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WVEL (AM).jpg
City Pekin, Illinois
Broadcast area Peoria, Illinois
Slogan Central Illinois' Christian Voice
Frequency 1140 kHz
First air date 21 April 1946[1]
Format Urban Gospel
Power 5,000 watts day
3,200 watts critical hours
Class D
Facility ID 68623
Transmitter coordinates 40°36′12″N 89°37′32″W / 40.60333°N 89.62556°W / 40.60333; -89.62556
Callsign meaning Velvet (former music format)
Former callsigns WSIV (1946–1979)[1][2]
Owner Cumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
Sister stations WFYR, WGLO, WIXO, WZPW
Webcast [1]
Website www.wvel.com

WVEL (1140 AM) is a daytimer radio station with a city of license of Pekin, Illinois, United States, and serving the Peoria, Illinois, area. The station is owned by Cumulus Media and licensed to Radio License Holding CBC, LLC, which purchased the station from Townsquare Media.[3] It airs a Gospel music format and is known as "Central Illinois' Christian Voice."[4] It is still a daytime-only station to protect WRVA (AM) and XEMR-AM from interference to their clear-channel stations.

WVEL was originally WSIV and signed on the air on 21 April 1946, increasing its power to 1000 watts on 1948.[1] The station was assigned the WVEL call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on January 2, 1979.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Pekin Association of Commerce (1949). The Pekin Centenary 1849-1949: a souvenir book Commemorating 100 years of community progress in the City of Pekin, Illinois. Pekin, Illinois. p. 6. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  3. ^ "Cumulus, Townsquare Swap Involves 65 Stations, 13 Markets, $116 Million Cash" from All Access (April 30, 2012)
  4. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Archived from the original on March 1, 2010. 

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