Early Red Sox and Braves TV history

Kevin Vahey kvahey@comcast.net
Tue Jul 29 13:56:09 EDT 2008

WBZ-FM was rock for almost 10 years and absolutely made no dent in
listening habits.

Part of the problem was they would repeat the same segments over and
over. I can't recall any major push for live programming.

WBZ-FM had one brief moment of glory.

In the summer of 1967 Dick Summer got an advanced copy of Sgt Pepper
from the UK and while WBZ-AM was leery of upsetting Capitol Records
they allowed Summer to air it on WBZ-FM with Dick inserting voice IDs.

For one Sunday evening everybody who cared about Beatles music listened.

Hard to believe Westinghouse unloaded the station to Greater Media for only $4M.

On 7/29/08, Dan.Strassberg <dan.strassberg@att.net> wrote:
> Well, if Westinghouse was focused on FM in the 40s, they certainly did
> an about face within the next decade or so, when they sold off WBZ-FM
> (and I believe FMs in other markets as well) because of their lack of
> potential. Had to be one of the most short-sighted moves in the
> history of American radio--although Westinghouse was far from alone in
> making it. If I'm not mistaken, Westinghouse was one of the companies
> that liked to refer to "radio and FM" as if FM wasn't radio. Maybe now
> you'll find companies that refer to radio and AM.
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Donna Halper" <dlh@donnahalper.com>
> To: "Kevin Vahey" <kvahey@comcast.net>
> Cc: <boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 12:28 PM
> Subject: Re: Early Red Sox and Braves TV history
>> At 12:06 PM 7/29/2008, Kevin Vahey wrote:
>>>Donna I take it he used the space at 70 Brookline Av later used by
>>>WMEX and then NESN? ( and for a brief time the last days of WITS )
>>>Donna was there a reason Boston was so late getting TV compared to
>>>other major markets? Most major cities had at least one station by
>>>1947 but Boston had to wait until 1948.
>> First, yes Hollis and friends used 70 Brookline Ave, although they
>> also had another location briefly on Comm Ave.  In 1938, they
>> claimed ("they" meaning the guys in charge of Shortwavve &
>> Television, including Baird and part-owner A.M. "Vic" Morgan) to
>> have put the first "television theater" on the air.
>> Second, my sense is that Westinghouse was really focused on
>> developing FM and was slow to realise that TV was what mattered most
>> to the average person.

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