It was an exciting day for the batch of radio stations that received their call signs in January.
The Federal Communications Commission assigned call signs to licensees in 30 states, including small mountainous towns like Cumberland, Md., in which FM Radio Licenses were assigned WRQE (formerly WKGO), and in end-of-the-road locales like Kaunakakai, Hawaii, where Kona Coast Radio was assigned FM call letters KKHI (formerly KNIT).
The state of Texas had the largest number of assignments last month — with six — including two to Ramar Communications, who flip-flopped call signs: in tiny Idalou, population 2,300, KLZK(FM) (formerly KXTQ-FM) was assigned to Ramar, while over in the big city of Lubbock, population 239,500, Ramar was assigned KXTQ(FM) (formerly KLZK-FM).
California came in second in terms of assignments in January, with Calvary Chapel Santa Cruz being assigned call sign KRZC for a new FM station in the mountainous Northern California clime of Scotts Valley, Calif., and Iglecia de Jesu Cristo, who was assigned call sign KXWS(LP) in the lush farming community of Watsonville.
Eternity Records Co. had a banner month in January — the licensee was assigned call signs for four new FM stations in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. AM radio stations made a showing as well, with four call signs being handed out in Florida, Colorado, Michigan and Virginia. In Cocoa Beach, 321 Corp. was assigned AM call sign WKQK (formerly WMEL), and in Grayling, Mich., wherein Blarney Stone Broadcasting was assigned AM call sign WMQU (formerly WGRY).
The FCC also reserved three AM call signs to three licensees pending station sales in Washington, Alabama and Connecticut. The list can be downloaded here.