Friday, January 11, 2008

Timber!!!! KATV Tower Tumbles to Ground

Source: KATV.com A 2,000-foot television tower that was the second-tallest structure in the world when it was built has collapsed as workers were restringing guy wires.

The collapse of the KATV tower Friday afternoon about 20 miles south of Little Rock knocked two area television stations off the air.

KATV news director Randy Dixon said one person on the ground suffered a minor injury Friday when the Channel 7 tower collapsed.

After the collapse, the station was working to establish a feed to restore its signal to the portion of its audience that obtains programming by satellite and cable.

An engineer said damage and injuries were limited because of the tower's design. Wayne Morgan, an engineer for Vinco Inc. who was at the scene this afternoon, said that it looks like the tower did exactly what it was designed to do. He said it was designed to crumple up and fall pretty much straight down.

Morgan said the guy wires are designed so they don't put too much tension on the tower, pulling it in one direction or another, and it fell straight down like it was supposed to.

Competitors of KATV, an ABC affiliate, immediately offered help. Rob Heverling, news director at NBC affiliate KARK-TV, Channel 4, said the station immediately contacted KATV and sent engineers to the scene. Heverling said all competition is out the window when something like this happens.

Larry Audas, general manager at KTHV-TV, Channel 11, a CBS station, did the same. Audas said he knows it's the most difficult of circumstances for any TV station to have its transmission tower totally out of action.

The collapse also knocked out the analog signal of KETS, a Public Broadcasting Service affiliate with studios at Conway which is the flagship station of the Arkansas Educational Television Network. AETN said it could be several days before its analog signal was restored to viewers not using cable or satellite services.

Equity Broadcasting is redistributing the KATV broadcast signal to cable systems across Arkansas, so everyone should have station programming back on the air Friday night.

UPDATE: 9PM The cable system in Hope just got the KATV signal back on the air. There's still seems to be an issue with the audio.

57 Comments:

At 9:34 PM, January 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the KATV tower this morning about 2 1/2 hours before it happened. It is quite rare when a tv stations physical facilities are as well known as its' personalities. The KATV-7 tower at Redfield was once instance of this. I'll really miss it the next time I'm on I-530. I hope they'll rebuild it in the same exact place and make it just as high.

 
At 9:50 PM, January 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're going to miss seeing it? Really? Never do I think to myself as I drive down the road, "Hmm...I really just love to see that TV tower. The red blinking lights. The tall ugly tower destroying the countryside." Are you normal?

 
At 10:05 PM, January 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That tower was awesome. It was a landmark. I'll agree with the first post - I do like to see towers.

Go look at your countryside but don't bitch when there is nothing on TV.

 
At 11:19 PM, January 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Engineers are not normal. That's why they got all hot an botered looking at an erect structure

 
At 11:25 PM, January 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That tower was the second-tallest structure in the world when it was built 9:50pm. Yes, a lot of us will miss it. Yes, we are normal. It was a significant landmark here in Arkansas. Regardless of the opinion of KATV itself, that tower is a big deal. It has been there forever. I remember passing it as a kid back in the 1970s. The fact that it fell is a surprise. A friendly, familiar sight that has always been around no longer is. That is sad. First Paul Eells, now this. Times are a changin. For better or for worse I can't tell.

You must not be from around here, or you're too young and dumb to know anything yet.

 
At 11:27 PM, January 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real classy FOX. Did you notice in the article that every station offered help EXCEPT KLRT??

 
At 11:32 PM, January 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is complete B.S. Chuck Spohn offered help. Just because the article didn't mention KLRT doesn't mean they didn't offer up.

 
At 12:31 AM, January 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOOD FOR KATV THE TOWER FELL, NOW LET'S SEE IF THE TOWER WILL FALL ON PEOPLE'S JOBS. KATV MIGHT LOOSE VIWERSHIP AND MORE AFTER THIS ACCIDENT. THE KATV DOURCHE BAGS CAN TAKE CARE OF EVERYONES ELSE HOUSE AND LOOK AT THEIR OUWN STUDIO DOWN THEIR. THEY GOT HOLES IN THE BUILDING DOWN THEIR AND THAT STUDIO MIGHT CAVE IN.

 
At 5:46 AM, January 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if KATV was broadcasting full-power HD yet?

 
At 11:22 AM, January 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it will be interesting to see what both KETS and KATV choose to do in the near future.

First of all, all stations are about 1 year away from ceasing analog transmission anyway - so my guess would be that no analog transmitters will be replaced.

To answer an earlier question, Yes. KATV was broadcasting in full power HD from that tower, so the digital transmitter will have to be replaced. But... will KATV try to relocate to Little Rock or stay in Redfield/Pine Bluff?

I think it's interesting to note that KETS' digital transmitters were located elsewhere, not on the KATV tower. Therefore, KETS DT over the air signal is still on.

 
At 12:46 PM, January 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KETS-DT was across the road on the KASN tower.

 
At 1:30 PM, January 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I AM GLAD THAT KATV IS OFF THE AIR AND I GOT TIRED OF LOOKING AT TRASH TV ANYWAY.
NOW THAY CAN KEEP THEIR SOAP OPERA LIVES TO THEMSELVES.

