Originally Posted by dfiler
[WTAE] would prefer a more central location but it isn't permitted. If I remember correctly, this would encroach on the territory of a station in Youngstown.
The chief engineer of WTAE used to post here on a regular basis. As I recall, the current Buena Vista site was selected for two reasons in the late 1950's. The station was to have been licensed to Irwin and a location closer in to Pittsburgh would have created short-spacing to channel 4 in Columbus.
Now that WTAE's digital is on RF-51, I see no co-channel conflict. The adjacent channels (on RF-50) nearby are WEAO in Akron and WQLN in Erie. I'm not sure that moving to, say, Ivory Avenue would have been undoable because of technical reasons or perhaps it may be simply that Hearst owns the property at Buena Vista.
By the way, it appears that the digital antenna isn't at the top of the tower. Their analog height was 961' and the current HAAT is 895'. Another 66' of elevation probably wouldn't hurt.