|City||Providence, Rhode Island|
|Broadcast area||Providence metropolitan area|
|Branding||92 Pro FM|
|Slogan||"Today's Hit Music"|
|First air date||April 17, 1948|
|HAAT||168 meters (551 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||WPROvidence (call sign originates with sister station WPRO)|
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
|Sister stations||WEAN-FM, WPRO, WPRV, WWKX, WWLI|
|Webcast||WPRO-FM Live Feed|
WPRO-FM began broadcasting on April 17, 1948. It was owned by Cherry & Webb Broadcasting Company which in turn was owned by the Cherry & Webb Department Store. (In the early days of broadcasting, it was common for department stores to own radio stations, to provide programming for customers who bought receivers.) At first, WPRO-FM simulcast its AM sister station, 630 WPRO. In 1959, Capital Cities Communications acquired both WPRO and WPRO-FM. Through the 1960s and early 1970s, WPRO-FM aired a beautiful music format, while WPRO AM enjoyed high ratings with a Top 40 sound.
On April 29, 1974, at 3:00 PM, WPRO-FM changed formats from easy listening, joining its AM counterpart as a Top 40 outlet. Over time, the AM moved toward an Adult Top 40 sound, adding more information and service features, while WPRO-FM continued as a music-intensive Top 40 outlet. Capital Cities and ABC merged in 1985, and WPRO-AM-FM were then under the ownership of one of America's biggest broadcasting companies.
In December 1992, Capital Cities/ABC announced that the stations would be sold to Tele-Media, with the sale being consummated the following April. This put the station under common ownership with 790 WLKW (the former WEAN) and 105.1 WWLI. Tele-Media, in turn, sold its stations to Citadel Broadcasting in 1997. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.
- Gary Berkowitz - WPRO's first program director under the Top 40 format
- Rocky Allen
- Bruce Diamond
- Tom Cuddy
- Tony Bristol
- David Simpson
- Jimmy Gray
- Don Geronimo
- 1994 Providence Journal-Bulletin Almanac, p. 251.
- "WPRO-FM Starts" (PDF). Broadcasting. May 3, 1948. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
- Video of WPRO-FM's 40-year celebration of being a Top 40 station. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
- Fybush, Scott (April 3, 1997). "Snow, Snow, and More Snow". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
- "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
- 92 Pro FM
- 92 PRO FM On-Air Playlist
- 92 Pro FM's Official Myspace
- Audio of WPRO-FM on this page from 1959 simulcasting WPRO/630 & in 1976 as Top 40 "FM92"
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WPRO
- Radio-Locator information on WPRO
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WPRO
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