Boston and ABC Radio

Gary's Ice Cream
Sun May 16 14:47:03 EDT 2010

I'm expecting to see ghosts in 1920s attire floating down the hallway.

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I find the lobby a little creepy--like suddenly, it's 1914 again. Do
you suppose that the residents are aware that Woodrow Wilson is no
longer president. The prices on the units are unblievable, though. A
1-bedroom unit for under $40,000. An equivalent condo in Manhattan
would be over $1 million! However, I wonder what the odds are of being
able to get to your car in that huge lot (visible through the window
of one of the units) without being mugged.

Dan Strassberg (
eFax 1-707-215-6367

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From: "Ted Larsen" <>
To: "Dan.Strassberg" <>; "A. Joseph Ross"
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Sent: Sunday, May 16, 2010 1:04 PM
Subject: Re: Boston and ABC Radio

>I remember that the Hotel Bradford had previously been the site of
>WBZ's studios.
> And the Hotel Kimball in Springfield for luxury condos
> with an impressive foyer.
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> From: "Dan.Strassberg" <>
> To: "A. Joseph Ross" <>
> Cc: <>
> Sent: Sunday, May 16, 2010 11:27 AM
> 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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