A. Joseph Ross joe@attorneyross.com
Sun Nov 22 00:16:04 EST 2009

On 21 Nov 2009 at 13:27, Donna Halper wrote:

> 2. WTAG-AM was indeed a CBS affiliate after 1943, as NBC had stopped
> allowing simulcast of network material on WTAG-FM. Crazy as it may
> seem now, CBS had invested considerable R&D on their "color wheel"
> color transmission system, and it was incompatible with the fledgling
> B/W standards. CBS was telling their affiliates that the VHF channels
> would forever be stuck in black & white, and that color TV would only
> be on UHF. Amazing, but CBS appears to have heavily pushed that
> concept to their radio affiliates.
Harry Castleman and Walter J. Pedrazik's early-1980s book "Watching 
TV" indicates that CBS got behind in early television development 
because they kept insisting that television was still experimental 
and advocated postponing the start of regular TV broadcasts until it 
could be done all in color.  William Paley also liked radio, with the 
result that CBS didn't cancel its radio soap operas until around 1961 
and continued to program new dramatic radio on Sunday evenings for a 
few years into the 1960s.  And, of course, there was the CBS Mystery 
Theater on radio in the 1970s.  

Unlike the situation in most large corporations today, William Paley 
had a lot of power and could pretty well get away with whatever he 
wanted, within broad limits.

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