Friday, March 08, 2013


RIP: Bill Swartley. Put Boston's first TV station on the air...

We are losing a little bit of history every day, as more and more of the pioneers of our industry pass away.

Bill Swartley, presided over Westinghouse's local Boston radio operatrion, and was charged with getting WBZ-TV up and on the air on June 9, 1948.

The TV industry was being created, and much of the TV broadcast day was test patterns.

 Bill Swartley, 104; launched New England’s first TV station

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