92.7 FM went on the air in 1964 as WBCO-FM, the sister station to WBCO. WBCO was founded in 1962 by Thomas P. & J. LaVonne Moore and Orville J. Sather as Brokensword Broadcasting Co. When the Moores and Sathers bought out the investors, it became Sa-Mor Stations. Full ownership was assumed by Tom and LaVonne following Orville's death. The stations were sold to Mike and Donna Laipply in 1990s.
The station was assigned call signWBCQ on October 26, 1978. On August 16, 1987, the station changed its call sign to the current WQEL.