TAMPA, Fla. (August 29, 2016) – A replacement radio tower for WUSF 89.7 has been completed and is now fully operational. This tower replaces the old WUSF radio tower, which was built 50-years ago and had reached its expected lifespan.
The replacement tower ensures WUSF 89.7 can continue to serve the community for decades to come with news, entertainment and emergency information during severe weather and other crises.
Once construction was finished on the replacement tower, engineers transferred all the broadcast equipment from the old tower to the new one, and then began carefully taking down the old tower piece by piece. Workers completed the removal of the old tower in early August.
“For more than 50 years, the residents of the Tampa Bay region have counted on WUSF 89.7,” said JoAnn Urofsky, general manager. “The radio broadcast tower is the backbone of our public service. This replacement tower will allow us to build on our legacy and serve the Bay area for future generations.”
Over-the-air radio broadcasting is still the most effective way to communicate with a broad audience in normal times and in times of emergency. The vast majority of WUSF 89.7’s audience listens to programming over the air.
The replacement tower cost approximately $2 million to build and was paid for by the State of Florida and WUSF.
The new tower is the same size and height of the old tower, but updated with new technology and safety features. Foundations for the tower were poured 80-feet down into the bedrock to ensure the tower would be secure.
“Safety has been our first priority with this project,” said Max Sitero, WUSF Public Media director of engineering. “We worked methodically during the last ten months to do all of this work carefully – and make it seamless to our listeners. Our team did an excellent job.”
WUSF Public Media is a comprehensive media organization that provides media services to the community and businesses through public broadcasting and multi-media production services. Licensed to the University of South Florida, WUSF Public Media has been serving the public interest through programming, educational outreach and community partnerships for more than 50 years. For more information, visit www.wusf.org.