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Broadcast areaBloomington-Normal; Peoria, Illinois
SloganNPR from Illinois State University
Translator(s)103.5 W278AE Peoria, Illinois
FormatNews, Blues
Power8.8 kW
ERP25,000 watts
HAAT115 meters (377 ft)
ClassB non-commercial educational
Facility ID28310
Callsign meaningGladly we Learn and Teach (Illinois State University motto)
AffiliationsNPR, PRI, APM
OwnerIllinois State University
Sister stationsWZND-LP

WGLT is a public radio station owned by Illinois State University and broadcasting on 89.1 MHz at Normal, Illinois. It broadcasts primarily local news and NPR programs, plus music in the evenings and on weekends. The station also has an FM translator, W278AE on 103.5 MHz in Peoria, to fill in the signal along the Illinois River valley.

The station's studio is in the Old Union building on the campus of Illinois State University.[1] Its callsign comes from the motto of Illinois State University: "Gladly we Learn and Teach", originally "and gladly wold he lerne and gladly teche", from line 309 of The Canterbury Tales.


WGLT signed on the air on February 6, 1966, with only 10 watts of power and a studio in Cook Hall. It was originally student-run and heard only in the dorms. WGLT increased power to 2,300 watts and became a full-powered NPR station in July 1976, and increased power to 25,000 watts effective radiated power and adopted jazz as its daytime format in August 1992.

On August 5, 2013, WGLT dropped jazz programming from its daytime schedule to concentrate on news/talk full time. Its marquee daily newsmagazine show is "Sound Ideas," airing every weekday.

In April 2019, Illinois State University and Bradley University signed an agreement in which WGLT assumed operations of WCBU in Peoria starting June 1, 2019. WGLT’s translator signal at 103.5 FM in Peoria, which had simulcast WGLT’s signal, will simulcast WCBU-HD2’s classical music format.[2]

Over the decades, GLT News has been honored with scores of regional and national awards for excellence by the Associated Press, Kaleidoscope, Public Radio News Directors, Inc and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association.


  1. ^ "Over 40 years of WGLT...News, Blues and All That Jazz". Normal, Illinois: Illinois State University. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  2. ^ WGLT To Assume Operations At Peoria Public Radio Station WCBU

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