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July 3, 2007

Colquitt County  --  As you know, our broadcast tower collapsed 13 months ago and since then, we've transmitted from a temporary tower here in Albany.

After months of construction a new 1,000 foot tall tower is up and working and in about six and a half hours, we will be back on the air at full strength.

An exciting moment for WALB and our viewers across South Georgia.  Tonight at 11:35, just as our 11:00 news ends, WALB will be back over the air, and stronger than ever.

On June 1st 2006, an Army Chinook Helicopter on a training mission from Savannah to Dothan clipped a guy wire on WFXL's television tower, just yards from WALB's tower.  

Six days later during demolition of their tower, WALB's tower was torn down as well. We have been broadcasting over the air from a small antenna on our studio tower for the last year.

Construction of one super tower to hold antenna for both stations has been going on for the last year. Tests were run last night on the new tower and antenna, and tonight at 11:35 transmission will begin from our new super tower.

So viewers across South Georgia tonight at 11:35 need to aim their over the air antennas toward Doerun.  This is our analogue Channel Ten signal only.  Our High Definition antenna is also on this new tower, and it will be ready to begin transmission in the next two weeks.

We celebrate getting back on the air at full power, and welcome back viewers who have been unable to see us for a while.

"This will be our over the air analogue signal that will start up tonight at 11:35.  Our High Definition antenna is also on this new super tower, and will be ready for air in about two weeks. We have heard from thousands of viewers during the last year, anxious to be able to receive WALB again," said WALB General Manager Jim Wilcox.

Five crew members were on board the Chinook helicopter that crashed after the rear rotor hit one of the guy wires to WFXL's tower.  Four of them were killed.

They were Sergeant Christopher Erberich, Sergeant Michael Hall, Sergeant Rhonald Meeks, and Chief Warrant Officer Michael Wright.  The co-pilot, whose name the Army will not release, survived.

The men belonged to the Third Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment based At Hunter Army Airfield In Savannah.

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