Question about a Dark UHF channel in Boston...

Scott Fybush
Mon Aug 10 14:28:39 EDT 2009

Bob Hale wrote:
> Does anyone remember WAV-TV ch 33 (I believe)? They ran a "video 
> jukebox" service where you called a 900 number and you could play 3 or 4 
> music videos for a buck or so? Alot of the time all you saw was a 
> playlist to choose from and the occasional commercial and not a whole 
> lot of videos being played.
> I was wondering whatever happened to them? Did they try to change 
> programming before going dark? Were they a LP station etc?
> I could'nt find any info on them on the web or on the UHF Morgue.

That was W33AV, and it was an LPTV affiliate of "The Box." We had one of 
those in Rochester, too - WBXO-LP 15, since relocated to channel 36. MTV 
bought The Box to kill off the competition, and while some of those 
LPTVs became MTV2 or MTVTres outlets, most got sold off eventually.

W33AV ultimately became W40BO, which is owned by Pax and operating (if 
it's really on the air?) from the FM128 tower on channel 40. It was 
granted a CP in June to flash-cut to digital on 40.


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