WAQY

WAQY (102.1 FM) is a radio station in Springfield, Massachusetts, broadcasting a classic rock format. Since the late 1980s, the station has been known as “Rock 102”.

Radio station in Springfield, Massachusetts
WAQY
City Springfield, Massachusetts
Broadcast area Springfield, Massachusetts
Frequency 102.1 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding Rock 102
Programming
Format Classic rock
Subchannels HD2: WLZX-FMsimulcast (Active rock)
Ownership
Owner Saga Communications
(Saga Communications of New England, LLC)
WHAI, WHMP, WHMQ, WLZX, WLZX-FM, WPVQ-FM, WRSI
History
First air date
December 17, 1966 (54 years ago) (1966-12-17) as WCRX
Former call signs
WCRX (1966–1972)
WAQY (1972–1991)
WAQY-FM (1991–1999)[1]
Call sign meaning
“Wacky” (former branding)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID 58551
Class B
ERP 17,000 watts
HAAT 238 meters (781 ft)
Transmitter coordinates

42.083°N 72.704°W / 42.083; -72.704

Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Webcast Listen Live
Website rock102.com

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102.1 FM in Springfield signed on December 17, 1966,[2] as WCRX. The call letters stood for “Charles River Broadcasting extension,” the station being a sister and extension of 102.5 FM WCRB-FM in Boston, Massachusetts. Both the Springfield and Boston stations programmed a classical musicradio format overseen by Charles River Broadcasting owner Theodore Jones.

In the mid-1970s, owners Don Wilks and Mike Schwartz decided to put the first automated rock and roll station on the air. Their program direction, Jim Boldebook, was given the task of programming a Shafer automation system. WAQY broadcast top 40 music with song titles every third song and no on-the-air DJ. DJs went live starting in 1976.

In August 1981, WAQY switched to a rock music format known as AOR. Now known simply by the station’s call letters, WAQY played a mix of new rock music from the 1980s mixed with older rock artists of the ’60s (The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix etc.) and 1970s (Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, etc.) Artists played included then current and popular Arena rock favorites Blue Öyster Cult, Journey, Foreigner and Fleetwood Mac as well as singer and songwriter artists from Tom Petty to Billy Joel. Hard rock and heavy metal acts like AC/DC, Van Halen and Rush were also core artists. In the mid-1980s, WAQY adopted its current moniker “Rock 102” playing up to five current rock songs an hour. By 1992, WAQY stopped playing current music and completed its evolution from an AOR to a classic rock format.

The station serves as the Pioneer Valley’s affiliate for the New England Patriots radio network.

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