The Eastern Massachusetts Radio Timeline: the 1930s
- Jan. 5
- WMES finally goes off the air, and sells its studio,
equipment, and license to William Poté's Boston
Broadcasting Company. Poté's WLOE still remains on the
air “pending investigation” of whether its license
should be renewed. He will eventually contest the FRC's
decision not to renew WLOE's license in the Supreme
Court. WMES's call sign changes to WBBS.
- Jan. 17
- WSSH gets a power increase to 500 watts and is now on 1360
kHz, sharing time with WLEX; it still primarily
broadcasts church services.
- WEPS (1200 Gloucester) is sold by Ralph Matheson to Alfred
Kleindienst, the principal of its share-time partner WORC
- WMES changes call sign to WBBS.
- Mar. 20
- WLEX gets a construction permit to move to 1410 kHz, still
sharing time with WSSH and WMAF (which change frequency at the
same time). WLEY, meanwhile, moves to 1370 kHz, but must
reduce day power to 100 watts.
- WLEY's day power is once again 250 watts.
- May 5
- WEPS (1200 Gloucester) moves to Auburn and is consolidated
with WORC under the call sign WORC-WEPS.
- May 25
- John Shepard III expands his WEAN/WNAC link into the Yankee
Network, adding WNBH as his first affiliate station. There
will soon be affiliates all over New England. In an internal
reorganization, the Shepard stations are now licensed under
the name “Shepard Broadcasting Service, Inc.”
- Experimental station W1XK is licensed to Westinghouse for
use at Millis. The station will be used on 990 kHz to
prepare for moving WBZ (990 Springfield) from the Westinghouse
plant in East Springfield to Millis, where it will directly
serve the Boston market. W1XK will be deleted in February once
the new WBZ facility is constructed.
- June 30
- WBSO (920 Wellesley Hills) receives a construction permit
for 500 watts.
- June 30
- Boston Broadcasting Company asks the FRC to eliminate the
share-time arrangement between its two stations, WLOE and
WBBS, by moving WBBS to 1180 kHz with a power increase to 250
- WBSO (920 Wellesley Hills) moves to Babson Park, Needham,
and transmits there with 500 watts. The license of
experimental television station W1XAY in Lexington is
- Nov. 6
- WHDH, which has gradually been doing more programs from
Boston, moves there in full, to new studios at the New England
Conservatory. The transmitter remains in Gloucester until
- According to the Radio Service Bulletin, WNBH
(1310 New Bedford) sold to Atlas Tack Co. Our research suggests
that this may be an error; we do know that the transmitter
definitely was located on the Atlas Tack property in Fairhaven.
(Atlas Tack at this time was probably controlled by Sherman H.
Bowles, the owner of all three then-existing newspapers in
- WEEI's studios are now at 182 Tremont Street, across from
Boylston station on the Tremont St. Subway.
- Jan. 20
- WLEX (1410 Lexington) joins Shepard's Yankee Network.
- WLEX is now licensed to Bay State Broadcasting Corp.
Westinghouse's experimental station in Millis, W1XAK, is
- WLEX moves studio and transmitter to Boston. Westinghouse's
experimental station in Springfield, W1XAK, is now authorized
to operate on 990 kHz, in preparation for moving WBZA to
- Mar. 13
- WBZ (990 Springfield) officially begins operations as a
Boston station, from its new transmitter site on Dover Road in
- Apr. 20
- Shepard formally takes ownership of WLEX, which is renamed
- Apr. 27
- The FRC denies William Poté's request for full-time
operation on WLOE, which would have required a change in
frequency for WBBS, a station he also owned. The FRC refuses
even to renew WBBS's license (which at this time was an annual
- WAAB (1410) moves to the WNAC (1230) transmitter site in
- May 24
- WSSH (1410 Boston) ceases to operate; church services move
- WSSH's license is cancelled.
- June 5
- WBZ moves to new studios at the Hotel Bradford. WBZA moves
to the Westinghouse plant on Page Boulevard in East
Springfield, and increases power to 1000 watts.
- WBSO (920 Needham) is now licensed to Broadcasting Service
In early 1932, the FRC increases the maximum allowed
transmitter power for clear-channel stations to 50 kilowatts,
and many immediately file to increase power. Regional stations
(what would eventually become class-II stations) are still
limited to 5000 watts. KDKA, KFI, KMOX, WABC-WBOQ, WEAF,
WLW, WOAI, WTAM, and WTIC all receive 50 kW authorization in
January. (WBZ is a bit behind the curve.)
