WBUR's L-O-N-G Station ID

A Joseph Ross joe@attorneyross.com
Sun Feb 24 01:27:41 EST 2013

On 2/23/2013 8:48 AM, Dale H. Cook wrote:

> If they said "WBUR, AM 1240, West Yarmouth" that would be legal, but "WBUR-AM, West Yarmouth" is not a legal ID because there is no station whose calls are "WBUR-AM." A service designator is never used as part of the calls of a standard broadcast station, even when the same calls are used by stations in more than one service. For example, WBZ, WBZ-FM and WBZ-TV - the service designators "-FM" and "-TV" are part of those stations calls, but the AM is just "WBZ."
> "WBUR, AM 1240, West Yarmouth" is a legal ID - see section 73.1201 (b) of the rules and regs for what content is legal in IDs between the calls and the COL.

And yet, in the old days it was quite common to hear IDs along the lines 
of "WCOP AM  and FM, Boston."  WBZ even used to say, WBZ, WBZA AM and 
FM, Westinghouse for Boston and Springfield."  That wouldn't be a legal 
ID by today's rules. Maybe the rules have changed since then.

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