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UPDATE: TV Station Tower Collapses In Western Wisconsin

UPDATED Thursday, March 24, 2011 --- 7:00 a.m.

FAIRCHILD, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin television station that was knocked off the air when a 2,000-foot-tall transmitting tower toppled is back up and running.

WEAU-TV said on its website that it was back on the air Wednesday at 18.3 in Eau Claire and 50.1 in La Crosse. The station said it also will continue to broadcast over the Internet.

On Tuesday, the TV station delivered its 10 p.m. newscast over the Internet after the tower in eastern Eau Claire County came tumbling down. The weather was windy and icy at the time, but the tower in Fairchild has stood through Wisconsin's worst conditions since 1966.

Fairchild Fire Department spokesperson Stacy Tanner says no one was hurt when the tower came down.

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WEAU-TV's report can be found at: http://bit.ly/gy9uBr

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Information from: WEAU-TV, http://www.weau.com

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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UPDATED Wednesday, March 23, 2011 --- 6:20 a.m.

TV station tower collapses in western Wisconsin

FAIRCHILD, Wis. (AP) -- A 2,000-foot-tall television transmitting tower toppled in western Wisconsin, knocked the TV station off the air.

WEAU-TV turned to the Internet to deliver its 10 p.m. newscast Tuesday night after the tower in eastern Eau Claire County came tumbling down. The weather was windy and icy at the time, but the tower in Fairchild has stood through Wisconsin's worst conditions since 1966.

Fairchild Fire Department spokesperson Stacy Tanner says no one was hurt when the tower came down about 8:30 p.m. WEAU-TV says part of the structure fell over county Highway H, which isn't expected to be cleared until later Wednesday.

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WEAU-TV's report can be found at: http://bit.ly/gy9uBr

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Information from: WEAU-TV, http://www.weau.com

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 --- 10:35 p.m.

The transmitting tower at our sister station WEAU in Eau Claire has collapsed.

NBC15 and WEAU are owned by Gray Television, Inc.

The following was posted on their website:

"FAIRCHILD (WEAU) - WEAU 13's transmitting tower in Fairchild has collapsed.

The tower fell Tuesday night in eastern Eau Claire County.

The 2000 foot tower, which was built in 1966, fell in three different directions.

Part of it covered County Road H.

Nobody was hurt.

The tower did not hit any buildings.

It's unclear exactly what caused the tower to collapse, but the weather last night was windy and icy.

WEAU is working on alternative plans to bring NBC and local programming back to the Chippewa Valley and beyond.

WEAU will continue providing up-to-the-minute news coverage right here on WEAU.com with web postings and LIVE STREAMED NEWSCASTS.

WEAU will let you know as soon as we have a fix so we can bring you programming on a television channel. Watch for information on our facebook page.. and right here on weau.com.

Many of you are wondering about your favorite NBC shows that you missed.

You can watch them online right here on WEAU.com. Here is the link: http://www.weau.com/nbcvideo

Full episodes are posted there.

Look for them the next day."


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