Montrose Broadcasting Corporation: WPEL / WPGM / WBGM

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Montrose Broadcasting Corporation owns and operates non-commercial radio stations WPEL-AM/FM in Montrose, Pennsylvania, WPGM-AM/FM in Danville, Pennsylvania, and WBGM (FM) in New Berlin, Pennsylvania. WPEL began broadcasting on May 30, 1953, WPGM was purchased on January 6, 1964, and WBGM commenced operations on September 6, 1996. WPEL-AM broadcasts from 6:00 a.m. until sunset. All of the other stations operate 24 hours a day. WPEL, WPGM, and WBGM broadcast Bible teaching programs, evangelistic programs, public affairs programs, beautiful music, light classical music, and news.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Montrose Broadcasting Corporation
251 High Street
PO Box 248
Montrose, PA 18801


Phone: 570-278-2811

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 231672821

CEO/President: James R. Baker


Board size: 3

Founder: W. Douglas Roe

Ruling year: 1967

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1989


Mission statement

The Montrose Broadcasting Corporation uses radio and the internet to broadcast programs that proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through instruction in the word of God and music that glorifies our savior and inspires listeners to greater devotion to him.

Statement of faith

Montrose Broadcasting Corporation uses the following to express their faith:

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing, so that they are trustworthy and of supreme and final authority in all they say.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His send blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men and women regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Radio/ TV Stations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating731 of 102420 of 31
Fund acquisition rating592 of 102721 of 31
Resource allocation rating724 of 102723 of 31
Asset utilization rating584 of 102413 of 31

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$14,485$16,039$49,646$120,020$17,008
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,646,036$1,316,038$1,494,629$1,525,889$1,374,689
Long-term investments$151,225$193,253$165,050$178,047$179,248
Fixed assets$571,943$416,572$291,442$218,491$223,499
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$723,168$609,825$456,492$396,538$402,747
Total assets$2,369,204$1,925,863$1,951,121$1,922,427$1,777,436
Payables and accrued expenses$23,415$18,348$25,071$20,284$22,136
Other current liabilities$453,375$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$476,790$18,348$25,071$20,284$22,136
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$476,790$18,348$25,071$20,284$22,136
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,876,222$1,885,327$1,906,344$1,867,169$1,731,006
With donor restrictions$16,192$22,188$19,706$34,974$24,294
Net assets$1,892,414$1,907,515$1,926,050$1,902,143$1,755,300
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$895,023$683,972$759,892$823,628$657,300
Program service revenue$201,808$201,524$205,396$235,406$208,556
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$24,646$22,263$14,466$11,146$11,807
Other revenue$4,412$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$230,866$223,787$219,862$246,552$220,363
Total revenue$1,125,889$907,759$979,754$1,070,180$877,663
Program services$822,327$702,955$663,193$650,562$745,333
Management and general$214,578$193,888$211,486$210,099$192,564
Total expenses$1,098,888$954,497$935,215$922,078$979,787
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$27,001($46,738)$44,539$148,102($102,124)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$27,001($46,738)$44,539$148,102($102,124)


James R BakerPresident$96,668

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 8/1/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In the summer of 1950, two businessmen approached the director of the Montrose Bible Conference, W. Douglas Roe, about the possiblility of establishing a non-commercial Christian radio station in Montrose, PA to serve the Scrantion, PA and Binghamton, NY areas.

Mr. Roe made announcements about the proposal at conference sessions and interested persons loaned or gave money to start the project.

An independent non-profit religious organization, the Montrose Broadcasting Corporation, was formed in 1951 to apply to the Federal Communications Commission for a license for a 1,000 watt AM radio station in Montrose. The station (WPEL) signed on the air on May 30, 1953, broadcasting from sunrise to sunset at 1250 on the AM dial.

In 1961 WPEL added a 57,000 watt FM station at 96.5 on the dial.

On January 6, 1964, the Montrose Broadcasting Corporation acquired WPGM (1570 AM) in Danville, PA. The FCC granted a license for WPGM-FM (96.7) in Danville in 1968 and for WBGM (88.1 FM) in New Berlin, PA in 1996.

In 2007, WPEL-AM moved from 1250 to 800 on the dial. With the exception of WPEL (AM), all of the stations broadcast 24 a day.

Mr. Roe served as president of the Montrose Broadcasting Corporation until his death in 1984. He was succeeded by Larry Souder.

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