Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What channel did you used to watch the Celtics on?

I recently heard a couple guys arguing about this in my bar, but the funny thing is they were both right.

Growing up I had seven basic stations on TV: 2 (PBS), 4, 5 and 7 (the three networks), and UHF entries 25, 38 and 56.  The first channel I ever remember watching the Celtics on was WLVI 56, in the 1980s.  In the early 90s they switched to WFXT 25, and a few years after that they move to WSBK 38.

During that whole run only the away games were aired on actual television (with an antenna).  However, the home games could be viewed if you had something known as "cable" (on SportsChannel).

Cable took over for good around the turn of the century, first as Fox Sports Net New England before becoming the Comcast (CSNNE) that we know now.

According to Wikipedia, the Celtics were allegedly on WBZ (4) before moving to 56, but you'll have to check with somebody older than me to verify.  Although this commercial from 1985 does support that case:

1 comment:

  1. Imagine growing up in NY and only getting partial Celtic road games? and then the TNT, TBS and NBC/ CBS. Really rough. Will be adding something really cool to clife starting this June (25th anniversary of my 91 scrapbook!)


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