WPER-AM 1310 

Original Call Letters: WPER  (Construction Permit)

Originally Licensed: Nov. 26, 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: South Alabama Ave

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
WPER-1942-Construction permit returned to the FCC

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 at Stetson University, later
assistant state attorney general, G. Medwin 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. Lipscombe, 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 in 1942.

Names In WPER History

"Paul" Carl E. Raymond-1941-(Dean of the Law College, Stetson University)-President-Tropical Broadcasting Co.
G. Medwin Peek-1941-(Deland Architect/President of the Deland Baseball Association)-Tropical Broadcasting Co.
V.M. Fountain-1941-(clothing merchant at Victor Fountain Building 850 N. Woodland Blvd,)-Vice President-Tropical Broadcasting Co.
W.H. Acree-1941-(local Ford dealer)-Secretary Treasurer-Tropical Broadcasting Co.
R.B. Lipscombe-1941-(bank cashier)-Tropical Broadcasting Co.
J. Phil Wahle-1941-(Local retailer)-Tropical Broadcasting Co.
E. K. Jones-1941-(a building contractor)-Tropical Broadcasting Co.
Charles K. Tribble1941-(a physician)-Tropical Broadcasting Co.


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