Channel 30's Waterbury translator was on Channel 20's tower when 20 was still an ABC affiliate. Channel 30 did a newspaper and bumper sticker campaign in the summer of 1964 promoting the availability of NBC programming to Waterbury viewers on Channel 79. As an ABC affiliate, Channel 20 lifted Channels 7’s and 40’s signals off of two regular TVs (I saw that at the transmitter site). The engineer told me taking from 8 was a last resort because 8 pre-empted a lot of network shows and displayed their station logo instead of ABC's at end of network promos and shows. Channel 20 was able to carry Les Crane's late night show only when a signal from 7 or 40 was good, because 8 did not carry the show. Else, 20 would sign off early with a message saying something like, “Due to technical difficulties we are unable to present our regularly scheduled program.” Channel 20 switched to NBC in 1966.
In the late 60s’s the FCC denied Channel 20’s request to move its transmitter site closer to New Haven.
Now it all adds up. I've been working on an updated exhibit regarding that Channel 79 translator on the UHF Morgue. I was curious as why did WATR move from the mountaintop in Meriden with practically statewide coverage on Channel 53 to a lesser facility on Channel 20, that barely covered its' own backyard? WEDN/53 could have been reassigned to another channel before its' airdate. I guess Channel 8 (WNHC) had a nasty practice of pre-empting ABC programming on a regular basis at the time. Once WATR moved over to NBC in 1966, WHNB probably moved Channel 79 translator (W79AA) to Torrington where it stayed for the rest of its' life until 1986. I've been told that when the move to NBC occurred, NBC made some
financial investment to Channel 20 so they could actually air NBC programming in color. Channel 20 would not go local color until the early 1970's.
I'm curious. Was WATR able to air some of the various ABC color presentations in color via the OTA feed from WABC/7 or WHYN/40 during their time as an ABC affiliate such as The Hollywood Palace and The Flintstones? All indications would indicate, probably not. Any idea?