The old WUPY Lynn tower?
A. Joseph Ross
Fri Jun 19 01:18:48 EDT 2009
On 18 Jun 2009 at 10:58, Dan.Strassberg wrote:
> WUPY's owner was a real flake--a guy named Harvey Sheldon, who
> obtained a CP for and built a Class B on (IIRC) 95.5 in Miami. He
> moved the WUPY calls to Miami and got WUPI for the Lynn station. I
> believe he eventually lost both licenses as a result of some
> infraction of FCC rules--I can't remember what, but I could believe
> just about any story I heard. WUPY/WUPI sounded SO bad on the air, it
> made your typical 10W high-school station sound totally professional!
Apparently he managed to pursuade Anthony Athanas to bankroll the
station at the beginning, and every hour's newscast was "brought to
you by" three named Anthony's restaurants. There also was a Saturday
night show hosted by Harvey Sheldon originating from one of the
restaurants. I remember that he sounded incredibly amateurish, but
the announcers at all other times sounded professional.
I heard the station at least once after its hiatus (I seem to recall
it was off for several months), and Harvey Sheldon was hosting a
Saturday morning airshift and sounding much more professional. I at
least give him credit for being able to learn.
Later, when I got to UMass and WMUA, someone there told me that
Harvey Sheldon had somehow conned Anthony into thinking he was going
to own the station. He also told me that he had worked at the
station when it shut down. He said that just after the final signoff
and shutdown, a bolt of lightning fried the transmitter.
He also told me that after the station went dark, the FCC killed the
channel assignment because of interference with some other station.
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