NBC 5 Chicago WMAQ

NBC 5 Chicago WMAQ


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NBC 5 Chicago WMAQ

Chicago, Illinois
United States
  • NBC 5 Chicago (general)
  • NBC 5 (secondary)
  • NBC 5 News (newscasts)
  • NBC 5 Chicago News (newscasts, secondary)
SloganWe Are Chicago
ChannelsDigital: 29 (UHF)
(shared with WSNS-TV; to move to 33 (UHF))
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
  • 5.1: 1080i 16:9 NBC5
  • 5.2: 480i 16:9 COZI
  • 5.1: NBC (O&O)
  • 5.2: Cozi TV
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
First air dateOctober 8, 1948 (69 years ago) (1948-10-08)
Call letters’ meaning
  • We Must Ask Questions
  • (Derived from former sister station, WMAQ (AM) (now WSCR))
Sister station(s)
  • Broadcast television:
  • Cable/satellite:
  • NBC Sports Chicago
Former callsignsWNBQ (1948–1964)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 5 (VHF, 1948–2009)
Former affiliations
  • DT2:
  • NBC WX (2005–2008)
  • NBC Plus (2008–2012)
  • DT3:
  • Universal Sports (2008–2012)
Transmitter power350 kW
377 kW (CP)
Height508 m (1,667 ft)
Facility ID47905
Transmitter coordinates41°52′44.1″N 87°38′10.2″W / 41.878917°N 87.636167°W / 41.878917; -87.636167Coordinates: 41°52′44.1″N 87°38′10.2″W / 41.878917°N 87.636167°W / 41.878917; -87.636167
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile


Detailed Antenna Reception Information For NBC 5 Chicago WMAQ


Virtual Channel5
RF Channel29
Effective Radiated Power (ERP)350 kW
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT)508m
Radiation Center-above Mean Sea Level (RCAMSL)688m
Network AffiliationNBC
Contact Street 1454 N. Columbus Drive
Contact CityChicago
Contact StateIL
Contact Zip60611
Contact Phone312-836-5555
Additional DataFCC Station Information


NBC 5 is a TV station in Chicago, IL. It’s a local news and entertainment station that broadcasts a varied selection of general entertainment, sports, lifestyle shows, and local news. In addition to being known as NBC 5 Chicago WMAQ, it’s also called simply by its FCC call sign WMAQ. You can watch the station online via the NBC 5 live stream and its collection of videos, updated regularly.

Name: NBC 5 Chicago WMAQ
Call Sign: WMAQ
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genre: Local News, Entertainment
Website: NBC 5 Homepage

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NBC 5 is owned by NBCUniversal. It is an affiliate of the network NBC network. As an affiliate, Chicago WMAQ tends to focus its original news coverage on local issues during the traditional morning, mid-day, evening and late-night news slots. To fill in the rest of its broadcasting schedule, the station airs national programs provided by NBC.

Contact the Station

If you’re a public relations rep, you may want to mail some promotional materials to the station or get in touch with a specific member of its team. If you’re a curious viewer, you might be interested in arranging a tour of the station’s facilities. In either case, in addition to the contact info above, here are some more ways to get in touch:
By mail: 454 N Columbus Dr Chicago, IL 60611-5555. Phone: 312-836-5555. Fax: 312-527-5925.