Kevin Vahey kvahey@comcast.net
Tue Jun 9 10:18:41 EDT 2009

The demise of the Post is documented here...and what the Time article
fails to mention is how Fox got on the wrong side of Cardinal Cushing
which was fatal in 1950's Boston


On 6/9/09, Doug Drown <revdoug1@myfairpoint.net> wrote:
> I'm curious about something.  I know there was endless haggling over the
> Channel 5 assignment, but why did it take nine years to get resolved?  (And
> even then it really wasn't, as the demise of WHDH-TV attests.)
> I'd also like to know --- even though it's not directly relevant to this
> Board --- what it was that caused the collapse of The Boston Post.  I was
> about six when it became defunct; I can remember reading the comics in the
> Sunday edition.  In a day when newspapers were [relatively] thriving, how
> could New England's largest-circulation newspaper in 1948 be a memory ten
> years later?
> -Doug
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Dan.Strassberg" <dan.strassberg@att.net>
> To: "Maureen Carney" <m_carney@yahoo.com>; "Kevin Vahey"
> <kvahey@comcast.net>; "Boston Radio Group"
> <boston-radio-interest@lists.BostonRadio.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 7:01 AM
> Subject: Re: 750
>> How likely is it that the eventual construction of Channel 5 in Newton
>> resulted from the applicant's impression that, by locating closer to
>> Worcester than any other Boston TV, they could get points with the FCC
>> for serving Worcester, whose sole VHF assignment was to be moved away
>> from it to the larger city 40 miles to the east? CBS was the first
>> applicant for Channel 5 in Boston to propose the Newton/Needham
>> location. CBS's idea to build a transmitter for WEEI-TV on a tall
>> tower along Route 128 west of Boston was the first of many such
>> applications from the several competing applicants. IIRC, once CBS
>> broke the ice, most, if not all, of the other Channel 5 applicants
>> quickly refiled showing locations close by the one CBS had proposed.
>> I think it was that flurry of applications that ended George Storer's
>> plan to move Channel 9 from Manchester to a tall tower in Georgetown
>> MA on the North Shore. There were only three TV networks in those
>> days, and once it became clear that all three would have VHF
>> affiliates licensed to Boston, it was obvious that if Channel 9 became
>> a Boston move-in, it would do so as an intependent station. Except
>> maybe in the three largest markets (and maybe not even there),
>> independent TV stations had a long row to hoe before anyone would
>> believe they could make money.
>> -----
>> Dan Strassberg (dan.strassberg@att.net)
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>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Maureen Carney" <m_carney@yahoo.com>
>> To: "Kevin Vahey" <kvahey@comcast.net>; "Boston Radio Group"
>> <boston-radio-interest@lists.BostonRadio.org>
>> Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 6:19 AM
>> Subject: Re: 750
>>> Originally WHDH applied for channel 13. Before the freeze the Boston
>>> metro area had 2-4-7-9-13 allocated, with 2 set for Lexington and
>>> not Boston. The Boston Post was interested in a license as well. The
>>> interest in 5 went up when WTAG passed - combine that with 2
>>> ultimately being assigned to educational TV and 9 & 13 to other
>>> markets, almost all interested parties thought they could get 5
>>> moved into Boston anyway.

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