Cumulus Media’s 890 WLS-AM Signs Multi-Year Deal to Become the Official Chicago Radio Home of NASCAR

890 WLS-AM to Air the NASCAR Cup Series Beginning in 2023

CHICAGO, IL – November 9, 2022 — Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) announces that 890 WLS-AM Chicago has signed a three-year deal with the Motor Racing Network, the voice of NASCAR, to air the NASCAR Cup Series beginning in 2023.

The announcement comes on the heels of the news that the City of Chicago has signed a three-year deal with NASCAR as the home of the first-ever Chicago Street Race. The unprecedented 12-turn, 2.2-mile Chicago Street Race will take the Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series past and through many of Chicago’s most renowned downtown landmarks during Fourth of July Weekend, July 1-2, 2023.

“We are so excited to partner with WLS-AM to deliver the excitement of NASCAR’s 75th season to race fans across the Chicago metro,” said Chris Schwartz, President of Motor Racing Network. “And, as we look ahead to next summer, the first-ever street race in NASCAR’s history will take place on Chicago’s city streets. This event will be like nothing we’ve ever seen and is sure to be a highlight of the 2023 season!”

Stephanie Tichenor, Program Director, 890 WLS-AM, said: “We are thrilled to be the new Chicago radio home of NASCAR and we look forward to growing this new partnership as we gear up for the first-ever Chicago Street Race next summer – and what promises to be an unforgettable Fourth of July weekend.”

Motor Racing Network, now in its 53rd year of broadcasting, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NASCAR (The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) and is the primary source for NASCAR stock car racing and related radio programming.

NASCAR is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series) and three international series (NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Peak Mexico Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series).

Tickets for the Chicago Street Race will go on sale to the public at 10:00am (CT) on Thursday, November 10th at:

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About Motor Racing Network

Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR,” now in its 53rd year of broadcasting, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NASCAR and is the primary source for NASCAR stock car racing and related radio programming. MRN’s award-winning play-by-play coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is delivered via satellite to more than 500 radio stations nationwide. 

Motor Racing Network is the largest independent sports radio network in America. In addition to servicing a nationwide network of affiliate radio stations, all programming is streamed live at individual stations’ websites as well as For more information, visit

About Cumulus Media

Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) is an audio-first media company delivering premium content to over a quarter billion people every month — wherever and whenever they want it. Cumulus Media engages listeners with high-quality local programming through 405 owned-and-operated radio stations across 86 markets; delivers nationally-syndicated sports, news, talk, and entertainment programming from iconic brands including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, CNN, the AP, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and many other world-class partners across more than 9,500 affiliated stations through Westwood One, the largest audio network in America; and inspires listeners through the Cumulus Podcast Network, its rapidly growing network of original podcasts that are smart, entertaining and thought-provoking. Cumulus Media provides advertisers with personal connections, local impact and national reach through broadcast and on-demand digital, mobile, social, and voice-activated platforms, as well as integrated digital marketing services, powerful influencers, full-service audio solutions, industry-leading research and insights, and live event experiences. Cumulus Media is the only audio media company to provide marketers with local and national advertising performance guarantees. For more information visit


Lisa Dollinger, Dollinger Strategic Communication for Cumulus Media, 512.633.4084,