Definition of call letters in US English:

call letters

plural noun

North American
  • A sequence of letters used by a television or radio station as an identifying code.

    • ‘While his radio home call letters have changed, his opinionated style has not.’
    • ‘According to the city, its call letters weren't registered.’
    • ‘To top it off, they were changing the call letters.’
    • ‘Tom recognized the call letters to the radio station in the area.’
    • ‘The bold red letters in the bottom left hand of the screen, directly above the station's call letters, seemed at odds with the what the woman was conveying.’
    • ‘Perhaps appropriate to Helton's later involvement in NASCAR, the call letters stood for ‘Watch Our Popularity Increase.’’
    • ‘As a result, you may find yourself in the embarrassing situation of calling what you believe to be different stations because they have different call letters and different phone numbers.’
    • ‘The next year, when I moved to California, just having their call letters on my otherwise unimpressive resume was enough to land me my first paid radio job.’
    • ‘It modestly took the call letters WGN, shorthand for ‘World's Greatest Newspaper.’’
    • ‘And he once gave a Morse Code rendition of his station's call letters by blowing through a plastic airplane - shaped gadget called a nose flute.’
    • ‘According to his family, most of his problems started last year, when he had the call letters of an Illinois radio station tattooed on his forehead..’
    • ‘At 5: 30 a.m., we'd pull into the station lot and park, often next to a Humvee painted with the station's call letters.’
    • ‘It seems anyone with a microphone and call letters has questions for Brees, who doesn't know when to say when on interview requests.’
    • ‘When I was in radio, I worked at a station with the call letters of KOCC.’
    • ‘Being on WGN tonight reminded me that call letters for radio and TV stations often used to be chosen as acronyms for something else.’
    • ‘Executives are now debating a change in name, however they are now finding that many similar call letters are already taken.’
    • ‘We will post their call letters on our front page Monday.’
    • ‘Even now, walking into a store that had CBS on the stereo, to hear the call letters was the equivalent of comfort food; the warm, cozy feeling of your past reaching out to give you a squeeze.’
    • ‘They also have a list of the stations, call letters, and times of the program's airing.’
    • ‘It was a panel truck with the call letters across the side.’


call letters

/kôl ˈledərz//kɔl ˈlɛdərz/