NOTE TO READERS: Tower Site of the Week is on hiatus while we're out gathering many more images and stories to share with all of you.

We'll return with a new Site of the Week on July 11, so be sure to check back then. In the meantime, use the "LAST WEEK" links at the bottom of the page to enjoy the archived sites we've already visited.

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June 13 - July 11, 2001

WHJJ, East Providence, R.I.

Here's a classic site: nestled alongside Wampanoag Trail in East Providence, Rhode Island, you can't miss the two towers and brick transmitter building of WHJJ. I'm not sure exactly when this building was built, but its design and the big square towers out back strongly suggest that this site has been here since before World War II.

Back then, of course, this station was WJAR, owned by the Outlet Department Store. After the war, Outlet added WJAR-TV (Channel 11, later 10), operating radio and TV from its store building downtown and later from a new facility on Dorrance Street.

In the 1970s, the radio station was spun off from TV, with channel 10 keeping the calls. WJAR radio thus became WHJJ, co-owned with WHJY-FM (94.1).

That, in turn, explains the towers seen at the WHJJ/WHJY studio building a few miles away at 115 Eastern Avenue. FM 94.1, you see, began as WHIM-FM, co-owned with WHIM (1110 East Providence). Even as that AM facility was spun off in favor of the better 920 signal, the towers stayed put at the old studio site -- complete with WHJY's antenna at the top, and later bays for WBRU (95.5 Providence) as well.

We're long overdue for a return visit to Providence; when we get there, we'll show you more goodies, like the famed Neuticonacanut Hill in Johnston and the WPRO site just down the road from 'HJJ.

A special note: We'll be on the road this summer gathering many more tower photos to keep this page humming through the fall and winter months - and we just might be near you! Click here for a look at the itinerary!