Why were the NBC Networks named "Red" and "Blue"?

Why were the NBC Networks named "Red" and "Blue"?

Post by UltimaJ.. » Fri, 29 Jul 1994 11:27:43

As I understand it, the color names of NBC's 1920s-40s networks came from the
stripes at the top of the program logs for the respective webs.

Daevid Aachen, Mornings, WRJQ-AM 1570, Appleton, WI

 
 
 

Why were the NBC Networks named "Red" and "Blue"?

Post by Castan » Sat, 30 Jul 1994 04:40:35


I have heard from several engineers, that it was the color of the patch
cords in master control.

Dick Castanie

 
 
 

Why were the NBC Networks named "Red" and "Blue"?

Post by Scott D Fybu » Sun, 31 Jul 1994 15:30:20

Not the patch cords...nothing patriotic.  It's actually a lot
less exciting.  See, on the original charts that detailed
the physical links that made up the networks, the old
AT&T network (WEAF, WRC, et al) was shown in RED pencil,
and the old Westinghouse network (WJZ, WBZ, etc.) was shown
in BLUE.  And so the networks came to be known.  They were
originally just the WEAF chain and the WJZ chain.

Simple as that.

And I'm proud to say that WBZ has been a part of the Blue
network, in whatever form (Westinghouse, WJZ network, NBC Blue,
Blue Network, ABC Radio, ABN, ABC Radio, ABC Information Network)
it has taken over 7 decades.


 
 
 

Why were the NBC Networks named "Red" and "Blue"?

Post by JohnR461 » Mon, 01 Aug 1994 11:44:55


Quote:Fybush) writes:
>>And I'm proud to say that WBZ has been a part of the Blue
>>network, in whatever form (Westinghouse, WJZ network, NBC Blue,
>>Blue Network, ABC Radio, ABN, ABC Radio, ABC Information Network)
>>it has taken over 7 decades.

Sorry, Scott, not true.

During the 1950's, WBZ was the NBC affiliate in Boston. Which is to say,
ex-NBC Red. I forget who was ABC, but they were down at the bottom of the
dial.

NBC went to WEZE when they took over 1230 (about 1959?). During the early
sixties, WBZ was part of Westinghouse's own network, I think.

[Moderaotor's Note:  Oh Boy, here we go...  Bill]