WPZR FM 102.7 Mt. Clemens/Detroit


Slogan/Positioner: Praise 102.7; Detroit's Inspiration Station

Format: Gospel

Web site: www.praise1027detroit.com

E-mail: visit web site

Power/Height/Class: 50,000 watts / 499 feet / B, directional

Broadcasts in digital/HD

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Call Sign History:

  • WPZR: 10/31/2011
  • WHTD: 6/28/2005
  • WDMK: 3/31/1999
  • WWBR: 11/18/1996
  • WDZR: 3/12/1992
  • WXCD: 4/26/1991
  • WKSG: 11/9/1984
  • WLBS:
  • WBRB-FM: sign on, 1960

Call Sign Origin: Praise Radio 102.7

On Air Date: November 6, 1960

Owner: Radio One

Telephone: (313) 259-2000



  • 10/31/2011: Urban Gospel format launches at midnight as 'Praise 102.7, Detroit's Inspiration Station' with new WPZR call sign.
  • 10/26/2011: Hip Hop format moves to 107.5 and FM 102.7 begins stunting toward new format which had previously been announced to be Urban Gospel.
  • 10/21/2011: WHTD owner Radio One announced that they would be taking over the operations of WGPR-FM 107.5 Detroit under a local marketing agreement from the International Freemasons and move the Hip Hop format heard on WHTD (Hot 102.7 Detroit) 102.7 to 107.5.
  • 6/25/2005: Format changes from R&B oldies/adult urban contemporary to urban/hip-hop as the format, formerly known as 105-9 Jamz, moves to FM 102.7 from FM 105.9 with the arrival of the Tom Joyner morning show on Kiss FM. The WDMK calls also move to FM 105.9 and FM 102.7 becomes WHTD to match it's new 'Hot 102.7' moniker.
  • 10/2002: Format shifts from UAC to old school rhythm & blues, again maintaining the Kiss FM name.
  • 8/27/1999: Mainstream adult contemporary format is dropped for adult urban contemporary, still branded as Kiss FM.
  • 3/31/1999: Call sign changed to WDMK after negotiations failed to secure the station's first choice, WKSK-FM.
  • 1/16/1999: At 6:33pm, the format 'Classic Rock that Really Rocks' was silenced and the station went off the air. The final song played was "When the Music's Over" by The Doors (the same song that ended the progressive rock format at what was WABX FM 99.5 years earlier). At 6:52pm, the station signed back on as '102.7 FM Kiss-FM'- an adult contemporary/soft rock station.
  • 1/1999: Station is sold by Allur Detroit to Radio One
  • 1998: Format change to 'Classic Rock that Really Rocks', still as 'The Bear'.
  • 1996: Call sign change to WWBR as 'The Bear' after the ABC network drops the Z-Rock format. Format remains hard rock, but programming becomes local featuring new morning host musician/hunter Ted Nugent.
  • 3/12/1992: Call sign change to WDZR 'Z-Rock' part of national satellite-fed heavy metal format.
  • 4/1991: Call sign change to WXCD 'CD-102' to go with new age/jazz format
  • 11/1984: Call sign change to WKSG 'Kiss-FM' to go with format change to oldies.
  • 8/1984: Format change to contemporary hits.
  • 1983: Format change to new wave/alternative.
  • 1982: Format change to urban contemporary.
  • 1979: Purchased by Inner City Broadcasting which changed the call sign to WLBS, (similar to the company's WBLS sign in New York City). Format is changed to disco.
  • 19xx: AM and FM ownership is separated- AM is owned by Gilda and Michael Radner
  • 11/6/1960: Signs on duplicating Full-Service WBRB-AM 1430, 'Where Better Records Begin'. WBRB-FM also offered some Beautiful Music programming seperate from the AM. Owner is Malrite Communications.



Transmitter location:

Macomb County: Near Gratiot Ave and 14 Mile Rd (Clinton Twp)



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