UPI Bureau Call Letters



Here's a listing of UPI bureau call letters through the years, courtesy of Marcy Kreiter-hx, and how many came to be named (letter X, in many cases, designated a relay point, for example):


AA -- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (contact Nairobi) AB -- Sydney, Australia (aborigine; routing HAB) AC -- Topeka, Kan. (Arthur Capper, famous Kansas publisher) AC -- Accra, Ghana (contact London) AD -- Abu Dhabi, Persian Gulf (contact Beirut) ADN -- Aden (contact Beirut) AG -- Salt Lake City. (AG is Phillips code for the word telegram; the Salt Lake City Telegram was a UPI client) AJ -- Atlanta (Atlanta Journal) AK -- Ankara, Turkey (contact London) AL -- San Antonio (The Alamo) ALG -- Algiers, Algeria (contact Paris) AM -- Amsterdam AMN -- Amman, Jordan (contact Beirut) AN -- Anchorage, Alaska ANT -- St. Johns, Antigua AQ -- Albuquerque, N.M. AR -- Seattle (last letters of defunct Scripps-Howard Seattle Star) AT -- Athens (routing LAT) AU -- Auckland, New Zealand AX -- Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (last letters of the city) AZ -- Angro do Heroismo, Azores BA -- Buenos Aires BA -- Brisbane, Australia BB -- Brasilia, Brazil BC -- Sacramento, Calif. BE -- Berlin (routing LBE) BE -- Boise, Idaho BF -- Buffalo, N.Y. BG -- Belgrade, Yugoslavia (routing LBG) BG -- Baton Rouge, La. BH -- Bahrain (routing LBH) BH -- Boston (Boston Herald) BI -- Billings, Montana BK -- Bangkok (routing HBA) BL -- Blantyre, Malawi (contact Johannesburg) BM -- Bismarck, N.D. BN -- Bismarck, N.D. BN -- Bahrain (contact Beirut) BO -- Bonn (routing LBO) BOG -- Bogota, Colombia BP -- Bridgeport, Conn. (Bridgeport Press publisher Betty Phriem) BS -- Barcelona BR -- Baltimore BT -- Beirut (routing LBT) BU -- Budapest BW -- Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Bird Watch) BX -- Brussels (routing LCD) BX -- Birmingham, Ala. CA -- Cairo (routing LCA) CA -- Columbia, S.C. CAR -- Caracas CAS -- Caracas CB -- Geneva (routing LCB) CB -- Annapolis, Md. (Chesapeake Bay) CC -- Carson City, Nev. CD -- Darwin, Australia (Charles Darwin) CF -- Corfu (contact Athens) CG -- Calgary, Alberta, Canada CG -- Chattanooga, Tenn. CH -- New York City Hall CI -- Calcutta CK -- Little Rock, Ark. CM -- Casablanca CN -- Canberra, Australia CO -- Colombo, Sri Lanka CR -- Costa Rica CS -- Charleston, S.C. CS -- Chicago Daily News, a sending point (Chicago Send) CT -- Charlotte, N.C. CU -- Champaign-Urbana, Ill. CV -- Cape Verde (contact Lisbon) CW -- Charleston, W.Va. CX -- State capitol bureau, Albany, N.Y. CY -- Cyprus (Routing LCY) CZ -- Columbus, Ohio. (Citizen) DA -- Dallas DA -- New Delhi (routing HDA) DB -- Dacca, Bangladesh DC -- District of Columbia, NewsCenter DD -- Dover, Del. DES -- Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (contact Nairobi) DH -- Rockford, Ill.-Beloit, Wis. (Veteran newsperson Dottie Heesakker) DH -- Dayton, Ohio (Dayton Herald) DJ -- Pensacola, Fla. (Veteran UPI executive Dale Johns) DJ -- Djibouti (contact Paris) DN -- Dayton, Ohio DO -- Doylestown, Pa. DQ -- Akron, Ohio (veteran senior editor H.D. "Doc" Quigg) DU -- Detroit DU -- Dublin DV -- Rochester, N.Y. (Doug Verone, first bureau manager) DX -- Denver EA -- El Paso, Texas EB -- Edinburg, Texas ED -- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada EG -- Bissau, Equatorial Guinea ES -- El Salvador FA -- Taipei (First and last letters of Formosa; routing HFA) FC -- New York City Federal Court FD -- Helsinki, Finland (routing LFD) FF -- Fairfax, Va., news bureau FF -- Ford de France, Martinique (contact Paris) FG -- Cayenne, French Guyana (contact Paris) FK -- Frankfurt (routing LFK) FM -- Fargo, N.D.