vzeej5wn@myfairpoint.net vzeej5wn@myfairpoint.net
Thu Nov 19 10:06:05 EST 2009

Did anyone make an effort to try to move Channel 5 to Worcester in the 
late '60s when it was apparent that the Herald Traveler might lose the 
license?     -Doug

Quoting Paul Anderson <paulranderson@charter.net>:
> On Nov 18, 2009, at 9:48 PM, Kevin Vahey wrote:
> > Then would WMUR-TV even exist?
> New Hampshire would have had to had a TV station somewhere.  Even a VHF in
> Worcester wouldn't have served Manchester well. 
> > Friends who grew up in Worcester tell me the 'ruling families' of the
> > city didn't want progress. They fought to keep the Mass Pike away from
> > the city and how did that work out?  They built an airport that is
> > impossible to get to and other weird things. 
> I wonder how Worcester would be different today if it had had a strong TV
> station all these years.  The attention such a station would have 
> brought to the
> city would have helped in so many ways. 
> There's almost no coverage of Worcester or its surrounding towns 
> today on TV as
> the city is inbetween Boston and Springfield.  (Does WBZ-TV still 
> have a studio
> in Worcester?)  Although WSMW channel 27 was a decent independent in its day,
> Worcester is left with a Spanish-language station and a "religious" 
> station run
> by out-of-towners. 
> As far as the Mass Pike goes, wasn't the placement of the road 
> outside Worcester
> some sort of political retaliation?  I'm sure the story is convoluted.  But
> remember, roads like I-90 were supposed to go _near_ cities, not 
> through them,
> by design.  But the lack of a good Pike connection to the southeast (such as
> Route 146 is today) and the lack of Channel 5 probably did hurt the city. 
> Paul

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