[TowerTalk] Tower Dogs

Bill MacLane ai4wm at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 22 20:41:45 EDT 2008

I had some similar thoughts about the getting drunk and climbing the next day.  Show was sort of disappointing.  Too much social bull and not enough climbing.  I wish they would have at least had some footage of someone working on some of the 800 ft, 1000 ft, and higher TV towers I have seen.

Real sketchy on the safety inspection portions also.  

Doesn't anyone free climb any more?????

The cellular companies seem to pay cheap also.  When I worked in radio our tower climbers got more than that and their company about 3 or 4 times what the climbers got.

Until this thread started I never heard of Tower Dogs only Tower Jockeys or Pole Jockeys (lineman).  

This show didn't show any guy wire sliding either.....

One thing I agree with is the hatred for climbing unipoles, masts or stepped utility poles.  


--- On Tue, 7/22/08, michael castellano <mjpc48 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: michael castellano <mjpc48 at yahoo.com>
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Tower Dogs
> To: towertalk at contesting.com
> Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2008, 7:48 PM
> I watched the program with an open mind (having spent about
> 30 yrs on the iron) but soon realized the show was just
> that "a show". True, there was some great footage
> from above showing guys working on antennas. Way too little.
> Most of this show dealt with looking into the eyes of the
> blond, watching the crew in bars, pool halls, and RV's.
> Tower work? there was some. The show seemed to be about
> drunks who happened to climb towers.
> You have to ask yourself... if you were not knowledgable
> about towers and tower work, what did this show do for you?
> I'm wondering...is this a pilot for another reality
> series?
> On another note... someone can help me here... I have never
> heard the term "tower dog". is this term from out
> West or down South? We always were called "tower
> JOCKS". curious!
> 73 and stay safe up there...
> Mike KM1R
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