-Morehead, Minn. FM -- Fort Myers, Fla. FM -- Cuban monitoring bureau in Miami (Francis McCarthy) FO -- Fort Wayne, Ind. FR -- Santa Fe, N.M. (Frank Rand, publisher) FT -- Savannah, Ga. (Frank Tremaine, former UPI vice president, who lived in Savannah when bureau opened Nov. 4, 1982) FW -- Fort Worth, Texas FX -- Fairfax, Va., administration. FY -- Frankfurt, Ky. FZ -- Fresno, Calif. GA -- Guatemala City, Guatemala GA -- Guam GB -- Gibraltar GP -- Salem, Ore. (George Putnam, onetime private secretary to E.W. Scripps and editor and publisher of the Salem Capital-Journal) GS -- Greensboro, N.C. GT -- Beaumont, Texas. (Golden Triangle) GV -- Gainesville, Fla. GV -- Geneva (routing LZU) GX -- Springfield, Ill. GZ -- Alexandria, Va. (Gazette) HC -- Los Angeles (Hamilton Clark, former UP president; Hollywood Citizen) HF -- Hartford, Conn. HG -- Harrisburg, Pa. HIS -- Routing code for Islamabad, Pakistan HJ -- Herrin, Ill. (Herrin Journal) HK -- Hong Kong (routing HKG) HL -- Halifax, Nova Scotia (picture bureau only) HM -- Concord, N.H. (Henry Minot, UPI New England editor) HN -- Helena, Mont. HO -- Honolulu (see Hono) HO -- Honduras HOM -- Unicom, Hong Kong Hono -- Honolulu (once known as 99) HP -- Grand Rapids, Mich. (Harold Pringled, UP salesman) HQ -- Haiti-Quito HS -- Houston HT -- Dayton, Ohio (White House Reporter Helen Thomas) HT -- Brentwood, Tenn. (White House Reporter Helen Thomas) HV -- Huntsville, Ala. HV -- Havana HX -- Chicago IA -- Indianapolis IF -- Idaho Falls, Idaho IS -- Islamabad (routing HIS) IX -- Phoenix, Ariz. (last letters of the city) JA -- Jakarta, Indonesia (routing HJA) JB -- Green Bay, Wis. (longtime UPI news editor Jess Bogue) JC -- Jefferson City, Mo. JE -- Jerusalem JK -- Jackson, Miss. JN -- Toronto (J.N. Crandall) JX -- Jacksonville, Fla. JO -- Portland, Ore. (the Journal) JO -- Johannesburg, South Africa (routing LUK) JU -- Juneau, Alaska KA -- Karachi KH -- Copenhagen (routing LKH) KI -- Knoxville, Tenn. KL -- Kuala Lumpur KM -- San Diego, Calif. KN -- Katmandu, Nepal KO -- Oklahoma City KP -- Kansas City, Mo. (Kansas City Post) KT -- Albany, N.Y. (K-nickerbocker-News and T-imes Union) KY -- Nairobi, Kenya (routing LKY) LA -- South Pole (Little America) LA -- Lima, Peru LAT -- Routing Athens, Greece LB -- Lisbon, Portugal (routing LLB) LBG -- Routing for Belgrade LBO -- Routing for Bonn LBT -- Routing for Beirut LCA -- Routing for Cairo LCB -- Routing for Geneva LCD -- Routing for Brussels LCY -- Routing for Cyprus LE -- Marion, Ill. (Little Egypt) LED -- Routing code for London (division) Editorial LFD -- Routing for Helsinki LG -- Lexington, Ky. LI -- Mineola, N.Y. (for Long Island) LH -- Lahore, Pakistan LKH -- Routing for Copenhagen LLB -- Routing for Lisbon, Portugal LMO -- Routing for Moscow LN -- London (routing LED for London Editorial) LON -- Routing for London sports, pictures and administration LP -- La Paz, Bolivia LPR -- Routing for Paris LST -- Stockholm LTA -- Tel Aviv LU -- Lubbock, Texas LUP -- Routing code for Brussels Pictures LUV -- Routing code for London (bureau) LV -- Las Vegas LVN -- Routing code for Vienna LWW -- Routing for London Unicom LX -- Johnson Space Center, Houston. (Lunar Exploration) LXG -- Routing for sports, The Hague LZ -- Shanghai (L.Z. Yuan, bureau manager during WWII) LZU -- Routing for Istanbul and Zurich MA -- Manila (routing HMA) MB -- Melbourne MC -- Reno, Nev. (Fred McKechnie, Scripps-Howard editor who bought the Nevada State Journal) MD -- Madison, Wis. MD -- Madrid, Spain (routing LMD) ME -- Augusta, Maine MG -- Montgomery, Ala. MH -- Miami (Miami Herald) MI -- Mobile, Ala. MJ -- Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada ML -- Milan, Italy MO -- Medford, Ore. MO -- Moscow (routing LMO) MP -- Memphis, Tenn. (Memphis Press) MR -- Montreal MS -- Minneapolis (Minneapolis Star) MT -- Kingsport, Tenn. (Mims Thomason, UPI president) MU -- Munich MX -- Mexico City MY -- Monterey, Calif. NA -- Philadelphia NC -- Atlantic