VIDEO: 51-Year Radio Veteran John Harper Acquires 50,000 Watts, Now WMEL 1060 AM

By  //  August 21, 2015

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ABOVE VIDEO: One of Brevard’s favorite talk radio stations, WMEL 1300 AM, “The Talk to Me Station,” has new dial numbers and is taking over a large part of the state with its recent acquisition of Genesis radio’s 1060 AM. (SpaceCoastDaily Video)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA — John Harper, owner of Broadcast House, LLC, based in Cocoa, recently penned a deal resulting in the purchase of WIXC in Titusville, Florida, the shifting of WMEL’s broadcast frequencies from AM 1300 to AM 1060 WMEL on the dial, and putting WMEL’s signal on par with the booming reach of major stations, such as WABC in New York and those operated regionally by Cumulus, as of August 9, 2015.

The move effectively jumped the station’s signal from 5,000 watts to 50,000 watts of broadcast power.

Now at AM 1060, WMEL is a terrestrial talk radio station committed to delivering news and information of interest to Central Florida residents and radio listeners across the nation and globe via the Internet.

“With this major upgrade in signal power, our new ‘flame thrower’ positions us to reach millions of additional listeners with exceptional talk radio programming,” said Harper, a 51-year broadcasting veteran.

“The move also enables our advertisers to reach millions of new customers and extend their brand recognition from Daytona, south to West Palm Beach, and from Florida’s Space Coast west into the Orlando metropolis.”

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One of Brevard’s favorite talk radio stations, WMEL 1300 AM, “The Talk to Me Station,” has new dial numbers and is taking over a large part of the state with its recent acquisition of Genesis radio’s 1060 AM. Now known as WMEL 1060 AM, the station features 50,000 mega watts of power instead of its original 5,000 watts, allowing it to broadcast from its old stomping grounds of Cocoa and Melbourne to a new reach from Daytona Beach south to the Palm Beaches, said owner and operator John Harper, who celebrated his 50th year in the radio business in 2014. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

The WMEL lineup incorporates compelling local and national shows. National stars, include Dave Ramsey, Doug Stephan, Jim Bohannen and Dana Loesch, among others.

The station’s powerful local broadcast team also delivers terrific shows that serve a variety of community needs.

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As an information resource, WMEL meets the needs of over 500,000 Central Florida listeners, stakeholders and constituents by serving as a conduit for practical, accurate and entertaining information each day.

“We intend to continue the high quality coverage AM 1300 WMEL has delivered for more than a quarter century, including our phenomenal lineup of local hosts who are very well educated and passionate about their topics,” said Harper.

For additional information and daily programming visit www.1060WMEL.com

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Vince Young, Program Director of WMEL 1060 AM, is responsible for the national and local lineup at WMEL, which has served the Central Florida region with news, sports and space shuttle coverage for more than 50 years. Since 2000, Young has served in a number of roles at WMEL in production, and also as host of The Vince Young Show, which is heard weekdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. “I’m proud to have Vince Young in the position of PD for WMEL Radio,” Station owner John Harper said. “His abilities, knowledge and personality make him a great fit for the WMEL Talk Radio family. I know Vince has the trust and confidence of everyone here at WMEL Radio to continue the tradition of great talk radio.” (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)


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