The importance of local talk radio

Doug Drown
Mon Nov 24 10:10:05 EST 2008

Along these lines, when WBZA was on the air in Springfield and both it and 
WBZ were NBC affiliates, was WBZA not broadcasting the same network 
programming that could be heard in the same area via WTIC in 
rtford?   -Doug

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dan.Strassberg" <>
To: "A. Joseph Ross" <>; "Mark Watson" 
Cc: "Boston Radio Group" <>
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 8:35 AM
Subject: Re: The importance of local talk radio

>I remember that, the first time I visited Boston (summer of 1947,
> IIRC), WLAW (licensed to Lawrence but covering Boston--though not
> MetroWest by day--just as superbly as it does today) was an ABC
> affiliate and so was WCOP 1150 (licensed to Boston). Even then, I was
> a radio geek--although the term geek had not yet been coined, and I
> wondered how many people in Boston listened to the ABC programming on
> the better signal and how many listened on what was ostensibly the
> local affiliate. Apparently, it was not all that uncommon back then
> for people in some localities to be able to hear network programming
> quite well on more than one station. I think the FCC rules in that day
> prohibited two stations licensed to the same community from being
> primary affiliates of the same radio network, but the rule said
> nothing about stations whose coverage overlapped but were licensed to
> different communities.
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> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "A. Joseph Ross" <>
> To: "Mark Watson" <>
> Cc: "Boston Radio Group" <>
> Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2008 10:48 PM
> Subject: Re: The importance of local talk radio
>> On 23 Nov 2008 at 19:22, Mark Watson wrote:
>>>   WRKO's signal blankets the Merrimack Valley day & night, yet I'm
>>> sure many Lowell & Lawrence area folks listened to WLLH for their
>>> top 40 fix back in the day.
>> What I wonder about is why, in an earlier era, WLLH was a Yankee
>> Network and Mutual affiliate when WNAC covered the area so well.
>> -- 
>> A. Joseph Ross, J.D.                           617.367.0468
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