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Mark Simonson

May 12, 2014

Changes to landscape, local media made news in May 1974


OKTV didn’t last long, as it was reported on Dec. 19 that financial problems forced the station to “temporarily” suspend operations, as the economic climate at the time made it difficult to sell advertising. There were hopes the operation could be revived in the spring.

This weekend: A local “economic summit” in 1919 with a somewhat familiar sound to the present day.

Oneonta City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at His website is His columns can be found at

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