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WIYY Logo.png
CityBaltimore, Maryland
Broadcast areaBaltimore Metropolitan Area
Frequency97.9 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding98 Rock
SloganBaltimore's Rock Radio
FormatActive Rock
SubchannelsHD2: WBAL simulcast (News/Talk)
OwnerHearst Communications
First air date
December 7, 1958[1]
Former call signs
WFDS-FM (1958–1960)
WBAL-FM (1960–1977)
Technical information
Facility ID65693
ERP13,500 watts (analog)
270 watts (digital)[2]
HAAT288 meters (945 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
39°20′5.3″N 76°39′1.8″W / 39.334806°N 76.650500°W / 39.334806; -76.650500 (WIYY)
Webcast98 Rock Webstream
WBAL Webstream (HD2) (HD2)

WIYY (97.9 FM, "98 Rock") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to serve Baltimore, Maryland. The station is owned by Hearst Communications and broadcasts an active rock format. WIYY shares a studio/office facility with sister stations WBAL (1090 AM) and WBAL-TV (channel 11) on Television Hill in the Woodberry section of Baltimore, near the transmission tower it shares with WBAL-TV. WIYY and WBAL are the only two radio stations owned by the Hearst Corporation, and are also co-owned with the TV station. WBAL Radio is simulcast through WIYY's HD2 HD Radio subchannel.

WIYY and WBAL are the flagship stations of the Baltimore Ravens radio network, sharing the 'official broadcaster' title with WBAL-TV (the city's NBC affiliate), which airs the team's television-focused programming.


Logo for the station's former HD2 format which ended in late August, 2014.
Logo for the station's former HD2 format which ended in late August, 2014.
Logo for the station's former HD3 format which ended in late August, 2014.
Logo for the station's former HD3 format which ended in late August, 2014.

In January 1948, WMAR-FM signed on for the first time at 97.9,[3] owned by the A.S. Abell Company, publishers of the Baltimore Sun and founders of WMAR-TV, Baltimore's first television station. The first station to use that call sign (and not related to the second WMAR-FM at 106.5, now WWMX), WMAR-FM was a collaborative partner of Transit Rides Inc., developer of a music format designed for public transportation and owned by the Cincinnati-based Taft family.[4] After two years on the air, Abell shut down the station in June 1950 and turned in its license to the Federal Communications Commission.[5]

The 97.9 frequency remained silent until December 1958 when WFDS-FM signed on for the first time,[6] a classical music outlet under the ownership of William S. Cook, a Baltimore native and professional engineer.[7] Cook created WFDS-FM as one of the first radio stations in the United States to experiment with stereo.[8] The Hearst Corporation purchased the station in April 1960 and retained classical music while changing the call sign to WBAL-FM.[9][10]

In June 1975 WBAL-FM joined NBC Radio Network's 24-hour national "News and Information Service" (NIS), and was the largest affiliate of NIS not to be an NBC Radio owned-and-operated station.[11] After two years of all-news and low ratings, NBC closed down NIS in late May 1977. But WBAL-FM bailed on the service early, adopting its present elements—the call letters WIYY,[12] rock music format and the 98 Rock branding—on March 28, 1977.


In 2007, the station was nominated for the Radio & Records magazine Active Rock station of the year in a top 25 market award . Other nominees included WAAF in Boston, KBPI in Denver, WRIF in Detroit, WMMR in Philadelphia, and KISW in Seattle.[13] WIYY was a nominee for the 2012 "Major Market Radio Station of the Year" RadioContraband Rock Radio Award.


  1. ^ 1960 Broadcasting Yearbook, page A-163
  2. ^ "Notification of Operations with Increased Digital power". Federal Communications Commission. July 16, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Directory of FM broadcasting stations of the United States: Maryland-Baltimore" (PDF). Broadcasting - Telecasting Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc.: 305 1949. Retrieved March 18, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Bus rides to music; multi-million FM advertising potential" (PDF). Broadcasting - Telecasting. February 23, 1948. p. 17.
  5. ^ "WMAR-FM quits; WAAM (TV) also drops FM."[permanent dead link] Broadcasting - Telecasting, May 29, 1950, pg. 28.
  6. ^ "Radio stations: Maryland-Baltimore" (PDF). Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc.: B-164 1959. Retrieved March 18, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "For the Record: New FM stations."[permanent dead link] Broadcasting, October 28, 1957, pg. 114.
  8. ^ About Audiophonic, archived from the original on May 25, 2013, retrieved March 18, 2013
  9. ^ "For the Record: Existing FM stations-New call letters assigned."[permanent dead link] Broadcasting, March 21, 1960, pg. 104.
  10. ^ "Pleased beginning."[permanent dead link] Broadcasting, April 25, 1960, pg. 49.
  11. ^ "NBC news radio goes to O&Os in major cities." Broadcasting, April 21, 1975, pp. 46-47. [1][permanent dead link][2][permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "For the Record: Call letters-Grants-Existing FMs."[permanent dead link] Broadcasting, April 4, 1977, pg. 92.
  13. ^ "2007 Industry Achievement Awards". Radio and Records. September 28, 2008. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007.

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