Springfield Television

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Springfield Television Corporation was a group owner of television stations based in Springfield, Massachusetts. The company was founded by William Lowell Putnam III, who launched the company's first television station, WWLP, on March 17, 1953. (Putnam is the son of politician and businessman, Roger Putnam. He is also the current trustee of the Lowell Observatory, founded by his great-uncle, astronomer Percival Lowell.)

The company owned five television stations during its lifetime, no more than four at any given time.

The company folded in 1984 with Putnam's retirement, and the sale of its remaining stations—WWLP, WKEF in Dayton, Ohio, and KSTU in Salt Lake City, Utah—to Adams Communications.

Former stations[edit]

Market Station Years Owned Current Affiliation
Worcester - Boston, MA WJZB-TV 14
(NBC; repeater of WWLP)
1958-1969 went dark after a fire in Spring 1969, shortly after its sale to Evans Broadcasting; frequency never reactivated
Salt Lake City, UT KSTU 20
(independent)
1978-1984 Fox affiliate owned by Tribune Broadcasting, operating on channel 13 under a different license
Dayton, OH WKEF 22
(ABC, 1966-1979)
(NBC, 1980-2004)
1966-1984 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcasting Group
Springfield, MA WWLP 22
(NBC)
1953-1984 NBC affiliate owned by LIN TV
Greenfield, MA WRLP-TV 32
(NBC; repeater of WWLP, to 1974)
(independent; 1974-1978)
1957-1978 went dark April 9, 1978; frequency never reactivated