While wandering through the Upper Midwest.

Bob DeMattia bob.bosra@demattia.net
Wed Feb 22 07:43:34 EST 2012

Gee, I hope there were never any police calls WROB, or worse KILL.
It's probably a good thing they went to the KCA860 format.


On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 7:22 AM, Dan.Strassberg <dan.strassberg@att.net>wrote:

> I'm pretty sure that, somewhere, there was (still is?) a KCOP (can't
> recall whether it was/is AM, FM, or both; hmmm, could it have been a
> Los Angeles TV?), but I don't think it had any connection to WCOP
> (either the Boston WCOP or any other WCOP). Now, were the KCOP calls
> (or the WCOP calls, for that matter) ever on a police-calls station?
> The police band of the '30s and '40s--IIRC, 1610-1700 kHz, post
> NARBA--is now, mostly the expanded AM band (although 1610 is reserved
> for TISes).
> The calls of the student-run FM at my college, WRPI, were once used by
> the police-calls station in Ashland Ohio--at least I think it was
> Ohio. The "I" would make more sense if it were Indiana--assuming that
> there is an Ashland in Indiana.
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> Subject: Re: While wandering through the Upper Midwest.
>  On 2/21/2012 1:44 AM, Donna Halper wrote:
>>  And even as far back as 1922, the W and K rule was not followed
>>> exactly.  The first station in Alaska was WLAY (not KLAY).  Given
>>> that some of the early call letters came from ships at sea which
>>> had sunk (and the next ship didn't want those call letters,
>>> thinking them bad luck), the Department of Commerce did not always
>>> follow logic when handing out call letters to the new commercial
>>> radio stations.  And sometimes, there was a requested call with a K
>>> (such as the early Police radio station KOP) and the K got assigned
>>> even though the station was located in Detroit and probably should
>>> have gotten a W... somehow WOP would not have gotten the job done,
>>> I'd imagine.
>> How about WCOP?
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