Radio station calls election a week before election day

Kevin Vahey
Tue Apr 10 02:29:12 EDT 2018

Election night 1968 at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.

Local elections has been decided early but the race for POTUS was too
close to call - but at 12:58 AM WMUR-TV became the first media outlet
in the US to declare Richard Nixon had won.

General Manager Sam Phillips didn't want to pay overtime.

On Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 1:04 AM, A Joseph Ross <> wrote:
> From MASSterlist:
> Thinking ahead: Radio station decides it’s never too early to call election
> result
> An innocent mistake or an April surprise? WMYV on Martha’s Vineyard aired a
> report giving the win in the Edgartown selectmen’s race to the incumbent,
> even though the election was still more than a week away at the time, George
> Brennan reports in the Martha’s Vineyard Times. The challenger learned of
> the fake news report when co-workers offered condolences on her defeat. The
> station says the error occurred when a news copywriter was writing a
> “pre-story” on the election that wasn’t supposed to air until after the
> April 12 election.
> MV Times
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