The courtship of NBC by the Herald-Traveler

A. Joseph Ross
Sun Jun 21 01:39:36 EDT 2009

On 20 Jun 2009 at 14:34, Kevin Vahey wrote:

> NBC was not thrilled that Westinghouse would not clear 100% of the
> network with at the time the biggest affilate they did not own.
> For example WBZ just ignored what NBC offered to kiddies on Saturday
> to clear Boomtown and this led to shows like the final years of Howdy
> Doody being on channel 5

No, Howdy Doody was not on channel 5.  Boomtown ran for three hours 
on Saturday morning, and ended at 10:00, which was when Howdy Doody 
came on.  Howdy Doody finished on channel 4, and it was replaced by 
Shari Lewis, which was also on channel 4.
> Then when Boomtown went to Sunday as well it bumped shows like Meet
> The Press which again wound up on 5. Remember back then WBZ had a ton
> of local shows on weekends like Community Auditions and Starring The
> Editors.

Meet the Press was being bumped on channel 4 long before.  For awhile 
it was carried on channel 2, without commercials.  It went to channel 
5 as soon as channel 5 came on.
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