Sunday, July 29, 2007

Our College Joke Almost Came True

Many of you know that I worked in radio in college, at a station called KNTU, which got its name when my alma mater was called North Texas State University. (I hvae no idea why they didn't try for KNTS, but there had been a movement to change the school's name to North Texas University if the name that it eventually adopted--University of North Texas--hadn't gone through. Incidentally, they had to wait a bit to get KNTU, which was originally assigned to an aircraft carrier, if memory serves.) So when the school changed its name to UNT, you can imagine the jokes that were flying around--would the radio staion follow suit? The answer would seem to be "obviously not," since the FCC didn't seem likely to assign call letters that would (mis)spell out an obscenity.

But what I didn't know until longtime reader Gary P. sent me a link yesterday was that the FCC has gone to computerized assignment of call letters, and, well, mistakes happen:
THE call letters KUNT have landed at a yet-unbuilt low-power digital television station in Wailuku, Maui.

Alarmingly similar to a word the dictionary says is obscene, the call letters were among a 15-page list of new call letters issued by the Federal Communications Commission and released this week.

The same station owner also received KWTF for a station in Arizona.

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."

He thanked your columnist for bringing the matter to his attention and pledged to, "make sure I don't fall asleep on the job when selecting call signs again."
My response to that is simply, LMAO.

And do we really think the guy did that by accident?

(And yes, I'm pushing the PG-13 standards of this blog--which, as you may recall, is actually rated G--by posting this story, but it was too funny not to tell.)

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Gayland Barksdale said...

Kevi-- I remember when NTSU changed to UNT and the jokes that went around the station. My concern wasn't that they would change the call letters, but rather whether or not I would give the correct call letters during the station ID. My first time at bat, I said, "You're listening to KDNT (the other Denton station)." I was really scared that the FCC would fine me or that I would lose my gig at the station. But the PD at the time was very understanding. Thanks. :-)

Kev said...

Yeah, I remember that situation, especially with people who worked at both stations at the same time. (Remember when we had that secondary KISS-FM studio up there for a while? Same problem, from what I recall.)