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:
P. O. Box 248
251 High Street
Montrose, PA 18801-0248


Phone: 570-278-2811


Organization details

EIN: 231672821

CEO/President: Mr. James R. Baker

Chairman: Dave Lehmann

Board size: 0

Founder: Mr. W. Douglas Roe

Year founded: 1951

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1989


The Montrose Broadcasting Corporation ("MBC") is a non-profit organization formed on July 25, 1951 under the "Nonprofit Corporation Law" of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approved by the Pennsylvania General Assembly on May 5, 1933. The purpose or purposes of the Corporation as set forth in the Articles of Incorporation are as follows:

  • To teach and instruct in religion, education and other branches of learning by means of radio broadcasting and television;
  • To broadcast, rebroadcast, transmit, retransmit, receive and disseminate religious, educational and public interest programs and selections of music, instruction, news entertainment plays, photographs and pictures by means of radio broadcasting and television or by any other methods or means of transmitting or delivering music, sounds, words, images or pictures;
  • To originate, arrange, provide, buy, sell and distribute with or without compensation, broadcast programs by means of electricity, magnetism or electro-magnetic waves, variations, impulses or otherwise;
  • To contract with and for speakers, musicians, entertainers of every kind and nature...
  • And generally to engage in the installation, operation and maintenance of such radio and television broadcasting stations as may b necessary or proper in effectuating the purposes of the corporation.

Contributions to MBC are fully deductible to the extent allowed by the law. MBC is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

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 rating711 of 94024 of 31
Fund acquisition rating580 of 94219 of 31
Resource allocation rating752 of 94225 of 31
Asset utilization rating464 of 94016 of 31

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$16,039$49,646$120,020$17,008$5,000
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,316,038$1,494,629$1,525,889$1,374,689$1,461,040
Long-term investments$193,253$165,050$178,047$179,248$149,712
Fixed assets$416,572$291,442$218,491$223,499$234,663
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$609,825$456,492$396,538$402,747$384,375
Total assets$1,925,863$1,951,121$1,922,427$1,777,436$1,845,415
Payables and accrued expenses$18,348$25,071$20,284$22,136$17,485
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$18,348$25,071$20,284$22,136$17,485
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$18,348$25,071$20,284$22,136$17,485
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$1,885,327$1,906,344$1,867,169$1,731,006$1,811,368
With donor restrictions$22,188$19,706$34,974$24,294$16,562
Net assets$1,907,515$1,926,050$1,902,143$1,755,300$1,827,930
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$683,972$759,892$823,628$657,300$712,191
Program service revenue$201,524$205,396$235,406$208,556$209,927
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$22,263$14,466$11,146$11,807$10,353
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$223,787$219,862$246,552$220,363$220,280
Total revenue$907,759$979,754$1,070,180$877,663$932,471
Program services$702,955$663,193$650,562$745,333$747,191
Management and general$193,888$211,486$210,099$192,564$196,514
Total expenses$954,497$935,215$922,078$979,787$995,689
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($46,738)$44,539$148,102($102,124)($63,218)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($46,738)$44,539$148,102($102,124)($63,218)


James R BakerPresident$94,904

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/17/2020. To update the information below, please email:


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, who serves as president today.

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