Newspaper Clippings

WISL-TV… It was almost a reality!

  • May 31, 2014

In 1953 WISL was celebrating five years of radio broadcasting in Shamokin. To commemorate the occasion Radio Anthracite, parent company of WISL, took out a full page ad in the Shamokin News Dispatch. The advertisement touts an award they received from the Pennsylvania Week Radio and Television Committee, a special fifth anniversary cash contest sponsored by National Dime Bank and the first official announcement of Radio Anthracite’s intentions of opening and operating a television station in Shamokin.

The Federal Communications Commissions was assigning new UHF television stations across the country and channel 65 was to be assigned to the Central Susquehanna Valley. WISL was not the only station to throw it’s hat in the ring for the new TV License, The Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation, owner of WKOK in Sunbury had already applied for the channel 65 allotment.

WISL 5th Anniversary Full Page Ad - Shamokin News-Dispatch - February 24th 1953

WISL 5th Anniversary Full Page Ad – Shamokin News-Dispatch – February 24th 1953

 

WISL 5th Anniversary Full Page Ad – Shamokin News-Dispatch – February 24th 1953

By 1954 WKOK was out of the race and it looked like WISL’s chances of entering into television were getting better. The article below from the Shamokin News-Dispatch explains…

Shamokin News-Dispatch Story from February 22nd 1954

Shamokin News-Dispatch Story from February 22nd 1954

Although channel 65 was up for grabs in 1954, by 1957 it was only a memory. This same year WKOK actually won a construction permit for Channel 38 and was working out a programming deal with WHP in Harrisburg. WKOK-TV would never become a reality.

While WISL-TV would never be realized, years later WETV would bring local television programming to Shamokin.

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