WBZ Archives: WBZ-TV’s Very First Broadcast
On this day in 1948, WBZ-TV became New England’s first TV stations. The very first messages ever broadcast were greetings from Mayor James Michael Curley, Cardinal Cushing, and Rabbi Joshua Loth Liebman, followed by our inaugural newscast.

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WBZ Archives: WBZ-TV’s Very First BroadcastOn this day in 1948, WBZ-TV became New England’s first TV stations. The very first messages ever broadcast were greetings from Mayor James Michael Curley, Cardinal Cushing, and Rabbi Joshua Loth Liebman, followed by our inaugural newscast.
WBZ Archives: The Earliest Days Of Newsgathering For WBZ-TVTen years after WBZ-TV made its debut, we aired this video explaining the newsgathering process, and how WBZ put newscasts on the air in our first decade.
WBZ Archives: “Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostbusters!”On this day in 1984, “Ghostbusters” was released in theatres. Joyce Kulhawik sat down with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd to talk about the film that became an instant classic! “Ghostbusters is gonna be a big hit,” she said.
WBZ Archives: Eastern Airlines Shuttle Becomes Trump ShuttleOn this this day in 1989, longtime Boston carrier Eastern Airlines flew its final “Eastern Shuttle” between Boston, NY, and Washington, paving the way for the new “Trump Shuttle” to launch. Donald Trump famously acquired Eastern and launched his own Trump-branded airline.
WBZ Archives: Tony Conigliaro Night at Fenway ParkOn this day in 1983, the Red Sox held Tony C Night. The 1967 “Impossible Dream” Red Sox team reunited on the field. In 1982, seven years after ending his baseball career, Tony suffered a heart attack and stroke. He remained in a coma until he died in 1990.
WBZ Archives: Commemorating D-DayOn this day in 1994, Jack Williams reported from Normandy, France as the world marked the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
WBZ Archives: The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy50 years ago today, Robert F. Kennedy was shot just after winning the crucial California primary. He died the following day from his injuries.
WBZ Archives: Hillary Clinton Speaks To City Year BostonOn this date in 1999, First Lady Hillary Clinton came to Boston. She had just announced an exploratory committee for the NY Senate race. Voters didn’t quite know what to make of a first lady with her own political aspirations.
WBZ Archives: WBZ’s First Anchor, Arch MacDonald, Laid To RestOn this date in 1985, the “Dean of Boston Broadcasting” was laid to rest. Arch MacDonald was WBZ-TV’s first anchor, taking to the airwaves in 1948. Shelby Scott worked with Arch, and reported on his funeral.

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WBZ Archives: Jaws Fest on Martha’s VineyardOn this date in 2005, Jaws fans and cast members gathered on Martha’s Vineyard to celebrate the legendary movie shot there.
WBZ Archives: “Charlie on the MTA” ReleasedOn this date in 1959, the Kingston Trio first released their song “Charlie on the MTA.” In this clip, the group reunited for the unveiling of the Charlie Card system in 2004.
WBZ Archives: ‘NSYNC (& Screaming Teen Girls) Descends On FoxboroOn this day in 2001, the boy band was at the height of their popularity. Robi went to Foxboro for a dance lesson, and debate over ‘who’s the hottest’?
WBZ Archives: The Tall Ships Visit BostonOn this day in 1980, the Tall Ships came to Boston to help celebrate the city’s 350th birthday. This coverage includes appearances by WBZ legends Jack Williams, Tony Pepper, Charles Austin and Shelby Scott.
WBZ Archives: National World War II Memorial DedicatedOn this day in 2004, the national World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC. Many local families made the emotional trip to the ceremony.
WBZ Archives: Death of Mass. Congressman Joe MoakleyOn this day in 2001, longtime Boston congressman Joe Moakley died at the age of 74. Moakley had been dean of the Massachusetts congressional delegation, serving more than 30 years.
WBZ Archives: Classic Commercials From the 1970sTake a journey back with us to the late 70s, with these classic ads featuring iconic New England brands.
WBZ Archives: Mayor Kevin White Shocks The CityOn this day in 1983, Boston Mayor Kevin White shocked the city by announcing he would not run for re-election after four terms in office.
WBZ Archives: Joining ‘Hands Across America’On this day in 1986 millions of people linked hands, forming a human chain across the United States. The event raised money for the hungry and homeless.
WBZ Archives: Remember The 'Tetley Tea Challenge'?We’re reaching back to this date in 1979. WBZ ran the “Tetley Challenge” live on the news desk, to see which brand of teabag would brew the strongest.
WBZ Archives: Combatting The 1979 Gasoline ShortageOn this day in 1979, we were in the midst of a nationwide gasoline shortage, causing massive lines to fill up. Massachusetts Governor Ed King announced a plan to combat the shortage.
WBZ Archives: Johnny Carson’s Final Tonight ShowOn this day in 1992, Johnny Carson hosted his final episode of the Tonight Show. Carson had hosted the show for 30 years.
WBZ Archives: Letterman Hosts All Boston Episode Of The Late ShowOn this day in 1999, David Letterman chartered a plane full of Bostonians to fly down to New York for a taping of The Late Show. The J. Geils Band reunited on stage for the first time in 16 years.
WBZ Archives: Boston Bids Farewell To CheersOn this day in 1993, the cast of Cheers gathered for a star studded party at the Bull & Finch pub, for the final episode of the Boston based comedy.
WBZ Archives: The Morning Stretch On WBZWould you believe ‘The Morning Stretch’ used to be a daily part of our morning news? Back in 1980 Jinx helped get WBZ viewers ready for their day.
WBZ Archives: Mount St. Helens EruptsOn this day in 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington state. The volcanic explosion could be heard as far as 150 miles away.
Web Extra: The Full Reunion Interview with Jack, Liz, Bob, Joyce and BruceThe legendary team of Jack Williams, Liz Walker, Bob Lobel, Bruce Schwoegler and Joyce Kulhawik reunited on the WBZ-TV set. Here is their full conversation with Lisa Hughes and David Wade.
WBZ Archive: Massachusetts Legalizes Same Sex MarriageOn this day in 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage.
WBZ Archives: The 'Smugness' Of Montreal Canadien FansOn this day in 1978, the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins were locked in the Stanley Cup finals. We took a look at the “smugness and self-assurance” of Canadien fans.
WBZ Archives: Ted Williams Hits His 300th HomerunOn this date in 1951, Ted Williams hit his 300th career home run. WBZ-TV began televising Red Sox games that season, with Curt Gowdy - the voice of baseball in Boston. It was the first time baseball games were regularly broadcast to New England.

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