|Broadcast area||Baltimore, Maryland|
|Branding||810 The Wire|
|Owner||Richard Dent |
(Bay Broadcasting Corporation)
First air date
Former call signs
|Power||250 watts day|
WYRE (810 AM) is a radio station that last broadcast Top 40 music. Licensed to Annapolis, Maryland, United States, it serves Annapolis and portions of the Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC areas.
The station started out as WASL, then several years later switched call letters to WIPA as it programmed a steady diet of uninterrupted Arthur Godfrey-style ukulele music. Under Jacob Einstein's management tenure, the station switched calls again, to WABW (signalling their coverage of Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington). Still an also-ran in the market, it received somewhat of a bump when it debuted Tony Donald, formerly from cross-town rival WNAV. Donald later surfaced on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Maryland, at WCEM.
In the sixties the station assumed its present call sign (WYRE) as a Top 40 station featuring air personalities Barry Richards (later to move to progressive music WHMC, Gaithersburg), Kirby Scott (in between stints at WSBA, York, PA and WCAO, Baltimore), Jack Alix (previously of WEAM and WPGC), Dennis Constantine (later of WMYQ and later crosstown WHYI Y100 Miami, FL; KTLK and later crosstown KBPI Denver, CO; KBCO Boulder, CO; KINK Portland, OR, KFOG San Francisco; and currently at KVNA-FM Prescott, AZ) and Bob White.
On March 15, 2010, the station became part of the Top-40 KHZTV network with stations throughout Maryland including WAMD in Harford County and WKHZ in Easton.
On September 20, 2017, WYRE left the air due to a dispute with its landlord. The station filed for remain silent authority on January 11, 2018, which allows for up to six additional months of silence at the Federal Communications Commission's discretion. Pursuant to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, WYRE's license will be deleted if it does not broadcast again by September 19, 2018.
WYRE resumed broadcasting September 19, 2018, relaying WRNR-FM. In November 2020 the station flipped to oldies.