The three-legged tower is visible for miles around Oxford and required flashing red lights to warn away air traffic. The lights had to be checked daily, he said, adding to the expense of maintaining the structure, which included periodic inspections, painting and repairs.
“We had to pay qualified companies to do the work … it wasn’t cheap,” said Powell.
In the early 2000s Miami’s public television station WPTO stopped using the tower and instead switched to a higher tower in Cincinnati for broadcasting.
By 2010, Miami’s radio station WMUB ceased tower broadcasts and in recent decades the tower had served as a support for a number of cellular phone companies but those were dismantled and removed earlier this fall.
“It doesn’t make sense to have the tower in the middle of campus,” he said.
In 2016 a Miami student committed an apparent suicide by climbing and then jumping off the tower.
Dismantling crews will bring in cranes to take apart the tower starting Dec. 8 and Powell said the work should take about three days.
The cement foundation of the tower will remain once the tower is gone.
“It doesn’t have a very big foot print,” he said.