Data is obtained from various sources including, but not limited to; Broadcasting Yearbook (BY) and Magazine (BM),
Communications Magazine (COMM), Ed Brouder (EB), FCC files, FM Magazine (FM), Radio & Television News
(Radio), RCA Review/Broadcast News (RCA), Tele-Tech Industries magazine (TT) and personal collection (ggn).
The Jeff Miller (JM) website has been a most valuable resource for additional information and verifying data.
The material selected within the DataBase is at the discretion of your host and is not intended to be all inclusive.
The database page is divided into four columns of data:
1. Call Letters
1. CALL Letters: An asterisk (*) following the station call letters indicate the second use of the call letters by the same
company or a different broadcaster. The lower case "fm" and "tv" in this column is used for search purposes only,
and is not part of the call letters. Call letters in parentheses (WGTR fm) are used for linking experimental stations with their
NOTES: Experimental stations are designated with the letter X following the "W" and the FCC radio district #.
Some of the radio districts were 1 for New England, 2 New York City area, 3 Philadelphia/Washington, DC
and 9 was Chicago and Milwaukee.
Early commercial FM stations call letters represented the frequency and the city of license.
W67NY was 46.7 mc in New York City, W39B was 43.9 mc in Boston, although in this case, the city of license
was Boston while the actual transmitter location was Mt. Washington, NH
2. LOCATION: # indicates that the facility is outside my Target area. Additional codes used for selective searches:
CD = Up State NY, CNY = central NY, WNY= western NY, CMA= central MA, WMA = western MA.
3. Date: Format is year followed by the month (YY/MM). Months with "00" indicate that the information occurred sometime
within that year. The letter following the date is for proper "linking" of files when sorting by date.
4. Information: Text information.
NOTE: database is sorted by date.
Hints on searching the database.
The database can be sorted on Call, Location, Date, Threads or a Global Search. The search can be made on any
individual choice or any combination, including all five.
A search for a particular Call will return all data for those calls. A more specific search, such as including FM or TV,
will narrow your request.
You can also search for all calls in a particular service, FM or TV. by entering only FM or TV in the call search box.
For a search on the Date, enter a specific date, using the format YY/MM. For the complete year, enter only the year (YY).
A search may also be done using the drop down menu on the Threads box. This search will result in returning all
data on a specific grouping, such as Yankee, NBC, the Milwaukee Journal, Bamberger and many more.
New TV as of...refers to new televison stations as a result of the lift of the freeze by the FCC.
The Global Search is applied on the text/information portion of the DataBase. You can search on a word
or phrase, by entering the request in the box.