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FCC Hands Out October Call Signs

California saw a large share of new LP and reassigned call signs

Fifty-seven stations — mostly radio, with a sprinkling of TV — received new or modified call signs from the Federal Communications Commission in October.

They serve communities as diverse as La Verkin, Utah; Catoosa, Okla.; Fort Rucker, Ala.; and Morovis, P.R.

The state of California saw far more assignments than any other last month, including a new low-power station in the farmland valley city of Hanford, Calif., licensed to the First Unitarian Universal Life Church under call letters KOOH-LP. Three reassignments were handed out to the Educational Media Foundation in California, for FM stations KLRS (formerly KARQ) in San Andreas; KLXD (formerly KXRD) in Victorville; and KPRI (formerly KLVJ) in Julian. Regarding that last item: In San Diego the former KPRI in Encinitas now takes the KLVJ call sign for Compass Radio of San Diego.

Reassignments in California also came to KFUG Community Radio for KFUG-LP (formerly KFDG-LP) in Crescent City. Making the roundup are AM station KVMI (formerly KJUG) in Tulare and new low-power KKLQ-LP in La Quinta, licensed to Gospel Spots. There are now 1,386 low-power FM licensees nationally in the FCC database, as the LP service continues to grow.

Also tacking up a sizable list of assignments was the state of Georgia, which saw Sun Broadcasting AM station in Macon WBML change its name to WYPZ, while a new FM station in Tignall adopt the call letters WSGC-FM, licensed to Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting Co.

Elsewhere the Cochise Media Licenses FM formerly known as KDVC in in Loma, Colo., population 2,382, is now KCDC. WSFD in Seaford, Del., became WSUX, which you might think is naughty until you know that the station is in Sussex County. On a separate list are four call letter changes awaiting completion of station sales; they include AM outlet WMEL, slated to become WFCB, in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

The list of October assignments can be found here (PDF).