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Radio High Above New York’s Rooftops

Conrad Trautmann shares a photo of broadcast facilities atop a skyscraper

Radio World loves to receive photographs that capture the allure of radio. Recently, we’ve put out multiple calls to our readership asking for pretty pictures of their facilities, and they did not disappoint! Want to share your own pics? We welcome all photos that capture the wonder of radio. Email them to [email protected].

The photo below was taken in 2004 by Conrad Trautmann. It captures both the energy of New York’s Times Square — including its famous discount tickets booths — as well as the towering presence behind them of 4 Times Square, a 52-story skyscraper. The building measures 809 ft. tall to its roof and 1,118 ft. tall to its antenna.

“That skyscraper opened in 1999 but new broadcast facilities were built at its top in 2003 to serve the city’s broadcasters,” said Trautmann. “The late John Lyons led the engineering for that project for the Durst Organization. It was the first major broadcast structure erected in the city after the terror attacks of 2001 destroyed the World Trade Center.”

Trautmann, a photographer,  joined Westwood One in 2000 and today is the chief technology officer of its parent company, Cumulus Media.

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