Directional ex-Class IA AMs

Tue Nov 24 07:54:47 EST 2009

Yes, but better to say 660 became WNBC and 880 became WCBS in November
1946, because nearly everybody who sees WABC immediately thinks of
770, which did not switch its calls from WJZ to WABC until several
years after 880 gave up the WABC calls. What confusion there would
have been if there had been a three-way call sign change in New York
on the same day in November 1946! But this does bring up the question
of what became of the WABC calls after 880 gave them up. I wonder
whether anyone had yet thought of "warehousing" calls back in the
1940s. I suspect somebody had already done that, although I know of no
examples. Was it pure luck that the WABC call sign was unused after
the Blue Network changed its name to ABC and wanted the WABC calls for
its New York City O&O? Or had somebody taken the calls, requiring the
newly renamed network to pay them off in order to transfer them to 770
in New York? And if the WABC calls were in use when ABC Inc wanted
them for 770 in New York, who had the calls at that time? The answers
to those questions might make some great radio trivia.

Dan Strassberg (
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> On 23 Nov 2009 at 8:57, Dan.Strassberg wrote:
>> (For those who don't remember that far back, the WABC calls were on
>> 880 until, I think, 1943.
> Actually, WEAF became WNBC and WABC became WCBS on the same day in
> November 1946.
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