Infobox Radio station
name = WYRE

city = Annapolis, Maryland
area = Baltimore, Maryland
branding = "KHZ"
slogan =
airdate =
frequency = 810 kHz
format = Oldies
power = 250 watts day
class = D
facility_id = 70352
coordinates = coord|38|58|13.00|N|76|30|28.00|W|region:GB_type:city
callsign_meaning =
former_callsigns =
owner = Bay Broadcasting Corporation
licensee =
sister_stations =
webcast =
website = [http://www.khztv.com. khztv.com]
affiliations = WKHZ Ocean City, MD

WYRE (810 AM) is a radio station broadcasting an Oldies/Contemporary Hit format. Licensed to Annapolis, Maryland, USA, it serves Annapolis and portions of the Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC area. The station is currently owned by Bay Broadcasting Corporation and features programing from WKHZ Ocean City, MD. The station has a construction permit to move its broadcasting facility to Essex, Maryland, but the permit expires in January 2009 and no announcement has been made concerning the move. The new facility would drop the power by 4 percent to 240 watts (still daytime only), while increasing coverage of the Baltimore area and decreasing coverage of the Washington, DC area.

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 ukelele music. Upon Jacob Einstein's management tenure, the station switched calls again, to WABW (signalling to those few listening of 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 it assumed its present call (WYRE) as a top forty station with the likes of Barry Richards (later to gain at progressive music WHMC, Gaithersburg), Kirby Scott (in between bouts at WSBA, York, PA and WCAO, Baltimore) and Jack Alix (temporary without a home at WEAM and WPGC).

Station operations currently are tenuous at best. The station frequently broadcasts long periods of dead air during its broadcast day. Modulation levels are low, making the station difficult to hear even when it is operating, and at times the music sounds like only one of the stereo channels is being used (instead of mixing both channels together for the station's mono signal). The station's regular features, such as lists of the Top 5 Movies and Top 7 Hits in the US, are usually several weeks out of date, and on occasion even months old.

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