And the solution for a new tower may rest in the Garden State.In the interim, the region's major TV stations have hooked up withthe antiquated TV tower on top of the Empire State Building and a900-foot existing tower in Alpine, NJ. The latter is insufficientin terms of its height and can't be expanded. And while the ownersof the Empire State Building have aggressively lobbied to expandthat venue, the consensus among the 11 telecasting members of thenew Metropolitan Television Alliance (MTVA) is that the 70-year-oldstructure in inadequate.

"There's no way the Empire State Building will be the permanentsite," according to MTVA president Ed Grebow. "It does not have thestructural capacity, the power capacity, the space or even theheight to be the permanent location," adds Grebow, who recentlydeparted as deputy president of Sony Electronics for the MTVArole.

Another NYC site all but ruled out is Governor's Island, whichlies off the southern tip of Manhattan. The deactivated Coast Guardbase is within eyeshot of the WTC site, but Mayor Mike Bloomberghas other plans for it, namely a combination of commercialdevelopment and a college campus. And Ground Zero has been ruledout because of the development entanglements there--the MTVA wantsa functioning tower by 2005.

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