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Who owns WGN in Chicago?

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Multimedia corporation Tribune Media Company owns WGN in Chicago, Illinois. There are two companies under the WGN brand name: cable and satellite television channel WGN America and WGN-Radio.

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Tribune Media also owns Tribune Studios, which produces original content, music metadata company Gracenote, and several prominent real estate properties and investments. WGN America reaches about 73 million paying American households, as of September 2015. It airs original content such as "Salem," "Manhattan" and "Outsiders," as well as first-run syndication, movies and live sports.

WGN-Radio operates three radio channels, which include WGN 720 AM radio, and Internet channels WGN Plus and WGN.FM. WGN 720 AM's programming is so clear that it can be heard over most of the country, including parts of Canada, Europe and Australia. WGN Plus airs programming from WGN 720 AM plus additional content, while WGN.FM is a talk-oriented station. The letters WGN are initials for the "World's Greatest Newspaper" and is a throwback reference to the newspaper "Chicago Tribune," the forerunner of Tribune Media Company.

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