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City of license Ely, Minnesota
Broadcast area Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Arrowhead Region
Branding End of the Road Radio
Frequency 1450 kHz
94.5 MHz
First air date 1954
Format Community radio
Power 770 Watts (AM)
ERP 6,000 Watts (FM)
HAAT FM: 100 meters
Class AM: C, FM: A
Facility ID AM: 5386, FM: 5385
Transmitter coordinates 47°53′40″N 91°51′50″W / 47.89444°N 91.86389°W / 47.89444; -91.86389
Callsign meaning ELY, Minnesota
Owner Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.
Webcast Listen Live
Website wely.com

WELY (1450 AM and 94.5 FM) are radio stations based in the small town of Ely, Minnesota. WELY serves the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of far northern Minnesota.

These stations are branded as "End of the Road Radio", offering quirky, eclectic, community-oriented programming. WELY broadcasts a wide range of material, from traditional polkas to rock music to zany wilderness "shout outs" for people camping in the surrounding wilderness.

The "front porch" studio is downtown, at 133 E. Chapman Street. The broadcast studio is just inside the front window. It's not unusual for visitors to just walk in, and soon find themselves on the air. Both stations share a transmitter site south of town, behind Kawishiwi Lodge and Canoe.


WELY was owned by retired CBS broadcaster Charles Kuralt from 1995 to 1997, at which point it was purchased by Janice Erickson, a Twin Cities transplant. In 2005, it was purchased by a local band of Ojibwe Indians, the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.[1]


  1. ^ Bob Kelleher (February 20, 2005). "A new life for radio at the end of the road". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 

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