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KHQ and KXLY Authorized to Build Television Stations

July 12, 1952

Spokane Daily Chronicle

Two Spokane radio stations yesterday received authorization from the Federal Communications Commission to build television stations but just when local television broadcasts will start remained uncertain.

Also uncertain is the date when TV outlets here will have simultaneous or “live” broadcasts from national networks.

Radio station KHQ and Symons Broadcasting Company (KXLY) were among the 18 outlets in 11 metropolitan areas given permits by the FCC yesterday to build television stations, the Associated Press reported from Washington, D.C.

Richard O. Dunning, president and general manager of KHQ, said his station was assigned very high frequency Channel 6. KXLY was assigned Channel 4. Not yet acted upon is the application of Louis Wasmer, owner of KSPO, for Channel 2.

Antenna Will Top Big Tower

Dunning said it will take time to get TV antenna built and installed atop KHQ’s 826-foot tower on Moran Prairie and to get other necessary equipment delivered and installed.

KXLY officials said no one can predict when TV broadcasts will start here but they plan immediate construction of video broadcasting facilities.

The KXLY-TV studio will be located in the station’s present quarters at W315 Sprague. Station officials said they couldn’t say at this time where the broadcasting tower would be.

Phone Company Prepared

Meanwhile, P.A. McKellar, division manager here for the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, said his firm is prepared to provide network facilities for the transmission of television shows to Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho cities–“but just how soon isn’t known.”

The date will depend upon the availability of necessary materials and equipment; the amount of new investment money required, and the time specified by local broadcasters.

“Our company will be ready to meet the demand when the demand actually exists,” he said.

McKellar said engineers have recommended construction of a radio relay system linking Spokane and Portland. Consisting of a series of towers located about 35 miles apart, it would be similar to the recently completed Seattle-Portland radio system, he added.

“Cost of such an undertaking would be tremendous,” he said. “The Seattle-Portland link cost more than $2,000,000. Like the one planned for Eastern Washington, it is capable of carrying hundreds of long-distance telephone conversations simultaneously with television broadcasts.”

The radio relay system now is considered the most practicable means of providing intercity video hookups in this part of the United States, he said.

“The other means available is the coaxial cable and only one such cable–from Seattle to Yakima–has been built in this state, he said. “It cost $5,000,000 and no additions are planned to it at this time.”

That cable is now equipped to carry television and whether it will be a matter that hasn’t been decided, McKellar added.

Communities which do not now have simultaneous network programs but do have TV are served by film from the network points or telecast local events.

Saturday, July 12, 1952

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