The Call Letters to Your Station are WHATTTTT?????

Okay, I have NOW seen it all.  Unless this is a hoax that somehow got by the good folks from the government (who by the way are here to help us) this is beyond stupid.  In fact, if this was April 1st, I would think this HAS to be an urban myth.  Nobody, even in government circles is this stupid.   What is causing me to have such a conniption. The article listed below was in Shoptalk and comes from Hawaii.

Unbuilt Maui TV station lands questionable call letters…from Erika Engle at the Star Bulletin:

THE call letters KUNT have landed at a yet-unbuilt low-power digital television station in Wailuku, Maui. Alarmingly similar to a word the dictionary says is obscene, the call letters were among a 15-page list of new call letters issued by the Federal Communications Commission and released this week.

The same station owner also received KWTF for a station in Arizona.

From Skokie, Ill., comes a sincere apology “to anyone that was offended,” said Kevin Bae, vice president of KM Communications Inc., who requested and received KUNT and KWTF. It is “extremely embarrassing for me and my company and we will file to change those call letters immediately.”

He thanked your columnist for bringing the matter to his attention and pledged to, “make sure I don’t fall asleep on the job when selecting call signs again.”

One might understand how Bae’s eyes could glaze over during selection, as KM has some 80 sets of call letters and alpha-numeric callsigns for TV and radio stations in several states.

No KM station is yet on the air in Hawaii but its mainland TV stations carry programming from America One Network, My Network TV and the CW.

The call letter snafu was a source of great mirth for Bae’s attorney.

“I can’t tell you how long he laughed at me when he learned of my gaffe,” Bae said.

Broadcasters for generations have joked among themselves about call letters resembling off-color words or acronyms knowing the FCC would never approve their assignment — but that was before computerization.

KCUF-FM near Aspen, Colo. got its F-word-in-reverse call letters in August of 2005 and has been on the air since December, “Keeping Colorado Uniquely Free,” its Web site says. Uh, yeah.

Station officials could not be reached, but the automated pop-music slinger has been written about twice in the Aspen Daily News. The paper said radio regulators “blessed the call letters.”

However, assignment of call letters actually is an automated process, according to Mary Diamond of the FCC’s Office of Media Relations. Broadcasters use the FCC Web site to request and receive call letters with no oversight from Beavis, his partner, or any FCC regulator.

Dude, seriously. Even after years of concerns over broadcast indecency and the debate about fines for fleeting profanities that hit the air.

The Code of Federal Regulations allows applicants to request call letters of their choice as long as the combination is available. Further, “objections to the assignment of requested call signs will not be entertained at the FCC,” it states.

A couple of things come to mind when I saw this.  Would the GM proudly sport a vanity license plate with these call letters on his or her car.  Perhaps all the station news vehicles (if they have a news department) will proudly sport vanity plates as well.  I know this is somehow going to prove to be a joke.  If not, welcome to the world of weird.

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4 Comments on “The Call Letters to Your Station are WHATTTTT?????”

  1. Doug J. Says:

    I’m just wondering what the station’s logo would have been…

  2. joelarkins Says:

    I was not going to go down that particular path and now look what you’ve gone and done Doug. I will admit though I had already given consideration to a couple of possibilities for slogans.

  3. JD Says:

    Joe if you put up anymore “nasty” wordings on here I am going to tell your Mom! She is liable to put the “Twenty Mule Team” to you, rather than a bar of soap! Trust me…..most Kentucky born and bred folks know it tastes worse!

    This is an intersting post however, about the call letters……such as WHRK-“K-97” actually stood for (W.) Harold R. Krelstein. WMPS stood for West MemPhiS, until it moved over here. Memphis Police used WPEC or, We Protect Every Citizen. Some would dispute this and say it actually represented We Protect Ed Crump!

  4. joelarkins Says:

    I have never had the opportunity to taste Borax hand powder although I did have a bar of soap dragged across my teeth after I shared with my mom some of the words the older boys on the bus taught me when I was in the 1st grade. I’ve never referred to my mom in those terms since. And regarding the call letters, most station call letters originally stood for something such as the initials of the owner (WREC:Wooten Radio Electric Company) or something similar but one station I worked at had called letters that were NOT related to anything, not even the owners, at least that’s what I was told. That station is KFVS in Cape Girardeau, MO.

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