As WGN TV celebrates 75 years, we’re looking back with a series of stories on the history and the memories.

CHICAGO — The dawn of a new era began on April 5, 1948, when WGN-TV officially went on the air for the first time.  

Colonel Robert R. McCormick, former head of the Tribune Company, commented, “In television we have embarked upon another of America’s adventures.  Come along with us!  Let us share the adventure together.”

On Thursday from 7 p.m. — 9 p.m. Central Time WGN-TV aired a special report.

This original WGN-TV production will look back at the station’s rich 75-year history.

The following stories will be featured in the special report.

WGN-TV is Chicago’s Very Own source for news and entertainment and is owned and operated by Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc.  WGN News programs more local news than any other Chicago TV station and can be seen on WGN-TV; the WGN+ TV streaming app on RokuAmazon Fire TV and Apple TV; online at and the WGN News mobile app.  In-depth local weather coverage is available on all newscasts, and the WGN Weather mobile app.  WGN Films, part of WGN-TV, presents compelling and in-depth cinematic journalism that goes beyond the headlines to explore the stories and issues that affect Chicago area communities.  WGN 9.2 is the Chicago affiliate for Nexstar Media Inc.’s 1950s – 1970s  classic TV network Antenna TV, WGN 9.3 is the Chicago affiliate for Grit, WGN 9.4 is the Chicago affiliate for Nexstar Media Inc.’s 1980s – 2000s retro TV network Rewind TV, and WGN 9.5 is the Chicago affiliate for TBD.  For more information on Chicago’s Very Own WGN-TV, go to