WPEL-FM
Broadcast area
Frequency96.5 MHz
Programming
FormatChristian talk and teaching
NetworkSRN News
Ownership
OwnerMontrose Broadcasting Corp.
WBGM, WJSA-FM, WPEL, WPGM, WPGM-FM
History
Call sign meaning
We Proclaim Everlasting Life
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID65965
ClassB
ERP57,000 watts
HAAT140 meters (460 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
41°51′16.30″N 75°51′48.70″W / 41.8545278°N 75.8635278°W / 41.8545278; -75.8635278
Translator(s)See § Translators
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen Live
Websitewpel.org

WPEL-FM (96.5 MHz) is a non-commercial radio station licensed to Montrose, Pennsylvania, serving the Binghamton and Wilkes-Barre - Scranton radio markets. It is owned by Montrose Broadcasting, and airs a Christian radio format, mixing Christian talk and teaching programs with Christian music. Much of the programming is simulcast on sister station WPGO 820 AM in Horseheads. The stations hold periodic fundraisers on the air to support the ministry. The studios are on High Street in Montrose.

WPEL-FM has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 57,000 watts. It is grandfathered at a higher power than would be permitted today. Most radio stations in Pennsylvania have a maximum power of 50,000 watts. The transmitter is off Pennsylvania Route 29 near Chalker Road in Montrose.[2]

National religious leaders heard on WPEL-FM and WPGO include Jim Daly, Chuck Swindoll, Alistair Begg, Michael Youssef, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, David Jeremiah, Joni Eareckson Tada, John MacArthur and J. Vernon McGee. Updates from SRN News are also carried.

History

WPEL, a 1,000 watt daytimer station, has been on the air since May 30, 1953, and has always aired Christian radio programs. It was founded by W. Douglas Roe. Eight years later, Roe received a construction permit to build a sister station.

WPEL-FM signed on the air on June 5, 1961; 62 years ago (June 5, 1961). At 57,000 watts, it is one of the region's most powerful radio stations. Located about halfway between Scranton, Pennsylvania and Binghamton, New York, WPEL-FM serves a potential audience of more than 800,000 listeners in 16 counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania and New York's Southern Tier. It broadcasts a mix of Bible teaching programs, music and newscasts. The playlist consists of traditional hymns, instrumentals, worship music and classic adult contemporary Christian music, along with classical music mixed in during the station's afternoon drive.

Former logo

WPEL-FM began streaming its programming on line on April 17, 2008.

The Montrose Broadcasting Corporation also owns and operates radio stations WPGO in Horseheads, New York, WPGM-AM-FM in Danville, Pennsylvania, and WBGM-FM in New Berlin, Pennsylvania.

Translators

In addition to the main transmitter, WPEL-FM is relayed on four FM translators to widen its broadcast area.

Call sign Frequency City of license ERP (W) Class FCC info
W219CE 91.7 FM Elmira, New York 55 D ‹The template FMQ is being considered for deletion.› FMQ
W221AS 92.1 FM Sayre, Pennsylvania 8 D ‹The template FMQ is being considered for deletion.› FMQ
W234BT 94.7 FM Endicott, New York 250 D ‹The template FMQ is being considered for deletion.› FMQ
W292DL 106.3 FM Binghamton, New York 14 D ‹The template FMQ is being considered for deletion.› FMQ

References

  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WPEL-FM". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WPEL-FM