Oldest religious broadcast?

Dan.Strassberg dan.strassberg@att.net
Sun Mar 29 15:36:15 EDT 2009

Well, maybe the FCC stopped sending out such letters when the info
appeared on the FCC's Web site. I remember seeing such a letter in
1952 in the files of then campus-limited carrier-current WRPI, which,
along with a number of other campus-limited college stations had
gotten the FCC to "reserve" its call sign so that it could not be
taken by another station. It was from that letter that I learned that
the previous holder of the WRPI calls was the Police Department of
Ashland OH. That WRPI was obviously a neighbor on the dial of George
Carlin's fictional Wonderful WINO, which, if you recall, was at
1700--just above the police calls.

Dan Strassberg (dan.strassberg@att.net)
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Fybush" <scott@fybush.com>
To: "Dan.Strassberg" <dan.strassberg@att.net>
Cc: "A. Joseph Ross" <joe@attorneyross.com>; "Donna Halper"
<dlh@donnahalper.com>; "boston Radio Interest Board"
Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2009 3:25 PM
Subject: Re: Oldest religious broadcast?

> Dan.Strassberg wrote:
>> I believe that whenever the FCC approves a request for new
>> broadcast
>> stations calls, they send the grantee a history of where those
>> calls
>> have been and when--to the extent that the FCC knows where the
>> calls
>> have been and when.
> I've never seen such a letter from the FCC in any station's files,
> ever.
> The FCC's CDBS database contains call letter historical information
> going back to the late 1970s, albeit with some gaps. I find it
> easiest to access that information at fccinfo.com - the "historic
> call sign" search is the second box from the top on the main page.
> The FCC doesn't much care about callsigns these days. It considers
> 1510 in Boston to be "facility ID #12789." Whatever callsign is
> assigned to it is more of a vanity exercise than anything else.
> s

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