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WVEL
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City of license Pekin, Illinois
Broadcast area Peoria, Illinois
Slogan Central Illinois' Christian Voice
Frequency 1140 kHz
First air date 21 April 1946[1]
Format Gospel
Power 5,000 watts (day)
3,200 watts (critical hours)
Class B
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 Regent Communications
(Regent Broadcasting of Peoria, Inc.)
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, USA, and serving the Peoria, Illinois, area. The station is owned by Regent Communications and licensed to Regent Broadcasting of Peoria, Inc. It airs a Gospel music format and is known as "Central Illinois' Christian Voice."[3] 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]

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