Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Guess the (TV) station

From a mid-1960s press release. The call letters and city have been changed to make it a bit of a challenge -- everything else is as in the original: Really, if you read the right sentence, it's a dead giveaway...

"WXXX-TV, NBC, Channel 13, {city, state} announces expanded coverage beginning in early June.

A new broadcasting tower rising 2,000 feet above the surrounding terrain will make WXXX-TV the largest single NBC station in terms of geographic coverage.

The new tower will more than double the number of potential viewers in WXXX's area -- from 325,000 to 760,000. It will also add 200,000 cows to the coverage area, according to Leo Howard, station manager.

The new tower is the tallest man-made structure east of the Mississippi, according to station officials, and rises over twice as high as the world famous Eiffel Tower."

7 comments:

Laurence Glavin said...

WJFW-TV, Rhinelander, WI (originally WAEO-TV), channel 12 in Rhinelander, WI (thus the cows)?

Doug Smith said...

Good guess, and you're in the right state, but it's not WJFW.

WJFW is up in the north woods -- it's more hunting/fishing/resort territory than farmland -- and I'm not sure there are that many cows in their coverage area.

Try looking a *bit* further south. (but not in Wausau)

Scott Fybush said...

Would it be a tower that fell recently, by any chance? :)

Doug Smith said...

Of course, Scott would be 100% right...

Laurence Glavin said...

And that station would be...?

Doug Smith said...

WEAU-TV in Eau Claire.

Laurence Glavin said...

I was a passenger in a car which passed by that tower. I was in the US Air Force at the time (the country lost NO wars during my period of active duty) and two of us were assigned to the Air Force Base in Spokane, WA. He had a car, I didn't so we travelled by car from New York to WA with a pit stop in Chicago to see his relatives. This was before the station erected its final, tallest tower.