WELE-FM 105.9                                      


Original Call Letters: WOOO

Originally Licensed: Jul 10, 1967

Original City of License: Deland

                                                                                                                                                                                      logo courtesy of Rick Padilla

Original Frequency: 105.9

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 100,000 watts

Original Location: 316 East Taylor Road

Original Format: Country Western 

Network Affiliation(s):

Mutual Broadcasting System


1967-Shom Broadcasters, Inc.
1975-WELE Radio, Inc
1981-Elyria-Lorain Broadcasting
1986-American Media, Inc. ($7.5 million)
1997-Chancellor Media 
2000-Infinity Radio (Viacom-CBS)
2006-Chancellor Media (CBS Radio)

History Of Call Letters and Formats:


WDLF-1981-40's, 50's, 60's music "The Sounds of Your Life"
WELE-1976-Country  "The Big Wheel"
WMGG-1986-Adult Contemporary
WOCL-1986-Oldies  "Class 105.9"
WOCL-1988-50's to 70's Oldies  "Cool 105.9"  "Good Time Oldies"
WOCL-1999-Jammin' Oldies   "Power 105.9"
WOCL-2000-Alternative   "O-Rock 105-9"
WOCL-2008-Classic Hits "Sunny 105.9"

The studios and tower of WELE on  highway 17-92 in Deland

History of WELE
WELE-FM began as WOOO-FM;
Mr. Brian Tolby, former owner of WSBB-AM 1230, New Smyrna Beach, fills us in on the history of WDLF. "...That station was to be a Winter Park FM, WABR(-AM 1440), owned by the Petersons who also owned Peterson Outdoor Advertising in Orange & Seminole counties, who were sitting on an FM permit. I filed to move it to Deland and it went on the air in l965. I sold that station in l976 to Joe Gratz who owned WELE AM (1380) and he changed the calls to WELE-FM..." 
In 1986 after the purchase by American Media, WELE began broadcasting from a 1,650-foot tower in Orange City and operated at 100,000 watts, enabling it to reach from Daytona Beach to Tampa.

WELE Personalities

Jim "King Bird" King-1974-Music Director-WELE Radio, Inc.

Allen Enlow1977-1978-WELE Radio, Inc.

Don Ammon-1978-Operations Manager-WELE Radio, Inc.     In Memory

K.P. (Ken) Manning-1979-1980-7PM-Midnight-WELE Radio, Inc.  Biography      In Memory

Larry Edwards-1983-1985-Program Director/Music Director/Afternoon Drive-Elyria-Lorain Broadcasting


"Big" John Rogers

Other Names In WELE History

Joe Gratz-1974-President-WELE Radio, Inc.  In Memory
Gene McMahon-1974-Vice President/General Manager-WELE Radio, Inc.
John Miller-1974-Station Manager-WELE Radio, Inc.
J.D. Tillis-1974-Chief Engineer-WELE Radio, Inc.
Sidney Frazer-1975-Co-owner-WELE Radio, Inc.
Sheldon Katz-1975-Co-owner/General Manager-WELE Radio, Inc.
Alan Beck-1986-President-American Media, Inc. 

George Toulas-1986-General Manager
-American Media, Inc.  

George "Harold" Utter-Engineer In Memory


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