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Re: a Providence TV question
On 13 Jun 2000, Garrett Wollman wrote:
> And Scott can tell the story of a whole wave of channel reassignments
> across upstate New York which had an effect on almost every market,
> triggered in part by the move of WRGB in Schenectady to channel 6
> (from channel 5 IIRC). I've heard this story but I don't think the
> list has.
WRGB moved from channel 4, not 5.
As for the question of when these shifts took place, we moved from Boston
to Albany just after Thanksgiving 1953. I remember noticing the
Providence change in the newspaper TV listings before we moved. In
Allston, we couldn't get WJAR on either channel, though I think I once
tried and got sound on Channel 10.
The change for WRGB took place early in 1954, probably January. I
remember that changeover. We had an early TV set which didn't have an
adjustable fine tuning control. When WRGB moved, we had a really screwed
up picture on channel 6 and a slightly better one on 5. People with older
TVs had to get a repairman to come and adjust the screw adjustment on the
tuner. And there was a bit of a wait to get one. Finally, my father took
a screwdriver, wrapped electric tape around it, and made the adjustment
We moved back to the Boston area in May 1957, so I saw the sign-on of WHDH-
TV, Channel 5. And I used that same tape-wrapped screwdriver to adjust
that same old TV for good reception on channel 5. By that time, it was
our second TV, and I was the one who watched it most.
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