WGSB was a radio station for the TriCities at 1480 on the AM dial. The call letters stood for Geneva, St. Charles and Batavia. Howard Miller, an outspoken radio talk show host purchased the station in 1980 from Cubs announcer Jack Brickhouse. Miller changed the call letters to WFXW after an unsuccessful attempt to obtain the call letters WFOX in reference to the Fox River Valley. The station moved to the corner of State and Richards Streets in Geneva in the 1980s and changed to a contemporary music format along with news and public service. WFXW aired its last show on March 20, 2001.
Learn more at the Geneva History Museum, 113 South Third St., at noon on March 13 when a panel of former radio employees share their stories. Visit the new feature exhibition “In Other Words … A History of Communication in Geneva” now open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Visit www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org for more information.