WFME-FM
Family Radio 2017 logo.svg
CityGarden City, New York
Broadcast area
Frequency92.7 MHz
BrandingFamily Radio
Programming
FormatChristian radio
NetworkFamily Radio
Ownership
OwnerFamily Radio
(Family Stations, Inc)
WFME, WFRS, WYMK
History
First air date
October 28, 1959; 62 years ago (1959-10-28)
Former call signs
  • WDRE-FM (1987-1996)
  • WLIR-FM (1996-2004)
  • WZAA (2004-2007)
  • WQBU-FM (2007-2022)[1]
Call sign meaning
Where Faith (or Family) Means Everything
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID30573
ClassA
ERP2,000 watts
HAAT159 meters (522 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
40°45′26″N 73°42′52″W / 40.75722°N 73.71444°W / 40.75722; -73.71444Coordinates: 40°45′26″N 73°42′52″W / 40.75722°N 73.71444°W / 40.75722; -73.71444
Repeater(s)
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
WebcastListen Live
Websitefamilyradio.org

WFME-FM (92.7 FM, Family Radio) is a radio station licensed to Garden City, New York, and serving the western Long Island and New York City area. It is owned by Family Stations, Inc and broadcasts a religious music & reformed Christian teaching, Southern gospel music, and hymns format. The station's transmitter is located at the North Shore Towers in Glen Oaks, Queens.

History

Further information on the history of 92.7 FM from 1959 to 2004: WLIR

In 1987, the station went on the air as WDRE-FM, and in 1996 changed to WLIR-FM. Univision purchased the station in January of, 2004 and simulcast "Latino Mix" WCAA 105.9 FM licensed to Newark, New Jersey (WCAA would later move to 96.3 FM as the result of a frequency swap with classical music station WQXR).

A WQBU-FM car in the 2010 North Hudson Cuban Day Parade in Union City, New Jersey.
A WQBU-FM car in the 2010 North Hudson Cuban Day Parade in Union City, New Jersey.

On Memorial Day 2005, both stations became "La Kalle," a reggaeton-formatted station. The station at 105.9 became WCAA and 92.7 became WZAA.

In late January 2007, Univision ended the simulcast and changed the call sign to WQBU-FM.

In March 2007, the station announced that they would become the Spanish-language home of the New York Yankees, with Beto Villa as the play-by-play announcer.[2]

In 2010, the station became the Spanish language home of the New York Mets, with Juan Alicea and Max Perez Jimenez with the calls.[3]

Logo as "Mami 92.7"
Logo as "Mami 92.7"

On November 15, 2012, WQBU-FM changed their format to Spanish Tropical, branded as "Mami 92.7".[4]

On March 31, 2014, WQBU-FM switched to a news/talk format nationally syndicated by Univision America. This makes it the 10th station overall and the first FM station in Univision's portfolio to have the Univision America network.[5]

On October 22, 2014, WQBU-FM changed their format to Regional Mexican, branded as "92.7 Nueva York".[6]

In March 2016, WQBU-FM rebranded as "Que Buena 92.7".

On August 2, 2019, WQBU-FM changed their format from Regional Mexican to Spanish AC, due to 93.1 Amor having dropped the Spanish AC format in the spring of 2018 in favor of Bachata Music.[7]

On November 9, 2020, WQBU-FM began adding Salsa romántica titles from artists such as Eddie Santiago, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Grupo Niche, Jerry Rivera, Willie Colón and Rey Ruiz.

On December 3, 2021, it was announced that the station had been purchased by Family Radio.[8] Upon completing the sale on January 20, 2022, Family Radio announced that, in addition to relaunching the station with its religious programming, it would change the call sign to WFME-FM.[9] The station change occurred at midnight on Friday, January 21, 2022 and 92.7 began broadcast of Family Radio East nationally syndicated programming consisting of Christian preaching from teachers such as John F. MacArthur & R. C. Sproul, and music from artists such as Keith & Kristyn Getty, and Fernando Ortega. The call sign change occurred on January 26, 2022.

References

  1. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Archived from the original on January 11, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  2. ^ "NY Yankees To Be Broadcast on FM in Spanish". Archived from the original on March 5, 2007. Retrieved March 3, 2007.
  3. ^ "La Que Buena, WQBU 92.7 FM, to broadcast 150 New York Mets Games in 2010" (Press release). New York Mets. March 18, 2010. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  4. ^ Venta, Lance (November 15, 2012). "WQBU New York Meets Its Mami". RadioInsight.com. Archived from the original on March 17, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  5. ^ WQBU New York Flips To Univision America Archived 2014-03-31 at the Wayback Machine - Radio Insight (Published March 31, 2014)
  6. ^ WQBU New York Returning to Regional Mexican Archived 2014-10-21 at the Wayback Machine - Radio Insight (Published October 22, 2014)
  7. ^ WQBU Flips to Spanish AC Archived 2020-07-25 at the Wayback Machine - Radio Insight (Published August 2, 2019)
  8. ^ "Family Stations To Return To FM In New York With WQBU Purchase". RadioInsight. Retrieved 2021-12-04.
  9. ^ "Family Stations Brings WFME-FM Calls Back to New York With WQBU Purchase". InsideRadio. Retrieved 2021-01-21.