Station Profile


WPEO  
PO Box 1
Peoria, Illinois 61650
Phone: 309-698-9736 or 800-728-1020
Fax: 309-698-9740
Email: wpeo@wpeo.com

Staff:
General Manager: Robert Ulrich
Local Sales:  Jeff Winberry
National Sales: Salem Radio Representatives
Traffic/Billing: Jessica Fuller
Production Director: Nelson Hostetler
On-Air Operations: Erik Swanson

History:
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 twenty-four hours a day.

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

Programming:
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.

Operation:
WPEO operates as a daytime station on 1020 kilohertz (clear channel)
with a power of 1000 watts, Class: D Commercial
WPEO also operates FM translator W249CZ on 97.7 at 250 watts,  24 hours a day.


Meaning of Calls: PEO stands for Peoria
Studio & Transmitter Location: 1708 Highview Road, East Peoria

Market: 
Peoria, Bloomington-Normal

Coverage:
AM1020 covers an 80 Mile Radius
FM 97.7 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:
Live coverage of the Annual Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale

Co-Sponsor: Annual Central Illinois Run for Life

Sponsor Annual Bible Drive

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

Public Information:

WPEO EEO Report


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