|City||Ely, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Broadcast area||Boundary Waters Canoe Area
|Branding||End of the Road Radio|
|First air date||1954|
|Power||770 Watts (AM)|
|ERP||6,000 Watts (FM)|
|HAAT||FM: 100 meters|
|Class||AM: C, FM: A|
|Facility ID||AM: 5386, FM: 5385|
|Callsign meaning||ELY, Minnesota|
|Owner||Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.|
These station was branded as "End of the Road Radio", offering quirky, eclectic, community-oriented programming. WELY broadcast a wide range of material, from traditional polkas to rock music to zany wilderness "shout outs" for people camping in the surrounding wilderness.
As of July 2015, WELY-FM switched to a primarily "classic rock" format, competing directly with KQDS' 106.7 signal based in Babbit. The reception has been primarily negative, leading to a dramatic decrease in market share and revenues.
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 Nagel Erickson, a Twin Cities transplant. In 2005, it was purchased by the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.
- WELY website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WELY
- Radio-Locator Information on WELY
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WELY
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WELY
- Radio-Locator information on WELY
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WELY
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