From W to the K

Since moving to New York I had always wondered why all of the radio and television stations out east began with the letter “W” whereas all of the radio and television stations out west began with the letter “K”. I thought it could be tradition or perhaps there was a technical reason, such as radio frequency or something. Was the dividing line the Mississippi, or was it somewhere else? Today, finally, I found the answer.

Evidently in 1923, the FCC began requiring that all radio stations east of the Mississippi use W to begin their identifying four-letter call and that all radio stations west of the mighty river use K. That continued as television was born and spread into mainstream America.

I love that I can have a question and come to work and find a reliable answer online in less than one minute.

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