Maine Broadcast Tower Collapses

A 550 foot guyed tower owned by Saga Communications of New England, LLC and used by Portland Maine FM stations WMGX and WYNZ collapsed Thursday afternoon. The WMGX Web site carried a story by Justin Ellis and David Hench from the Portland Press Herald Radio tower crashes down with pictures of the fallen tower. The story said the tower was built in 1986 and that when the tower collapsed the weather was rain with winds peaking at 35 mph. The collapse appeared to have been due to failure of a guy wire.

In addition to FM stations WMGX and WYNZ, Saga Communications owns WPOR-FM and four AM radio stations in Portland. Both WMGX and WYNZ were able to get back on the air Friday using on of the other Saga Communications' towers.