Robert Feder's media column in the Trib notes this is the 25th anniversary of the launch of V-103, now the top-rated radio station in Chicago with its urban contemporary music format. Feder talked about the station's launch as a replacement for WBMX (The Black Music Experience). The column does not mention that the station is licensed out of Oak Park or that at its launch it was still broadcasting from high atop the Oak Park Arms retirement hotel at Washington Boulevard and Oak Park Avenue. From some very cramped and curious offices in "the penthouse" of the Arms, V-103 cohabited with WOPA, an AM signal featuring brokered ethnic programs. The station long ago moved to studios in the Loop, but its roots remain in Oak Park.
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