|City of license||Miami, Florida|
|Broadcast area||South Florida|
|Branding||Sportsradio 560 WQAM|
|First air date||February 1921|
|Power||5,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
|Callsign meaning||We're Quality AM Radio|
|Affiliations||Yahoo! Sports Radio
ACC Radio Network
|Owner||Beasley Broadcast Group|
|Sister stations||WHSR, WKIS, WPOW, WSBR, WWNN|
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.
The station was Florida's first radio station, going on the air in February 1921 when a license was issued to WFAW. 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.
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). On August 27. 1962, Alan Freed was signed to station.  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.
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