How We Survived in UHF Television: A Broadcasting Memoir, by Kitty Broman Putnam

By Kitty Broman Putnam

This own narrative is co-authored by means of of the best-known names in American UHF tv broadcast administration: William Lowell "Bill" Putnam and Kathryn Elizabeth "Kitty" Putnam. in the course of the first twenty years of Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) tv, whilst the demonstrated VHF (Very-High Frequency) stations ruled the television industry, the Putnams outfitted and operated 3 profitable UHF shops: WWLP-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts; WKEF-TV in Dayton, Ohio; and KSTU-TV in Salt Lake urban, Utah. invoice and Kitty keep in mind how they worked for survival through the "dozen lean years" among 1952 and 1964, and the occasions alongside their technique to management on this planet of advertiser-supported analog tv. integrated are numerous unique poems written via invoice, and tantalizing recipes created for Kitty's long-running neighborhood cooking convey.

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When I tried regaining traction for the final upgrade, I was defeated by a deep snow drift and noticed, when I was able to back out of it to try for a second effort, that the imprint of the top of the hood of my car was in the snow. This was a sufficiently convincing sign of impossibility, so I maneuvered my car to rest beside the snow-covered other in the Water Department’s parking lot and pulled out my ski poles, snowshoes and heavy parka, starting to follow those barely discernible footprints up the road toward the station.

We took this opportunity to replace the three-inch copper coaxial line with the larger and more expensive sixinch variety, which was also much more efficient and improved the strength of the signal actually reaching the antenna. When Ray had completed the antenna switch and removed his gin pole (all in the dark after midnight), he and his assistant started on the “coax,” replacing each 20foot segment of the old line, but in view of our time limitations on that dark and foggy night, only affixing three (of the six) bolts at each junction.

But GE had yet other surprises in store for us. ” Come the autumn of 1952, RCA was already announcing delivery dates for their UHF transmitters, and we were getting increasingly anxious. Somehow, being first on the air had a sort of cachet that one could boast about, though we soon learned that people at home cared little about such things — a clear signal, ease of tuning and popular programs were far more conducive to viewer interest than air dates, diversity of ownership, the morals of the management, overlapping and/or diverse media ownerships and other intangibles that the FCC regularly said it cared about, but never 21 22 How We Survived in UHF Television WWLP as it was first built in 1953 — the new film editing room projected out ten feet, between the downspouts on the right.

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