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Friday, July 27, 2007

K-WHAT? Unbuilt Maui TV station lands questionable call letters

A broadcast company just acquired the call letters, "KUNT" and "KWTF." Apparently this kind of thing is a byproduct of everything being computerized.

From Skokie, Ill., comes a sincere apology "to anyone that was offended," said Kevin Bae, vice president of KM Communications Inc., who requested and received KUNT and KWTF. It is "extremely embarrassing for me and my company and we will file to change those call letters immediately."

The call letter snafu was a source of great mirth for Bae's attorney.

"I can't tell you how long he laughed at me when he learned of my gaffe," Bae said.

Broadcasters for generations have joked among themselves about call letters resembling off-color words or acronyms knowing the FCC would never approve their assignment -- but that was before computerization.

KCUF-FM near Aspen, Colo. got its F-word-in-reverse call letters in August of 2005 and has been on the air since December, "Keeping Colorado Uniquely Free," its Web site says. Uh, yeah.

File under Things I'm Surprized Haven't Happened Before, and Please Insert Your Own Jokes


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