Broadcast Radio Towers
This first "Tower" page features the towers of WICC AM, 600 KHz.
This is the local station I grew up listening to. It was always my "go-to" place for weather, traffic, news,
talk and music.
I built my first crystal radio in 1952 or '53 in the Cub Scouts. Of course, I had some help otherwise it never would have worked. My first "contact" was WICC
which was about 5 air miles from my home.
A telephoto shot from 3,000 feet away across the Long Island Sound inlet on Pleasure Beach, Bridgeport, Connecticut.
The shot is from the shoreline of Stratford, CT.
In this closeup, it's hard to appreciate the tower's 300 foot height. They kind of look like toy models.
Panning out, it's easy to appreciate the elegance of engineering design in these iron and steel beauties.
Originally built for WNAC, these Milliken-designed towers were barged into Bridgeport in the early 1930s ... somewhere between 1932 and 1934. Milliken
later sold to Blaw-Knox, a well-known commercial tower maker. They are over 80-years-old now and show no signs of damage or deterioration from
numerous New England coastal hurricanes, ice storms, blizzards and general sand and salt beach erosion.
This is my perspective from as close as I could drive ... marsh lands love to eat big, heavy Buick sedans.
Even at 3,000 feet distant, this is a sweet scene for a radioman.
Over the years, WICC has changed its format in many different ways. To their credit, they have pretty-well resisted the changing times of corporate
integration, shifting demographic tastes and the advancement of communications technology. First it was FM taking over the world of broadcast music, then
the likes of satellite beaming, as with XM/Sirius, and now to streaming audio, a la, Pandora, I-Heart-Radio, and the like. Even my cable TV has 24/7 music
channels with no less than 24 genre selections.
Still, the big sound on Long Island Sound continues to pump out 1 kilowatt of area coverage. Even after sunset, the meager 500 watts of nighttime power can
be heard across the Atlantic coast in coastal New Jersey.
There's a lot more of this station's historical information available on Internet. You can read about such disc jockeys like Soupy Sales, Bob Crane.
WICC was the birthplace of Mark Edwards' famous "Sock Hop Saturday Night" in April 1994. Mark has since moved his program to WLNG, across the water
on Long Island.
"A thing of beauty, is a joy forever"
Images and text, (c) copyright, Robert Betts, N1KPR, 2015