Archive for May 14th, 2004

14th May

First Published in The New York Sun, May 14, 2004

By Andrew Wolf

  Seattle has its Space Needle, Toronto its CN Tower, Paris the Eiffel Tower. These may be useless structures. But they have come to represent their cities and the aspirations of the people who live there. The Bronx also has a tower, and just like the counterparts in these other cities, this tower is also a symbol of the time and place. This is the Fordham University radio tower, which lies half-completed on the eastern end of the Rose Hill campus. 

    It has been this way for 10 years, a monument to bureaucratic inertia and the power of activists to stop projects. Yet it now appears that the standoff may finally be ending,though I won’t believe it until the tower is gone and the replacement operational. 

    Fordham’s radio station, WFUV-FM, is authorized to transmit at 50,000 watts, the most powerful signal allowed by law. But their antenna, which used to sit atop Keating Hall, was not high enough for them to enjoy the benefits of their strong signal.  (more…)