WCSC looks back at the news of 1953

29 cents for gas? WCSC looks back at 1953

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - When WCSC debuted 60 years ago, the Korean War ended, Dwight Eisenhower became president and the New York Yankees won the World Series.

But several local stories also made headlines in 1953.

"1953 is an important time in Charleston  -- we're in the middle of a real growth spurt," Charleston County Public Library Historian Nic Butler, Ph.D says.

The mayor at the time was William Morrison.

"Morrison had undertaken a big plan of what he called 'slum-clearing,' so a lot of older -- some might argue historic -- houses are being cleared away from some of the northern parts of the town," Butler says.

Like the Orphan House along Calhoun St, which Butler says was demolished to create room for a Sears store.

"Some of the marshes on the Ashley River and Cooper River side of town are being filled with garbage in anticipation of creating new things like Lockwood Boulevard, which was still a dream on paper in 1953," Butler says, adding that the road was created several years later.

WCSC built studio space at 485 East Bay St. before our inaugural newscast.

"It was brand new real estate," Butler says.  "The whole block was cleared and new buildings put in and WCSC's home was one of the first new buildings on that block."

In 1997, WCSC moved to West Ashley along Charlie Hall Boulevard – which is named after the legendary weathercaster.

Advertisements from the News & Courier newspaper from June 6th, 1953, feature televisions for sale at a price of $400 for a 21-inch screen.  That year, color televisions also entered the marketplace.

"This was a period of post-WWII boom and the baby boom," Butler says.  "Everybody is going out and spending money."

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