List of three-letter broadcast callsigns in the United States


List of three-letter broadcast callsigns in the United States

This is a list of three-letter broadcast callsigns in the United States.

Most primary United States radio and television broadcasters have four-letter callsigns, like WNEW. However, a number of early broadcasters still have a license with a three-letter callsign. Such a short callsign is generally an indication of the long-time existence of the station. The suffix does not count, only the base callsign. Stations which formerly had three letters but have since changed are not currently listed.

AM radio stations

*KEX - Portland, Oregon
*KFH - Wichita, Kansas (AM/FM)
*KFI - Los Angeles, California
*KGA - Spokane, Washington
*KGO - San Francisco, California
*KGU - Honolulu, Hawaii
*KGY - Olympia, Washington (AM/FM)
*KHJ - Los Angeles, California
*KID - Idaho Falls, Idaho (AM/FM)
*KIT - Yakima, Washington
*KJR - Seattle, Washington (AM/FM)
*KLO - Ogden, Utah
*KLZ - Denver, Colorado
*KMA - Shenandoah, Iowa
*KMJ - Fresno, California
*KNX - Los Angeles, California
*KOA - Denver, Colorado
*KOY - Phoenix, Arizona
*KPQ - Wenatchee, Washington (AM/FM)
*KQV - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
*KSL - Salt Lake City, Utah
*KUJ - Walla Walla, Washington (AM/FM)
*KVI - Seattle, Washington
*KWG - Stockton, California
*KXL - Portland, Oregon
*KXO - El Centro, California (AM/FM)
*KYW - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (AM/TV)

*WBT - Charlotte, North Carolina (AM/FM)
*WBZ - Boston, Massachusetts (AM/TV)
*WDZ - Decatur, Illinois
*WEW - St. Louis, Missouri
*WGH - Newport News, Virginia (AM/FM)
*WGL - Fort Wayne, Indiana
*WGN - Chicago, Illinois (AM/TV)
*WGR - Buffalo, New York
*WGY - Schenectady, New York
*WHA - Madison, Wisconsin (AM/TV)
*WHB - Kansas City, Missouri
*WHK - Cleveland, Ohio
*WHO - Des Moines, Iowa (AM/TV)
*WHP - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania /(AM/TV)
*WIP - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
*WJR - Detroit, Michigan
*WKY - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
*WLS - Chicago, Illinois (AM/TV)
*WLW - Cincinnati, Ohio
*WMC - Memphis, Tennessee (AM/FM/TV)
*WMT - Cedar Rapids, Iowa (AM/FM)
*WOC - Davenport, Iowa
*WOI - Ames, Iowa (AM/FM/TV)
*WOL - Washington, D.C.
*WOR - New York, New York
*WSB - Atlanta, Georgia (AM/FM/TV)
*WSM - Nashville, Tennessee (AM/FM)
*WWJ - Detroit, Michigan (AM/TV)
*WWL - New Orleans, Louisiana (AM/FM/TV)

FM radio stations

*KDB-FM - Santa Barbara, California
*KFH-FM - Clearwater, Kansas (AM/FM)
*KGY-FM - McCleary, Washington (AM/FM)
*KGB-FM - San Diego, California
*KID-FM - Idaho Falls, Idaho (AM/FM)
*KJR-FM - Seattle, Washington (AM/FM)
*KPQ-FM - Wenatchee, Washington (AM/FM)
*KSD-FM - St. Louis, Missouri
*KUJ-FM - Walla Walla, Washington (AM/FM)
*KXO-FM - El Centro, California (AM/FM)

*WBT-FM - Chester, South Carolina (AM/FM)
*WGH-FM - Newport News, Virginia (AM/FM)
*WIL-FM - St. Louis, Missouri (AM/FM)
*WMC-FM - Memphis, Tennessee (AM/FM/TV)
*WMT-FM - Cedar Rapids, Iowa (AM/FM)
*WOI-FM - Ames, Iowa (AM/FM/TV)
*WRR - Dallas, Texas
*WSB-FM - Atlanta, Georgia (AM/FM/TV)
*WSM-FM - Nashville, Tennessee (AM/FM)
*WWL-FM - Kenner, Louisiana (AM/FM/TV)

Television stations

As listed below, three TV stations with three-letter base callsigns no longer use the "-TV" suffix. These stations were previously co-owned with AM stations which originally used three-letter calls but have since adopted other callsigns; in this case the TV station is permitted, but not required, to drop the suffix.
*KGO-TV (7 analog/24 digital, ABC) - San Francisco, California
*KGW (8/46, NBC) - Portland, Oregon
*KHQ-TV (6/15, NBC) - Spokane, Washington
*KOB-TV (4/26, NBC) - Albuquerque, New Mexico
*KSL-TV (5/38, NBC) - Salt Lake City, Utah
*KYW-TV (3/26, CBS) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (AM/TV)
*WBZ-TV (4/30, CBS) - Boston, Massachusetts (AM/TV)
*WGN-TV (9/19, The CW) - Chicago, Illinois (AM/TV)
*WHA-TV (21/20, PBS) - Madison, Wisconsin (AM/TV)
*WHO-TV (13/19, NBC) - Des Moines, Iowa (AM/TV)
*WHP-TV (21/4, CBS) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (AM/TV)
*WIS (10/41, NBC) - Columbia, South Carolina
*WJW (8/31, Fox) - Cleveland, Ohio
*WJZ-TV (13/38, CBS) - Baltimore, Maryland
*WLS-TV (7/52, ABC) - Chicago, Illinois (AM/TV)
*WMC-TV (5/52, NBC) - Memphis, Tennessee (AM/FM/TV)
*WOI-TV (5/59, ABC) - Ames, Iowa (AM/FM/TV)
*WRC-TV (4/48, NBC) - Washington, D.C.
*WSB-TV (2/39, ABC) - Atlanta, Georgia (AM/FM/TV)
*WWJ-TV (62/44, CBS) - Detroit, Michigan (AM/TV)
*WWL-TV (4/36, CBS) - New Orleans, Louisiana (AM/FM/TV)

Other stations of note

*WWV - Fort Collins, Colorado — shortwave time signal data radio clock service operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology

ee also

*list of local television stations in North and Central America
*lists of radio stations in North and Central America


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