In December, the FRC starts to identify stations by their
studio location, rather than their transmitter location.
- WBZ (990 Boston) is granted a power increase to 25 kW.
- WTAG gets a power increase to 500 watts (which the
Radio Service Bulletin describes as
- The FRC issues a construction permit for WHEU (1420
Springfield), the second station in Western Massachusetts. It
will operate at 100 watts, and is owned by Albert
S. Moffat. (WHEU is a sequential call sign, and is changed
the following month to WMAS.)
- May 11
- WBZ (990 Boston) increases power at the new Millis
transmitter to 25 kW.
- WNBH (1310 New Bedford) increase power to 250 W-D, 100
- WLOE's postal address is 5 Winthrop Square, in downtown
Boston. (The transmitter remains in Chelsea.)
- The FRC finally catches up with WHDH's studio move to the
New England Conservatory in Boston. The Radio Service
Bulletin also notes a transmitter change to Saugus,
but the coordinates given are in the middle of a marsh north
of Essex St. in Gloucester—probably the old site.
- Nov. 21
- WBZ, WBZA leased to NBC along with other Westinghouse
stations. Unlike other such leases, Westinghouse maintains a
supervisory employee at each station and handles its own
In April, 1933, the Radio Service
Bulletin—one of the primary sources for station
information in this period—changes its format. The new
format, which is the same as all countries use to report their
stations to the “Berne Bureau” in Switzerland,
does not include studio locations or mailing addresses, among
other details lost. We generally use newspaper articles,
station directories (after 1935), and similar sources to
identify studio locations.
In October, the FRC introduces the first versions of forms 301
and 302, still used today (albeit in electronic form) by the FCC
for construction permit and license applications.
- Mar. 10
- WLEY is sold by the Lexington Air Stations to Albert
- Apr. 1
- WHDH moves its studios to the Hotel Touraine.
- May 15
- WORC-WEPS becomes just WORC, and changes frequency to 1280
kHz, 500 W directional, under special authority. Other
hyphenated stations also lose their second call sign,
including WNAC-WBIS and, in Providence, WPRO-WPAW.
- Nov. 27
- WBZ (990 Boston) increases power to 50 kW. (This is
apparently done on an experimental bases as this power level
would not be fully licensed until 1938.)
- WMEX (1500 Chelsea) is granted a construction permit, for
250 W-D, 100 W-N. The permittee is The Northern
Corporation, which is owned by the Poté brothers.
- Dec. 9
- WLOE renewal denied, license deleted.
Congress passes the Communications Act of 1934 in June. Most
parts of the act become effective on July 11, with the newly
created Federal Communications Commission taking over all of the
responsibilities of the old Federal Radio Commission, and
gaining regulatory authority over interstate common carriers for
communications (public telephone and telegraph services)
formerly exercised by the Interstate Commerce Commission. Among
the FCC's first actions is order no. 2, which requires all
corporate licensees to submit documentation of their
ownership and capital structure. The order also provides that
the FCC must approve all changes in ownership.
In May, as one of its final acts before going out of
business, the FRC issues construction permits to four new
expermiental “high fidelity” radio stations, just
above the broadcast band. The stations are W9XBY (1530 Kansas
City), W1XBS (1530 Waterbury, Conn.), W2XR (1550 Long Island
City), and W6XAI (1550 Bakersfield). All four will survive into
the 1990s, and two still exist today: W2XR is today's WQEW (1560
New York), and W6XAI is today's KNZR (1560 Bakersfield). W2XR
already existed as a mechanical-television station, so it was
officially on the air first, on June 29.
In December, the last major relocation of a clear-channel
station takes place, as Westinghouse moves KYW from Chicago to
- WMEX now has a transmitter site, in an industrial area
just south of the B&M railroad tracks in Chelsea.
- Apr. 15
- WTAG increases power to 500 watts, unlimited time.
- WNBH (1310 New Bedford) is sold to E. Anthony and Sons,
publishers of the New Bedford Mercury and
- Jul. 11
- The Federal Communications Commission is established; the
Federal Radio Commission is abolished.
- Aug. 14
- WLEY (1370 Lexington) becomes WLLH, and is granted a
construction permit to move to Lowell.
- Sept. 25
- WORC (1200) changes frequency to 1280 kHz, with 500 watts,
full time. The transmitter is at the same location as WORC's
modern facility on Pakachoag Road in Auburn.
- Oct. 10
- WLLH (1370 Lowell) is now on the air. Its new transmitter
site is located on the south bank of the Merrimack River, near
what is now Tsongas Arena.
