WCAP On The Move, WLLH Lowell Going Dark?

Kevin Vahey kvahey@gmail.com
Sun Jun 16 19:51:15 EDT 2019

Mark, when was the transmitter moved from the 'Giant Building' at Market
and Dutton? I'm thinking it was around the time WSSH moved to Woburn which
would be 1986.

That WLLH transmitter helped doom WXPO-TV as the studio cameras were almost
useless because of RF interference from WLLH. It was a design flaw by
Marconi as CBS had the same issue at Studio 50 ( today The Ed Sullivan
Theater ) from RF generated by the NY subway.

On Sun, Jun 16, 2019 at 7:29 PM Mark Watson <markwats@comcast.net> wrote:

> AM radio news from Lowell finds that WCAP is said to be moving it's studios
> out of the only place they've been since they signed on in 1951. According
> to the landlord, who owns the building and the Cappy's Copper Kettle Bar at
> 243-245 Central Street, WCAP owner Sam Poulten gave notice of moving out as
> the Copper Kettle and the building have been put up for sale. I've heard
> from a few folks that they are staying downtown, moving to Market Street.
> There are 2 buildings under renovation that have been reported as the new
> home of the station. Will work to find out more information on this move
> and
> update as I learn more.
> Meanwhile as Scott Fybush reported a few weeks ago, Gois Broadcasting
> applied to the FCC to permanently turn off the WLLH Lowell transmitter and
> change the city of license to Lawrence, stating they've lost the lease on
> the Lowell transmitter site, located on City of Lowell owned property on
> the
> banks of the Merrimack River on the VFW Highway. This would bring to an end
> the synchronous operation of WLLH which dates back to 1937. The translator
> on 95.1 which was transmitting from the Lowell transmitter site has moved
> to
> Wood Hill in Andover, putting a better signal into Lawrence. I should note
> the Lowell transmitter has been off since this past Tuesday. Nothing in the
> FCC database stating that the request to shut off Lowell has been granted.
> Mark Watson

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