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William J. McCarter papers

 Collection 0101-MMC-NPBA
William J. McCarter was born in 1929. He attended Lafayette College and Temple University before serving in the 45th Infantry Division during the Korean War. McCarter's broadcasting career began in 1953 with WFIL in Philadelphia, where he worked on American Bandstand. He later worked at WHYY, WNET, and ABC. McCarter worked from 1964-1971 at WETA-TV/FM, where he was president and general manager. McCarter served as president of the Eastern Educational Television Network from 1968 to 1971. McCarter moved to Chicago in 1971 and led WTTW for 27 years. Programs developed at WTTW during McCarter's tenure include Chicago Tonight, Sneak Previews, and The McLaughlin Group. WTTW and its sister radio station WFMT-FM received 12 George Foster Peabody Awards during this time. William J. McCarter died in 2011. The collection contains testimonies involving a conflict of interest case before the Subcommittee on Communications and Power of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce on April 27 and May 1, 1970 as well as clippings and testimony regarding WETA. In addition, the collection contains a 14 page article about McCarter featured in the September 4, 1992 edition of Reader: Chicago's Free Weekly.


  • 1969-1992
  • Majority of material found within 1969-1970

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials page for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


0.25 Linear Feet


This collection is arranged in two series:
Series 1
Legislative Files
Series 2
Station Clippings

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

William J. McCarter donated his papers to the Library of American Broadcasting on March 29, 1991.

Processing Information

Clippings have been copied onto acid free paper.
Guide to the William J. McCarter papers
Processed by Elizabeth C. Borja, September 2001. Revised by Karen E. King, May 2011. Revised by Ashley S. Behringer, March 2013.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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