Wed Jun 10 21:31:29 EDT 2009
At 08:58 PM 6/10/2009, Cdsull502@aol.com wrote:
>WNAC-TV commenced operation just 12 days after WBZ-TV began operation. I
>wonder know if there was as much hype, ballyhoo, etc. associated with that
>sign-on as there was with WBZ-TV.
There was some excitement, but obviously not as much as when WBZ went
on the air in early June-- there was a "Countdown to T" Day-- T
meaning the day television officially arrived-- and while the Boston
Post was the official newspaper that was aligned with WBZ, all of the
local newspapers got into the act and generated lots of buzz about
TV. By the time WNAC went on the air on the 21st, television was a
fait accompli here and it wasn't as big a story. But yes, there was
friendly competition between WBZ and WNAC from then on.
Chris also asked if "Jean Shepard" was still the owner of
WNAC. John Shepard 3rd was still alive and nominally in charge, but
he was already in failing health. He lived to see TV go on the air
in Boston, and several radio personalities from the Yankee Network
also made the move to TV. But Shepard didn't live long enough to see
WNAC really gain any kind of footing in Boston -- by mid 1950, he was
dead of heart disease.
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