The FCC's duopoly rule, passed in 1945, prohibited the ownership of two stations by a single entity in the same community. That forced the breakup of all the NBC-organized station pairs around the country who carried both the NBC networks. (The FCC would later force NBC to sell its Blue Network two years later, which became the ABC Radio Network.)
This photo shows the
"Ribbon Cutting" ceremony that took place in 1945, separating the
ownerships of KOMO and KJR. O. D. Fisher (left) retained the ownership of
KOMO for the Fisher's Blend Station, while Birt Fisher (right - no
relation), the KOMO-KJR manager, became the new owner of KJR.
The secretaries of the two executives wielded the scissors.
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