MyTV joins MyNetwork

A. Joseph Ross
Sun Jul 23 12:43:00 EDT 2006

On 22 Jul 2006 at 14:58, Doug Drown wrote:

> Good question --- and one which raises a couple more.  I understand
> that WMUR-TV was originally a CBS affiliate, but switched to ABC back
> around 1960 or thereabouts.  The station has changed hands twice in
> the past thirty years; with each change in ownership, have the other
> networks tried to wrest it away from that ABC affiliation?  And . . .
> Why ABC?  It gives the network a very advantageous toehold in the
> state.  (I guess if I were an exec with Disney/ABC, I'd have my answer
> right there.)
When we moved to Bedford, MA in 1957, WMUR-TV was even then an ABC 
affiliate.  I don't think it's ever been anything else.  At that 
time, before channel 5 was on the air in Boston, and long before 
channel 6 in New Bedford, it was the only ABC-affiliated station 
around, and its signal reached at least the northern suburbs of 
Boston (in the early 70s, I used to be able to get it rather well in 
Brookline, at the apartment where I lived at that time).

At the time, ABC also had a lighter schedule than the other two 
networks  -- for awhile they had hardly any daytime programming at 
all -- which left room for local and syndicated programming.  Even 
after Channel 5 came on, Channel 9 often had programming that wasn't 
available anywhere else in the Boston area.

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