Illinois History Minutes

February 2 Illinois History Minute


It’s February 2nd, Groundhog Day throughout North America. 

That’s Bill Murray in the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day”. And while the movie is set in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania, it was mostly filmed in Woodstock Illinois, which now celebrates Groundhog Day the tradition, AND the movie every year. Their annual ceremony is patterned after the one depicted, over and over again, in the movie. 

Happy birthday to country radio station WUSN, that’s US-99 in Chicago. It first signed on in 1940, making it the oldest continuously operating FM station in the country. As WEFM, it aired classical music for years.