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    Local TV Station Call Letters

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    Not sure if this is off-topic (being about TV stations, figured it *is* related to entertainment), though suspect I'll find out in short order...

    Was thinking of someone's reaction to my stating that the local CBS affiliate (in Indianapolis) is "WISH-TV"...with the call letters actually pronounced as "wish" on the air (well, intermittently with "News 8"). Which made me try to think of other stations in/around my area where the call letters seem meant to (or actually *do*) spell out some word or other:

    Indianapolis:
    WFYI: the PBS affiliate; often shows in station IDs the "FYI" part of the name highlighted...

    WNDY: the UPN affiliate; before it took to calling itself the generic name "UPN 23", it had several station IDs with the WNDY call letters in a checkered-flag format (and part of the "W" left un-checkered, so as if to spell out "INDY"), with Indy-500 race car noises playing in the background. Kind of amusing/appropriate for Indianapolis (wonder if Vegas viewers get slot-machine noises/dollar-signs in their station IDs or logos :-)

    Around the state, up in Fort Wayne, there's "WANE-TV", and in Lafayette, "WLFI" (mediocre abbreviation of "Lafayette", despite there being no "I" in "Lafayette"...). And in South Bend, there's NBC affiliate "WNDU"---the station was founded originally by the University of Notre Dame; told its transmitter has/had a statue of the Virgin Mary on the top of it. Also recall at signoff, they had a brief prayer/sermon given by a priest from ND...

    Anyone else have a station with such interesting/similar call letters to add? Figures if there's six different threads devoted to *pro wrestling*, this thread has to attract *some* interested people... ;-)

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    Re: Local TV Station Call Letters

    The Station on Your Side . . . WAVY-TV 10 in Portsmouth, VA (it irks me when media companies say it's in Norfolk, it's just a few blocks from my Portsmouth home).
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    NBC (4), CBS (2) and ABC (7) have the same name in the call letters as the the networks with a "W" put before them.

    Here are the others:

    -WNYW/5- Fox
    -WWOR/9- UPN, also home to Digimon and the others on Disney Animation Weekdays
    -WPIX/11- The WB
    -WNET/13- PBS New York
    -WLIW/21- PBS Long Island
    -WLNY/55- Independent, has 8PM Movies, old TV shows and syndicated programs on the others (ie, Oprah, Jeopardy!)
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    Let's see, in the Detroit Area....

    WJBK - Fox

    WDWB - The WB

    WDIV - NBC

    WXYZ - ABC

    WKBD - UPN

    WWJ - CBS

    WTVS - PBS Detroit

    CBET - CBC Windsor
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    We have A Lite Rock station in Pittsburgh with the call letters WSHH, but they call themselves Wish 99.7.

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    In the Chicago area:
    2 WBBM (CBS)
    5 WMAQ(NBC) We Must Ask Questions -- old slogan from way back in WMAQ radio broadcast.
    7 WLS(ABC) World's Largest Store -- Carry-over from radio WLS, that orignally being owned by Sears Roebuck.
    9 WGN(WB) World's Greatest Newspaper -- Owned by Tribune.
    11 WTTW(PBS) Window To The World
    20 WYCC(PBS) We're Your City Collage -- Adult educational programming.
    26 WCIU(Independent)
    32 WFLD(Fox) Originally Field Communications, of Marshall Field & Co.
    38 WCFC(PAX)
    44 WSNS(Telemundo)
    50 WPWR(UPN) Oringally an idependent, 'PWR' thought to be 'Power', referring themselves as 'Power 50'.
    60 WHES -- Home Shopping
    66 WGBO(Univision)

    BTW, for anyone wondering, all staitions east of the Mississippi have call letters starting with a 'W", while those to the west start with 'K'.
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    Re: Re: Local TV Station Call Letters

    Originally posted by Jeff Harris
    The Station on Your Side . . . WAVY-TV 10 in Portsmouth, VA (it irks me when media companies say it's in Norfolk, it's just a few blocks from my Portsmouth home).
    Whoa....WAVY-TV 10 here.

