How much longer will WBZ stay at 1170 SFR?

Scott Fybush
Mon Jun 13 10:08:18 EDT 2011

Maureen Carney wrote:
> This came up about a year ago. The Herald published plans that Harvard had for 
> 1170 SFR even though CBS had no plans to sell at the time. Would they just go 
> down to the old TV38 building? (Not sure there would be enough room with the 
> current radio configuration.) Staying at 1170 SFR may just be an attachment to 
> the past - perhaps they would be better off in the digital age with a newer 
> plant and design somewhere else. What was state of the art in 1948 may no longer 
> be adequate in the new millenium (even with upgrades over the years.)

The only thing that remains from 1948 inside 1170 SFR is the walls - and 
not even all of those are original!

The building has been very extensively gutted and rebuilt several times 
in its long history. Even by the time I got there in 1992, there was 
really nothing of 1948 left save for an observation gallery/projection 
room on the second floor, overlooking one of the TV studios. The 1996 
renovation wiped that out, too.

But having said that: I'm sure CBS would sell if the offer was right. 
They've moved most of their O&Os out of their historic homes in recent 
years, building separate new TV and radio plants (usually in leased space).


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