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|City of license||Baltimore, Maryland|
|Broadcast area||Baltimore, Maryland|
|Branding||102.7 Jack FM|
|Slogan||Playing What We Want|
|Frequency||102.7 (MHz) (also on HD Radio)
102.7-HD2 for Oldies
|First air date||1947 (as WCAO-FM)|
|Callsign meaning||WQSR, originally on 105.7, was intended to be part of ABC's "Super Radio" Network|
|Former callsigns||WCAO-FM (1947-1977)
(Citicasters Licenses, Inc.)
|Sister stations||WCAO, WPOC, WZFT|
WQSR (102.7 FM) is a radio station broadcasting on 102.7 FM. The station is licensed to Baltimore and serves that market. Its transmitter is located in Pikesville, next to the Pikesville Reservoir, and its studios are located at The Rotunda shopping center in Baltimore. It is under ownership of iHeartMedia, Inc.. The station offers an adult hits format known as "102.7 Jack FM."
- For the station on 105.7 formerly known as WQSR, see WJZ-FM
The 102.7 frequency in Baltimore signed on in 1947 as WCAO-FM, sister to WCAO-AM 600. WCAO was originally a simulcast of the AM, but by the late 1960s/early 1970s, WCAO-FM carried its own Classical music format.
By 1977, the station was sold to Plough Broadcasting and became WXYV "V103", the major FM rival to both WWIN-AM and WEBB-AM (now WJZ (AM)). Originally an automated Disco format, WXYV eventually evolved into an Urban Contemporary format by the early 1980s, and by the late 1980s and early 1990s, it was Baltimore's top rated radio station. By 1995, WXYV and then-sister station WCAO-AM were sold to Granum Communications. The following year, the stations were sold again to Infinity Broadcasting, becoming a sister station to Hot AC-formatted WWMX, "Mix 106.5". (WCAO would later be sold to Clear Channel Communications.)
102.7 XYV, and B102.7 (1997–2001)
On June 20, 1997, at Noon, after having lost a large number of listeners to urban powerhouse WERQ, the station became Top 40 "102.7 XYV". The final song on "V103" was "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" by Boyz II Men, while the first song on "102.7 XYV" was "Be My Lover" by La Bouche. The new format started with a dance lean, before repositioning to a hip-hop lean, and then alternative; this was done in search of an audience. The station changed monikers to "B102.7" in 1998, and would shift their playlist to a more mainstream direction the following year. WXYV and WWMX would "compete" against each other due to the similarity of the Top 40 and Hot AC formats, despite being sister stations. While WXYV had higher ratings than WWMX, "Mix" had better advertising revenue, so WXYV was chosen to flip to end the competition.
On September 8, 2001, at 6 AM, after playing "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" by Boyz II Men, WQSR moved over from 105.7 along with their oldies format. (WQSR was simulcasted on both 102.7 and 105.7 to direct listeners to the new frequency.) Two days later, WXYV moved to 105.7 and changed back to an urban contemporary format as "X105.7", positioning itself against WERQ once again. The call letter swap between the two stations took place 4 days later. In addition, WQSR acquired the rights to Baltimore Ravens games from sister station WLIF, and retained those rights until 2006, when WBAL and WIYY took over. Musically, WQSR's playlist also changed a little, cutting back the pre-1964 songs and some 1980s music was introduced. By 2003, the station was playing strictly songs from 1964 to 1979 with a handful of pre-1964 and post-1979 titles.
On May 4, 2005, at 10:30 AM, after playing "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam, the station began a half-hour stunt; at 11, the station officially flipped to adult hits, branded as "102-7 Jack FM." The first song on "Jack" was "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran.
Infinity Broadcasting would be renamed CBS Radio in December 2005.
On December 15, 2008, CBS Radio announced that it would be swapping WQSR and four of its other medium-market radio stations to Clear Channel Communications for two radio stations, KLOL and KHMX in Houston. Clear Channel took over WQSR at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 31, 2009. After playing songs at CBS Radio's Baltimore studios such as "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men, R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" and "Goodbye Stranger" by Supertramp at roughly 11:57PM, the station went to dead air as Clear Channel officially took control over the station. Shortly thereafter, the station returned to the air at the Clear Channel Baltimore studios. The sale also resulted in the 102.7 frequency reuniting with former sister WCAO under common ownership for the first time since 1998.
WQSR in its current incarnation as Jack FM runs a strictly jockless Variety Hits format. Although there are no on-air personalities on the station, the station airs Casey Kasem's American Top 40: The 1980s on Sunday nights from 8pm-Midnight.
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