    We also have SKY-TV, channel 4, out of Kitty Hawk, NC.

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    Re: Re: Local TV Station Call Letters

    Originally posted by Jeff Harris
    The Station on Your Side . . . WAVY-TV 10 in Portsmouth, VA (it irks me when media companies say it's in Norfolk, it's just a few blocks from my Portsmouth home).
    My guess: it's what they call a "rimshot" TV station, i.e. it's actually licensed to a smaller town near a large city, but includes serving the larger city in its station ID/promotions...example: the WB affiliate here in Indianapolis, WTTV, is actually licensed to the small city of Bloomington 50 miles south of here (the home of Indiana University); since Indy's a much bigger viewing area, it ID's itself as: "WTTV: Bloomington-Indianapolis", keeping the legal requirement of listing city of license (Bloomington) first, followed by its main targeted city of choice (Indy) after it.

    The UPN affiliate is the same way: "WNDY: Marion - Indianapolis" (Marion being a small town 40 or 50 miles northeast of Indy---noted for where Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett got married, and where I was born [and have relatives at]).

    IIRC, Evansville IN has a "WAVE-TV". And up in South Bend, there's also "WSBT-TV" (presumably named after its founders, the South Bend Tribune). There's also a religious station called "WHME" there.

    Over in Terre Haute, there's also a "WTWO-TV"...guess which channel it's on. ;- ) (Also there's a "WTHI-TV", presumably short for "Terre Haute, Indiana")

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    Re: Re: Local TV Station Call Letters

    Originally posted by Jeff Harris
    The Station on Your Side . . . WAVY-TV 10 in Portsmouth, VA (it irks me when media companies say it's in Norfolk, it's just a few blocks from my Portsmouth home).
    w00t! Another WAVY watcher! My favorite part of the news is watching Andy Fox's "Road Rebels" segments. It's alweays fun to see him run into traffic telling people to stop when they go through a stop sign or do other bad driving things(Anyone have something like that in their owen areas?). I'd be pretty embrassed if he ever caught me, because my mom always watches WAVY news .

    And yes, I've forgotten that WAVY is in Portsmouth sometimes
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    There's KAIT in Jonesboro, which is the closest to my backyard...and Memphis used to have WHBQ on channel 13 and WPTY on channel 11 until they played musical chairs with their programming in the early nineties, and I don't know what they're called now. For local WB affiliates, Los Angeles has KTLA ; New York has KPIX (which I get poorly), and Denver has KWGN (which I get infrequently)--not to be confused with Chicago's WGN, which stopped being an affiliate about three years past.

    Yes, they don't spell anything humorous...but a radio station out of Jonesboro has the call letters KIYS--as in "kiss". For my money, a very unfortunate name, considering what part of the human anatomy is almost always colloquially named following that word. It doesn't help that their logo is a large pair of heavily-lipsticked, puckered labia.

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    Hmmm...all my local channel call-letters are:

    CBUT - CBC Vancouver
    CBUFT - CBC French, Vancouver
    CIVT - Vancouver
    CityTV - CityTV Vancouver
    GLOBAL - GLOBAL, Vancouver
    CHNU - some new channel, Surrey
    CH - CTV Victoria
    CIVI - VI Victoria

    Oh yes, and then there are all the Seattle channels we also get, because we're in such close proximity:

    KOMO - ABC Seattle
    KING - NBC Seattle
    KIRO - CBS Seattle
    KCPQ - FOX Seattle
    KCTS - PBS Seattle
    KSTW - UPN Tacoma

    And that's about it. No funky puns in the call letters up in my neck of the woods.

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    Here in Pittsburgh...

    KDKA (CBS) - It's supposed to be the "TV wing" of KDKA radio, the world's first radio station. Also called "TV 2" or "Channel 2" and is remembered for the classic catchphase "You're in KD Country".

    WTAE (ABC) - Most people call this station "Channel 4" or just "4".

    WPXI (NBC) - Also known as "Channel 11".

    WQED/WQEX (PBS) - All PBS programming is simulcast on both stations.

