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In this shot you can see four of the towers on Verdugo Peak, with the KROQ-FM tower at left, and two of the old 1500 towers in the center. At bottom is air-conditioning and electrical equipment for the transmitters. In front of that you can see a concrete slab about a foot thick. It sits on rails, so that (in the event of a nuclear holocaust) an engineer could slide the slab over the stairwell and so protect himself from the blast. (What point this might have when the transmitter would have neither an antenna nor electrical power was never clear, and the only time anyone ever tried to move the slab, the unlucky engineer found that it now covers a large fire-ant nest.)
CBS has left the old 1500 towers up for use as trading cards: when they want to get permission to erect a new tower, they offer to take one of the old ones down. The old towers were very solidly built (the sections overlap by a dozen feet at each joint and have completely rusted together) and Fred expressed some concern about the difficulty of removing the remaining towers when the need arises.
Copyright 2006, Garrett Wollman. All rights reserved. Photograph taken 2006-04-21.