WGBH call letters

Doug Drown ashboy1951@gmail.com
Tue Jun 11 17:15:49 EDT 2019

If I'm not mistaken, WSSH, the calls that were adopted by the former
WLLH-FM back in the '70s, were also the calls held by a radio station in
Boston that was owned by Tremont Temple Baptist Church decades and decades
ago.  I think the letters stood for something, but I don't recall what.


On Tue, Jun 11, 2019 at 5:05 PM Donna Halper <dlh@donnahalper.com> wrote:

> Actually, the WGBH call letters are much older than most people realize.
> While it's true they later stood for Great Blue Hills, they originally
> were assigned sequentially, back in January 1925. The first company to
> own them was the Fall River (MA) Herald newspaper, which put a 10-watt
> portable station on the air using those WGBH call letters.  It was
> common to use and re-use call letters.  For example, WBCN originally
> belonged to a newspaper in Chicago in the mid-1920s: the requested calls
> stood for their slogan, "World's Best Community Newspaper."  Years
> later, the calls were picked up in Boston as part of the Concert Network
> stations (WBCN was the Boston station, as we all know, along with WHCN
> in Hartford, and several others).
> --
> Donna L. Halper, PhD
> Associate Professor of Communication & Media Studies
> Lesley University, Cambridge MA

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