Richland Towers Buys WYIN-TV Tower Near Chicago
GARY, IND: Richland Towers of Tampa, Fla., picked up its
second tall tower within a month. The firm acquired the 950-foot guyed
structure used by WYIN-TV, a public broadcaster licensed to Gary, Ind., and
serving the Chicago market. No financial details were disclosed. Richland’s
Dave Denton said the location and height of the structure will create a “cost-effective
redundancy site for Chicago TV and FM broadcasters.”
WYIN moved to the tower, located at its Crown Point, Ind., transmitter site, in
November of 2003. With a $2 million state grant, WYIN installed a 54-foot
digital antenna on the tower in February of 2004. The station transmits on Ch.
17 at 300 kW ERP, according to the FCC database.
Richland last month announced its acquisition of a Los Angeles tower site
formerly owned by Emmis Communications. The company paid a reported $6 million
for the 40-acre site.
~ Deborah D. McAdams