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Another Man Climbs Another TV Tower

An unidentified man climbed the KTLA-TV television tower in the nation’s second-largest television market, Los Angeles.

He said he believes society should “return back [sic] to a state of nature.”

A few hours later, he descended the tower and police, not surprisingly, took him away for a mental health evaluation.

Unlike the man who climbed a Tulsa TV tower and perched there for six days, this guy only went up less than a hundred feet and was only on the tower for a little more than an hour.

But in this case, there was a twist: police say they think he’s the same man they arrested on Monday after he pitched a tent under the tower and used a bullhorn to yell at passersby.

One wonders why KTLA-TV doesn’t have a way to keep people away from its tower, and why station management wasn’t able to immediately come up with one after the first incident.

I’ve never worked for a station that didn’t have at least a chain link fence around any broadcast tower it utilized, even a secondary tower. At least one had rows of barbed wire above the top of the fence itself. I can’t imagine that this is a foreign concept, particularly in a world where the threat of liability should have forced management to seal off the tower like it was the marker for some buried treasure.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.