Birmingham Post-Herald from Birmingham, Alabama on March 5, 1982 · 48
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Birmingham Post-Herald from Birmingham, Alabama · 48

Birmingham, Alabama
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Friday, March 5, 1982
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The workmen ire barely visible from the ground Bill Chapman has reason to smile his station h finally going on tfae air after 19 years Channel 21: ‘It’s getting exciting now’ “I as he dii Wi lsh TS GETTING exciUng now" Bill Chapman craned his neck ! and looked up Into the forMd-Is that threatened to brlnf ijr afternoon to a premature fin- Chapman's eyes sought out four dark forms that moved like specks of dust 100 feet above the clay of Red Mountain The specks were a crew from the Stainless Tower Co in Pennsylvania who were putting the last rivets in the day’s work — the 1062-foot tower for Birmingham's newest television station WTTO (channel The crew had moved 300 feet Wednesday to reach the halfway mark and Chapman who with brother Ben is majority owner of the UHF station was thrilled His 19 years of work on the station was reaching! ts end Earlier Chapman had led a visitor through the new station’s studio which should be ready for occupancy by mid April He took obvious delight m pointing out what every room and pipe meant "This win be a little office this wHl be the boy’s room this pipe wUl be a water faucetl” The roar of a portable generator outside brought Urn back to the base of the tower where he watched as the workmen were lowered by a pulley that raises sections for the tower It was quitting time The workman by this time used to attention waved to the photographers who aimed their lenses skyward The tower (which should be complete by tomorrow if the weather holds) and studio are Just part of the activity Station manager Charles Rountree left on a trip yesterday to see what kind of programming would be available for the station "There's gonna be a lot of movies” bo predicted "But when I come back next week I win hope to have a little bit better idea of Just what” Chapman also said the station bad heard a lot of requests for ABC-TVs "NightUne” a late-night news The station should go on the air in May Chapman who has seen his riiare of delays isn’t announcing any dates But Rountree is optimistic “Now that the tower is gohu up the rest of It has become academic We’ve started putting circles around days and dates” Photos by BUI I sad Michael I Channel 21’s studio Is well on Its way to a mid-April completion Jerry Aistin left and “Tower” Tom Blackiston finish another day

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