WPER-AM 1310 

Original Call Letters: WPER

Originally Licensed: 1940

Original City of License: Deland

Original Frequency: 1310

Origin of Call Letters: Initials of owner Paul E. Raymond

Original Power: 250 Watts

Original Location: 1050 Woodland Blvd

Original Format:

Network Affiliation(s):

Owner(s): 1940-Tropical Broadcasting

History Of  Call Letters and Formats:

WPER-1940-On 1310
WPER-1941-Frequency changed to 1340

History of WPER
On November 26, 1940 a construction permit was granted by the FCC to the Tropical Broadcasting Company of DeLand. The company consisted of Paul E. Raymond, the Dean of the Law College of Stetson University, G. M. Peek, an architect, Charles K. Tribble, a physician, E. K. Jones, a building contractor, V. M. Fountain a clothing merchant, W. H. Acree, a local Ford dealer, R. B. Lipcome, bank cashier, and J. Phil Wahle, a local merchant.  WPER, which was yet to take to the air, was required to change frequencies from 1310 to 1340 in 1941. The plan was to broadcast from 1050 Woodland Blvd. Due to the uncertainty of operating during war time, Tropical Broadcasting returned their construction permit to the FCC on January 27, 1942.

Rivers' Son To Design New DeLand Radio Plant 
Deland, Aug. 23, 1941 (A.P.) 
E. D. Rivers, Jr., son of Georgia's former governor was named by the Tropical Broadcasting company today to supervise construction of DeLand radio station WPER and to manage the station when it opens in October. Paul E. Raymond, former Stetson law dean and now assistant state attorney general, is president of the company.

Orlando Sentinel Sep 20, 1941
The lack of some 10.000 pounds of copper wire Is delaying the construction of WPER. the DeLand radio station, we understand. Copper, of course is badly needed by the government, with the result that private industry isn't getting much of a look-in. WPER needs the copper to use for its antennae and ground system.

Names In WPER History

Medwin Peek-1940-Tropical Broadcasting Co. (Deland Architect/President of the Deland Baseball Association)
E.K. Jones-1940-Tropical Broadcasting Co.
Dr. Charles K. Tribble-1940-Tropical Broadcasting Co.
"Paul" Carl E. Raymond-1941-President-Tropical Broadcasting Co.
V.M. Fountain-1941-Vice President-Tropical Broadcasting Co.
W.H. Acree-1941-Secretary Treasurer-Tropical Broadcasting Co.
R.B.Lipcome-1941-Tropical Broadcasting Co.
J. Phil Wahle-1941-Tropical Broadcasting Co.

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