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November 20, 1951

FCC Allots 41 Channels to Washington

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (AP)—The Federal Communications Commission is just about ready to clear the way for additional television outlets—but don’t hold your breath while waiting for one in your home town.

Tentatively, Washington cities have been allocated a total of 41 channels. Oregon cities are down for 32.

But there are roadblocks—technical and financial.

Most of the Pacific Northwest allocations are in the “ultra high frequency (UHF) range” which can’t be received on present-day sets. Present receivers would require converters costing from $15 to $50.

While channels may be waiting for stations in numerous cities to pick them up, the cost probably will be prohibitive in many communities. Authorities on the subject say it costs $250,000 to $500,000 to build a TV station and about $100,000 a year to operate one.

Washington has been allocated 13 “very high frequency” (VHF) channels. They include four each at Seattle and Spokane, two at Tacoma and Walla Walla and one at Pullman.

Seattle’s four include KING-TV, which is now the Pacific Northwest’s only TV broadcaster.

UHF channels have been allocated to the following Washington cities: Aberdeen, Anacortes, Bellingham (two), Bremerton (two), Centralia, Ellensburg, Ephrata (two), Grand Coulee, Hoquiam, Kelso, Kennewick, Longview, Olympia, Pasco, Port Angeles, Pullman, Richland, Seattle (two), Tacoma (two), Wenatchee and Yakima (two).

Pending applications for station assignment include:

Washington—Bing Crosby at Spokane; Television-Tacoma, Inc., Bing Crosby and Carl E. Haymond at Tacoma; Bing Crosby at Yakima.

Tuesday, November 20, 1951

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