 
At 1:40 PM, January 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:31am and 1:30pm must have been a disgruntled former janitor at KATV.

 
At 1:50 PM, January 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a viewer who receives local broadcasts over-the-air, I'm interested in hearing from the affected stations about the situation.

Looking at the KATV and AETN websites, it's interesting to compare how they are communicating with their viewers.

AETN.org has a message to their viewers explaining the problem, and expressing their appreciation to the viewers for their patience during the broadcast interruption. I appreciate that AETN has spoken to the situation.

In contrast, KATV.com has no message to their viewers. Their main story about the tower collapse is Associated Press wire copy. It really shows that KATV is clueless about effective public relations.

If I owned KATV, I'd be replacing the management along with the tower.

 
At 7:36 PM, January 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duh, all towers fall straight down unless all guy wires are released on one side at once. This is not a special feature, just the way things happen.

Let me be the first to say that the guys working on the guys make a horrible mistake somehow. I hope they're insured.

 
At 9:28 PM, January 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
GOOD FOR KATV THE TOWER FELL, NOW LET'S SEE IF THE TOWER WILL FALL ON PEOPLE'S JOBS. KATV MIGHT LOOSE VIWERSHIP AND MORE AFTER THIS ACCIDENT. THE KATV DOURCHE BAGS CAN TAKE CARE OF EVERYONES ELSE HOUSE AND LOOK AT THEIR OUWN STUDIO DOWN THEIR. THEY GOT HOLES IN THE BUILDING DOWN THEIR AND THAT STUDIO MIGHT CAVE IN.

12:31 AM, January 12, 2008


Anonymous said...
I AM GLAD THAT KATV IS OFF THE AIR AND I GOT TIRED OF LOOKING AT TRASH TV ANYWAY.
NOW THAY CAN KEEP THEIR SOAP OPERA LIVES TO THEMSELVES.

1:30 PM, January 12, 2008

Anonymous said...
As a viewer who receives local broadcasts over-the-air, I'm interested in hearing from the affected stations about the situation.

Looking at the KATV and AETN websites, it's interesting to compare how they are communicating with their viewers.

AETN.org has a message to their viewers explaining the problem, and expressing their appreciation to the viewers for their patience during the broadcast interruption. I appreciate that AETN has spoken to the situation.

In contrast, KATV.com has no message to their viewers. Their main story about the tower collapse is Associated Press wire copy. It really shows that KATV is clueless about effective public relations.

If I owned KATV, I'd be replacing the management along with the tower.

1:50 PM, January 12, 2008

To all you folks go F*** YOUR SELFS. You have nothing better to than kick a station in hard times. Then joke about it. All I have to say IS KARMA SUCKS.

 
At 9:20 AM, January 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE STATION PUT OTHER PEOPLE IN HARD TIMES BY NOT GIVING PEOPLE JOB'S WHEN THEY NEEDED HELP. FURTHER MORE A LOT OF THEM DOWN THEIR IS JUST GETTING A CHECK AND IF THEY WERE ALL SMART JUST TURN THE CLOCK BACK AND PUT A CAMERA IN EVERYONS HAND AND TELL THEM TO GO SHOOT AND RATING WILL BE UP REGARDLESS OF THEIR WORK EXPERIENCE.

 
At 11:36 AM, January 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that KTHV has a back-up 100 ft. tower...what do the other stations have for a back-up?

Will KATV be suing the tower company for losses on commercial spots?

 
At 5:27 PM, January 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will this affect channel 16's awesome studio lighting?

 
At 8:29 PM, January 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't another LR station have a tower collapse a few years ago?

 
At 8:44 PM, January 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've fallen, and I can't get up!!!!

 
At 12:02 AM, January 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the tower didnt collapse, but some ice fell and damaged an antenna on the KLRT tower a few years ago, took out some of the then clear channel radio stations too.

 
At 10:53 AM, January 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 4 reported Monday morning that the tower fell. How funny is that? How LATE is that?

 
At 12:27 PM, January 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 had it on their website Friday. As you know morning shows are a rehash of the news from overnight and Monday's shows are a weekend rehash. So as long as they didn't call it breaking news it wasn't late.

11 also had on their website. Did look at Fox.

KATV needs to put a section on their site to tell the viewers what is going on. What a missed opportunity.

Expect layoffs late spring.

 
At 1:52 PM, January 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss my HD! Did this tower have anything to do with the music channels? Because those are gone too, but that could just be because I wasn't paying for them.

 
At 6:15 PM, January 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't another LR station have a tower collapse a few years ago?


Magic 105

 
At 8:45 PM, January 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK had the story on friday and was live on the scene like other stations. They just updated the story on Monday. I saw it, you just weren't paying attention.

 
At 9:26 AM, January 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it me, or is Channel 11 really sucking in the mornings now? I mean 4 is still the worst and 7 is still the leader but 11 is pretty lame without Robin

 
At 10:24 AM, January 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it me, or is Channel 11 really sucking in the mornings now? I mean 4 is still the worst and 7 is still the leader but 11 is pretty lame without Robin

Not according to the ratings. 11 is still the most watched show in the mornings. With or without Robyn's thong.

