Making (radio) waves by the Bay

Imagine you’re walking along the Bay Trail near Hayward’s Landing and see four 200-foot-high radio towers in front of you in the distance. It would look kind of like this …


Can’t see them yet? Here’s what they’d look like up close …


These images are renderings, not real photos, showing the towers that conservative talk station KNTS (part of Salem Communications Corporation) wants to build at the western terminus of West Winton Road, thereby upping its output from 5,000 to 50,000 watts. Sports talk station KTCT (better known as KNBR) and conservative talk station KFAX (also part of Salem) already have similarly sized towers nearby.

As the Review reported this week, some shoreline protectors object to the proposed towers because they would be built on an old city dump. One local resident left me a voice message yesterday saying she opposed the tower because construction might disturb toxins in the landfill. A reader named Gary objected on ideological grounds. “I want you to know that I am against it,” he e-mailed. “It’s not the visual that bothers me so much as the garbage that spills out of these conservative stations.” Still others think naysayers are making a mountain out of a 13-acre landfill. David Jackson, writing on his Bay Area Radio Blog this week, said he thinks “there are numerous more significant issues that the good people of Hayward should be concentrating their energies on instead of this.”

You can read the full proposal here. The Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency will have a special meeting to discuss the towers at 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at the HARD Building, 1099 E St., in Hayward. Absent an appeal, the decision ultimately rests with the Hayward Planning Commission, which is scheduled to vote on the tower proposal Jan. 25.