|City of license||Miami, Florida|
|Branding||Sportsradio 560 WQAM|
|First air date||February 1921|
|ERP|| 5,000 watts (day) |
1,000 watts (night)
|Callsign meaning||We're Quality AM Radio|
|Affiliations|| ESPN Radio |
ACC Radio Network
|Owner||Beasley Broadcast Group|
|Website||560 WQAM's Website|
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 @ midnight every night until 6 AM the next morning.
The station has claimed to be Florida's 1st radio station, going on the air in February 1921. However, the station was not licensed as WQAM until January 1923.
The station is famous for it's days in the 1960s, under ownership of Storz Broadcasting, when it presented a pop music format & competed vigorously with rival WFUN (@ 790 AM). These years were the WQAM "glory years". In 1964, WQAM promoted the Beatles heavily prior to their 2nd appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, which took place in Miami Beach.
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 & sound bites from it's Top 40 days.
Around 1992, WQAM became an all-sports station. Former Miami Dolphins player Jim Mandich hosts afternoon drive, 4-7 PM. Former Miami Dolphins player Joe Rose hosts AM drive, 7-10 AM. WQAM was for a short while the local affiliate of the Howard Stern morning show. The "Big O", Orlando Alzugaray hosts early mornings, 5-7 AM as well as 2-4 PM.
WQAM still interrupts it's all-sports format to air a general talk show hosted by Neil Rogers from 10 AM-2 PM. It remains the station's highest rated show by far.
Currently, WQAM is the University of Miami Hurricanes & Miami Dolphins flagship station.
WQAM broadcasts in HD Radio during daytime hours only
- Miami Dolphins (1997-2004 & 2007-2009)
- Miami Heat (1988-1993, currently on AM 940 The Sports Animal)
- Florida Marlins (1993-2007, currently on Sports Talk 790, The Ticket)
- Florida Panthers (1993-2007, currently on Sports Talk 790, The Ticket)
- University of Miami Hurricanes (1999-Present)
- ESPN Radio's coverage of the Bowl Championship Series & the NBA Finals
- Many ESPN Radio talk shows