Originally Posted by STR
No, it wasn't. In fact, the whole reason why the North Tower was completed before the other one was pressure from broadcasters to get the antenna up because there was a big fear of ghosting, a phenomenon where you get double-images on TV when an analogue signal comes directly to you, followed a split second later by the same signal after it bounced off a large object and got reflected in your direction.
Both of the buildings were redesigned in 1966 to hold 400 foot broadcast masts. Only Tower 1 ever got one installed.
Off-topic. I'd much, much rather have those old ghosted analog signals than the indecipherable digital mumbo-jumbo that we get half the time on free TV (that is, if you still use the rabbit ears like I do). With analog, I could at least have a good idea of what's going on and hear whatever's actually being broadcasted uninterrupted during bad reception.
I already knew beforehand how bad it could potentially be like when I saw how unwatchable some cable channels were with bad digital signal reception. And given how poor NYC broadcast signal quality became after 9/11, I thought digital broadcast TV was going to be a utter disaster. The signal issue has turned out to be better than I had thought initially, but it has become much more annoying this past year.
Hopefully, with WTC1v.2 and its antennae, the NYC broadcast signal quality will be much less of an issue. I know that many here might laugh off this issue, but there are still many who can't afford cable or satellite TV.