WBCN, Channel-13, and the old Hancock tower
A Joseph Ross
Thu Dec 2 00:53:30 EST 2021
It occurs to me that WTAG must have an interesting transmission pattern
to avoid interference with 590 in Boston and 590 in Albany.
On 12/1/2021 9:20 AM, John Andrews wrote:
> On 12/1/2021 2:32 AM, A Joseph Ross wrote:
>> WSRS, which used to be WTAG-FM? What's its story?
> WSRS was born as W1XTG on June 17, 1940, on 43.4 MHz from a turnstile
> antenna mounted on WTAG's #2 tower in Holden, MA. It was owned, of
> course, by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, with programming coming
> from 18 Franklin Street in Worcester. The station would have been on
> the air earlier, except the original three WTAG towers were leveled in
> the 1938 Hurricane. Trivia: parts of that original turnstile antenna
> are still visible about 20' down from the top of the #2 tower.
> The T&G bought 20 acres of land on Little Asnebumskit Hill in Paxton
> in August, 1940. They filed an application for 300 kw from a 300'
> tower at that site, but that app was a casualty of regulations and WWII.
> Programming during WWII was complicated due to labor shortages (the
> station had an all-female staff at one point), network restrictions on
> simulcasts, lack of revenue on the FM side, and so on. In 1944, the
> call letters became WTAG-FM, and the frequency was moved to 46.1 MHz.
> After the war, the 92-108 MHz band came along, and they moved to 102.7
> MHz. That was done by hack-sawing the brass pipe used in the turnstile
> antenna, after modeling by Prof. Hobart Newell at WPI showed that the
> higher frequency signal would not be badly distorted by the shorter
> antenna inside the tower.
> They moved to 96.1 MHz in 1947. The postponed move to the present
> Paxton site was not done until December, 1948. Allowance in developing
> that location had been made for TV operations on Channel 5 and Channel
> 20, but they never took place for reasons covered in earlier email
> trails on this reflector. The original Paxton tower was 192', and is
> still there, and has an auxiliary antenna on it.
> As is well-known, WTAG-FM was sold to Norman Knight in 1963, and it
> continued in Knight Communications' ownership until the Capstar sale
> in the late '90s. They put up a new 330' tower in 1991, and that is
> currently in use, although with an antenna less ice-sensitive than the
> John Andrews (WTAG 1970-96)
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