- Oct. 18
- WMEX (1500 Chelsea) is now on the air.
- WTAG (580) is now transmitting from Maple St. in
downtown Worcester. The FCC now has correct coordinates for
WHDH (830), In Rumney Marsh off Salem Turnpike in Saugus.
WLLH is now licensed for unlimited-time operation, and WNAC
gets a power increase, to 2.5 kW-D, 1 kW-N.
- Nov. 13
- Joseph M. Kirby is granted a construction permit for WMFH, a
500-watt daytimer on 1120 kHz. WMFH is a sequential call
sign; others granted around the same time include WMFF (1310
Plattsburgh, N.Y., now WIRY) and WMFI (900 New Haven, Conn.,
- Dec. 4
- WMEX (1500 Chelsea) licensed.
The FCC continues to establish new technical standards.
In October, the Commission requires transmitters to be capable
of 85% modulation or better, and requires all stations to
install a modulation monitor to verify compliance.
- WMFH (1120 Boston) receives an extension on its construction
permit, but now has a transmitter site, at Commercial and
Hanover Sts. in Boston's North End.
- WLLH (1370 Lowell) is now licensed to Merrimac Broadcasting
- Aug. 26
- WMFH signs on under the new call sign WCOP from studios
at the Copley Plaza Hotel.
- Sept. 17
- WCOP's license is issued.
- Oct. 11
- Babson applies to transfer WBSO (920 Needham) to George
A. Crockwell, William H. Eymon, and James K. Phelan, with
financing from Natalie S. Whitwell of the Victoria Hotel,
- Nov. 12
- WSAR (1450 Fall River) is granted a construction permit for
1 kW, unlimited time. An application by WMEX (1510) to move
to 1470 kHz, 5 kW full-time, is designated for hearing. A
hearing is also set for the WBSO sale application.
- Dec. 3
- WBSO's sale application is reconsidered by the FCC and granted
without a further hearing. Reconsideration of WCOP's
application to move from 1120 to 1130 kHz is denied.
- Dec. 5
- Providence department store Cherry & Webb, which also
owns WPRO, agrees to acquire Hartford's WTIC from Travelers
Insurance, for $675,000. According to
Broadcasting, Cherry & Webb plans to move the
station to Boston, where it would take over the CBS
affiliation in 1937, when the Yankee Network's affiation with
Columbia ends. (The sale is never consummated.)
- Dec. 10
- Crockwell group completes purchase of WBSO.
In July, an FCC statement prohibits the sharing of transmission
systems by stations of different licensees, on the grounds that
each licensee must have complete control over all equipment
connected to its transmission system. This will become an issue
when, in the next decade, owners are limited to one
“standard broadcast” license per market.
In October, the FCC holds hearings to reconsider all manner of
broadcasting regulations, most of which it had inherited from
the FRC. Among the issues it considers are whether to allow
power increases beyond 50 kW, modifying the system of station
classes, synchronous operation, "duplication" of the clear
channels, and the quota system for ensuring interregional
balance in clear-channel and regional stations.
- WMEX (1500) moves to new studios at 70 Brookline Ave.,
- Apr. 21
- WORL moves from Needham to Boston, with studios in Kenmore
Square at the Myles Standish Hotel. The transmitter remains
- WCOP is now licensed to Massachusetts Broadcasting
Corp. (but still controlled by original licensee Joseph
- WEEI is now operated by WEEI Broadcasting Corp., a
subsidiary of CBS.
- The Mount Washington Observatory receives a license for
W1XR, an experimental station on 60.5 MHz, which will
eventually give rise to one of the Yankee Network FM
- WNAC (1230 Boston) increases power to 5 kW daytime, 1 kW
- Sept. 27
- Affiliation swap: WNAC loses CBS to WEEI, becoming
the NBC Red network affiliate.
- WEEI is now operated by Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc.
The change comes along witrh a reorganization of the Columbia
station group, as WABC-WBOQ, WBBM, WBT,
WCCO, WJSV, WKRC, KNX, and KMOX all change at the same
On December 13, the Inter-American Radio Conference concludes
in Havana. Negotiators for the United States, Canada,
Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic all sign the new
North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement. The treaty still
needs to be ratified by the four largest signatories, and will
come fully into force on March 29, 1941. (Some provisions, such
as an increase in night power on the regional channels to 5
kilowatts, will take effect sooner.)
