|Broadcast area||Springfield, Massachusetts|
|Slogan||Springfield's Classic Rock|
|Frequency||102.1 MHz (Channel 271)
(also on HD Radio)
|First air date||1953 (as WCRX)|
|ERP||17,000 watts, Stereo|
|Callsign meaning||WACKY for former branding "Wacky102"|
|Former callsigns||WCRX (1953–1972)|
(Saga Communications of New England, LLC)
102.1 FM in Springfield, Massachusetts signed on as WCRX in 1953. The call letters stood for "Charles River Broadcasting extension," the station being a sister and extension of 102.5 FM WCRB in Boston, Massachusetts. Both the Springfield, Massachusetts and Boston, Massachusetts stations programmed a classical music radio format overseen by Charles River Broadcasting owner Theodore Jones. In the mid 1970s, WAQY broadcast modern rock (Styx, Jethro Tull, Kansas, etc.) with song titles every third song and no on the air dj. August 1981, WAQY switched to a Rock music format known as AOR. Now known simply by the stations call letters WAQY, they 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 artist 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 "Rock102" 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.
WAQY transmits 17,000 watts from the top of Provin Mountain in Feeding Hills on the WWLP tower. WAQY transmits using a 4 bay Continental (ERI) center fed antenna and a Nautel NV20 HD  transmitter. WAQY's signal covers all of the Springfield, Massachusetts market, and can be heard as far south as New Haven, Connecticut and as far east as Boston, Massachusetts. WAQY is running a high level IBOC (HD Digital signal) at -14db versus the normal -20db.
- Official WAQY "ROCK102" website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WAQY
- Radio-Locator information on WAQY
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WAQY