KVLY-TV mast (formerly the KTHI-TV
mast) is a tall television-transmitting mast in Blanchard, Traill
States, used by Fargo station KVLY channel
11. It's considered the third tallest structure
ever built, after Burj
Dubai and the Warsaw radio mast (which collapsed in 1991).
is located three miles west of Blanchard, North Dakota, halfway between Fargo and Grand
Map of KNLY-TV Mast
It became the tallest artificial structure
upon the completion of its construction on 13 August 1963.
was surpassed in height by in 1974 by the Warszawa radio
mast near Konstantynów, Poland, which
collapsed on 8 August 1991, making the KNLY-TV mast again the
tallest structure on land.
still-under-construction Burj Dubai in Dubai, United Arab
Emirates, planned for completion in December 2009, has
surpassed the mast as the tallest land structure.
As of 17
January 2009, Burj Dubai was reported to have reached a height of .
However, the Council on Tall
Buildings and Urban Habitat
will not recognize the Burj Dubai
figures as official until that building is complete .
A view up the tower.
Each colored segment is 100' tall.
The tower was built by Hamilton Electric Company York, South
Carolina and Kline Iron and
, and took thirty days to complete, at a cost of US$
Hoak Media of Dallas, Texas, the tower
broadcasts at 316 kW for television
station KNLY (channel 11, an NBC affiliate)
which is based in Fargo.
The tower provides a broadcast area of
roughly which is a radius of about .
Its height above mean sea level is . Some time after its
completion, the FCC
imposed a policy that states, "Although there is no absolute height
limit for antenna towers, both agencies have established a rebuttable presumption
structures over 2,000 feet above ground level."
The FCC and FAA may approve a taller structure
in "exceptional cases."
The call letters of the television station for which it was built
were originally KTHI, the "HI" referring to the height of the mast.
The top is reachable by elevator or ladder.
Image:KVLYDistance.jpg|KVLY tower from a distance of about one mile
(1.6 km)Image:KVLY-TV_Mast_Tower_Base.jpg.jpg|Base of the
Structures of similar height