while to find it. Overall, I'm very disappointed in this app.
I would love to listen to the entire podcast of the morning show but if there is the slightest drop in the wireless signal it shuts down. That, however, is not the most frustrating part. There is no way (that I have found) to fast forward or rewind the podcast so if you lose the signal with only 5 minutes left in the podcast, you have to start all over again from the beginning. This has happened to me and now I don't even want to waste my time. I hope this can be fixed,
This is a very solid app compared to the old one. It's snappy and features quick access to the latest news. The traffic feature is fast and effective. Streaming starts much faster and seems more reliable than the app this replaces. Suggestions: • The white text is a bit tough to read on the colorful blue background. Improve the contrast. • Headlines disappear too fast. Perhaps double the number per category. The Blackhawks game recap should not have dropped off just a few hours after the game ended. • Provide traffic times in the traffic feature. Traffic speed at each ramp doesn't help me figure out how long my trip will be. All said, nicely done!
Always listen to WGN to fall asleep and the app is great. I haven't had any issues with buffering or not being able to listen, but I'm always on wifi. Only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because I wish there was a sleep timer on the app to stop streaming after a certain amount of time. Maybe there is a way to do this but I have no clue how.
This WGN App works fine. Who would want to listen to the Cubs this year anyway? (Comment comes from a life long Cubs Fan of 42 years). The app works great for all of the Blackhawks games, WGN programing and News. I recently dumped my satellite subscription, due to the price increase, which subscribers were lied to about.
I listened to the hawks game with this app, my IPhone, and a pair of computer speakers. Stopped an got stuck saying buffering so I closed and restarted the app. No big deal for me. Happened twice in a 3 hour period, I can live with that! Thanks for putting the app out
The app works fine. The point of reviewing an app is it's performance. It lets you hear the radio broadcast and Blackhawks games. You can't hear cubs games because of MLB contract agreements, not because the app doesn't work. Blame MLB greed and stop misleading others.
Both this app and the website will constantly drop the audio feed. It's really hard to listen to a broadcast when it constantly cut off and you miss huge parts of it. I have tried it on multiple iOS devices and it has the problem on them all and doesn't have it on a computer. Fix it!
Fix it! It will be working fine and then just cuts out and says buffering audio and takes a long time to catch up. I've tried on 4g and multiple wifi networks that work perfectly for other apps and devices. I need to listen to my hawks!
I listen to the radio every night, and loved listening to it and thought about having it on my phone. But just like every one else said it bad. It said to hit the play button, so I did and it just stopped working I recommend that you keep looking for another app.
This poorly-written app locked up on its first use, necessitating a hard reboot on my iPad. Maybe the guy who wrote the app is the same genius who is managing the Cubs. The inability to use the app to listen to Cubs games is another strike against it. I lived in the Chicago area most of the time between 1959 and 2010 - had great hopes for this app - to no avail. See 'ya.
I was a loyal WGN listener for more than 30 years until I moved to FL a few years ago. I was thrilled when I found this app to once again listen to WGN, the problem is the iPhone version crashes every few minutes. The iPad app works great but please fix the iPhone app.
What is going on today May 6th cannot listen on my phone again. This seems to happen quite often. Pls if u look at these reviews fix. Today is May 07 again cannot listen on my phone. Would u prefer I listen to another station? Mary Well it is Sat the 8th and again cannot listen. I'm convinced u just don't care about listeners. Mary I don't know if anyone reads these, but if u do today is May 14 cannot get GN on my fine. What do u suggest. Mary
WOW, where's my audio ? :( WGN used 2b one of my very fav apps. But I have the blues w/out hearing it:( And becoming very home sick!! I'm on my IPod 4th gen. It works like a gem, so prob not on my end. Please fix ur end (no pun intended lol) TY WGN