The importance of local talk radio

Doug Drown
Tue Nov 25 16:38:53 EST 2008

Bishop Sheen was highly respected by people of many faiths, and he had a 
very large following, as you suggest, among non-Catholics.  In addition to 
having been supported by Cardinal Cushing, he had several things going for 
him: he was handsome and thus telegenic; he was a very good preacher; he was 
ecumenical long before the term became popular; and he had a wonderful Irish 
wit and a twinkle in his eye.

Later in his life he became Archbishop of Rochester, N.Y., if memory serves, 
and to some extent he continued his television ministry.  I recall him being 
the preacher at a televised three-hour Good Friday service at Hynes 
Auditorium sometime in the early- to mid-'70s.   A remarkable man.   -Doug

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "A. Joseph Ross" <>
To: "Kevin Vahey" <>
Cc: "boston Radio Group" <>
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 4:12 PM
Subject: Re: The importance of local talk radio

> On 25 Nov 2008 Kevin Vahey wrote:
>> Now it leads to an interesting question. I have to assume Channel 7
>> must have picked up the Dumont feed of Sheen (WBZ certainly could not
>> show Milton Berle) If Sheen was on WTAO-TV he alone would have sold
>> thousands of converter boxes in heavily Catholic Boston of the 50's
>> and the station might have survived. Professor Halper?
> For some reason, my mother liked Bishop Sheen, which is why I
> remember him.  He was on channel 7 at the time.  Berle was on channel
> 4.
> When we moved to Albany, Bishop Sheen was on WRGB (on channel 4 at
> the time) on Sunday afternoon.
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