50 years ago, the new kid on the block, WGHP, was producing almost all its news programming locally,
mostly ignoring the existence of ABC News. The ABC Television Network's news division had been a bit unstable since the
longtime face of ABC News, John Charles Daly, had left in a huff over restricted election coverage in 1960.
Today, most that remember John Daly remember him as the host of "What's My Line?, not as the career newsman
Back then, network news was a money loser, so, it was quite reasonable that WGHP might opt for local production and other
programming, selling local ads. There was no way ABC News could complete with NBC and CBS, anyway.
The Kennedy assassination put eyes on, and, so, money into network news.
Things changed. WGHP, along with the other commercial stations, went to wall to wall network coverage of events 50 years
ago...and, eventually, made a more or less normal affiliate hook-up with ABC News.
But, today, WGHP is doing fine, once again, with little network news. This cycle has been finished for nearly 20 years, so, one wonders what is next.
There WAS a cycle trigger in 1999, but that will be another post.