TV Station Tower Collapses In Western Wisconsin

FAIRCHILD, Wis. (AP) — A 2,000-foot-tall television transmitting tower toppled in western Wisconsin, knocked the TV station off the air.

WEAU-TV turned to the Internet to deliver its 10 p.m. newscast Tuesday night after the tower in eastern Eau Claire County came tumbling down. The weather was windy and icy at the time, but the tower in Fairchild has stood through Wisconsin’s worst conditions since 1966.

Fairchild Fire Department spokesperson Stacy Tanner says no one was hurt when the tower came down about 8:30 p.m. WEAU-TV says part of the structure fell over county Highway H, which isn’t expected to be cleared until later Wednesday.

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  • Andrew

    Seriously, why include a photo with the article if this is the photo you use? Laughable.

    • KATHY

      WCCO does stuff like that all the time on their website. I don;t understand it, they need to hire someone who knows what their doing.
      What a joke…

    • SV


  • lib

    It has been my best laugh of the day, that picture! lol

  • Frank Furter

    You can tell that it’s a Wisconsin TV in the photo, not a computer monitor. If it were a computer monitor, the screensaver would be cheese. Golden fields of cheese!

  • dunno why they forgot

    Another case of someone not paying their “cable” bill

  • sad

    Dug deep in to the cco archives, it brings back memories, probably before there were 2,000 ft towers.

  • funnyrabit

    What a silly picture.

  • Jay

    I believe the tower was built in the early 60’s, and at that time it WAS a BIG DEAL! Seeing actual pictures of the damages, its worth nothing more than scrap now. Due to this a county road/hwy has had to be closed until cleanup can be finished today. Want to see pictures, go to the local station site mentioned, there is a picture of some junk left, not much to look at or even interesting.

  • A

    ahahaha, they took the picture off! What was it of?

    • Frank Furter

      It was a photo of an old TV with static on the screen. Real relevant to the story!

  • weee

    TIMBER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cqui

    That picture was probably used in fear of backwoods travel in WI. Wimps. I would have used the old test screen from the 60s.

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