Springfield channel 40
Thu Jun 25 11:48:43 EDT 2009
While we're on this subject, does anyone know why the channel change from 55
to 40 took place?
I'm also curious about one other thing. WTIC Radio was a long-time NBC
affiliate (up until the Westwood One takeover, when it moved to CBS).
Granted, NBC already had TV affiliates in the Hartford-Springfield area with
WWLP and WNBC (then an NBC O & O), but given WTIC's already-existing
connection with NBC, one would have thought the network would have competed
with CBS for what must have been a coveted channel 3 affiliation. -Doug
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Casey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Paul Anderson" <email@example.com>; "Boston Radio Mailing List"
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 9:55 AM
Subject: Re: Springfield channel 40
> Seems to me that the WHYN-TV channel change from 55 to 40 occured well
> before 1959.
> WTIC-3 was independent for only a very short time. Their Wikipedia article
> says from sign-on in Sept 1957 to early 1958. That sounds about right.
> Mark Casey, K1MAP
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Paul Anderson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "Boston Radio Mailing List" <email@example.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 1:24 PM
> Subject: Springfield channel 40
> I'm confused about the order of things in the late '50s when WHYN-TV
> Springfield changed network affiliation and channel number.
> They used to be a CBS affiliate and they used to be on channel 55.
> Wikipedia says they switched from CBS to ABC in 1958 when WTIC-TV
> Hartford switched from independent to CBS, and then switched channels
> from 55 to 40 in 1959.
> How, then, to explain the TV Guide ad showing channel 40 (and 12
> Providence and 18 Hartford) carrying a CBS show (Top Dollar) in 1958?
> It seems the Wikipedia article is wrong. Can anyone provide accurate
> And I've never seen information about the programming on WTIC-TV while
> they were an independent. Any information there would be appreciated,
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