- WSAR (1450 Fall River) increases power to 1 kW with a
- Jan. 26
- WNAC and WAAB ownership consolidated under The Yankee
Network, Inc., along with WICC (600 Bridgeport) and WEAN (780
- WTAG (580 Worcester) moves to Holden and builds a
directional antenna, from which it operates with 1 kW full
- Feb. 2
- WCOP sold by the estate of Joseph Kirby to Arde Bulova.
- Apr. 6
- WEEI builds its current transmitter site in Medford, on
Mystic Valley Parkway; it's a two-tower directional array,
from which it can operate with 5 kW daytime, 1 kW at
- WLAW (680 Lawrence) is granted a construction permit. The
station is owned by Hildreth & Rogers, which publishes the
Lawrence Eagle and Evening Tribune,
and will operate with 1 kW non-directional, daytime only. The
transmitter site is to be located off River Road in
- Dec. 19
- WLAW signs on.
A Hooper-Holmes poll in January finds that 82% of all
U.S. households have a radio—91% in urban areas. In
Massachusetts, 92% of homes have radios.
In February, the FCC opens up a new “non-commercial
educational” radio service, which is greeted with a yawn.
Only two stations receive construction permits in the first year
(one of them will eventually become WNYE, Brooklyn). The
service is restricted to AM, with 40-kHz channels, between
41.020 and 41.980 MHz.
In April, the FCC begins its “chain broadcasting”
investigation. Extensive hearings are held starting in November
and running through May, 1939, taking testimony from
station and network management. After several years and court
cases, this will result in the breakup of NBC and many other
“duopoly” situations across the country, including
Boston's WNAC and WAAB.
On October 3, Edwin Howard Armstrong receives an experimental
license for his FM station in Alpine, New Jersey, W2XMN,
operating on the unusual frequency of 86.5 MHz.
- Jan. 14
- WLAW (680 Lawrence) receives its first license.
- May 13
- An application by the Fall River Herald News
for a new station on 1210 kHz is denied by the FCC.
- May 13
- Cape Cod Broadcasting Company (Harriet M. Alleman and Helen
W. MacLellan) is granted a construction permit for WOCB, a
250-watt day, 100 W night station on 1210 in Barnstable.
It will be the first station on Cape Cod since the short-lived
WJBX back in 1926. The two women are both real-estate
agents on the Cape. A competing application from George
M. Haskins (for identical facilities) is denied.
- May 26
- WMEX (1500 Boston) is granted a construction permit to move
to 1470 kHz with 5 kW full-time, over the objections of WNAC
(1230 Boston) and WLAC (1470 Nashville). The move had
originally been granted without a hearing in 1936, but the
permit was rescinded when WNAC and WLAC objected. Two of the
five commissioners voting dissented, and the upgrade will
be tied up in appeals for another two years.
- May 26
- The FCC turns down an application by Westinghouse to end the
synchronization of WBZ and WBZA, moving the latter to 550 kHz as
a regional station. The change would also have moved Vermont's
WDEV (550 Waterbury) to 560 kHz.
- May 31
- WNBH (1310 New Bedford) applies to increase night power to
- June 3
- WLAW (680 Lawrence) applies to become a limited-time station
by adding a directional antenna at night.
- June 11
- WBZ (990 Boston) applies to move its transmitter to Hull,
where it would build a new full-time directional array.
- A late-season hurricane strikes coastal New England from
Connecticut to Maine, damaging numerous stations. WORC (1280
Worcester) and WTAG (580 Worcester), among others, lose
directional arrays; WLLH (1370 Lowell) loses its synchronous
transmitter in Lawrence. All are eventually rebuilt.
- Sept. 6
- The FCC dismisses petitions for rehearing on its grant of
WMEX's move to 1470 kHz.
- Sept. 24
- WAAB and WLAC appeal the FCC's grant of WMEX's upgrade.
- Sept. 26
- WCOP also appeals WMEX's move.
- Oct. 25
- Worcester's C.T. Sherer department store applies for a new
station, to be on 1200 kHz, with 250 watts day and 100 watts
night. (C.T. Sherer had previously owned WCTS, which
became WTAG when it was sold to the Worcester
- Oct. 28
- WHDH (830 Boston) applies to increase power to 5 kW, full
time, using a directional antenna.
On March 13, the FCC announces a reallocation plan for the
“high frequency” band—then from 30 to 300
megahertz. The announcement states that “The Commission
believes that in order to permit television to be inaugurated on
a nationwide basis a minimum of 19 channels should be reserved
below 300 megacycles.”
