For the past three days — maybe more (who can remember with that buzz!) — residents living near 18th and Madison have experienced a slow, painful periodic torture. Take a listen:
That mysterious buzz is coming from one of the towers that, well, tower above the area broadcasting signals from KCTS, KCPQ and more. One of those towers or something at the facility is buzzing. Neighbor Ming explains:
This is a noise problem with the radio towers that sits on 18th & Madison. For the last 48 hours (since Wednesday), the radio towers has this very loud buzzer sound that has been going off every 30 seconds, day and night, non-stop. As I am sitting here inside my apartment on 18th & Madison, this very loud annoying sound is getting to me. I do not know what to do. Oh and I did called 911 last night and reported this alarm buzzer sounds to the police, but this early Friday morning it does not sound too good. The only sound that is louder than this noise on 18th & Madison is the Blue Angels. Seriously, please help me and all the people in my apartment building. Because I do not know what to do. The police has many reports regarding this already, but nothing has been done. No body is in danger here, just lack of sleep and minor headaches. The police can careless.
CHS visited the towers Friday morning — they’re operated by the television stations, not radio though there is equipment for KUOW and others at the site — and we’re sorry to report the buzzer is still periodically, randomly going off.
We also called some of the tower operators via phone numbers listed on signs at the site. A representative from Richland Towers, a Florida based contractor that operates at the facility, said he was not aware of the issue. A rep from the engineering wing at KCPQ said the station has been getting calls but that its equipment has been inspected — the persistent buzz isn’t coming from their gear, the local channel says.
Standing at the site, the sound is most audible near the eastern-most tower operated by KCPQ. But given the vagaries of sound waves, it’s possible the sound is coming from gear on one of the two western towers. Whatever the cause, the buzzer hums continue.