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WCMB-TV

Channel 27
First broadcast September 8, 1954
Last broadcast April 9, 1957
Network affiliation DuMont (secondary affiliate) as late as 1956  (Did WCMB try to move to another network?)
Studio location 228-232 Court St., Harrisburg
Transmitter location Blue Mountain, north of East Pennsboro Township*
Notables WCMB-TV eventually went dark after the demise of the DuMont network in August of 1956; WTPA-TV acquired the channel assignment and some of WCMB's equipment  (Did WCMB assume channel 71 without returning to the air?)

* Building is still standing

September 8, 1954 article: WCMB programs; WCMB transmitter (Contributed by Jack Danner)

September 8, 1954 article: WCMB facilities (Contributed by Jack Danner)

September 8, 1954 article: WCMB studios (Contributed by Jack Danner)

September 8, 1954 article: WCMB manager Ed K. Smith (Contributed by Jack Danner)

September 8, 1954 WTPA-TV advertisement (Contributed by Jack Danner)

September 8, 1954 Lebanon Steel advertisement (Contributed by Jack Danner)

September 8, 1954 Ad for Drexler's TV store in West Fairview (Contributed by Jack Danner)

WCMB-TV ad - date unknown (Contributed by Jack Danner)

Letts Camera publicity photo (Date unknown - Contributed by Brock Kerchner)

Ed K. Smith page

 

TechnoZone (for the technically curious)

1953 Construction Permit application - PDF file (Portzline collection)

Construction Permit modifications - PDF file (Portzline collection)

1954 order for television equipment from General Electric - PDF file (Portzline collection)

Miscellaneous invoices - Equipment, land and Quonset building for transmitter - PDF file (Portzline collection)

FCC correspondence - Requests to extend the 1954 construction permit, 1957 notice of tower demolition - PDF file (Portzline collection)

Financial exhibit - Date of last broadcast stated as April 9, 1957; mention of WCMB-TV taking WDTV's call letters (formerly used by DuMont's Pittsburgh station); reference to a television application in Lebanon - PDF file (Portzline collection)

Recent picture of WCMB's antenna - now WHTM's auxiliary antenna (Portzline)

Recent pictures of transmitter site (Portzline)

 

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