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Television Quickly Wins Way Into Many Homes

January 14, 1953

Sale of Sets Takes Real Effect on Inland Empire Economy

By Bob Emahiser
Spokane Daily Chronicle

Television, only a month-old “baby” in Spokane, already is making itself felt in the lives of thousands of Spokane people and is reaching to many parts of the Inland Empire.

Not only is television causing a lot of people to eat dinner on trays in the living room, but TV set sales are making a major mark on the region’s economy.

One Spokane station is in operation and a second is scheduled to start telecasting soon. Two stations have applied for the third commercial channel available in Spokane.

Last July 11 the Federal Communications Commission allocated KHQ-TV Channel 6 and KXLY-TV Channel 4. Both stations rushed construction and installation of transmitting facilities.

Expansion Continues

On December 8, KHQ-TV went on the air with the area’s first test pattern. Following the initial test pattern, the station began Spokane’s first programming with a one-hour telecast December 15. Commercial programming began on December 20. The station’s antenna was installed on KHQ’s 826-foot tower on Moran Prairie.

“During the next few weeks our program schedule at KHQ-TV will continue to expand,” Richard O. Dunning, president and general manager, said today. “Top shows will be added from both the National Broadcasting and American Broadcasting networks.”

KXLY-TV was handicapped by winter weather in construction of its tower and installation of transmitter equipment on Mount Spokane.

KXLY Work Nears Finish

But today, Edward Craney, general manger of KXLY, and W. Norman Hawkins, the station’s television manager, said the work is about complete.

“We expect to be on the air with test patterns and possibly programming by the end of the month,” Craney said. He added the station is planning a number of local shows in addition to network productions.

Channel 2, Spokane’s third commercial TV channel, is in dispute with applications made to the FCC by both Louis A. Wasmer (KREM) and Burl C. Hagadone, head of Television Spokane, Inc. (KNEW). The matter is scheduled for hearing before the FCC, but as yet no date has been set.

Applications Filed

Meanwhile Wasmer has made two more applications to the FCC—one for authority to operate a frequency modulation radio station in Spokane and another to increase the power of KREM from 1000 watts to 5000 watts.

Wasmer said if granted the FM rights he would build a new tower on Moran Prairie.

“We’re ready to proceed if allotted television Channel 2,” Hagadone said. “We have an option to purchase a site on the west lobe of Browne’s Mountain and would erect a tower and transmitter there.”

Wednesday, January 14, 1953 

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