Miami’s first radio station – WQAM 560

Undated photo of a previous WQAM building

WQAM (560 AM, “Sportsradio 560″) is considered Miami’s (and all of Florida’s) first radio station. The call letters WQAM were claimed to stand for “We Quit At Midnight” (lol) because in its early years, the station signed off at midnight every night until 6 AM the next morning.

The station went on air in February 1921., but the station was not licensed as WQAM until January 1923.

The station used to have a top forty format and even played host to Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 on WQAM before eventually becoming an all-sports and sports talk radio station in recent years. The station also housed famed announcer Neil Rodgers, who recently passed away.

WQAM is currently owned by Beasley Broadcasting and is housed in the same building as sister station, Power 96.