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WVEL (AM).jpg
CityPekin, Illinois
Broadcast areaPeoria, Illinois
Frequency1140 kHz
BrandingAM 1140 WVEL
SloganCentral Illinois' Christian Voice
FormatUrban Gospel
OwnerCumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
First air date
21 April 1946[1]
Former call signs
WSIV (1946–1979)[1][2]
Call sign meaning
VELvet (former music format)
Technical information
Facility ID68623
Power5,000 watts day
3,200 watts critical hours
Transmitter coordinates
40°36′12″N 89°37′32″W / 40.60333°N 89.62556°W / 40.60333; -89.62556
WebcastListen live

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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