WGN Radio - Chicago's Very Own

2.9 (83)
33.6 MB
Age rating
Current version
Continental Broadcasting Company
Last update
12 months ago
Version OS
12.0 or later
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User Reviews for WGN Radio - Chicago's Very Own

2.93 out of 5
83 Ratings
3 years ago, MiMaX8
Why I don’t use this more
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.
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3 years ago, DJ Stinky
This app needs an update.
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.
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3 years ago, PHHP1973
Too many commercials on connection
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.
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4 years ago, adamrl07
This app is in pretty rough shape
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.
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5 years ago, DEPoNVILLE
WGN App needs work!
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!
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11 months ago, juvenile99
No Good
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.
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5 years ago, Rosiview
Please fix this!
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!!!
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2 years ago, Cjcongo
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.
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2 years ago, taatkinson
Not working
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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3 years ago, metvtoday
Poor app!
Keeps buffering! Then it restarts and you have to listen to the annoying Chevy commercials over and over! Enjoy listening to this program while working outside but this app is weak.
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3 years ago, adognamedFudge
If you like "ChevyDrivesChicago" ads, this is for you
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..."
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5 years ago, Ozarkbbq
Livestream not working
I love to listen, but have noticed the livestream “watch live” link is not working the last few weeks on Saturday mornings for Lou’s show. Please check livestream, love to watch the shows too!
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12 years ago, Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahv
Annoying buffering
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.
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6 days ago, Mwr2
Bad app
This app constantly errors out and loses signal regularly. Your lucky to get 20 minutes out of an hour. Also very hard on the battery. Better luck using Alexa.
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5 years ago, pellama
Very annoying App that spools constantly, lags like all get out and drops out about every hour. Seriously, can’t you improve this thing?
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4 years ago, mbrichan
Sinatra hour
LOVE THIS ON SUNDAY MORNING! Thank you! It’s a wonderful way to start my day
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7 years ago, Davehawks
Apple CarPlay availablilty
Good app overall, just need availability of apple CarPlay uploading.
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11 years ago, Joe DA BEARS Hallman
Very good, but room for improvement
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.
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11 years ago, EarInTheCrowd
It's not just crap.... It's Crashtastic!
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!
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12 years ago, RacMar4
Poor performance - 0 stars, if I could
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.
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12 years ago, Leafygreentree
Stop your nagging
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.
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11 years ago, A hawks fan
Bad broadcasting of hawks games
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.
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11 years ago, Pnut Buddha
It would be nice, but...
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,
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12 years ago, brianc400
Fine update.
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!
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9 years ago, Toodles0287
Great app. Great for when I travel!
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.
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12 years ago, Drioux256
WGN App works fine!
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.
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12 years ago, Denisej5
Like it
Much easier to use, but my podcasts turn off when my phone "sleeps", not sure why.
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11 years ago, Butthead630
Gets the job done
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
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10 years ago, Drew WP
Great app
I listen to every hawks game on this app. One thing you have to do is click the app every once in a while. It comes in very clear and always works well.
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12 years ago, TravistheHealer
You guys are idiots
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.
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10 years ago, jackiepaulus
Glitches have been fixed. Streaming begins immediately and you can choose plus channel.
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12 years ago, Could use update
Better than the pervious but...
Why does app stop streaming live radio when I text or open another app. Should stream simultaneously like the other one did, or does it and I am doing something wrong?
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11 years ago, Djarum0
Constantly cuts off
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!
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11 years ago, Ct91190
It would be good if...
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!
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12 years ago, Nonicknameavailble
Works great
I have had no problems with this app. It worked great for the Blackhawks playoff games . I was using wifi.
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9 years ago, Listen to every night
Don't get your hopes up
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.
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12 years ago, Tenspeed1
Worlds Greatest? I Think Not
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.
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11 years ago, Fffhhxdgc
Very good I'm listening to it right now and it is clear every word clear if you have good connection.
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11 years ago, Neon Body Style
Great for Blackhawks fans
Basically got this app to listen to the Blackhawks game when I don't get them on tv!
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11 years ago, Sugarland47
Love WGN but app is worthless
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.
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9 years ago, Spiker1383
Worked good until...
This app worked great until i updated to os 9(and above). Now it keeps telling me it can't download audio?? Please fix!
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9 years ago, Mary. Jane
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
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12 years ago, djm5150
Blame MLB
It's not WGN's fault that you cannot listen to the Cubs through this app. MLB broadcasting rules dictate that you cannot. Stop negative reviews!
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9 years ago, froglvr
Play button
Was fine. But not just gives me a message that the audio won't play after buffering for a bit. Used to use it daily. Hasn't worked for a couple weeks.
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12 years ago, StarKissed2012
No audio
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
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10 years ago, Betoox
This app only plays for a little bit then keeps buffering. It will stop trying after a while. Don't waste your time. There are better apps that get you the same channels and more.
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11 years ago, This maker should die
Go Blackhawks
Never had a Problem yet 👍🙏
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7 years ago, Yeshuffheuudedbe few
Won't work
I have used this app for years on my phone. Since I did an update on my phone the app won't play. I have deleted it and reinstalled it but it still won't load. Any suggestions? Thanks
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7 years ago, Farkel99
Works for a few minutes then goes silent, despite being on a very high speed wifi network; other apps continue to function normally.
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10 years ago, Guy who tried to watch Turn
Horrible tech - good content
Don't think the AM team understands tech tet...App kicks u out every 10 minutes and makes u go back in and hit play. Very annoying
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