    WPGH (Fox) - If you haven't guessed already, the "PGH" part stands for "Pittsburgh". Also known as "Fox 53".

    WCWB (WB) - Most people refer to this station by either it's old call letters, WPTT (with the "PTT" being short for "Pittsburgh"), or call it "WB 22". They changed their call letters after they dropped UPN for the WB.

    WNPA (UPN) - This one is actually from Jeanette instead of Pittsburgh. A cable access station that happen to pick up the UPN network. Also known as "UPN 19".

    WCPB (Religious) - All Christian, all the time. Also known as "Channel 40". You haven't lived until you have seen POD and Eric Clapton music videos on this station... [/SARCASM]

    WBGN (Indepentant) - From Beaver. This is your stereotypical "cable access" station. Features such thrilling progams as "Cheaters", "State Troopers", and "Slams and Jams Wrestling".

    (NOTE: The nicknames "Channel 2", Channel 4", and "Channel 11" come from the days of antenneas and rabbit ears. The old pun about TV reception around here is "You get Channel 2, 11, and 4 comes in fuzzy.")
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    Originally posted by TimTwoFace
    Hmmm...all my local channel call-letters are:

    CBUT - CBC Vancouver
    CBUFT - CBC French, Vancouver
    CIVT - Vancouver
    CityTV - CityTV Vancouver
    GLOBAL - GLOBAL, Vancouver
    CHNU - some new channel, Surrey
    CH - CTV Victoria
    CIVI - VI Victoria

    Oh yes, and then there are all the Seattle channels we also get, because we're in such close proximity:

    KOMO - ABC Seattle
    KING - NBC Seattle
    KIRO - CBS Seattle
    KCPQ - FOX Seattle
    KCTS - PBS Seattle
    KSTW - UPN Tacoma

    And that's about it. No funky puns in the call letters up in my neck of the woods.

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    Well, "KING" is certainly a "funky" name. :-)

    Might "KSTW" be an acronym for "Seattle-Tacoma, Washington?"

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    Visitor's Guide to Las Vegas Television Affiliates

    Originally posted by Brainatra

    WNDY: the UPN affiliate; before it took to calling itself the generic name "UPN 23", it had several station IDs with the WNDY call letters in a checkered-flag format (and part of the "W" left un-checkered, so as if to spell out "INDY"), with Indy-500 race car noises playing in the background. Kind of amusing/appropriate for Indianapolis (wonder if Vegas viewers get slot-machine noises/dollar-signs in their station IDs or logos :-)
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    Brainatra, no we don't have slot machines in our TV station IDs and logos. We have enough of the real things here already. What Las Vegas really has is a "big market" mentality among several affiliates in a market that is ranked 52nd this season by Nielsen. However, we are the fastest growing city in America, so that does help to explain the affiliates' mentality around here. That's probably because Las Vegas is so much more well known than many of the cities ranked higher than us. If you've ever visited Las Vegas, you're probably familiar with the following stations. First off though, there is one station around here that does have a very cool call sign, if you can understand Spanish.

    KINC- Channel 15- Univision Affiliate

    The number 15 is quince in Spanish, and is pronounced as keen-say. Now, try saying that call sign, but prounce the ending letter as the Spanish "C" (pronounced like "said" without the d sound). It's the same exact thing. This station is relatively new, as they replaced the old Univision Affiliate on Channel 27.

    KBLR- Channel 39- Telemundo Affiliate

    KBLR was an indepedent station in the late 1980s, but went off the air because of competition from another independent station, KFBT, who I'll talk about later. They came back in the late 1990s as a Telemundo affiliate.

    Here are our English speaking affiliates. I hope I don't bore you guys too much. Be sure to check out the KFBT/KVWB section though.

