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Boston TV firsts

I just found an article from November of 1949, which tells how Raytheon is
eagerly awaiting FCC approval to go on the air with WRTB, Channel 2 (!) in
Boston.  Raytheon planned to erect their antenna in Medford, having arranged
to lease space on the WEEI-FM tower.  The article goes on to say that CBS
was also applying for channel 2, as was Meredith Publishing (which owned the
magazine "Better Homes and Gardens").  In the article, Raytheon spokespeople
sounded very confident that they would soon get approval to go on the air,
but I gather that none of the aforementioned applicants got FCC approval for
channel 2-- does anyone know what happened and why?