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Radio and Television Call Letters – Part 2


April 5, 2019

As I mentioned last week, my wife and I recently had a conversation about radio and television call letters. I realize that that might not sound like an interesting topic of discussion. Hopefully, I can change the mind of anyone who feels that way.

For reasons too complicated to discuss here, my wife and I found ourselves watching television in western Kentucky. The western tip of that state tapers almost into a point; it is much narrower than eastern Kentucky.

Go a few miles south and one is in Tennessee; a few miles north and one is in Illinois; and a few miles west and that same fictiona...

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Reader Comments

Emudflap writes:

Your explanation for the difference between radio stations beginning with K and those beginning with W is correct but incomplete. Radio stations at first could pick their call letters. The next divider was the Texas/New Mexico border extending northward to the end of the Oklahoma panhandle and then north to Canada from the Colorado border. It was moved to the Mississippi in the 1920s. Existing radio stations not complying were grandfathered in. There is WKY in Oklahoma City and many others.


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