 
At 3:32 PM, January 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mickey goodwin wears a thong and has a pierced belly button

 
At 10:43 PM, January 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ask the weather guys

 
At 1:10 AM, January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The report in Stephens Media said -

Within about 30 minutes of the collapse, KATV began uplinking a signal through Equity Broadcasting, according to Debbie Hook, an assistant to KATV president Dale Nicholson.

"Everybody that received us before should be able to receive us now" through cable, satellite or analog feeds, Hook said Monday.

Well, KATV is not working on our TV. Maybe they have a little flea-powered transmitter broadcasting somewhere, but channel 7 is just static here. Is anyone out there receiving KATV on their antenna? Was Debbie Hook being accurate when she claimed that the analog broadcast is working?

 
At 2:18 AM, January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:26AM, Channell 11 may still be on top, but the numbers looked bad. How can you fall that much in a year and still eek out a win? Because the other guys didn't look so hot before. Wait until February. Then we will really know if R's thong was the support for that show.

 
At 5:54 AM, January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV's website says they are working to find the reason for the collapse. Are they surprised? There is a reason the tower is the last of its kind standing. The rest with this design have fallen already. The tower was condemned, and should have been replaced years ago. Bring back the day when local tv was actually owned locally. It was a greedy corporate business decision not to replace an aging tower that was will now cost 7 more than money.

 
At 8:37 AM, January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Well, KATV is not working on our TV. Maybe they have a little flea-powered transmitter broadcasting somewhere, but channel 7 is just static here. Is anyone out there receiving KATV on their antenna? Was Debbie Hook being accurate when she claimed that the analog broadcast is working?"

As far as I can tell, there is no analog broadcast for channel 7 yet. Equity does have it as the second subchannel on KWBF-DT, so if you have a digital reciever, and can actually received KWBT-DT, it is on 42-3.

 
At 9:14 AM, January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not Allbritton's fault. The blame lies squarely on Dale. he was afraid to go and ask for the money to make the repairs/build a new tower. He hated asking them for money. That's why they never got new gear and the building looks like crap.

His favorite line was always "we need new gear, guess we need to ahve another fire"

 
At 12:50 PM, January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their is only one person to call, get Tony and Aaron.

 
At 1:15 PM, January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is Albritton's and Dale's fault the tower is down. No one else would have been able to act on the 20 year old problem but them. Where is their back up tower? Don't the other stations have a back up?

 
At 3:27 PM, January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love me some mickey goodwin on knwa. mickey rules!

 
At 3:53 PM, January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mickey -- quit talking about yourself and get back to work.

 
At 5:18 PM, January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what equipment do they need to improve their audio? It sounds horrible.

What all equipment was on that tower? Digital Transmitter, etc.?

 
At 5:34 PM, January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mickey, rumor has it no one likes you or your big pay check that you tend to hint about aroudn the newsroom. i'd watch your babk...you have to prove yourself %^&$#@

 
At 7:49 PM, January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

rnr

 
At 8:16 AM, January 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what equipment do they need to improve their audio? It sounds horrible.

What all equipment was on that tower? Digital Transmitter, etc.?


They never went real stereo. They just passed the analog signal over both channels. It made the stereo light on your set come on so you thought you had true stereo.

They lost both their analog and digital transmitter.

 
At 2:22 PM, January 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

stay off mickey goodwin. you toothless morons just wish you have a woman that looks like that insteadof your arkansas hillbilles.

go mickey!

 
At 2:39 PM, January 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The KATV people down their is just getting a check and really don't give a DAM about the quality because the quanity of work is very poor.
Only one man can really make that station really hop and make it worth looking at.

 
At 4:36 PM, January 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mickey is the hottest talent around.. and has a great personality. Lots of women are snobs in TV.

 
At 4:37 PM, January 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 11:57 PM, January 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is KATV ever going to take Paul Eells picture down from their window on 4TH Street? It's been more than a year since he died.

 
At 7:20 AM, January 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one know wo to call to get a new print made and installed. Plus they're just too frickin' cheap.

 
At 9:01 AM, January 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV is back on the air in analog on Ch. 7, but I'm not sure where it's coming from.

 
At 9:18 AM, January 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

aww that is too bad, the Dourche Bag's are back on the air.

 
At 2:31 PM, January 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jennifer Haile is hottielicious !

 
At 9:43 AM, January 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think katv killed paul ells with a heavy work ujenda.
Alot of the people in the News Media are members of the Council of Conservative Citizens.
The Amercian media is controled by the Council of Foreign Relations.
I know alot of you people in here are just bit players and probably work for the news station.
Check out Zeigest @ Brasschecktv.com and get educated on the facts.

 
At 7:02 PM, January 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"First Paul Eells, now this. Times are a changin. For better or for worse I can't tell.

You must not be from around here, or you're too young and dumb to know anything yet."

Paul who?

 
At 11:35 PM, January 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where in the hell is the Fox Producer when you need him?

 
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