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September 21, 2006

Doerun--  You can come out and meet the WALB News Ten Team in person today! We're moving our Home Base for a Day, and today we'll be in Doerun.

As you probably know, our tower fell back in June. Since then, many loyal viewers haven't been able to watch Channel 10.

For the next six weeks, we'll reach out to some of the affected communities.  We'll start with the town where our tower is being rebuilt, Doerun.

As for plans for a tower replacement, here's what we know. The firm of LeBlanc & Royle will build a new super tower, designed to hold four TV antennas:  digital antennas for WALB and WFXL, and analog antennas for both stations. The Dielectric Company will supply the antennas.

Raycom chief engineer Dave Folsom says,  "Instead of two 5-foot-face towers, as WALB and WFXL had, the super tower will be a single 10-foot-face tower with a T-bar on top, to support the analog antennas." The digital antennas will be on the sides of the tower,about 150 feet from the top.

We had hoped that the new tower and antennas could be fully functional by February, but it's looking more like April at this time. The TV signals should reach out just as far under the new arrangement as they did be fore the towers fell.

We hope you'll come watch our five and six o'clock newscasts live today in Doerun!

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