Is WBZ AM-TV the only AM combo left in NE

Jim Hall
Mon Nov 17 09:20:00 EST 2008

Yes, it was during the Globe ownership that they changed from WTAO to WCAS.
What I found interesting was that for weeks after the purchase of
WTAO/WXHR/WTAO-TV was announced, but before they closed on the sale, the
Globe listed 740/96.9 as WKBG-AM and WKBG-FM in their radio station
frequency table.

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Did Kaiser-Globe Broadcasting really have the WCAS calls on AM 740? I
thought that the use of those calls began when the station was sold to
Wickus Island Broadcasting. But then, I think the name Wickus Island
Broadcasting came from the WCAS calls, so maybe Kaiser-Globe did
originate the WCAS calls.

Dan Strassberg (
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> Harvey Radio Labs owned WTAO WXHR-FM and WTAO-TV,
> WTAO-TV 56 was Bostons ABC affiliate in 1953 until it was taken dark
> due to lack of UHF equipped receivers in the Boston market.
> Boston did not have fulltime ABC until WHDH-TV 5 signed on in 1957.
> I recall many houses on the North Shore and Boston had a separate
> channel 9 yagi pointed to WMUR.
> Same situation in with WNET-16 in Providence, when I was a kid I was
> introduced to an uncles cousin....the GM of WNET who gave me my
> first UHF converter and 4 bay bowtie antenna, only UHF station I
> could get in Salem, Ma pre WIHS-TV 38 was WWOR-TV 14.
> Providence did not get fulltime ABC until WTEV-6 signed on.
> Kaiser-Boston Globe revived WTAO-TV as WKBG-TV 56 in 1966 along with
> WXHR-FM as WJIB-FM 97 Beautiful Music and WTAO as WCAS 740 as
> Watertown-Cambridge-Arlington-Somervillle and Belmont radio.

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