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Re: TV Stations Scrambling for Antennas, Ratings and Revenue
Not WABC. Channel 7 has mounted a permanent broadcast antenna on top of the Empire State Building. The new antenna replaces the WABC's original antenna, which was destroyed in the attack on the WTC.
For the past several weeks, WABC has tied its broadcast signal to a tower used by
other local stations in Alpine. The Alpine antenna is 900 feet above sea level; the antenna atop the WTC was 1,700 feet above sea level. With its new antenna and location, WABC signal's range and clarity would significantly improve in all five burroughs, New Jersey and Connecticut.
WABC was the #1 news station in NYC. Their ratings have declined in the wake of the terrorist attacks, losing ground mostly to Channel 2, which broadcasts from the ESB.
On Tue, 30 Oct 2001 06:59:26
Scott Saloway wrote:
>This article is in today's NY Times. Basically, the NY-area stations are
>getting together and planning a 2,000 FOOT tower somewhere nearby -
>perhaps Governor's Island. Will this create another Sutro or CN? And what
>about the impact that would have on Philly and Boston stations?
>Here's the first paragraph:
>"Six weeks after the collapse of the World Trade Center, hundreds of
>thousands of homes in the New York area remain unable to receive more than
>two television stations, and the local broadcasting industry, already
>reeling from economic losses of tens of millions of dollars, finds itself
>increasingly desperate to find a long-term solution that will restore its
>ability to reach every possible viewer."
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