Television station WEAU TV-13 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin is currently off the air due to the collapse of their transmission tower. The tower, located north on Fairchild, WI on Hwy H was constructed in 1966 and was 2000 feet tall. The tower was also home to the FM radio station 104.5 WAXX. WEAU and WAXX serve much of western Wisconsin with NBC affiliate programming.
About 8:30 Tuesday night when WEAU went off the air several pieces of equipment fell from the sky. WAXX radio is also on the tower and also went off air at the time. The top of our tower is what sends our signal over the air and into your living room. The tallest point, which is about 2,000 feet, now sits in the snow. The tower fell in about three different directions. One part of the tower is across County Road H and won’t be cleared until sometime Wednesday.
WEAU will continue to live stream breaking news on their website. The tower collapse only affects over the air broadcast, not cable to satellite reception.
Update: Thanks to some very quick working broadcast engineers, cable and satellite broadcasts are back on the air. You can also see WEAU over the air on 18.3 WQOW Eau Claire and 50.1 WXOW LaCrosse. These broadcasts are in standard definitions, as it may take a little time to get the HD broadcast back on the air.
From the WEAU website:
Following tower collapse, WEAU’s fellow broadcasters have offered extensive help, and now we are back on. We are over the air – at 18.3. We are also on 50.1 in La Crosse, thanks to WXOW. And Charter Cable has us back up on channel 6.
If you are searching for our HD channel – 606 on Charter, that will not be up until sometime Thursday.
WEAU is also back up and running on Dish Network.
24/7 Weather on cable also won’t be available until Thursday.