Donna Halper dlh@donnahalper.com
Sat Jul 23 02:57:56 EDT 2011

On 7/23/2011 1:27 AM, Thomas Heathwood wrote:
> When I was a junior program assistant/announcer trainee at WCOP in the 1947-50 era, the station was owned by Plough, Inc.

Yes.  WCOP had an interesting history.  As Garrett noted, the CP said 
the calls were supposed to be WMFH but Joseph Kirby had trouble with the 
financing, plus he was in poor health, and by the time the station got 
on the air, he was either dead or at death's door; the call letters 
assigned by that time were WCOP, for the Copley Plaza Hotel.  Arde 
Bulova bought it in February 1937, from Mr Kirby's widow.  Bulova owned 
it till October 1944, when Iowa Broadcasting (later known as Cowles 
Broadcasting) bought it.

But my record differ from yours, Tom.  WCOP was sold again several more 
times-- and yes, Plough absolutely owned it, but I don't have the 
ownership in the late 1940s-- my records say Plough bought the station 
after it was briefly owned by the soon to be defunct Boston Post 
newspaper. Plough purchased it from the Post in May 1956.

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