WELE logo.jpg
Broadcast areaDaytona Beach metropolitan area
Frequency1380 kHz
FormatCommunity - News Talk Information
OwnerBethune-Cookman University
First air date
August 1, 1957; 65 years ago (1957-08-01)
Former call signs
WQXQ (1957-1969)[1]
WDAT (1969-1986)[1][2]
Technical information
Facility ID72937
Power5,000 watts days
2,500 watts nights
Transmitter coordinates
29°16′9.00″N 81°4′54.00″W / 29.2691667°N 81.0816667°W / 29.2691667; -81.0816667
Translator(s)101.5 MHz W268DG (Ormond Beach)

WELE (1380 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information radio format. Licensed to Ormond Beach, Florida, United States, the station serves the Daytona Beach metropolitan area. The station is owned by Bethune-Cookman University.[3] It is branded as "1380 The Cat."

By day, WELE broadcasts at 5,000 watts, but to avoid interference to other stations on 1380 AM, at night it reduces power to 2,500 watts. It uses a directional antenna with a four-tower array.[4] Programming is also heard on 10-watt FM translator W268DG at 101.5 MHz.


WELE carries a number of nationally syndicated talk shows, including Russ Parr, Stephanie Miller and "Democracy Now." WELE also broadcasts Bethune-Cookman University football and NFL games during the football season. World and national news is supplied by CBS Radio News.


On August 1, 1957; 65 years ago (1957-08-01), the station first signed on the air.[5] It originally held the call sign WQXQ.[5][1] It was a daytimer, powered at 1,000 watts and required to go off the air at sunset.[1] Seeking identification with its target area, in 1969 the call sign was changed to WDAT.[1] The DAT stood for DAyTona.

Nighttime operations were added in 1973, running 1,000 watts around the clock.[1] In 1977, the station's daytime power was increased to 5,000 watts, and its nighttime power was increased to 2,500 watts.[1] Its call sign was changed to WELE in 1986.[2]

In October 2013, Wings Communications donated the station's license to Bethune-Cookman University.[6] The donation was consummated on August 5, 2014.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g History Cards for WELE, fcc.gov. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Call Sign History, fcc.gov. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "WELE Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  4. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WELE
  5. ^ a b Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1996, Broadcasting & Cable, 1996. p. B-91. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "Georgia AM Sold, Florida AM Donated". allaccess.com. Retrieved 23 October 2013.