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WPOR logo
City of license Portland, Maine
Broadcast area Portland, Maine
Branding WPOR 101.9
Slogan Today's Country
Frequency 101.9 MHz
First air date October 31, 1967
Format Country music
ERP 32,000 watts
HAAT 186 meters
Class B
Facility ID 49982
Callsign meaning W PORtland
Owner Saga Communications
Webcast Listen Live
Website wpor.com

WPOR is a radio station in Portland, Maine that broadcasts a country music radio format. It is owned by Saga Communications. It broadcasts at 101.9 on the FM dial.


WPOR has had the same format since it signed-on as an FM simulcast of 1490 WPOR, now WBAE, on October 31, 1967. WPOR was owned by Hildreth Broadcasting Corporation at that time.[1] On March 2, 1971 WPOR and WPOR-FM were sold to Ocean Coast Properties.[2] 25 years later in March 1996 WPOR and WPOR-FM were sold again, this time to current owner Saga Communications for $10 million.[3][4]

In March 1999 WPOR/1490 changed its call letters to WBAE.[5] The reason for the new call letters was made clear on May 24, 1999 when it changed its format to adult standards and became known on air as The Bay.[6]

In its heyday in the 1980s, WPOR had an announcer lineup that included Bud Sawyer, Tom Hennessey, Glen Slater, Deborah Delaney, Hal Knight, Brad Hughes, Chuck Brady, Ray Terry, Mike Audette, Gary Nelson, and others.

At one time, it was the most listened-to radio station in the state of Maine, and one of the top country music stations in America.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1969 (PDF). 1969. p. 77. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1972 (PDF). 1972. p. 94. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1998 (PDF). 1998. p. 199. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ Fybush, Scott (March 14, 1996). "New England RadioWatch: March 14, 1996". New England RadioWatch. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ "AM Query Results". FCC. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ Fybush, Scott (June 4, 1999). "The End of CBL is Near". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 43°45′32″N 70°19′12″W / 43.759°N 70.320°W / 43.759; -70.320