WLNE (was WBZ-TV Anniversary)

Doug Drown revdoug1@myfairpoint.net
Wed Jun 10 10:19:02 EDT 2009

I remember when WLNE (then WTEV) went on the air --- early in 1963, I believe.  It was touted as a big event.  How the mighty have fallen!

"The Flintstones" at 6AM weekdays?  A sure portent of what was to come.  

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Maureen Carney 
  To: Doug Drown ; Boston Radio Group 
  Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 8:31 AM
  Subject: Re: WLNE (was WBZ-TV Anniversary)

  I'm guessing that ABC requires a newsroom of its affiliates, but can't dictate how much news is scheduled. I remember for years that WLNE did not have moring news - they ran "The Flintstones" at 6AM instead and didn't have local updates during whatever morning show CBS was running at the time. (This is going back to the late 70s - they were a CBS affiate from 1977 to 1995.) During the 80s they ran "Guiding Light" at 10AM so they could clear time for the "Dialing for Dollars" movie from 3-5PM. I'm not sure what would turn them around. An affiation switch (unless it was to MyTV or the CW) isn't in the cards - NBC, CBS or Fox wouldn't want to go to a lower rated station unless forced to.

  Are they still sharing newscasts with Cox Cable for News Channel 5? That may also a reason that they're not throwing in the towel yet. Contracting out for news won't happen - 64 is LMAed to 12, and 10 is having a hard enough time with their 10 @ 10 news on 10.2.  Given that NECN is being bought by Comcast and WLNE deals with Cox that scenerio seems unlikely.

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