For nearly 60 years WELE has served the Daytona Beach under several call letters, owners and formats. In 2009 long-time talk show host Big John, a successful businessman and former County Council member, assumed its operation. John, whose focus is on community service and involvement, decided to donate the station to Bethune-Cookman University.On March 2, 2015 Bethune Cookman University officially took over operations and ownership of WELE 1380 from Goliath Radio LLC, renaming the station WELE 1380 The CAT. Contrary to popular belief “The CAT” is not in reference to the school’s mascot, the Wildcat, instead it is an acronym standing for “Community…Action…Talk.” This new name is a reflection of commitment to continue the school’s involvement in community outreach and enrichment. This station serves as a tool by which the University satisfies that commitment. A commercial station, WELE is a fully operational and revenue generating AM station, equally important it is also a teaching tool. It is meant to be a training ground for Bethune Cookman University students on the undergraduate and graduate levels interested in broadcast, production, engineering, sales and marketing, and business management.
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WELE 1380 The Cat is proud to provide effective marketing for over 150 Volusia County advertisers each year. With affordable rates and a great Production Facility and staff, WELE can provide local clients with "national advertiser" quality and effectiveness, on sometimes...24 hour notice.
Regional advertisers enjoy the experience and market savvy offered by our Operation’ s Manager, Harold Ford, who heads our Ormond Beach office (386-523-1871).If you'd like to learn more about WELE’s advertising opportunities, please us, a call at 386-523-1871. We will gladly answer any of your questions. Sales Packages Are available for BCU Football, and NFL Football Games
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Russ Parr morning show
Nearly 15 years as nationally syndicated radio personality. Writer, producer and director of independent feature films including The Last Stand, Love For Sale, Something Like a Business, 35 and Ticking and The Undershepherd and more. Host of the nationally syndicated Russ Parr Morning Show with his longtime crew: Alfredas, Supaken, Albert and Britt.
The Chris Plante Show
hris Plante joined the WMAL team after 17 years at CNN including nearly ten years assigned to the Pentagon covering the U.S. military and intelligence community.
Chris was assigned variously as Pentagon Correspondent, Senior Producer for National Security Affairs, Military Affairs Producer and as an assignment editor. He travelled extensively for CNN covering defense related stories from Saudi Arabia in 1990 and Bosnia in 1995, to Vietnam, Indonesia, Africa and the remote corners of the former Soviet Union.
Chris received the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television News Directors’ Association (RTNDA) for his reporting from the Pentagon during the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.
Chris formerly hosted his own program on the The American Life television network, and nowadays makes frequent appearances on various cable news networks including the Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC.
Clark Howard is a consumer expert whose goal is to help you keep more of the money you make. His national radio show and website show you ways to put more money in your pocket, with advice you can trust.
Phil Valentine is an award-winning syndicated talk radio host best known for his movie, An Inconsistent Truth. He has also appeared in Atlas Shrugged 3 and The Secret Handshake. Valentine started his acting career in A Letter From Death Row starring rock group Poison's front man, Bret Michaels, along with Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen.
In 2012, An Inconsistent Truth, which Valentine wrote, produced and hosted, was released in theaters. An Inconsistent Truth won three film festival awards including Best Documentary from the Nevada Film Festival. It was the top-grossing movie per screen in the country its first two weeks in theaters. It is the 20th top-grossing nature documentary of all time.
Big John, loves community radio! as you will hear every afternoon Monday - Friday from 4 pm- 6 pm, as he says in his opening statement: we don't just give a darn about the shenanigans going on in Washington D.C, and we can't stand either of the political parties Republicans or Democrats. Big John states the facts about local stuff, that's what makes the biggest local forum in the country "Gov Stuff Live" Big John donated WELE 1380 The Cat to Bethune Cookman University in 2013
Say what you will about Big John's demeanor and appearance, his sharp-tongued wit and trademark blue work shirt, but his work ethic is more important than his work shirt. Big John knows Volusia County. He knows about the economic problems, the endangered environment, the problems of the homeless, the need for better roads. And he has shown us for several years he is willing to put in long hours to work on solutions. More important, he can get the job done.
Keep Hope Alive
An American icon, international statesman, Baptist minister and one of our nation's leading civil rights advocates, Rev. Jesse Jackson discusses news and current events in a weekly, nationally-syndicated radio program.
Keep Hope Alive with Reverend Jesse Jackson is a 2-hour community based program that is broadcast every Sunday. The show currently airs in nearly 40 markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco.