The call letters WGN stand for World's Greatest Newspaper. The station was owned by the Chicago Tribune, and these words described its thoughts about the newspaper.
WGN Television delivered its first broadcast on April 5, 1948, on Channel 9 from its Tribune Tower studios in Chicago. Established as a Chicago broadcasting giant, WGN Television became a national superstation in October 1978. In 1981, the Tribune Company acknowledged the significance of its broadcasting sector with the formation of the Tribune Broadcasting Company. WGN-TV maintains a close connection to its original Chicago community and is viewed as a broadcasting leader for its important television contributions and its groundbreaking broadcast firsts. The network has received many awards for excellence in programming and service to its community.