Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Divorce, Mediation and Broadcast Call Letters

As a child I noted with pride that my Father’s license plate was KLNW or WNLK backwards. My Father had come to Connecticut to work in radio advertising and first went to work at WNAB in Bridgeport and then to WNLK when it opened in Norwalk, Connecticut. He told the story how he first had WNLK but the owner wanted it and so he got WNLK backwards or KLNW. This all lead to my wanting my own license plate which has been ZWMZ since 1969 but also lead to an interest in broadcast call letters. I Goggled call letters and found a web site that listed most and what they mean. See it at It included WNLK which is an abbreviation for NorwaLK. Of course I looked for ones dealing with mediation and divorce and found a few and a few others which were interesting or had a personal meaning. Remember that the first letter K is for stations west of the Mississippi and W for those east of the Mississippi. These include:

WDIV-TV,Detroit, MI for D)etroit IV = 4 (Channel 4) but could also be an abbreviation for DIVorce.

KID, Idaho Falls, ID for I)d)aho Falls, Idaho but also kids.

KIDO, Nampa, ID,for K)i)d)do), knickname for member of owner's family.

KFAM, St. Cloud, MN for F)red a)nd M)aude, the original owners but also abbreviation for FAMily.

KFAT, Gilroy, CA for all sorts of things based on 'FAT'

KBOM, Los Alamos, NM for BOM = bomb (birthplace of atomic bomb). Always wanted to visit but have been to the Trinity site.

KDRO, Sedalia, MO for D)r)o)lich Brothers in Divorce court DRO stands for Domestic Relations Officer.

KDOG, Mankato, MN for The D)o)g) Slogan: We've got a leg up. I like dogs and especially Golden Retrievers.

KFOG, San Francisco, CA for San Francisco: F)o)g) City.

KFRO, Longview, TX for K)eep F)orever R)olling O)n but also Family Relations Officer.

KFYI, Phoenix, AZ for F)or Y)our I)nformation.

KGET(TV), Bakersfield, CA for K)ern [County] G)olden E)mpire but also for the Jewish Divorce, a GET.

KIND, Independence, for I)n)d)ependence.

KOOL, Phoenix, AZ for KOOL = Cool Note: see KOLD, Tucson

KOLD-TV, Tucson, AZ for KOLD = Cold Note: see KOOL, Phoenix. Tucson is my home town!

KPIG, Freedom, CA for The P)i)g) at 107 oink 5 FM.

KUDO, Anchorage, AK for KUDOs for Anchorage.

WCOP, Boston, MA for C)o)p)ley Square Broadcasting Co. Also COP for policeman.

WCOW, Sparta, WI for COW - America's Dairyland

WCPA, Clearfield, PA for C)learfield, P)A) but also Certifed Public Accountant.

WHAM, Rochester, NY. Chosen by owner George Eastman because

they sounded nice

WHEN, Syracuse, NY. Easily remembered, single syllable word but also a question frequently asked in mediation.

WHIZ, Zanesville, OH for W)e're H)ere I)n Z)anesville

WHO, Des Moines, IA for Who is it? or W)ith H)ands O)nly but also a question frequently asked in mediation.

WINS, New York, NY for I)nternational N)ews S)ervice, Hearst Wire Service but also what everyone wants to do in a divorce.

WLIP, Kenosha, WI for William L)i)p)man, the founder and 40 ars-plus owner.

WMAM, Marinette, WI for M)arinette a)nd M)enominee but also one of my daughter’s initials or greeting for women.

WMGM¸New York, NY for M)etro-G)oldwyn-M)ayer but also my Wife’s initials.

WMMM, Westport, CT for W)estport's M)odern M)inute M)an Note: Reference to Minuteman Statue in area. (Further note that Statue was in a I Love Lucy show) Near towns we lived in Connecticut an my initials and my Wife’s initials.

Christian station

WOLF, Syracuse, NY for Memorable name and image for 'WOLF' but also my name in Hebrew and the name my parents almost gave me.

WOMN, Hamden, CT for W)om)an), now WQUN [was targeting women

WORK, York, PA for Yo)r)k), later WZIX and WOYK but also a favorite line by Maynard G. Grebbs in the Dobbie Gillis Show.

KSHE, St. Louis, MO. Originally featured a format targeted toward women

KSSN, Little Rock, AR for Kissin'.

WUPI, Peabody, MA for Whoopie as in Making Whoopie. Also I like Whoopie pies.

WVIP, Mt Kisco, NY for V)ery I)mportant P)lace (on your dial) for V)ery I)mportant P)eople

WWON, Waynesboro, TN for WON='one', W-ONE and Woonsocket, RI for L W)o)on)socket. What a person hopes to have done in a divorce.

WHUS, Storrs, Connecticut for Husky the University of Connecticut mascot. A double hit for me. I went to undergraduate and law school there and could be an abbreviation for HUSband.

I could not find any K or W ADR for Alternative Dispute Resolution, MED for Mediation or WIFE, IRA for Individual Retirement Account, ATY for attorney, DEF for defendant, PLT for plaintiff, WIFE, MOU FOR MEMBERANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING, TRO for Temporary Restraining Order, SSN FOR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. See my blog on Divorce and Marriage Acronyms on January 20, 2011 at for more possibilities.

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