In May, the FCC rewrites all of its rules. As a result,
experimental stations must apply for early license renewal, so
that they may be reclassified and frequencies modified to comply
with the new spectrum allocation plan announced in March. In
addition, experimental stations and commercial stations
operating under experimental authorizations are forbidden from
broadcasting commercial programs.
On December 29, Mexico is the last of the four major NARBA
signatories to ratify the treaty, allowing it to come into
- World Wide Broadcasting Corp. receives a construction permit
for W1XAR, a 20-kilowatt high frequency (shortwave) station in
Norwood, to join their existing W1XAL in Boston (which is
located atop a Boylston St. building).
- Feb. 13
- Blue Hill Observatory receives a license for experimental
station W1XFW, operating from a balloon on 42.0 MHz.
- Mar. 6
- WNAC (1230 Boston) and WAAB (1410 Boston) licenses are
renewed by the FCC, after rescinding its earlier designation
of those applications for a hearing.
- Mar. 7–8
- The appeal by WAAB, WCOP, and WLAC against the FCC's grant
of WMEX's move to 1470 kHz is heard by the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia.
- Mar. 30
- Mayflower Broadcasting files an application
for the facilities of Colonial Network flagship WAAB (1410).
Lawrence J. Flynn, one of the principals of Mayflower, a
disgruntled former employee of WAAB owner John Shepard III,
attacked Shepard's practice of airing editorials on the
station favoring the positions and political candidates
Shepard supported. Mayflower receives support from several
local politicians, including former Massachusetts governor
Charles F. Hurley, in hearings before the FCC.
- W1XAR, the Norwood shortwave construction permit, is amended
to give its correct location, west of Providence Highway and north of Morse St.
- The Yankee Network receives a construction permit for a
“relay broadcasting” station, W1XOK, which will be
used to relay programming to Shepard's new FM station in
Paxton. (The published coordinates put it atop 484
Commonwealth Ave., near Kenmore Square, but press coverage
states that it is on the Yankee studio building, 21 Brookline
Ave.) It is originally authorized to use 135.0 and 145.0
megahertz, both in wideband FM.
- May 1
- WAAB (1410 Boston) is granted a nighttime power increase, to
1,000 watts, while Mayflower's application for WAAB's
facilities is designated for a hearing.
- May 24
- The application of WORL (920 Boston) to go full time, at 1
kW with a direciton antenna, is denied by the FCC.
- Westinghouse receives construction permits for two new VHF
stations in East Springfield; W1XKB (42.380 MHz) will use AM
and W2XSN (42.600 MHz) will use FM.
- June 1
- The Yankee Network sends reporter Pete Tully to be the
first Washington correspondent for a broadcaster that did not
itself serve the capital.
- Jul. 22
- Shepard announces that the Yankee and Colonial networks, and
Yankee's owned stations, will immediately adhere to the newly
adopted NAB Code of Conduct.
- July 5
- W1XOK changes frequencies from 135.0 and 145.0 MHz to
133.030, 134.850, 136.810, and 138.630 MHz, all in FM.
- July 12
- North Shore Broadcasting Corp. receives a construction
permit for a new station in Salem, with its transmitter to be
in Marblehead. The station will operate on 1200 kHz with 100
watts, full time. The call sign WESX will be assigned in early
August. North Shore Broadcasting is owned in equal share by
Charles W. Phelan, former sales director for the Yankee
Network; Margaret B. Phelan; and Boston attorney
Edward F. Flynn.
- July 24
- W1XOJ (43.0 Paxton), the fourth FM station to begin
regular operations in the U.S., starts a full schedule of
programming, 16 hours a day, with 2,000 watts. Programming is
fed from the Yankee Network studios in Boston via 250-watt
relay broadcast station W1XOK (133.03 MHz). (It's not the
first FM station in New England: Doolittle Radio Corp.'s W1XPW
beat Yankee to the air by a few months with its station on
Meriden Mountain in Connecticut. The other two FM stations
operating are Major Armstrong's own W2XMN in Alpine, N.J., and
a station at the GE plant in Schenectady, where the first
commercially available home FM receivers are being
- Shortwave stations receive standard broadcast call signs:
W1XAL (Boston) becomes WSLA, W1XAR (Norwood) becomes WSLR, and
W1XK (Millis) becomes WBOS. The same happens to “relay
broadcasting” stations, so the Yankee Network's W1XOK
- Aug. 4
- Old Colony Broadcasting Co. applies for a new 500-watt
daytimer, to be licensed to Brockton. The station would
operate on 1160 kHz. Old Colony is owned in equal shares by
Rudolph Wyner, president of Shawmut Woolen Mills, Mark
MacAdam, chief engineer of the Brockton police radio station,
and C.A. Lovewell, a Yankee Network employee.
