Springfield channel 40

Doug Drown revdoug1@myfairpoint.net
Thu Jun 25 21:16:38 EDT 2009

When I lived in Royalston I had a VHF-UHF antenna in the (enormous) attic of 
my house, and could get channel 19 almost as clearly as any of the stations 
in Boston.  I often watched the Albany news.  It came in far better than 
Springfield.  -Doug

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "A. Joseph Ross" <Joe@attorneyross.com>
To: "Larry Weil" <kc1ih@mac.com>
Cc: <boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 6:26 PM
Subject: RE: Springfield channel 40

> On 25 Jun 2009 Larry Weil wrote:
>> I thought Channel 19 (or wherever their digital signal is now) is
>> already duplicating one of the Albany stations?
> It has been since it became WCDC in 1956.  But for awhile, it was
> WMGT, a separate station, with a DuMont affiliation.  When it moved
> to channel 19, it could serve the Albany area, although it was listed
> in the Times-Union when it was on channel 74.  Then a storm blew down
> their tower, the DuMont network died, and when they returned to the
> air, they were WCDC, duplicating WCDA 41 in Albany and WCDB 29 in
> Hagaman.  WCDA-WCDB eventually became WTEN, channel 10, and WCDC
> continued to duplicate them on Mt. Greylock.
> In my senior year at UMass Amherst, I moved to one of the high-rise
> dorms and discovered that the dorm TV could pick up channel 19,
> relaying WTEN.  I remember watching the 1966 New York gubernatorial
> debate.
> Sometime in the 1970s, I took an old Zenith portable B&W TV to a
> friend in Brimfield for him to install a new filter capacitor.  He
> was surprised to get a snowy, but quite watchable signal in Brimfield
> from channel 19, using only the set's UHF ring antenna.
> -- 
> A. Joseph Ross, J.D.                   617.367.0468
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