Earlier this month, WBZ tore down the antenna that had towered over Soldiers Field Road in Allston since its construction in 1950.
The move comes as a developer, National Development, goes through the approval process to build a new studio complex for what is now just WBZ-TV next door, after tearing down the small office building that now sits there.
WBZ-AM decamped for Medford in 2018, after CBS sold it to Iheartmedia as part of a deal to win federal approval of its merger into Entercom.
The 216-foot-tall antenna originally went up in 1950 as a backup for much taller antenna - 659 feet - built for the then newfangled WBZ-TV as part of WBZ's two-year-old studio complex on Soldiers Field Road.
The main antenna didn't last long - Hurricane Carol blew it down at 12:13 p.m. on Aug. 31, 1954, and it fell, much of it on the studio building. It took engineers and 100 construction workers with bolt cutters and three cranes nine hours to remove the debris, restart the TV station's emergency generator and then connect the transmitter to the backup tower to get it back on the air.
William Bazzy, an engineer who was working at WBZ at the time, remembers the hurricane slamming the station:
We had to evacuate the building and one woman got trapped on the second floor. We could hear her screaming, so me and some other fellows went back in and climbed up to her and got her down as the rain was coming in on us from the hole torn into the roof. She was as wet as could be and everyone had left. She was very glad when we helped her out.
The radio station was back on the air in just 12 minutes because then, as now, its main transmitter and antennas were located in Hulland engineers were able to quickly reconnect the studios with that facility.
The TV transmitter was eventually moved to its current location in Needham. The once again backup antenna was converted into a backup for WBZ-AM - which would use it when the Hull transmitter or antenna needed work, for example, in 2003, when the two Hull antennas were repainted.