The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on February 12, 1984 · 403
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The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida · 403

Miami, Florida
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Sunday, February 12, 1984
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Station asks NMB signal of support for tower 1 By EVELYN HERNANDEZ Herald Staff Writer The Station’s antenna may be in South Dade but WCIX-TV (Channel 6) has gone to North Miami Beach in search of support for extending its broadcasting tower by 400 feet A station official appeared Tuesday before the North Miami Beach City Council with a proposed resolution and a pledge that a taller tower will benefit North Dade residents City Attorney Howard Lenard is reviewing the station’s proposal which is to be discussed again at the council’s Feb 21 meeting Station officials say viewers in North Dade and South Broward who can’t tune in to the channel now will be able to when the tower is taller Taft Broadcasting owners of WCIX have applied for a variance to extend the tower from 1449 feet 1841 feet The request comes before the Metro Commission Feb 23 “Residents of North Miami Beach should not be forced to subscribe to cable in order to get Channel 6” Belinda Palmer WCIX public affairs director told the council members City council meetings are broadcast by Storer Cable Palmer asked the council to approve'a resolution supporting the extension of the tower which rises from a 40-acre field at SW 248th Street east of Krome Avenue The station has its opponents The Redlands Civic Association a group of more than 400 people who live in the tower’s vicinity has opposed the extension since it was proposed almost a year ago Among other things association members say the tower with its synchronized strobe lights is unattractive Association member Richard Droog said the station’s motive is more money “They don’t want it taller to give you better reception in North Dade and South Broward they want it taller so they can rent more space on it” Droog said “Well common sense tells you you’re not going to make a mint selling space to other stations” Palmer replied She said the station earns less than $3000 per month from government agencies FM stations and a private businesses who rent air space In addition she said station officials have decided not to rent space on the extended portion of the tower The extension will cost about $15 million she said The county Zoning Appeals Board first approved the extension last August On Dec 8 the Metro Commission remanded the matter to the zoning board because of a technicality On Jan 11 the zoning board approved it again The extension also has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration said Ted Newlan director of engineering at WCIX The tower was built in 1967 at 1049 feet In 1976 it was extended to its present height Other area television stations have their antennas at an antenna farm in the Andover area near the Dade-Broward line But the FCC determined that WCIX must build its tower in South Dade to keep from interfering with signals from Channel 6 in Orlando and Channel 5 in Palm Beach Newlan said From 1974 until recently WCIX bounced its signal off a translator at the Andover site allowing North Dade and South Broward residents to pick up WCIX on Channel 33 But last November the FCC awarded Channel 33 to another group That means many residents in North Dade and South Broward no longer are able to receive WCIX broadcasts station officials say “We had approximately 12000 calls in the first two weeks that Channel 33 was shut down” Newlan said they t to wait 'to see a le think DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT LINE At North Shore Medical Center we know that when yqu have a medical problem you want to see a doctor right away You want a doctor that comes highly recommended And you want the peace of mind that comes with qualified medical treatment North Shore’s Doctor’s Appointment Line makes it possible for our neighbors who do not have a physician to get a first appointment with a doctor within 24 hours Participating physicians are all active members of the North Shore Medical Center Staff ' Specialties include: Allergy Cardiology Dermatology Ear Nose & Throat Endocrinology Diabetes Thyroid Disease Family & General Practice Gastroenterology Gynecology Obstetrics Hematology Infertility Internal Medicine Neurology Epilepsy Oncology Ophthalmology Oral Surgery Orthopedics Pediatrics Pediatric Endrocrinology Plastic Surgery Psychiatry Pulmonary Disease Urology Surgery General Colon & Rectal Thoracic Cardiovascular Head & Neck Vasadar HERE’S HOW IT WORKS Call 835-6104 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm when you want to make an appointment with a doctor Briefly explain your medical needs to the Doctor’s Appointment Line representative who will then offer the names of three local physicians in the medical specialty you require When you make your choice the representative will arrange the first appointment then call you back promptly to confirm the time and date The Doctor’s Appointment Line is not intended to replace emergency room cases that need immediate attention You should go directly to the North Shore Emergency Department open 24-hours 7 days a week or the hospital emergency room nearest to you for treatment North Shore Medical Center On 95th Street 2 blocks West of 1-95 (305)835-6104 Closer Than You Think! The MIAMI HERALD i 7 Sunday Feb 12 1984

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