WPEL (AM)

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WPEL
City Montrose, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Scranton, Pennsylvania
Binghamton, New York
Frequency 800 kHz
Translator(s) W238CM (95.5, Endicott, New York)
Format Religious
Power 1,000 Watts (day)
135 Watts (night)
Transmitter coordinates 41°51′16″N 75°51′50″W / 41.85444°N 75.86389°W / 41.85444; -75.86389Coordinates: 41°51′16″N 75°51′50″W / 41.85444°N 75.86389°W / 41.85444; -75.86389
Owner Montrose Broadcasting Corporation
Sister stations WPEL-FM, WPGM (AM), WPGM-FM, WBGM-FM
Website www.wpel.org

WPEL is a religious formatted radio station in Montrose, Pennsylvania. It is a non-commercial, listener-supported radio station owned and operated by the Montrose Broadcasting Corporation, a non-profit organization founded by W. Douglas Roe.

History[edit]

WPEL (AM) broadcasts at a frequency of 800 kHz AM with 1,000 watts of power daytime and 135 watts of power during nighttime hours. The station has been on the air since May 30, 1953. On October 17, 2007, WPEL (AM) changed frequencies from former 1250 kHz, which it had been transmitting on for over 50 years, to 800 kHz in an effort to be better heard in the area with its limited transmit power.[1] In 2015, WPEL (AM) began rebroadcasting its programming on an FM translator at 95.5 in Endicott, New York.

Ownership[edit]

The station is sister to WPEL-FM, 96.5 MHz, also licensed to Montrose. WPEL-FM began broadcasting on June 5, 1961. The Montrose Broadcasting Corporation also owns and operates radio stations WPGM-AM/FM in Danville, Pennsylvania and WBGM-FM in New Berlin, Pennsylvania. Larry Souder serves as president of the Montrose Broadcasting Corporation.

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