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WBIG Aurora has been broadcasting since december 13, 1938

This radio station signed on as WMRO December 13, 1938 with 500 watts of daytime power on AM 1250.  The call letters “WMRO” were chosen because the then owner’s initials were MRO. Martin O’Brien later moved the frequency to AM 1280 in 1941 thanks to the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement.

WMRO AM 1280 offered a local format which later became a “full service” format in the late 1940’s.

Chicago Television star John Drury was part of the on-air broadcasting staff at WMRO. In 1957 the station was sold, and 3 years later AM 1280 was granted night authorization and began broadcasting 24/7. 

In 1991, AM 1280’s call letters were changed to WBIG.

It’s 2024 and we are tasked with moving WBIG’s AM towers, moving WBIG’s fm antenna, and finding new stations to save this great community staple – AM 1280 WBIG. We’re hopeing the community will help us work on the next 86 years on-air.

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Chicago Bears

AM 1280 WBIG Aurora is the radio home of the Chicago Bears. Listen to Bears play by play action on WBIG.

White Sox

AM 1280 WBIG Aurora is the radio home of the Chicago White Sox. Listen to White Sox play by play action on WBIG.

Chicago Bulls

AM 1280 WBIG Aurora is the radio home of the Chicago Bulls. Listen to Bulls play by play action on WBIG.

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Behind the Scenes at WBIG

Our "big" team

The work behind the scenes happens because of our local WBIG team.  Meet some of the people you may not know about who work behind the scenes to make WBIG and local radio in Aurora/Naperville great.

Neal Ormond

West Aurora Basketball Announcer


Kevin Phares

Content Partnerships


Rocco Dubiel