The proposed AM tower would be built next to the existing AM tower near the Moorestown-Cinnaminson, NJ border: The AM tower for 50-kW WPHT-AM—located in an open field—was built roughly 60 years ago (before most of the surrounding homes) and a number of Cinnaminson residents say it’s been a source of disturbances ever since. Now they’re concerned a proposed second tower will create even more problems.
CBS Radio East Inc., which owns the existing tower and the 21 acres it sits on, sent letters to residents near the tower earlier this month informing them of its intention to build a separate (auxiliary) 199-ft tower for the station closer to the road. But local resident Kathleen Johnston told the Moorestown Patch that many of the residents affected by the AM tower, which number in the “hundreds,” may not have gotten the letter.
“When Kathleen Johnston first moved into her Concord Drive home in Cinnaminson 10 years ago, she thought her house was haunted. Why else would voices be coming out of her light switches and outlets? One visit from an electrician later and Johnston learned the voices weren’t anything supernatural—interference from the radio tower near her home was the root of the problem,” said the story.
Arlene Creach, who lives nearby on Lexington Drive, said she’s grappled with interference from the tower since she moved in 42 years ago. “As soon as we moved in, we had major problems. I thought we had a haunted house,” said Creach, echoing Johnston. People calling her house would hear radio broadcasts coming through the phone, she said. “People used to tell us to turn the radio down, but we didn’t have the radio on. The phone company put four filters on our phone to stop the interference … It still comes through sometimes.”
CBS will appear before the Moorestown Zoning Board 1/21 seeking variances for the project. Chiefly, CBS seeks approval to exceed the 45-foot height restriction placed on buildings in the SRI (Specially Restricted Industrial) zone.