From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Northern MN - 020.jpg
City Ely, Minnesota, U.S.
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 Classic Rock
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, United States. WELY serves the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of far northern Minnesota.

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.[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. 

External links[edit]