...and speaking of anniversaries...

Dan.Strassberg dan.strassberg@att.net
Thu Jun 11 08:49:59 EDT 2009

IIRC (I think it was in the spring of 1956 but it could have been a
year or more earlier than that), CBS radio switched from WTRY (AM) to
WROW (AM) and CBS TV switched at the same time from WTRI-TV Channel 35
to whatever the station on channel 41 was then called (maybe still
WROW-TV). However, by the time of the switch (or AT the time of the
switch), WTRY (AM) changed hands. I think Channel 35 stayed with the
former owners of the AM but the AM was sold to a Providence RI-based
group that also owned WEAN there. The guy who headed the group was a
fellow named Mowry Lowe. Lowe was a strong believer in independent
stations and music-and-news formats (later known as MOR and Top-40).
Instead of picking up the ABC Radio affiliation that WROW (AM) was
dropping, WTRY became an independent and continued to do very well
both in ratings and sales. I think ABC radio then moved to WPTR.

Dan Strassberg (dan.strassberg@att.net)
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "A. Joseph Ross" <joe@attorneyross.com>
To: "Dave Doherty" <dave@skywaves.net>
Cc: <boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 2:00 AM
Subject: Re: ...and speaking of anniversaries...

> On 10 Jun 2009 at 23:20, Dave Doherty wrote:
>> My Dad worked for a short time in the late 40's at WTRI-FM, which
>> was
>> co-owned with WTRY (980, now WOFX)) and spawned WTRI-TV, which I
>> think
>> was a UHF that eventually morphed into channel 13.
> WTRI-TV was on channel 35. It originally was a nominal CBS affiliate
> (as WTRY radio was a CBS affiliate).  It went off when CBS shifted
> its affiliation to channel 41.  Somewhere around that same time WROW
> radio became the CBS radio affiliate.  I don't know if there was any
> connection.  During all of this, WRGB, nominally an NBC affiliate,
> carried a lot of programs from CBS, ABC, and DuMont as well.  A year
> or so later WTRI returned to the air as a full ABC affiliate, at
> which time WCDA, etc. became a full CBS affiliate and WRGB became a
> full NBC affiliate.
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