The KNBC Franklin Antenna,
Under Construction - 1949
In this photo, the first few sections of KNBC's new Franklin antenna are being
set into place at the transmitter site in Belmont. The
concrete building at right will house the new antenna tuning unit. The large tower
in the background is one of the original two 1933 KPO "flat-top" antenna towers.
(The other one was toppled to make room for the new tower.) The old tower is being
used as the temporary antenna while the new tower is under construction, and it will
become the standby tower for KNBC when the new tower is complete. (Both towers
are still in use today.)
In the far back can be seen several of the towers of the General Electric shortwave
station, KGEI, which operated adjacent to the KPO/KNBC/KNBR site for many years.