WICC-TV - was Is WBZ AM-TV
Tue Nov 18 19:12:10 EST 2008
>Same Bob Crane who would become Col Hogan?
>The old WATR-TV in Waterbury, originally on Channel 53 and later on Channel
20, was at first (IIRC) affiliated with ABC and later with NBC...Why was
a perceived need for either network to have another affiliate in Waterbury?
Was it because of the hilly terrain and poor signal quality from New Britain
and New Haven?
Definitely hilly terrain and poor signal from New Britain for NBC. Also
Channel 30 had less power and a smaller tower in the 60s.
Channel 30 had a translator for 79 on WATR-TV's tower for a few years until
the Waterbury station got the NBC affiliation in 1966. The translator was
later moved to the hills of northwestern Connecticut. Channel 30 also had a
Channel 59 translator in New Haven.
Regarding ABC, WICC-TV was also an ABC affiliate. Don't know why ABC wanted
multiple affiliates in Connecticut. Maybe because of the hills and Channel
8's lower power and tower height in the 50s, and because 8 at one time aired
all four networks.
Similar situation in Central PA. Channels 15 and 21 were CBS affiliates.
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