City, N.J. (Norm Cafarell, UPI executive) ND -- New Delhi (routing HDA) NE -- New Orleans NF -- Norfolk, Va. NH -- New Haven, Conn. NI -- Managua, Nicaragua 99 -- Honolulu. (same signal that designates Lulu in Morse code also means 99; later called Hono) NK -- Newark, N.J. NS -- Lansing, Mich. NV -- Nashville, Tenn. NW -- Des Moines, Iowa. (Northwestern railroad; also nowhere) NX -- New York City OA -- Ottawa, Ontario, Canada OM -- Akron, Ohio OR -- Orlando, Fla. OS -- Oslo, Norway (routing LST) PA -- Panama City, Panama PB -- West Palm Beach, Fla. PG -- Prague, Czechoslavakia PG -- Polo Grounds, New York City PK -- Peking (formerly PP; routing HPA) PM -- Portland, Maine PO -- Cincinnati (the Post) PP -- Peking (Peiping before World War II; bureau managers Reynolds Packard and Anthony Austin of The New York Times) PP -- Phnom Penh PR -- Pierre, S.D. PR -- Paris (routing LPR) PS -- Pittsburgh PT -- area of Iowa-Illinois). QC -- Quebec City, Quebec, Canada QP -- Queen's Park (Ontario Legislative bureau, Ottawa). RA -- Raleigh, N.C. RB -- Rangoon, Burma RC -- Rapid City, S.D. (also UPI executive Robert Crennen) RG -- Harlingen, Texas (Rio Grande) RI -- Providence, R.I. RIO -- Rio de Janeiro RK -- Roanoke, Va. RO -- Rome (routing LRO) RS -- Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada RV -- Richmond, Va. SA -- San Jose, Calif. SA -- Santiago, Chile SA -- Singapore (routing HSA) SB -- South Bend, Ind. SB -- Sao Paulo, Brazil SD -- Springfield, Mass. SF -- Sioux Falls, S.D. SF -- Suva, Fiji SGN -- Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) SH -- Oklahoma City capitol bureau (State House) SJ -- San Juan, Puerto Rico SK -- Seoul (routing HKA) SL -- Shreveport, La. SM -- Cleveland, Ohio. (Scripps-McRae, predecessor to Scripps-Howard) SP -- Spokane, Wash. (Spokane Press, a one-time James G. Scripps newspaper) SR -- Lincoln, Neb. (first and last letters of the Star) SR -- Harare, Zimbabwe (formerly Salisbury, Rhodesia) SS -- Oriental, N.C. (Seaside) ST -- Stockholm (routing LST) SU -- Vancouver (Sun) SV -- Louisville, Ky. (middle letters in city) SX -- San Francisco SY -- Syracuse, N.Y. TA -- Tallahassee, Fla. TA -- Tel Aviv (routing LTA) TC -- Tucson, Ariz. (Tucson Citizen) TH -- The Hague (routing LXG) TI -- Tehran (routing LTH) TK -- Tokyo (routing HTB) TL -- Toledo, Ohio TM -- Cheyenne, Wyo. (Tracy McCraken, famous Wyoming publisher) TN -- Toledo, Ohio TP -- Tampa, Fla. TR -- Trenton, N.J. TT -- Taipei (routing HFA) TU -- Istanbul(routing LZU) TV -- Douglasville, Ga. (cable television) TW -- Tulsa, Okla. (Tulsa World) UC -- Milwaukee, Wis. UG -- Youngstown, Ohio UK -- Johannesburg (routing LUK) UPR -- National Radio, Chicago UN -- United Nations US -- Austin, Texas (second and third letters of city) VA -- Vienna, Va. (computer center) VC -- Victoria, British Columbia, Canada VN -- Vienna, Austria (routing LVN) VR -- Reston, Va. (Mario Vasquez-Rana and V-irginia, R-eston) VT -- Montpelier, Vt. WA -- Washington WA -- Warsaw (routing LWA) WB -- Morgantown, W.Va. (hometown of William Barrett, an assistant managing editor of UPI) WC -- El Paso, Texas (Walter Cronkite, who opened the first "ep" bureau) WD -- Wilmington, Del. WE -- Wellington, New Zealand WH -- Omaha, Neb. (World Herald) WF -- Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (The Free-Press) WHU -- White House (Washington) WI -- Wichita, Kan. WL -- Nanking, China (Walter Logan, bureau manager during WWII) WP -- White Plains, N.Y. WR -- Chunching, China (Walter Rundle, bureau manager during WWII) WS -- St. Paul, Minn. (West Side of the river) X -- St. Louis. (crossroads) YM -- Olympia, Wash. (middle letters of city) YO -- Youngstown, Ohio YS -- Yankee Stadium, New York City YV -- Nicosia, Cyprus (routing LYV) ZU -- Zurich (routing LZU)

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