Phantom stations: 1430 KTRN or KTPN Tacoma


Our latest Phantom Station we examine has conflicting call letters as listed in “Broadcasting Yearbook” “Radio Annual”.  After considerable research, I believe that KTRN is correct, not KTPN.  1430 KTRN was licensed & issued a construction permit (CP) by the FCC in 1941

This is the listing as shown in the 1942 “Stevenson’s Radio Bulletin” radio log

1942 “Broadcasting Yearbook” listing.

The station was listed in the 1941 & 1942 editions of “Radio Annual” as KTPN  which I believe is incorrect.

Listing in Summer 1942 edition of White’s Radio Log

Listing in Feb. 1942 “RADEX Radio Log”

There is no evidence this station was ever built or operated & by 1943, the license had been deleted & listings removed.  1430 would soon be allocated to Mt Vernon in 1946 for KBRC.  It’s interesting to note in the “Radio Annual” listings, it shows KTPN  (KTRN) as having a license for ‘unlimited’ air time.  KBRC began as a “daytimer” operating from 6am – sunset & wouldn’t receive night operation authority until 1952.

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Mike Cherry

Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

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