The Station History

WCFL History

WCFL-AM was America's first and longest-surviving labor radio station. Created by the Chicago Federation of Labor in 1926, WCFL initially was listener-supported. During its first decade it offered entertainment, labor, and public affairs programming designed to serve the labor movement and working-class communities of Chicago.

By the 1940s WCFL had become more commercially oriented. It featured sports in the 1950s and early 1960s and Then from 1966 to 1976 they challenged WLS-AM for Chicago's Top 40 Rock & Roll title. The labor federation then sold the failing station in 1978. As ownership changed again and ratings declined, WCFL went from talk to adult music to religious formats and, in 1987, ceased operations entirely. 

On April 16th 1990 at 5:00 PM (CT) WCFL-FM was born and branded as "Super CFL" a oldies station in Suburban Morris Illinois that lasted until January 1 1994 when the station fell into receivership and was sold. Now fast forward to April 16th 2011 Super CFL Radio was reborn as a online only radio station playing the same format as the FM station once played. The online Super CFL tributes both stations of the past.