Sunday, September 13, 2020

List of Class A ("Clear Channel") stations by license date

Here's a list of the 56 existing (and two former) U.S. Class A stations, in order by date of first license.  Note that KDKA is not first☺.  The Pittsburgh station's first broadcasts were under a "Special Land Station" license; "Broadcasting" licenses were not yet available.

("Special" because KDKA wasn't used to communicate with ships)

The list:

Seq Calls Location Licensed Former location/calls/notes
1 WBZ Boston 09/15/21 Springfield
2 KDKA Pittsburgh 11/07/21
3 KYW Philadelphia 11/15/21 Chicago
4 KNX Los Angeles 12/08/21
5 WPHT Philadelphia 01/10/22 WCAU, WOGL, WGMP, WPTS
6 WGY Schenectady, N.Y. 02/04/22
7 WOR New York City 02/20/22 Newark
8 WLW Cincinnati 03/02/22
9 KOMO Seattle 03/09/22 KJR; swapped calls
10 WSCR Chicago 03/29/22 WMAQ
11 WWL New Orleans 03/31/22
12 KFI Los Angeles 03/31/22
13 WFAN New York City 04/09/22 WEAF, WNBC, WRCA
14 WBT Charlotte 04/10/22
15 WSB Atlanta 04/11/22
16 KNBR San Francisco 04/17/22 KPO, KNBC
17 KSL Salt Lake City 04/21/22
18 WBAP Fort Worth 05/02/22
19 WJR Detroit 05/04/22
20 WTAM Cleveland 05/15/22 KYW, WKYC, WWWE
21 WGN Chicago 05/19/22
22 WHAS Louisville 07/13/22
23 KFBK Sacramento 08/16/22
24 WCCO Minneapolis 09/05/22
25 WOAI San Antonio 09/14/22
26 WABC New York City 05/12/23 WJZ
27 KOKC Oklahoma City 09/27/23 KFJF, KOMA
28 KGO San Francisco 01/22/24 Oakland
29 WLS Chicago 04/11/24
30 WHO Des Moines 04/15/24
31 KFAB Omaha 11/08/24 Lincoln
32 WBBM Chicago 11/14/24
33 KAAY Little Rock 12/19/24 KTHS Hot Springs
34 WTIC Hartford 01/27/25
35 KOA Denver 01/28/25
36 WCBS New York City 03/26/25 WABC-WBOQ
37 WOWO Fort Wayne 06/22/25 Converted to B
38 WLAC Nashville 09/11/25
39 WSM Nashville 10/26/25
40 WRVA Richmond 11/11/25
41 WMVP Chicago 07/13/26 WCFL, WLUP
42 KFAQ Tulsa 07/19/26 KVOO
43 KWKH Shreveport 08/06/26
44 WBAL Baltimore 08/24/26
45 WFED Washington 09/25/26 WJSV, WTFF, WTOP, WTWP, WWWT
46 KMOX St. Louis 10/23/26
47 WWKB Buffalo 11/01/26 WKBW
48 KRLD Dallas 11/03/26
49 WWVA Wheeling 12/06/26
50 KIRO Seattle 01/17/27 KPCB
51 WBBR New York City 01/30/27 WODA, WAAM, WNEW. Signon date vague.
52 KGA Spokane 02/04/27 Converted to B
53 KEX Portland 06/01/27
54 KSTP St. Paul 05/20/28
55 WCKY Cincinnati 09/16/29 WSAI Covington, Ky.
56 WFME New York City 06/29/34 WQXR, WQEW
57 KNZR Bakersfield 01/12/35 KPMC
58 KXEL Waterloo 01/27/43

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