The HMA team has been busy updating the FinderBinder, the state’s media directory. At our staff meeting a couple weeks ago, I asked the team if they had any idea what some of the stations’ call letters meant. After a few blank stares and a couple shoulder shrugs, I attempted to explain.
Broadcast stations in the United States are assigned call letters that begin with either a K or a W. The stations west of the Mississippi River get K call signs and those to the east of it get W call signs.
KPHO (CBS) – PHO refers to Phoenix
KPNX (NBC) – PNX refers to Phoenix
KSAZ (Fox) – the station changed its call letters a few years ago and the station tagline was Spirit of Arizona (SAZ)
KNXV (ABC) – when Channel 15 launched they were a “new” type of news station. NXV – the new 15, XV being the Roman numeral for 15
KAET (PBS) – the public broadcast station is based at Arizona State University therefore, AET – Arizona Education Television. And it is also located at channel 8 or AET.
KMLE FM – Camel Country, taking its name from Camelback Mountain
KTAR FM – TAR, Talk Radio
KJZZ FM – the station is known for its jazz music
KSLX FM – the station is known for playing classic rock music
KUAT (PBS) – broadcasting from the University of Arizona, so UAT – UA Television
KMSB (Fox) in Tucson, the Mountain States Broadcasting Company
KYMA (NBC) – YMA referring to the station in Yuma
KZUL FM – in Lake Havasu City, the station is known for is casual (KZL) format
KNAZ-TV – the former station in Northern Arizona -- Flagstaff to be specific -- where Scott Hanson got his start.
KMSP (FOX) – Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)
KSTP (ABC) – St. Paul (STP)
WGN – out of Chicago, World’s Greatest Newspaper
WTBS - out of Atlanta, Turner Broadcasting System
Can you add to our list?