WWOD Radio July 2007 The Radio Graveyard 2020 Mimosa Drive Lynchburg, Virgina
These photos are a little more extensive shots of the Site and interior of the WWOD studios. It is truely amazing what was left behind when they close this station down for good. Thes photos were taken by Phil Beckman and I owe many thanks to him for making arrangements with the owner and taking time to get inside the building.
Thanks to Phil Beckman Phil has provided some historical info and has help to restore/enhance some of the old 1973 photos I took when I was working at WWOD. Hew worked at WWOD when it was Top 40 and left when they announced the format change to Country. Phil has worked at other Lynchburg stations in the 70's as well and was doing drive time at another station in 1973 when I was at WWOD doing mornings. I believed I listened to him when I was driving home. Phil also supplied photos he took of the exterior of the WWOD building and the interior at the end of July 2007. He was able to get the owner of the building to let him inside for about 45 minutes and Phil was able to get us more shots of the interior and the equipment that was amazingly left behind. Phils states the owner was vague about future plans, but there didn't seem to be any possibility that the building was coming down soon. The zoning for the area has changed and he would not be able to use the building commercially beyond another broadcast facility, I guess. He is keeping the power on, which seems to be very important for that building's future.
WWOD Exterior View From the Parking Lot - Over Exposed
WWOD - Veiw of South Side of Building from Tower Area.
WWOD - View of the Front Door. This Led Into the Lobby Area.
The Site of Tower Number 1, of Three Towers.
WWOD - Site of Tower Number 2, of 3 Towers.
WWOD - Site of Tower Number 3, of 3 Towers.
WWOD Tower Site. This was discovered by Phil Beckman on his trip to the studios. He did not know this ever existed on the site. I did not either. Veteran CSA means this guy fought in the Civil War as a teenager and survived. CSA stands for Confederate States of America.
WWOD Recption Lobby shot from interior hallway.
WWOD - Reception area close up. Phil says the speaker is worth some money.
WWOD - One of the offices along the Studio A, B & C Halway.
WWOD - Sale Manager's Office. I think this is along the parking lot side of the building.
WWOD - Entrance to main control room that was used for the AM station. Restroom is to the left and the record library is to the right. Phil Beckman, sho took the photos stated the that when walking across all the floor tile, it crinkled.
WWOD Main AM control room looking to the right into Studio C (rarely used in recent years prior to going off the air & able to accommodate audiences and bands) and to the left Studio B, which was used as the production room.
WWOD Main Control Room looking right. Same shot as above, but without flash. Looks spooky.
WWOD- Main Control Room looking left. Far left window looks into Studio C, used as the FM studio. The right window is Studio B, use as the production room.
WWOD - AM TRansmitter. 1940's vintage. Phil Beckman and I remember the long walk to change power and tune up the antenna coils to get proper current to the antenna and power output.
WWOD-AM Antenna Current Meters
WWOD - Engineering Shop
WWOD Studio A. Use to accommodate musical instruments and people. Little used in the latter years of operation.
WWOD - Studio A, another view.
WWOD Production room Studio B
WWOD Studio C, the FM studio
WWOD Studio C, The FM STudio. This shot show the control board and the window looking into Studio B the production room.
WWOD Tour of the Basement.
WWOD - Another Basement shot.
WWOD Basement with old equipment.
WWOD - Back to the main floor. Photo of the kitchen
WWOD - Still on the main floor. Shot of the Mens room. The Job was never done until the paperwork was finished.
Doug Neatrour, Former PD, Photos of WWOD from 1973-1974 CLICK HERE
The Radio Graveyard - 2007 Photos of Building Exterior/Interior PT 2-CLICK HERE
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