For a almost 8 years, WKID has cranked out programming from the bedroom of a house in Clearwater. The station streams its positive, kid format on the internet and over the FM airwaves via a small antenna that takes the signal to the houses nearby.
But station owner, 17 year old Adam Baker and his father, recently received a letter from an attorney representing "K 95.9 Froggy FM" in Vevay Indiana. The letter states the station is the rightful owner of the call sign, WKID, and demanded the teens that run the Clearwater operation, "cease and desist."I took a look at it and I'm like, this can't be. I mean, we've been running now for the past 7 years, I mean, nobody's complained" said Adam Baker.
Della Swincher, who represents the owners of "Froggy FM" said her client paid to have the call sign WKID assigned to its station. She said the station in Clearwater is doing some good things, but she insists, if they want to broadcast using the WKID call letters, they should go through the proper channels. She did leave the door open to negotiations if the Clearwater station refrained from using the FM airwaves to transmit their signal.
WKID in Clearwater hasn't transmitted its FM signal for several weeks, and is only streaming on the internet. The kids that run it vow, they will not change its name.
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