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Wqam (am)

WQAM
City of license Miami, Florida
Broadcast area South Florida
Branding Sportsradio 560 WQAM
Frequency 560 kHz
First air date February 1921
Format Sports Talk
Power 5,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 64002
Callsign meaning We're Quality AM Radio
Affiliations CBS Sports Radio
ACC Radio Network
Owner Beasley Broadcast Group
Sister stations WHSR, WKIS, WPOW, WSBR, WWNN
Webcast Listen Live
Website wqam.com

WQAM (560 AM, "Sportsradio 560") is a South Florida radio station owned by Beasley Broadcast Group. The call letters WQAM were claimed to stand for We Quit At Midnight ... since the station signed off at midnight every night until 6 AM the next morning.

History

The station is Florida's first radio station, going on the air in February 1921 when a license was issued to WFAW.[1] In the beginning the young station was helped with programming by The Miami Metropolis newspaper, but after the paper stopped its participation in 1922 the station adopted the call letters WQAM in January 1923.

Things were primitive in the early days. Fred W. Barton, president of the Miami Broadcasting Company made many of the electrical parts himself. In 1926 the station increased its power to 500 watts. The station was the first in the United States to install a permanent remote pick-up from the U. S. Meteorological Department. Power was increased to 1000 watts in 1928 and WQAM became a full-time affiliate of CBS. In 1947 its affiliation was changed to the American Broadcasting System. In 1948 Barton sold his interest and The Miami Herald newspaper became the station's owner.[2]

WQAM is famous for its days in the 1960s, under ownership of Storz Broadcasting, when it presented a Top Forty format and competed vigorously with rival WFUN (at 790 AM). In 1964, the station heavily promoted The Beatles second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show live from the Jackie Gleason Theatre in South Beach, Miami Beach. By far Miami and South Florida's preeminent radio station at the time, baby boomers from Jupiter to Key West, and down to Havana, listened to WQAM for the latest in local and American pop music from the 1960s well into the late 1970s. On February 29, 1980, after many years as contemporary music station, competition from FM competitors forced the station to switch to a country music format, but not after running a montage of music and sound bites from its Top 40 days.

Around 1992, WQAM became an all-sports station. Currently, WQAM is the University of Miami Hurricanes flagship station. WQAM ceased broadcasting in HD Radio during daytime hours only, but is simulcast on WPOW-FM HD3.

WQAM used to be a Yahoo! Sports Radio affiliate. On January 2, 2013, the station switched to CBS Sports Radio for after-hours programming.[3]

Current lineup

  • Former Miami Dolphins player Joe Rose hosts AM drive, 6-10 AM.
  • 10AM-1PM, The John Renshaw Show
  • 1-3PM, Adam Kuperstein and former Dolphin Channing Crowder host The Kup & Crowder Show
  • 3-7PM, Jorge Sedano hosts the afternoon drive home. Effective 4 SEP 2012
  • 7-10PM Kevin Rogers and Brandon Guzio host The K Rog & Guzio Show
  • Weekends are hosted by various hosts including: Capt'n Curtis Stevenson and Freeman & Fox (The Sports Brothers)

Former sports/talk hosts

  • Prior to June 22, 2009, WQAM would interrupt its all-sports format to air a general talk show hosted by Neil Rogers from 10AM-2PM.
  • WQAM was for a short while the local affiliate of the Howard Stern morning show.
  • Hank Goldberg The Hammer hosted afternoon drive. Now on ESPN.
  • Jim Mandich The Mad Dog hosted middays and PM drive.
  • Orlando Alzugaray
  • Sid Rosenberg hosted afternoon drive.
  • John Brown - Now at WOFL in Orlando, FL
  • Jon Sciambi "Boog" is now doing Play-by-Play on ESPN.
  • Scott Ferrall Mr. "Shake It Up" hosted morning drive and is now on CBS Radio.
  • Michael Irvin "The Playmaker" hosted mid-days. Currently an analyst on The NFL Network

Sports properties

References

Notes
Bibliography
  • Hollingsworth, Tracy. History of Dade County Florida. Coral Gables, FL: Glade House, 1949.

External links

  • WQAM official website
  • Query the FCC's AM station database for WQAM
  • Radio-Locator Information on WQAM
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WQAM
  • Rick Shaw Remembers WQAM Tiger Radio (South Florida Radio History article by Rick Shaw)
  • WQAM Tribute Site

Coordinates: 25°45′25″N 80°38′13″W / 25.75694°N 80.63694°W / 25.75694; -80.63694

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