WPRO Blaw Knox self supporting towers

Ted Larsen tlmedia@triad.rr.com
Sat Aug 18 12:17:00 EDT 2012

I'm familiar with Blaw Knox as a maker of paving machinery.

I get the impression BW began in the radio tower business. What a switch.

Here's more than you ever wanted to know, but pretty interesting.



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kevin Vahey" <kvahey@gmail.com>
To: "Chris Hall" <chris2526@comcast.net>
Cc: <boston-radio-interest@lists.bostonradio.org>
Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2012 9:49 AM
Subject: Re: WPRO Blaw Knox self supporting towers

WPRO's original transmitter site was in Cranston and was destroyed in 1938
at which point they moved to East Providence,

On Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 4:57 AM, Chris Hall <chris2526@comcast.net> wrote:

> During the late 90’s when I last visited WPRO I noticed that the current
> AM towers were mounted on one corner of the bases of
> what are definitely the cement structures designed for Blaw Knox self
> supporting towers, the exact same as poured for WCOP in Lexington.
> If you look on the WPRO home page it brings up Google maps with a perfect
> view of the old tower bases as the are configured today, being on 630
> those self supporters must have been huge. Was the change to guyed towers
> a result of Hurricane Carol in 1954? I doubt they were on the
> Wampanoag Trail during the Hurricane of 38. From what I understand WJAR
> was in Rumford in 38. Anyone have the story behind this.

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