Rembembering and rebuilding the WEAU broadcast tower

By: Amelia Cerling Email
By: Amelia Cerling Email

FAIRCHILD, Wisc. (WEAU) --When our WEAU broadcast tower fell it wasn't just an emotional day for us, the tower has guided generations of people in the Fairchild area.

The night the tower came down Bonnie Vojtik who lives just a mile and a half down the road from the tower site, was babysitting her grandkids.

“The next thing we knew was you couldn't get down the road, had to take a different way to Fairchild, the school bus had to take a different route,” Vojtik remembers.

County Road H was strewn with piles of twisted metal. But it was the months without their blinking neighbor that made the biggest impression on Bonnie and her neighbors.

“What we missed most was when we went anywhere and then we came back, seemed like you could see the tower from just about every direction,” Bonnie says.

“Well it’s almost like a permanent fixture in the sky to see those lights almost like stars, and then all of a sudden when they're not there it was just a big void,” Fairchild’s city clerk Doreen Kuberra tells us.

Kuberra describes her difficulties as the tower took out the village's sewer line, “And whatever rod or pipe fell, it stabbed probably 13, 14 feet into the ground and went into our sewer line,” she says.

For life-long Fairchild resident Randy Wilkinson, the rebuilt tower offers a sense of comfort.

“Normal, I was coming back from Eau Claire the other day and we got by Augusta and I told the friend I was driving with, look at that, hard to believe it's back up already,” Wilkinson says.

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