Boston Radio Studios

Thomas Heathwood
Tue Jun 1 01:50:28 EDT 2010

Yes, Both WBZ and WVDA had studios (at different times) in the Hotel Bradford.  I visited the WBZ studios as a young child,  and I was a guest with
Sherm Feller once on WVDA - Both studios had peculiar layouts with extremely tall ceilings.  But not as peculiar as WNAC at 21 Brookline Avenue, and not nearly
as beautiful as WCOP at 485 Boylston St.
Tom Heathwood<> 
Heritage Radio Theatre -                6/1/10

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jim Hall<> 
  Sent: Sunday, May 16, 2010 4:12 PM
  Subject: RE: Boston and ABC Radio

  I know that WEZE studios were in the office building section of what was
  then the "Statler Hilton" in Park Square (now known as the Boston Park
  Plaza). These were the studios right on the street on the first floor with a
  big curved plate glass window (St. James Ave and Columbus Ave intersection).
  I am assuming that these were also the WVDA studios.

  -----Original Message-----
  [] On Behalf Of
  Sent: Sunday, May 16, 2010 11:27 AM
  To: A. Joseph Ross
  Subject: Re: Boston and ABC Radio

  I believe that is what happened but I have no proof. For sure, the
  Yankee/Mutual affiliation stayed with WNAC when WNAC moved from 1260
  to 680. WVDA was cobbled together from the old WNAC 1260 transmitter
  in Milton and/or Quincy and the Boston studios of the old WLAW 680,
  whose main studio was in Lawrence, the CoL. I believe that WLAW
  originated more programming from Boston than it did from it's "main"
  studio in Lawrence. The WVDA studios (which had been the WLAW Boston
  studios) were in a well-known Boston hotel, whose name I keep
  forgetting. That hotel had previously been the site of WBZ's studios
  and also the studios of WBOS (not just the FM station but also WBOS
  (AM) 1600, which became WUNR many decades ago).

  It makes sense that when 680 became WNAC, the ABC affiliation would
  have moved from 680 to 1260 (WVDA), because both WLAW and WCOP had
  been ABC affiliates (something that was possible because WLAW was
  officially not a Boston station despite having the market's second
  best signal in Boston) and Plough Inc, WCOP's new owner, did not want
  WCOP to continue its network affiliation. Despite a 5-kW signal that
  was inferior downtown and elsewhere to 680's 50-kW, WCOP had been the
  "real" Boston ABC affiliate for several years before Plough bought it.

  I think it was established many years ago on this list that, even
  though three or four stations had maintained studios in the same
  Boston hotel at various times, they did not all occupy the same space
  at different times. Indeed, there was probably a time when that hotel
  was home to at least two unrelated radio stations at the same time.
  Somebody, please supply the hotel name so I can say, "Oh, yeah."
  (Wasn't it on Stuart St? It was neither the Parker House nor the
  Touraine, IIRC.) Thanks.

  Dan Strassberg (<>)
  eFax 1-707-215-6367

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: "A. Joseph Ross" <<>>
  To: "Donna Halper" <<>>
  Cc: <<>>
  Sent: Sunday, May 16, 2010 1:42 AM
  Subject: Re: Boston and ABC Radio

  > I wonder whether
  > WVDA picked up the ABC affiliation from WLAW when that changeover
  > took place.
  > -- 
  > A. Joseph Ross, J.D.                           617.367.0468
  > 92 State Street, Suite 700                   Fax 617.507.7856
  > Boston, MA 02109-2004          <>

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