...and speaking of anniversaries...

Dave Doherty dave@skywaves.net
Wed Jun 10 21:09:00 EDT 2009

Hey Scott-

RIP WHAM-TV analog: Age 60 years plus one day.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Fybush" <scott@fybush.com>
To: "Mark Watson" <markwats@comcast.net>
Cc: <boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 8:57 PM
Subject: Re: ...and speaking of anniversaries...

> Mark Watson wrote:
>>  On this day (June 10th) in 1951, Ike and Maurice Cohen put WCAP (980 
>> Lowell) on the air for it's first day of broadcasting. 58 years later, 
>> WCAP is still locally owned and operated, with Clark Smidt's Merrimack 
>> Valley Radio LLC continuing the commitment to locally owned and focused 
>> radio the Cohen brothers started. And WCAP's main studio is still in the 
>> same place it's been since day one.
> With the same pegboard on the walls!
> Speaking of anniversaries, out here in Rochester tomorrow will mark the 
> 60th anniversary of local television. It was on June 11, 1949 that WHAM-TV 
> 6 signed on, providing a local choice for viewers who'd previously had to 
> struggle to pick up WBEN-TV 4 from Buffalo or WHEN-TV 8 from Syracuse, 
> both of which had signed on in 1948.
> WHAM-TV moved to channel 5 in 1952, became WROC-TV in 1956, and moved once 
> more to channel 8 in 1962.
> Fittingly, it will be the last Rochester station to end analog programming 
> Friday night, if only by five minutes: we'll flip to the nightlight loop 
> on WXXI-TV at 11:30, and then WROC will turn off their analog signal for 
> good at 11:35, live at the end of the 11 PM news.
> (I'm glad I live just a few minutes from the WROC-TV transmitter; I'll be 
> able to be up there for the end of channel 8 at 11:35, then run home to 
> see the last few analogs in the region - WNYO-TV 49 from Buffalo and 
> several of the Syracuse stations - sign off for good.)
> Then I'll get some sleep!
> s

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