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Re: more WNAC / WLAW / WVDA

On Wed, 23 Jul 1997, Donna Halper wrote:

> Okay, here is what the Boston Post (which was still fairly reliable-- Howard
> Fitzpatrick was an excellent radio reporter) said it all meant. 

> "In the first major switch of Boston radio frequencies in 20 years,

If Howard Fitzpatrick was an excellent radio reporter, why did he start
off his story with such a glaring error.  In 1953, it was barely a dozen
years since NARBA, which certainly qualifies as a major switch of Boston
radio frequencies.

It does sound, from this description, that WVDA was a continuation of
WLAW, since it not only took over the WLAW studio but also WLAW's ABC
network affiliation and some other programs.  I wonder how much of the
local programming and staff simply continued to do their same programs
from the same studio, with new call letters and a different dial position.

But none of this report covers the licensing changes, which was a legal
detail that a newspaper reporter might understandably have overlooked. 
The more I think about it, the more I suspect that it was WNAC which took
over the WLAW license (It thereafter was licensed to "Boston and Lawrence"
for many years.) and WVDA which took over the WNAC license. 

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