It’s a fitting time for this announcement: an FM radio translator will be flipped on and signals will start broadcasting from the very top of the World Trade Center, Inside Radio reports.
With all the death and destruction caused during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, three radio stations lost their signal. A massive antennae was on top of the towers, providing service for WPAT, Columbia University’s adult alternative and the New York City Public Radio stations.
Over the years, they’ve found other homes for their broadcasts, of course, but a New Jersey FM translator has been relocated to the top of the new One World Trade Center in Manhattan, making it the first one in that vicinity in 17 years.
The translator will broadcast a new format station, expected to be found at 104.7 on the dial, within a few weeks.
“This has been a two-year process to formulate and execute this project to support the first FM broadcaster from atop the tallest building in North America,” Bert Goldman told Inside Radio.
The tower already is home to several television stations.
As for the original antenna, it was mangled in the attacks and is now on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., part of a massive exhibit on the attacks and international coverage of that day. The exhibit also includes the camera and notebook of a photographer killed by falling debris and smoke.