WJEL went on the air on September 3, 1975. Prior to that date, Radio-TV students only pretended to be on the air while working in training studios. The station was first licensed as a 10-watt, Class D FM station, broadcasting in monaural.
By 1981, we raised our power to 125 watts and in 1986, WJEL began broadcasting in stereo. In the early years our students played albums and 45-RPM records from turntables. Later, we advanced to putting on music on tape cartridges.
From 1976 to the early 1980's, we broadcast various instructional programs on science, spelling and history, that were heard in the school district's elementary classrooms. From the beginning, WJEL has featured current music, news and North Central High School varsity sports.
In February of 1996, WJEL increaed its power to 1,000 watts becoming the most powerful high school station in the Indianapolis area.
Of the thousands of students who have come before you, many have found exciting careers in the field of telecommunications. Just look at our alumni page and see for yourself.