||Chester has not had any
television stations of its own but is served by the following stations in Philadelphia:
3: KYW - (The original call
letters were WPTZ, WRCV, owned by Westinghouse Broadcasting. KYW is now the CBS
owned station in Philadelphia.)
Charles Higgins adds:
Although the operation has always been on VHF Channel 3 the call
letters and ownership were:
W3XE (Experimental License and operated by Philco)
WPTZ Commercially License and operated by Philco and collocated in the
KYW Building at 1619 Walnut St. in Phila. Later became WPTZ,
WRCV-TV, became this when owned and operated by National Broadcasting
KYW-TV became this when Westinghouse regained ownership of the station
from NBC. Following that the station was owned by CBS and now Viacom.
Earl Goodman, former WVCH
and WFIL announcer adds, "They were pioneers in carrying, and broadcasting live
baseball with live commercials for Arco Gasoline, and others."
6: WPVI, ABC (the original
call letters were WFIL)
10: WCAU (originally a CBS-owned
station, WCAU is now owned by NBC.)
TV Shows with Chester connections:
Ranger Joe - many
thanks to Tom Brennan, the writer, director and producer of the show for
providing us with his first-hand history.
For more Philadelphia-area TV memorabilia, check the
Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
From their site:
"...you'll find photos of Herb Clarke, John Roberts, Vince Leonard, John Facenda,
Bill Webber and much more. There's also Sid Doherty, Stu Wayne and the Geator. Plus,
there's a 5 minute video clip with Jerry Blavat talking with Dick Clark. There's also
audio featuring Gunnar Back, Vince Leonard, John Facenda, Francis Davis, Powers Gouraud
and a Horn and Hardart commercial. There's video of Phil Sheridan, Florence Hanford, Ernie
Kovacs and Jack Jones. Plus sixties interviews with John Zacherle, Joe McCauley and Tom
Snyder. Bill Campbell talks with Connie Mack over 50 years ago plus there's local coverage
of FDR's funeral train arriving at 30th Street Station."
Philly Local Kids Shows
Sally Starr, Bertie the Bunyip, Happy the Clown, Captain
Noah, Chief Halftown, Gene London, Pete Boyle, Mr. Rivets, Sawdust Sam, Wee Willie Webber
- they're all right there!