- Aug. 8
- WTAG (580 Worcester) receives a daytime power increase, to 5
kW. Night power remains at 1 kW.
- Aug. 9
- Worcester Broadcasting Corp. applies for a new station on
1500 kHz (then a local channel), to operate with 250 watts
day, 100 watts night.
- Aug. 14
- Ruling on the Yankee Network's appeal of the FCC's grant of
1470 kHz to WMEX, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District
of Columbia finds that Yankee failed to demonstrate sufficient
economic harm to justify reversal of the FCC action. In
dicta, the 17-page opinion orders the FCC to
consider the economic circumstances of markets where facility
upgrades are proposed. (The FCC had taken the position that
competitors had no appealable interest in the grant of a
permit unless the new station would interfere with their
- Aug. 19
- WLLH (1370 Lowell and Lawrence) applies for a power increase
to 250 watts, full time.
- Aug. 31
- WBZ (990 Boston) is granted a construction permit to
relocate to relocate to Hull and construct a
- Sept. 6
- The Worcester Telegram is granted a
construction permit for a new FM station on 43.4 MHz, to
operate from the WTAG (580) transmitter site in Holden with 1
kW, which will eventually become W1XTG. At the same time,
Westinghouse receives a CP for 1 kW on 42.6 MHz, which will
become W1XK; it will transmit from Boston.
- Sept. 6
- World Wide Broadcasting Corp.'s shortwave stations move to
new site off Pershing Ave. in Scituate.
- Sept. 8
- World Wide's stations change call signs: WSLA becomes WRUL, and
WSLR becomes WRUW.
- Sept. 13
- WLAW (680 Lawrence) is denied a request to extend its
operation from local sunset until sunset in San Francisco,
where KPO is the dominant station on 680. The FCC says
that the proposed operation will not deliver sufficient
service to Lawrence as a result of interference from the
recently-granted 50 kW operation of WPTF (680 Raleigh,
- Sept. 26
- WHDH appeals the FCC's grant of the construction permit for
- W1XOJ (43.0 Paxton) receives a construction permit
for 50 kilowatts.
- Oct. 13
- WOCB applies to increase power on its construction permit to
250 watts full time.
- Oct. 17
- WORC (1280 Worcester) applies for a power increase to 1,000
watts, full time.
- Oct. 18
- The Yankee Network applies to build a new 50 kW FM station
to serve New York City on 43.0 MHz, from Major Armstrong's
tower in Alpine. Yankee also applies for an FM station atop
Mt. Washington, N.H., which would use 5 kW on 42.6 MHz. For
both applications, Yankee requests that the FCC treat the
requests as “regular” rather than experimental
stations, stating that no further experiments are needed to
demonstrate satisfactory service.
- Oct. 18
- WNBH (1310 New Bedford) applies to relocate its transmitter
and increase power to 250 watts, full time.
- Oct. 23
- WCOP's appeal of the WMEX upgrade is dismissed by the Court
- Oct. 26
- WMEX applies to increase night power on its currently-licensed
local channel, 1500 kHz, to 250 watts. The construction
permit for 1470 kHz remains outstanding but may take some time
- Nov. 1
- WLLH (1370 Lowell and Lawrence) receives a construction
permit to increase power to 250 watts, full time. WOCB's
construction permit is amended to increase its night power to
250 watts as well.
- Nov. 2
- Gov. Leverett Saltonstall presides over the groundbreaking
for WBZ's new transmitter plant in Hull. The Master of
Ceremonies is Fred Cole.
- Nov. 7
- WNBH (1310 New Bedford) receives a construction permit to
relocate and increase power to 250 watts, full time.
- Nov. 8
- The FCC begins hearings in Boston on the Mayflower
application for WAAB's facilities.
- Nov. 13
- WLAC's appeal of WMEX's upgrade is dismissed by the
Court of Appeals.
- Nov. 21
- WMEX's interim night power increase, to 250 watts, is
- Nov. 28
- The Mayflower hearings wrap up, with accusations that
Mayflower's corporate charter was obtained fraudulently.
- Dec. 10
- WESX (1200 Salem) begins operations. (Its license
application will be received by the FCC on December 15.)
- Dec. 20
- WEEI (590 Boston) is granted an increase in night power, to
- Dec. 29
- WESX is licensed.