ABC 6 celebrates 60 years on-air in Southern New England
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — At the stroke of midnight, January 1st, 1963, WTEV channel 6 signed on the air for the first time to fully serve ABC network programming to Providence, Fall River, New Bedford, Cape Cod and the Islands.
In 1963, the studio was located at County and Spring Streets in New Bedford, Massachusetts -with the station’s transmitter then located in Tiverton, Rhode Island.
The station’s special inaugural program featured messages from political and religious leaders throughout the area including James Connolly, then Bishop of the Fall River Catholic Diocese, Rhode Island Governor John Notte, Massachusetts Governor John Volpe and the mayors of Fall River and New Bedford John Arruda and Edward Harrington.
As has become standard in the television business, channel 6 has changed ownership several times and even changed call letters to the present-day WLNE-TV in September 1980. A new studio space in the Orms Building followed a few years later, and the New Bedford facility continued to be used as a Bristol County Massachusetts news bureau through the late 1980’s.
Over the past 60 years, ABC 6 WLNE-TV has been at the forefront of history, bringing southern New Englanders highly-awarded, local journalism along with news from across the country and around the world.