Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004
Radio station owned by Warner Brothers which began broadcasts in 1925, and was sold in October, 1950. It has been alleged that the father of the Warner Brothers gave the station these letters, stating that they stood for “Keep Fighting Warner Brothers”. (For more information, see Hollywood Be Thy Name: The Warner Brothers Story by Cass Warner Sperling and Cork Millner.) In numerous cartoons of the 1930s, and even as late as Catty Cornered (Freleng, 1953), when characters speak into a radio microphone, it is usually emblazoned with these letters. Cartoons featuring KFWB include: A Feud There Was (Avery, 1938) when the hillbillies sing their song, The Penguin Parade (Avery, 1938) during the Bon Crispy number, Bedtime for Sniffles (Jones, 1940) announced on the radio, Fresh Airedale (Jones, 1945), and others.