|City of license||Willoughby, Ohio|
|Broadcast area||Lake County
Greater Cleveland (limited)
|Branding||WELW 1330 AM|
|First air date||January 27, 1965|
|Power||500 watts (daytime)
42 watts (nighttime)
|Callsign meaning||"Willowick / EastLake / Willoughby"|
Lake County Captains
Notre Dame Falcons
Talk Radio Network
|Owner||Spirit Broadcasting Corp.
(Spirit Broadcasting Corp.)
WELW (1330 AM) – WELW 1330 AM – is a commercial radio station licensed to Willoughby, Ohio, serving Lake County and eastern parts of Greater Cleveland. WELW is a local affiliate for the Lake County Captains, Notre Dame College football, The Dave Ramsey Show, and The Laura Ingraham Show, as well as programs hosted by nationally syndicated personalities Dennis Miller and Doug Stephan.
WELW first broadcast on January 27, 1965, with its first format being Religious. Subsequently, it has had Top 40, Country music, Oldies, and News Talk formats. WELW almost always has broadcast nationality music shows, and some religious programs.
The current ownership group is Spirit Brooadcasting (a Petkovsek-Somich Company) began in February 1990, and this has been the longest ownership in station history. Over the years, it has been honored countless times for its community service, as well as receiving Associated Press awards.
WELW offers a variety of programming, including national talk radio programs hosted by Doug Stephan, Laura Ingraham (via Talk Radio Network), Dennis Miller (via Dial Global), Dave Ramsey, and Duke and the Doctor. AM 1330 features a local morning drive and afternoon drive show. Ethnic programming is also featured, including Slovenian, Croatian, Italian, German, Polish and Hispanic shows. WELW offers a small part of its broadcast schedule for purchase by program providers.
WELW broadcasts many area high school football and basketball games, and some local college games, as well as local sports talk shows. WELW has been the flagship station of the Lake County Captains minor league baseball team since their inception in 2003.
With the realization that many polka fans from Ohio and the steel belt have retired to warmer climates, WELW also began and serves as base operation for a 24/7 streaming polka website, which was the first of its kind in the world. Known as the "World's Polka Network", it features polka hosts and music from across the USA and Canada.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WELW
- Radio-Locator Information on WELW
- Aerial photo of WELW transmitter from Google Maps