This page features some pictures of WRKL radio's old north tower, which collapsed after 54 years in and on the air, on February 13, 2017


Update: February 16, 2018: 369 days later, the site still looks just as you see it in the photos below. Okay, the weeds have sprouted up a little higher. But the toppled tower remains in place, and there's no indication that any rebuilding has taken place.


The Former Leaning Tower of Mt. Ivy
photo credit: A Friend of this website

Before:
The Leaning Tower of Mt. Ivy

Here's the trouble, up close. One missing guy wire? No problem! There are 14 others!
People this stupid should not be in business!


The aftermath:
3-1/2 Towers
Above, the 3-1/2 WRKL towers the day after the collapse. The downed tower was used in both the day and night patterns for WRKL, and went up in 1963, like its (now much taller) twin on the left. The two towers to the right are newer. All towers are/were 270 feet.
Photo credit: Another Friend of this website

The picture below is from Facebook, taken the day of the collapse, 2/13/17.
That's the other original WRKL tower at right, which is now 55 years old.
scrap metal
photo credit: John Lafalgio/Facebook

As the picture below from mid-June 2017 shows, the crumpled tower remains undisturbed:
Fred Sanford, R U out there??
photo credit: Yet another Friend of this website

Mid-July (photo below), over 5 months after the collapse.
It's gettin' deep here.

BULLETIN:The FCC has given WRKL until May 2, 2018 to replace the tower. The site still looks just like it's pictured here. There is no sign of a cleanup, or a replacement tower.



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