WTAO-TV and WXHR
A. Joseph Ross
Sat Nov 29 20:21:12 EST 2003
On 29 Nov 2003 at 15:43, RBB wrote:
> Could anyone on this list, perhaps, give me some details of WTAO-TV
> Channel 56 (power, haat, coverage pattern, range, etc.) as well as WXHR-FM
> when both were operating from atop Mt. Zion in Woburn, MA in the 1950's?
> (Just how high is Mt. Zion anyway?)
I believe it's called "Zion Mountain." Mt. Zion is in Jerusalem.
> Any additional information about their audience numbers or kind of
> advertising for the limited programming both stations had then, like when
> both were signing on about 5 p.m. and signoff at 11 p.m.
When I first got an FM radio in 1958, WXHR was signing on at 4:30 PM. A year or two later,
they became affiliated with the QXR network and began signing on at 7 AM. They eventually
dropped the QXR network (perhaps WQXR dropped it, too by then), but continued a full
broadcast day. I once spoke to them on the phone, and they told me that they had cut back
to a 4:30 sign on because of the late-50s recession. I don't know when or how long their
broadcast day was before that.
> The FM programmed just classical music, and there was a gal announcing
> with a British accent on Sunday nights? Who?
Janet Baker-Carr. Robert J. Lurtsema was also a regular announcer in those days.
I believe the facilities were still on Zion Mountain in the late 60s, when the stations were sold
to Kaiser-Globe Broadcasting. I know they were still there in summer 1965, when I went
there to try to get a summer job.
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