    KVBC- Channel 3- NBC Affiliate
    "Where News Comes First" is the slogan of this station, and has been since 1994. First is right, as they are the #1 rated local news channel in our area. They've been airing Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune since 1984 obviously because of high ratings. They just recently began airing "Access Hollywood," which is an NBC produced program, but had been airing on our ABC affiliate because KVBC had the 2 very popular game shows.
    http://www.kvbc.com

    KLAS- Channel 8- CBS Affiliate
    This was Las Vegas' first TV station back in the 1950s. Their news is the one branded "Eyewitness News," a very common term for local news in major cities. They've recently adapted the slogan "The News Leader" after they started really competing with KVBC for the top spot in local news. If you've ever done any research on Howard Hughes, you'll find out that he actually bought this station while staying at the Desert Inn hotel (which has been imploded to make way for, what else- another Megaresort). The reason why he did it is because he wanted a channel that would show the movies he wanted to see late at night. More recently, they were among the first stations to broadcast in HDTV, thanks to the broadcasting conventions that are held every year here. On Saturday mornings, this station begins airing "Nick on CBS" with "As Told by Ginger" at 4:00am, a very early start time for the show.
    http://www.klastv.com

    KTNV- Channel 13- ABC Affiliate
    Meet our ABC affiliate. Like with KVBC, they have a slogan, "Inside Las Vegas," which they use in their promos to describe both news and regular programming. However, it has been around much longer than KVBC's, about a decade now. They are ranked 3rd in the local news race, however they claim they've won more Emmys than any other local newscast in their promos. They are among the one-half of the Top 60 market affiliates who run ABC Kids properly on Saturday mornings at its normal Pacific time of 7am to 12pm.
    http://www.yourinsidelasvegas.com

    KLVX- Channel 10- PBS Affiliate

    This is our PBS station. They air pretty much everything any normal PBS station would. I don't watch them too often.
    http://www.klvx.org

    KVVU- Channel 5- Fox Affiliate

    This channel has been a loyal Fox affiliate from the beginning of the network IIRC. However, their signature 10pm newscast is now facing competition, and now say "Las Vegas' Original 10pm newscast" when they're on the air. As a result, they have changed their logo to one that looks more like KTTV's one in Los Angeles. I think it's far too big and colored personally. I miss their old logo, which was just a colored "5" with Fox in small letters near the upper half of the "5." The "Fox Box" airs at its normal 7am to 11am Pacific times on Saturdays.
    http://www.kvvu.com

    The history of the next two stations are very interesting IMO.

    KFBT- Channel 33 (Cable 6)- Independent
    KVWB- Channel 21 (Cable 12)- WB Affiliate


    Here's a story of the ultimate betrayal to a network. This station was originally called KRLR. Back in 1994, they made a decision to air programming from one of the two new networks coming online at the time. It wasn't WB though. It was UPN, and they actually changed their name to reflect that. They became KUPN. KFBT aired WB programming. In 1998, Sinclair Broadcasting bought the station, and guess what they decided to do? Since all their other station had become WB affiliates, it was decided to make KUPN a WB affiliate as well. That must have been painful to UPN executives to lose an affiliate that used the call sign KUPN. For several months, KUPN continued to use the same call sign, until KVWB was approved later on in the year. They often refer to themselves as just "The WB Las Vegas." KFBT, the old WB affiliate, is now a sister station of KVWB. KVWB airs Kids' WB! weekdays from 3 to 5pm, and Saturdays from 8am to 12pm, not the standard 7am to 11am Pacific times.
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    http://www.kfbt33.com

    KTUD- Channel 25 (Cable 14)- UPN Affiliate
    This was originally America's Voice when it first got off the ground in 1997. However, shortly after the turn of events at KUPN Channel 21 in early 1998, Channel 25 (at the time called "KCNG" for King Kong Broadcasting) stepped up and announced they were the new UPN affiliate in Las Vegas. They became KTUD a little while ago, and now are generally calling themselves "UPN Las Vegas" for this season. KTUD uses a generic greyscale new-style UPN logo with "Las Vegas" written on top in small lettering during their programming. They recently acquired rights to air "The Simpsons" away from Fox 5. Why Fox 5 would even think of abandoning The Simpsons is beyond me.

    In a move sure to make Viacom happy, they have paired up with KLAS to provide a new 10pm newscast, "Eyewitness News at 10pm on UPN," designed to compete with Fox 5's signature newscast. This type of move that makes smaller stations use news resources from other larger ones may become popular in the future.

