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City of license Chicago, Illinois
Broadcast area Chicagoland / Northern Illinois
Branding The Score
Slogan Chicago Sports Radio
Frequency 670 AM (kHz)
(also on HD Radio)
First air date 1992
Format Sports talk radio
Power 50,000 Watts
Class A
Facility ID 25445
Transmitter coordinates 41°56′2.9″N 88°4′22.6″W / 41.934139°N 88.072944°W / 41.934139; -88.072944
Callsign meaning W-SCORE
Owner CBS Radio
(CBS Radio East, Inc.)
part of CBS Corp. cluster with TV station WBBM-TV
Webcast Listen Live

WSCR is a sports radio station in the Chicago, Illinois radio market. The station is owned by CBS Radio and transmits on 670 kHz on the AM dial. Its transmitter is located just off Army Trail Road in Bloomingdale, which is a western suburb of Chicago. It is known as "The Score," and has been on the air since 1992. Initially signing on at 820-AM, it moved to 1160-AM in 1997, and to its current dial position of 670-AM — a 50,000 watt clear-channel signal acquired when Viacom ceased broadcasting WMAQ's all-news format in August 2000, and subsequently divested the 1160 frequency due to FCC limits on ownership (see WMAQ (AM) and WYLL). WSCR is currently the radio flagship home for Chicago White Sox baseball as well as Northern Illinois University Huskies football and men's basketball, and DePaul University basketball. WSCR also carries other live sports programming from Westwood One, including Monday Night Football. From 2001-2008, the station was the flagship for Chicago Blackhawks hockey, until their move to WGN (720).

Before 1992, WSCR was the longtime radio call letters for a station in Scranton, Pennsylvania at 1320-AM.

The Score is known for various concepts, such as:

  • The station's relationship with long-time listeners. Many of the original listeners from the station's inception remain dedicated listeners, callers, and contributors. Many supply regular contributions to the station in the form of faxes and e-mails. Some callers and e-mailers, known as "Score Heads," use colorful monikers, such as "Schmutzie," "Stan from Bellwood," "Whitley from Ravenswood," The Gridiron Assassin," "Rusty from Stickney," "Bichiro," "LeBron James's Hummer," "Alex from Rogers Park," "GatorBill from Champaign", "Denver Dave", "Stonecutter from the Northwest Side," "Wild Bill" (known for his hoarse, out of breath voice), the always hilarious "Rex Kwon Do," "Northside Fro Dog", and an impersonator of The Simpsons villain "Mr. Burns."
  • The station's various "radio remotes." Radio shows are done from various locations in the Chicago area, ranging from restaurants and local bars and pubs, to Chicago sports teams' training camps, mainly the Chicago Bears. At one point, former morning radio personality Mike North even did a series of remote shows from the backyards of various SCORE listeners.
  • Various "signature segments." These range from "Who Ya' Crappin'," based on Mike Ditka's response to a question posed by Terry Boers in a recorded interview, to Mully and Hanley's "Reporters' Notebook." The signature and other segments are now available via the "Pod Spot" menu of The Score's website.

The Score directly competes with ESPN Radio WMVP 1000.

Starting in 2005, WSCR started airing Sporting News Radio overnights (now limited to Saturday and Sunday a.m. and other fill-in time slots). It also began airing the Dan Patrick show on a delayed basis in 2007.

Preceded by
Occupant of the AM 670 kHz frequency in Chicago, Illinois (facility id=25445)
Succeeded by

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