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Video: Demolition company’s view of VOA Site A towers falling

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While it’s fascinating to watch the video footage of the VOA Site A towers falling, it’s also a little heartbreaking.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I spent time last week at the VOA Site A’s twin site: VOA Site B (now the Edward R. Murrow Transmitting Station).

While it’s a little tough for me to watch, imagine how difficult it is for the engineers who lovingly cared for these giant antennas for so many decades. Still, VOA Site A’s antennas needed to be demolished–they hadn’t been in operation since 2006 and would have soon become a hazard to anyone on the site.

It’s just tough to see these powerhouse curtain antennas collapse:

Click here to view on YouTube.

Post Readers: I’m hoping to have time this weekend to put together the photos I took last week and responses to your questions.

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VOA Site A antennas and towers demolished

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Helicopter view of the curtain antenna array falling.

On Friday, I spent the afternoon at the Edward R. Murrow Transmitting Station (a.k.a. VOA Site B) in Greenville, NC.

While there, I was told that the VOA Site A towers, which have long been abandoned, were slated to be demolished this morning. Here’s the report from local NBC TV station WITN:

(Source: WITN)

BEAUFORT COUNTY, NC (WITN) – A series of implosions is all it took to bring down 48 radio towers that have been a part of U.S. history for over 50 years.

It happened Monday morning at the old Voice of America Site A in Beaufort County.

Not used since 2006, the VOA site was sold to Beaufort County as surplus U.S. property.

Environmental Holdings Group of Morrisville teamed up with Controlled Demolition Incorporated to implode and haul off the 48 towers.

It took less than a minute for it all to come down.

Voice of America still broadcasts from Site B to Latin America, Cuba, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Click here to read the full article and watch the video at WITN.

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VOA Site A for sale: surplus property notice

Surplus Notice

Want to purchase a shortwave transmitter site? VOA Site A ia a mirror image of the Edward R. Murrow Transmitting Station and is being sold as surplus property:

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Site “A” Transmitting Station is approximately 2,822 acres with improvements containing 54,318 square feet of rentable area. The main transmitter building was constructed in 1957. In addition to the main building, there are small ancillary buildings on the site, along with 40 transmitter antennas and 160 towers, concrete foundations, asphalt paving, wood distribution poles and fencing on the property.

Click here to download the surplus notice.

Many thanks to Jonathan Marks for the tip!

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