    Well, that's it for Las Vegas TV stations. However, there is one radio station that I regularly listen to that has a very Vegas-like call sign: Sports Radio 1460 KENO Las Vegas. However, they never called themselves "KENO" (probably to avoid being confused with a gambling tips station) and always spell out their call sign as "K-E-N-O," but it's impossible not to notice the call sign.
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    Originally posted by Brainatra
    Well, "KING" is certainly a "funky" name. :-)
    I could be wrong, but isn't King County where Seattle is?

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    Oh yeah, KING county is definately the county in which Seattle sits...so I guess that counts.

    I never ever thought of the KSTW standing for Seattle-Tacoma-Washington, though...and here I am, I've been watching that channel since I was knee-high to an ant's knee.

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    Re: Re: Re: Local TV Station Call Letters

    Originally posted by Brainatra
    My guess: it's what they call a "rimshot" TV station, i.e. it's actually licensed to a smaller town near a large city, but includes serving the larger city in its station ID/promotions...
    Nah, back when the network was founded over 50 years ago, there were three big cities in the southeastern Virginia area, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Newport News/Hampton. Chesapeake and Virginia Beach weren't established cities until years later. WAVY, the NBC affiliate, was the first television network and they were based in Portsmouth. WTKR, the CBS affiliate, came second, and that was based in Norfolk (its then-owners, Landmark, owned the Norfolk newspaper, the Virginian Pilot; now it's owner is the New York Times), and they recently moved their studios to Virginia Beach. WVEC, the ABC affiliate, came third, and that was based in Hampton, though they keep their main studio in Norfolk.

    WGNT, the only network-owned affiliate in the area (UPN), was founded by Pat Robertson in Portsmouth under the name WYAH TV-27(YAHWEH, another name for the Christian God) before it was sold to a new owner in the late 80s. WHRO, the PBS affiliate, came next, and it was based in Norfolk, moving into WVEC's former channel position, 15, when that network moved up to VHF. WTVZ came next as an independant network in the 80s before becoming FOX in 1986 and The WB in 1998. The former WB network was WVBT-43 (Virginia Beach Television) for about three years until it became a FOX affiliate and grew a closer tie to WAVY-TV (and moved from their Virginia Beach base to their current Portsmouth home).

    Fun little history lesson about the networks of Hampton Roads, um, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, um, Greater Norfolk Area . . . homebase for yours truly.
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    Noone's addressed Los Angeles yet?

    KCBS 2 - CBS
    KNBC 4 - NBC
    KTLA 5 - WB
    KABC 7 - ABC
    KCAL (KHJ) 9 - Ind*
    KTTV 11 - Fox
    KCOP 13 - UPN**

    *KCAL has an interesting history. In the sixties, it was a sister to radio stations KHJ AM and FM in the sixties, a nice little media conglomerate. The owners, RKO, were found in violation of anti-trust laws in the eighties, and were forced to sell all of their radio/television stations.

    Disney bought KHJ-TV and turned it into KCAL. They immediately pulled all of their Disney cartoons (actually, it may have only been DuckTales) off of KTTV. There was actually a locally-produced, live, King Koopa show on KTTV after the Super Mario Brothers cartoon, and King Koopa assured us that Duck Tales was leaving the channel because it sucked. (Not his exact words, of course.)

    Then Disney bought ABC in 95 (surprising considering the reason KHJ was sold in the first place). They immediately had to sell KCAL since they now owned KABC.

    **Now known as UPN-13, formerly known as "Very Independent" KCOP-13. A lot of people were amused that a station proudly proclaiming not to be a network had sold out, and KCOP did some quick damage control to explain "what they really meant" by the word independent.
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    Originally posted by EinBebop
    *KCAL has an interesting history. In the sixties, it was a sister to radio stations KHJ AM and FM in the sixties, a nice little media conglomerate. The owners, RKO, were found in violation of anti-trust laws in the eighties, and were forced to sell all of their radio/television stations.
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