Originally Posted by foxeng
Technically there are 5 towers but only 3 are used for TV. As you drive down US 220 from Greensboro the first tower on the right is a 1000 ft tower that has 98.7FM and 100.3FM. The next tower down right by Level Cross on the road is a 2000 ft tower with a 3 arm cantilever on top. On this tower you have WXLV-DT, WMYV-TV, WMYV-DT, WLXI-DT, WCWG-TV and WCWG-DT. Due west at 2 miles is WFMY's 2000 foot tower with WFMY-TV and WFMY-DT. Next down 220 at Randleman is Rock 92's tower and then 2 miles further south are the two 1250 ft main and auxiliary towers of WGHP with WGHP and WGHP-DT on both.
Zane may want to comment directly but I had heard that they wanted to be more centrally located in the market since the eastern part of the market doesn't receive the stations on Sauratown Mt well. The FCC let them put their digital there, but has refused to allow them to move the analog. I would image that with the cut off date so close now, WXLV-TV will never move to Level Cross.
As far as the center channel issue with FOX, I have no idea what they are doing. As I have stated before, when the splicer is on line we have no control over the audio since the HD receiver is literally connected directly to the transmitter at that point and we are at the mercy of what network sends us. We do complain and sometimes they even listen!!
And I can remember when as a young kid Channel 12 and WTQR off Sauratown had the signals to die for in that market, but as you noted, I could get 2 or 8 in Chapel Hill, but 12 was impossible (iirc, there is also a 12 in Greenville possibly). Either because of lack of real estate on top of the mountain or electrical service, UNC-TV was the only other thing they let up there - now thinking in retrospect - perhaps when Grey privately owned it he could do that and when Big Corporations took it over, they were more agreeable to compromise.
Granted, I have not been to Level Cross since there were 2 there and when WFMY was building theirs it took a bad tilt (either 9, 12 or 18 degrees - can't remember now - and just about came down - or maybe it did - too many tower failures between then and now to remember
but I thought that both 2 and 8 at the time were closer together - about a mile NW of the Radio Station on 710AM that was there at the time (Of course the multilane 220 between Level Cross and Asheboro was only under construction then as well, lol).
Of course, I did not know 98.7 went down there either - but I do remember their 800- 900 foot tower coming down the night after it was topped off - or about to be - and looking at the welds on the ground, you really had to question the construction. Of course, it was pushed back to the swampy area closer to the interstate and rebuilt at that time. I wonder if the remains of that failure are down there still, lol.
At least they did loosen up as the FAA held back towers down there forever years ago. And even after 8 got the first one up, it took a good long while before 2's went up from the 700 or so feet they had at the station on US29.