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PO Box 1
Peoria, Illinois 61650
Phone: 309-698-WPEO (9736)
Fax: 309-698-9740

General Manager: Paul Scott  309-683-5282
Local Sales:  Jeff Winberry  309-683-5275
National Sales: Salem Radio Representatives
Traffic/Billing: Jessica Fuller  309-683-5266
Production Director: Nelson Hostetler  309-683-5276
On-Air Operations: Elijah Springer  309-683-5278

AM 1020 first began broadcasting as WMMJ in 1946, which went off the air in 1949 due to financial problems.  The station went back on the air in August, 1950 as WPEO.

In 1956 WPEO became one of the state's first Top-40 music stations and in 1960 WPEO changed to a Country format.

WPEO began Christian broadcasting in 1970.  It was purchased by the Pinebrook Foundation, Inc. and in 2012 Pinebrook Foundation sold WPEO to WPEO Radio Foundation, Inc., a non-profit corporation. 

WPEO Radio Foundation was granted a construction permit on January 6th, 2015 for FM translator W249CZ on 97.7 licensed to Peoria.  On June 8th WPEO began simulcasting WPEO AM on FM translator W249CZ - 97.7, 24 hours a day. 
On March 10th, 2016 The FCC granted a construction permit for our second FM translator W280FA on 103.9 licensed to Peoria.  W280FA began simulcasting WPEO AM on May 31st, 2016, 24 hours a day.

On October 1st, 2020 WPEO Radio Foundation began simulcasting WPEO AM
24 hours a day on WEXG-FM 98.3
licensed to Farmer City which is now WPEO-FM.

Slogan: "THE WORD"

Theme Verse: For it won't be you doing the talking...it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.  Matt 10:20

THE WORD-WPEO is a program oriented, commercial Christian station. It includes Bible teaching, Christian news, talk, public affairs, news/information and music. WPEO is Central Illinois' first Christian Radio station.  We are recognized for "quality" Christian programming.

WPEO operates as a daytime station on 1020 kilohertz (clear channel)
with a power of 1000 watts, Class: D Commercial
WPEO also operates two FM translators W249CZ on 97.7 at 250 watts and
W280FA on 103.9 at 250 watts,  24 hours a day.
Meaning of Calls: PEO stands for Peoria
Studio & Transmitter Location: 1708 Highview Road, East Peoria

Peoria, Bloomington-Normal

AM1020 covers an 80 Mile Radius
FM 97.7 & FM 103.9 covers the metro Peoria area which includes communities located within the tri-county area of Peoria, Woodford & Tazewell counties.
(click here to view the coverage maps)

Community Service:
Year around drop off location for Love Packages.

Live coverage of the Annual Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale.

Live Coverage of The Walk for Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Centers

Co-Sponsor: Annual Central Illinois Run for Life.

Sponsor: Annual September Bible Drive to benefit Love Packages.

Holy Land Tours to Israel & Jordan with Prophecy Teacher Jimmy DeYoung.

Public Information:

WPEO Public Inspection File


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