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Comment: Has the FCC ever issued broadcast station call letters that spell
or sound like dirty words, i.e. that most
Germanic of all female epithets? There's a freelance TV photographer in
Las Vegas who swears on another Web site that the University of North
Texas owned KNTU-FM broadcast as
KUNT-FM as recently as 1992. What's the real story regarding those call
letters and others?

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Well, I currently can't find any at:
http://www.radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/finder?

But that doesn't show historical information.

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According to this article KNTU has been KNTU since it's inception in 1969 and, incidentally, the University of North Texas did not become so named until 1981. Prior to that it was North Texas State University. Being that the school was not called UNT when the station was founded, I doubt the call letters KUNT were ever in consideration, at least not seriously.

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Not quite on the level as that, but there was once a WSEX in Arlington Heights, IL that causes a furor. The call letters were adopted in the early 1980s at about the same time as the FCC abandoned its policy of requiring that call letters be in "good taste."

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According to the FCC database there is a KLIT FM 92.7 in Avalon, CA.

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Probably a a college station, originally named by the English department.

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The KUNT joke has been kicking around North Texas ever since the school became UNT. We do have a Christian station in the market with the call letters KLTY. Make your own jokes. I know I do.
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quote:
Originally posted by zman977:
According to the FCC database there is a KLIT FM 92.7 in Avalon, CA.

Until recently it was known as "Lite 92.7/fm" (according to a press release on their site), and surely that's why the letters were selected. Nothing really vulgar about that; certainly they weren't using the swear word on the air or giggling about the call letters.

http://www.927jillfm.com/

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quote:
Originally posted by ToddLB:
We do have a Christian station in the market with the call letters KLTY.

Yep....KLTY, safe and fun for the whole family!

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On the same note, Curtin University of Technology here in Perth was almost allegedly called "Curtin University of New Technology", until someone thought about the acronym.

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I'm a UNT alum and boy does that KNTU vs. KUNT discussion bring back memories. [Roll Eyes] And I listened to KLTY when I lived there and I never once thought anything dirty of the call letters. You pervs!

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My employer almost became CLIT...

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We've got a KLT (actually WKLT, but they just go by KLT) in Michigan (Traverse City).

edit- Oh yeah, we've also got a KOQ.

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In the 80's in Santa Cruz, CA there was a station KOME. They had two particularly interesting blurbs:

"Don't touch that dial! There's KOME on it."

and

"Isn't it great to wake up with Kome in your ear?"

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How about WHFS?? Now a Latin station in Balt/Wash

Def. the online abbreviation for H*LY F*(*(ing Sh**

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Turns out there's a station in El Jebel, CO (operating under a Construction Permit) as uses the call KCUF-FM (which, on closer inspection, is actually the F-word, spelled backwards).

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quote:
Originally posted by AmyDoll:
How about WHFS?? Now a Latin station in Balt/Wash

Def. the online abbreviation for H*LY F*(*(ing Sh**

Now we're pushing the envelope...
[Big Grin] You could probably make dirty phrases out of every set of call letters if you tried hard enough...

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quote:
Originally posted by l'Agent IXE-13:
Turns out there's a station in El Jebel, CO (operating under a Construction Permit) as uses the call KCUF-FM (which, on closer inspection, is actually the F-word, spelled backwards).

KCUF is also mentioned in Thomas Pynchion's The Crying of Lot 49. Mucho Maas is a DJ there.

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In western Minnesota, one of the college radio stations is KUMM, and another station around here is KKOK, so people like to make jokes about that. Other than that, I haven't really heard much about this type of thing. I've always figured that it must happen.

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quote:
Originally posted by AmyDoll:
How about WHFS?? Now a Latin station in Balt/Wash

Def. the online abbreviation for H*LY F*(*(ing Sh**

AmyDoll

How could you forget the late, great "easy listening" station from Silver Spring, MD...which had its call letters spelled out in big letters on the side of the building...WGAY

What is scary is how many George Washington students listened to this station as they were falling asleep...

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At first, I read KKOK as "'kay 'kay okay". Then I figured it out. I'm still not enitrely sure what's offensive about KLTY. Is "clitty" a word I'm unaware of?

Wonder if there's a WHOR or WANK?

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In Chattanooga, TN, there is a country station: WUSY 101FM. We always joked it was the station for wimps.
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quote:
Originally posted by moonfall86:
At first, I read KKOK as "'kay 'kay okay". Then I figured it out. I'm still not enitrely sure what's offensive about KLTY. Is "clitty" a word I'm unaware of?

Wonder if there's a WHOR or WANK?

Aha, time to plug one of my favorite sources for slang I'm unfamiliar with:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=clitty

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I'm quite familiar with the term clit, but I've never heard it called a "clitty".

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quote:
Originally posted by zman977:
According to the FCC database there is a KLIT FM 92.7 in Avalon, CA.

The problem with KLIT is that it's little hard to find on your radio dial.
Never mind, I'll get it [fish]


Actually the station has recently changed from "Lite FM" to "Jill FM" (as opposed to the new "Jack FM" stations.). More info.

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quote:
Originally posted by moonfall86:
...Wonder if there's a WHOR or WANK?

None with those particular calls I could find; the closest to either was WHNK-AM in Parkersburg, WV.

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