Hoisting the Jolly Roger
Bosox banner flies high
Whoever climbed a 250-foot radio station tower early Thursday to place a homemade Boston Red Sox flag at the top played a dangerous game, Galaxy Communications General Manager Michael Ninnie said.
"The person who did this took their life into their own hands," Ninnie said.
The flag was discovered at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Ninnie said. Which means someone had to climb the tower -- only two feet wide -- against the chilly rain during those early hours, he said.
And whoever put the red flag -- which appears to read "Bosox: Curse This" -- atop the tower disregarded the many no-trespassing signs surrounding its base, Ninnie said.
"In all seriousness, it is something we are concerned about," Ninnie said. "It was dangerous, and since it is a radio tower, portions of the tower are electrified."
New Hartford police said they continue to investigate the incident as Galaxy prepares to have the flag removed from WTLB's Kellogg Road radio tower Monday, Ninnie said.
While the station has not experienced any problems as a result of the banner, Ninnie said that it could possibly affect the WTLB AM radio signal.
And the station will have to pay to remove the flag, Ninnie said.
"Needless to say, it is rather expensive," Ninnie said. "There aren't many people licensed to climb that tower."
The radio station has received many calls on their morning show, Ninnie said. And most of the callers were Yankee fans, he said.
"They're a little outraged," Ninnie said. "It wasn't a happy day for Yankee fans on Thursday, and this is a constant reminder of that game."