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CityWare, Massachusetts
Broadcast areaSpringfield Metropolitan Area
BrandingClassic Hits 97.7
SloganThe Valley's Classic Hits
Frequency1250 kHz
Translator(s)W249DP (97.7 MHz, Springfield)
First air dateJuly 11, 1948
FormatClassic Hits
Power5,000 watts day
2,500 watts night
Facility ID70877
Transmitter coordinates42°14′42.33″N 72°12′27.09″W / 42.2450917°N 72.2075250°W / 42.2450917; -72.2075250Coordinates: 42°14′42.33″N 72°12′27.09″W / 42.2450917°N 72.2075250°W / 42.2450917; -72.2075250
Callsign meaningWARE, Massachusetts
Former callsignsWRMS (1948–1949)[1]
AffiliationsABC News Radio
OwnerSuccess Signal Broadcasting, Inc.
WebcastListen Live

WARE (1250 MHz) is a commercial radio station broadcasting a classic hits format. Licensed to Ware, Massachusetts, United States, the station serves the Springfield radio market. The station is currently owned by Success Signal Broadcasting. WARE also operates an FM translator in Springfield, W249DP (97.7 MHz).[2] The translator has its tower near Palmer, Massachusetts, and is powered at 250 watts.

The station calls itself "The Valley's Classic Hits" referring to the Pioneer Valley of the Connecticut River.


Broadcast translators of WARE
Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W249DP 97.7 Springfield, Massachusetts 63474 250 D 42°8′30.33″N 72°20′53.29″W / 42.1417583°N 72.3481361°W / 42.1417583; -72.3481361 (W249DP) FCC


WARE first signed on the air in 1948, originally as WRMS.[3] It was owned by Donald W. Howe and was a daytimer. It was powered at 1,000 watts and had to go off the air at sunset to avoid interfering with other stations on AM 1250. A year later, in 1949, it switched its call letters to WARE.

Unusual Call Letters[edit]

WARE is one of three stations in the United States where the call sign spells out the name of the city of license. The other stations are WACO-FM in Waco, Texas, and WISE-FM in Wise, Virginia (a satellite of WVTF).


  1. ^ "WARE reception verification" (PDF). March 24, 1949. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/W249DP
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1950 page 170

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