The Old WHDH-TV Channel 5 equipment (was Re: The courtship of NBC by the Herald-Traveler)

Kevin Vahey
Mon Jun 22 05:59:28 EDT 2009

One of the BBI major investors became the target of the
Herald-Traveler and then the SEC

I would highly recommend going to the library and getting a copy of
The Hundred Million Dollar Lunch by Sterling "Red" Quinlan which
documents the entire Channel 5 license story.

This was a saga not so much about broadcasting as it was politics and
the survival of either the Herald or the Globe. Joe Kennedy was a
major factor in this given his hatred of the Herald because of
lukewarm coverage of his son.

The reality was the H-T did a fine job in their 15 years of operating
channel 5 and local news was not slanted as it was in the paper and
Jack Hynes and John Henning were a major factor in that.

I think most on this list would agree that RKO General Tire deserved
everything that happened to them especially in Boston but what
happened to the Herald-Traveler was a disgrace.

On 6/21/09, A. Joseph Ross <> wrote:
> On 21 Jun 2009 at 3:20, Kevin Vahey wrote:
>> BBI by March of 1972 was out of money and WHDH finally got some dirt
>> on them and it went to the Supreme Court one more time the day before
>> the switch. Had another stay been issued BBI would have been toast.
> What dirt?
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