|City of license||Pegram, Tennessee|
|Broadcast area||Nashville, Tennessee|
|Branding||102.5 The Game|
|Frequency||102.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|Translator(s)||102.1 W271AB (Nashville, relays HD2)
101.9 W270BK (Clarksville, relays HD2)
|First air date||September 10, 1984|
HD3: Way FM Simulcast of WAYM
|Callsign meaning||W PaRTy (previous format)|
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WPRT-FM (102.5 FM, "The Game") is a sports talk FM radio station broadcasting at 102.5 MHz. It is licensed to the city of Pegram, Tennessee, but serves the Nashville and Clarksville/Hopkinsville markets.
WPRT-FM is currently owned by The Cromwell Group. It is jointly operated and marketed with 102.9 WBUZ "The Buzz", with which it shares management and a sales staff.
The station began its life as WDKN-FM in Dickson, Tennessee, to which it was originally licensed and where it simulcast that small-town station's community-oriented format. When the station began to involve the Nashville market, its transmitter was moved to Bellsburg, Tennessee, on the Dickson County-Cheatham County line and hence closer to Nashville. Later, the call letters were changed to WQZQ. For several years prior to 1996, the station broadcast a satellite-based classic rock format under the moniker Q102. From 1996 to 2005, the station broadcast a Top 40 format called 102.5 The Party.
In 2005, when the station was relaunched as Venus 102.5 FM, it had to make a special request to obtain the WVNS-FM call letters. Per FCC regulations, they were required permission from WVNS-TV in Bluefield/Beckley, West Virginia, which they received. The "Venus" moniker lasted less than a year before changing to "V102.5". On weekdays, V102.5 ran a live, local hot adult contemporary format. However, on weekends, the station ran Jones Radio Network's Hot AC satellite format.
On Tuesday, August 26, 2008, WVNS began stunting with teaser formats devoting to just one recording artist, starting with "102.5 Frank FM. All Frank, All the Time" playing nothing but songs featuring Frank Sinatra. Then on August 27, it went from an all-Sinatra format to an all-Led Zeppelin format, featuring music from the legendary British Rock group. This was followed on an all-Garth Brooks format on August 28, then finally on August 29, the format was changed to television theme songs, which lasted until 12 Noon (CDT). The last song played was the appropriately-titled "Welcome Back" by John Sebastian.
At noon on August 29, 2008, the station brought back the rhythmic-leaning hit music format to the Nashville airwaves, launching with Nelly's "Party People". Kidd Kraddick's syndicated program Kidd Kraddick In The Morning was featured in AM drive until, only to be dropped from the lineup in March 2010. The station changed its call letters to WPRT to match the "Party" handle.
In 2009, WPRT began to add more rhythmic pop titles to its playlist, and by June shifted directions to Rhythmic Top 40, thus resulting in Mediabase and Nielsen BDS moving the station to their respective Rhythmic reporting panels the following July, even though they still play non-Rhythmic flavored pop artists like Taylor Swift, a trend that other rhythmics on the panel (like KLUC-FM/Las Vegas and WJFX/Ft. Wayne) are also doing due to a changing taste among listeners. Because of its Rhythmic direction, WPRT now took on Urban Contemporary rival WUBT and both Mainstream Top 40 rivals WRVW and WNFN.
Originally WPRT was the call sign for the now defunct 105.5 FM in Prestonsburg, Kentucky and was the "sister" station to WPRT-AM 960 in Prestonsburg. Today while WPRT-AM still exists, its former "sister" station moved to 105.3 FM and now uses the call sign WXKZ and is owned by Gearheart Communications in Harold, Kentucky, and broadcasts an oldies format.
On May 24, 2011 WPRT-FM changed their format to hot AC, still branded as "The Party".
Switch to Sports
On August 15, 2011 it was confirmed that WPRT would switch to a sports format. Adopting the new moniker "102.5 The Game", the format change took effect on Monday, August 29, 2011, at 6am following a loop for several hours of The Party's Over by Journey. The station took over flagship status for the Nashville Predators after a one-year stint on sister-station 102.9 The Buzz. Upon its format change, the station announced it would become a primary affiliate of ESPN Radio in six weeks after launch. This delay was due to ESPN Radio exercising an eight-week exit clause (executed two weeks prior to launch) in the contract with secondary affiliate WGFX-FM.  WGFX began to carry various ESPN Radio programming including The Herd with Colin Cowherd, SVP & Russillo, and SportsCenter Nightly.
In 2012 WPRT-FM became the new flagship for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League. On July 23 of that year, longtime Nashville sports radio personality George Plaster returned to the Nashville airwaves with the revival of his long-running afternoon drive-time talk show, SportsNight.
To improve its coverage in the eastern portion of the Nashville market, the station is simulcast over W271AB, a translator located in La Vergne, Tennessee. The simulcast ended on February 5, 2013, when W271AB switched to a simulcast of WPRT-HD2, with a gospel format, branded as "The Light".
WPRT-FM previously served as the flagship station for the nationally-syndicated talk show, The Dave Ramsey Show, hosted by Dave Ramsey. The Dave Ramsey Show previously aired on 99.7 WWTN, for over the past 20 years, before moving to WPRT-FM in January of 2013. Management & Staff of WPRT-FM & Dave Ramsey Himself, Decided that his show would be more fitting on a Talk Station than on a Sports Station, And as a result, WPRT-FM Recently Announced that they would Discontinue The Dave Ramsey Show, With the last show airing on WPRT-FM on December 31st, 2013. Dave Ramsey then moved to WLAC on January 1st, 2014.
WPRT-FM also now serves as the Flagship Station for the MTSU Blue Raiders, beginning with the 2013 Football Season.
On January 1, 2014, 94.9 was launched as Game 2 (Simulcasting Programming from WQZQ). It serves as an overflow for 102.5 as well as the local NBC Sports Radio affiliate. It is also the home of Lipscomb Bisons basketball. SportsNight and The First Quarter are simulcast on this station.
- Published August 16, 2011 by J.R. Lind (2011-08-16). "On the radio: 102.5 switching to sports". nashvillepost.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04.
- August 29, 2011 (2011-08-29). "Game Time In Nashville – RadioInsight". Radioinsight.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04.
- "Financial guru Dave Ramsey leaving 99.7 after 20 years". WSMV Nashville, TN. December 11, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
- WPRT website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WPRT
- Radio-Locator information on WPRT
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WPRT
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W271AB
- Radio-Locator information on W271AB
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W270BK
- Radio-Locator information on W270BK