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A radio commercial marketer, a youth broadcasting nonprofit and a children’s sleeping advocacy group are all part of the unique mix making up the latest list of call signs from the Federal Communications Commission.
Brand-new stations receiving call signs in the month of April included KDVK(FM), Cochise Media Licenses in Dove Creek, Colo.; KPQN(FM) for Hispanic Target Media in Roswell, N.M.; WVCA(FM) to New England Broadcasting Educational Group in Newbury, Mass.; KRGK(FM) to Douglas P. Bennett in Marathon, Texas; and three call signs to Rufus Resources LLC in the Texas cities of Smiley, Hebbronville and Christine.
Among existing stations changing calls were AMs in states like Virginia, New York and Colorado: Twin County Broadcasting Corp. was assigned call sign WCGX(AM) for the former WWWJ in the small Southwest town of Galax, Va.; Wolf Radio was assigned WNDR(AM) for the former WMBO in Auburn, N.Y. WATD(AM) in Brockton, Mass., is now WXBR. A little bit of Hawaii will find itself in the semi-arid climate of Loveland, Colo., as Kona Cost Radio was assigned KVAM(AM) (formerly KBUD).
Religious broadcasters received a number of call sign assignments, including five reassigned call signs to Family Life Ministries for FM stations in Oneida, Baldwinsville and Clyde, N.Y., and Cambridge Springs and Trout Run, Pa. Educational groups made the list too, including new station WWMU(LP) in South Charleston, W.Va., at Marshall University Graduate College.
The FCC handed out several new call signs to low-power stations, including WPTP(LP) to Alton Park Development Corp. in Chattanooga, Tenn.; and WWRG(LP) to Youth Broadcasting in Radio in Longwood, Fla.
Eyecatching names made the FCC’s call sign lineup, including the warmly named Snuggle Buddy Inc., an organization that works to find warm dry sleeping environments for small children; it received the call sign WROK(LP) in Tupelo, Miss. Radio commercial marketing firm Radio Ranch LLC was assigned KFXE(FM) in Ingram, Texas, for the former KKGN.
The commission also set aside a half dozen call signs for Educational Media Foundation, which is receiving them for pending FM acquisitions in Oregon, Washington, Arkansas, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina.