On August 27th, 2010, the old KHSL AM radio towers were taken down by a demolition company. The towers were constructed around 1947. After 63 years of continuously serving the Chico area with radio communications of one kind or another the towers are coming down and the transmission site is going silent.
You can see the two towers in the photo at left I took in May 2007.
This video below is the view of the East tower collapse after the guy wires were cut by the worker in the lower left with the cutting torch, about 10:05 AM PST. Once the guys were cut, the other two sets of guys under tension pulled the tower east past the tipping point, and then gravity took over to finish the job.
Watch the video below from this morning to see the demolition.
(apologies for the video quality, as Murphy’s law would have it, a small shred of black paper or plastic blew into the lens and wedged there, obscuring part of the lower right)
The West tower was taken down about 10:53 AM the same day. KHSL radio and TV veterans Gil Houston (former radio chief engineer) Dino Corbin, (General manager), Ken Rice, (former engineer) and myself (Anthony Watts) gathered to watch the event.
The towers were first erected in 1947. They were removed to make way for the new Merriam Park subdivision.
The call sign KHSL for radio has switched to the FM band as is now a country music station called 103.5 “The Blaze”. The 1290AM frequency that used to be KHSL-AM is now occupied by KPAY, where I now work. KPAY formerly was at 1060AM but purchased the 1290 frequency and moved to it in 1995.
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