LIVE FROM SEVEN HILLS/PARMA, OHIO -- OMW is on the road this Sunday evening, and yes, we found our way to the WKYC/3 transmitter site on Broadview Road in Parma.
And yes, Virginia, there is a tower Santa Claus. (No, we're not sure that works in late March.)
Your Primary Editorial Voice(tm) braved the soggy, windy weather this evening to snap this first shot of the under construction tower that will hold the new digital antennas for WKYC, and for ideastream PBS affiliate WVIZ/25.
(Our apologies for the quality of the photo, but it's not exactly perfect weather for outdoor photography of any sort... or that matter, for holding a small umbrella in the wind.)
No, we didn't enlist the help of one of our new friends along the Parma residential street next to the WKYC transmitter site to post this from the area nearby.
The "Seven Hills" part of our dateline is because we're using the free Wifi facilities of a certain national chain eatery...with a location just down Broadview Road from the WKYC site, on the Seven Hills side of the Seven Hills/Parma line.
We're warm, indoors and having dinner.
You can almost see the newly rising tower from this far away. It is being built directly adjacent to the existing WKYC/3 analog tower.
Closer to the site, here's more construction evidence...a much larger crane appears ready to hoist the next tower segment aloft.
There's more to tower construction than meets the eye, as our long-time friend and colleague Scott Fybush at NorthEast Radio Watch can certainly tell you.
But for the first time, the new WKYC/WVIZ tower seems, well, real to us...and not just some planned structure that might be built sometime down the road...