WELO


WELO

Infobox Radio station
name = WELO


city = Tupelo, Mississippi
area = Tupelo
slogan =
branding = "580 Music of Your Life"
frequency = 580 kHz
repeater =
airdate = May 15, 1941
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format = Adult Standards
power =
erp = 770 watts day
95 watts night
haat =
class = D
facility_id = 58829
coordinates = coord|34|14|17.00|N|88|41|43.00|W|region:US_type:city
callsign_meaning = Tupelo, MS [ cite web|url=http://www.oldradio.com/archives/nelson/origins.call-list.html |title=Call Letter Origins |work=Radio History on the Web ]
former_callsigns = WWPR (1987-?)
owner = Jmd, Inc.
licensee =
sister_stations =
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WELO (580 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Adult Standards format. Licensed to Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, the station serves the Tupelo area. The station is currently owned by Jmd, Inc.. [ cite web|url=http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/fmq?call=WELO |title=WELO Facility Record |work=United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division ]

History

WELO began broadcasting on May 15, 1941, on South Spring Street, Tupelo, above the Black and White dry goods store. Some local talents were involved in starting up the station, among them the announcer Charlie Boren and the bandleader and radio technician Archie Mackey. The hillbilly star of the station in 1946 was a twenty-three-year-old native of Smithville, Mississippi, Carvel Lee Ausborn, who went by the name of Mississippi Slim.

Ernest Bowen, who had tangential musical connections with Elvis Presley, became a longtime general manager at WELO. Presley occasionally performed on Mississippi Slim's radio program "Singin' and Pickin' Hillbilly."

The station now plays an Adult Standards format, supplied by the Music Of Your Life network.

References

External links

*AM station data|WELO
Tupelo Radio


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