WSMN (Was: Re: Call Letters Meaning on Wikipedia
Sun Jun 16 12:13:44 EDT 2019
What did WSMN stand for? Salem, Manchester, Nashua?
Or did it stand for nothing at all?
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> Wonder what he thought the K stood for?
> On Wed, Jun 12, 2019 at 10:52 AM Ken VanTassell <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> When I was in High School back in the mid 70's my English teacher told
>> the class that all the station call signs that started with W were all
>> owned by Westinghouse. Needless to say I had to correct him.
>> On Wed, Jun 12, 2019 at 9:11 AM Rob Landry <email@example.com>
>> > I noticed recently that WGBH's WCRB has started using "We're
>> > Classical Radio Boston", which the old WCRB used briefely in the early
>> > '90's.
>> > But of course the call letters originally had nothing to do with the
>> > format, but stood for Charles River Broadcasting, which ran WCRB(AM)
>> > for several years as a full service station in Waltham before
>> > adopting the classical format in 1950-51.
>> > Rob
>> > On Mon, 10 Jun 2019, Donna Halper wrote:
>> > > On 6/10/2019 10:44 AM, Jim Hall wrote:
>> > >> I am always amazed at the "Call Letters Meaning" section of
>> > >> entries
>> > >> radio and TV stations on Wikipedia. I wonder who writes them (and
>> > For
>> > >> example, WNEU in Merrimack NH has listed that its call letters
>> > >> stand
>> > >> "New (or Nueva)
>> > >
>> > > I spend way too much time fixing errors on Wikipedia, especially
>> > > with
>> > regard
>> > > to radio history. The "meaning" of call letters is a frequent
>> > > area of contention. Often, folks confuse an advertising slogan
>> > > for what the
>> > call
>> > > letters meant-- the call letters were often sequentially assigned
>> > > back
>> > in the
>> > > old days; but then the sales department retrofitted those calls
>> > > with a slogan, and everybody in the audience assumed that's what
>> > > the call
>> > letters
>> > > must represent. As you and I know, many of the folks who
>> > > contribute to Wikipedia are not media historians, so their
>> > > contributions (although
>> > > well-meaning) are sometimes not accurate. Fixing the mistakes is
>> > > an
>> > ongoing
>> > > battle, sad to say. And no, WHDH never stood for "we haul dead
>> > haddock..."
>> > > ;-)
>> > >
>> > > --
>> > >
>> > > Donna L. Halper, PhD
>> > > Associate Professor of Communication & Media Studies Lesley
>> > > University, Cambridge MA
>> > >
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