Songjiang TV Tower continues to shine
Dai Qiying / Ti Gong
The collective memory of almost everyone in Songjiang, the district’s 158-meter-high TV tower has been given a facelift.
“Seen from the top of the tower, cars moved like matchboxes and people looked like ants,” Songjiang schoolchildren have written thousands of times in their compositions since its construction in 1994.
Construction is more than a landmark. He has been a silent witness to the growth of the neighborhood over the years, bringing back cherished memories of a bygone era.
In 1984, Songjiang set up Shanghai’s first suburban TV station, housed in a shabby local hostel by simply erecting TV transmitting antennas at the top. Two years later, the station was moved to Ledu Road on a plot of paddy field. A broadcast room was built with a guyed antenna mast as thick as a tree trunk.
It was not until 1994 that the Songjiang TV Tower was officially launched. The seamless steel free-standing radio and television transmission tower has been nicknamed “Songjiang Eastern Pearl TV Tower” and has become a popular tourist attraction.
The biggest highlight could be the large, constantly spinning sphere.
“How many times have you been to this tower?” was once something worth bragging about among children.
Its two-level ground construction was not only for radio and television transmission, but also a conference hall, activity center, ballroom, and karaoke room.
It took 55 seconds for the elevator that can hold up to 14 people to reach the top of the tower. The sphere, with an area of 300 square meters, is divided into two floors. The top floor rotates every 45 minutes, while the outer ring neon light advertising box only takes 15 minutes.
As night falls, the tower floodlights, neon lights, and radium spotlights are all on, illuminating the Songjing night sky.
It was once the tallest structure in the neighborhood. People could sit and sip tea at the top with a bird’s eye view of downtown and Sheshan Hill.
In 1986, Songjiang People’s Radio Station debuted. Back then, television was a luxury for a local family in Songjiang, and radio has become an indispensable source of information and entertainment.
The farmers got up early in the morning to the programs broadcast by the loudspeakers of the village radio. During the off-season, they would gather under a large tree to listen to the popular Shanghai-dialect “Afugeng talks” radio drama, where the character Afugeng lectured on agricultural knowledge in a humorous and easy-to-understand manner.
In fact, each town and village in Songjiang had its own radio station, and they also rebroadcast the district programs. Each household had a simple radio receiver – a small box with a long cord. The radio was turned on by pulling the cord. The Songjiang People’s Radio Station often featured various written compositions that attracted farmers and even expatriates.
In the mid-1980s, it was a big deal for a family to have a 14-inch black-and-white TV at home, a clunky, bulky device with two antennas on top. When the signal was weak and the screen was filled with “snowflakes,” people would tap the television and adjust the antennas to retrieve the image.
In the early 1990s, there were few TV channels – only China Central Television, Shanghai TV, and Songjiang TV.
Ye Wei joined Songjiang TV channel 30 years ago.
“I started making TV shows instead of watching them,” he said.
Ye joined the camera crew and learned how to film, edit, and interview former photographers.
Songjiang News was initially broadcast once a week, but eventually added a second weekly broadcast. The rest of the time was spent on various TV series.
The most popular show at the time was the drama “Crave”, the life story of Liu Huifang, a pretty young factory worker who hesitated between the men who helped her and those who needed help. she.
When the new building in front of Songjiang TV station went into operation in 2019, the district entered a new era of multimedia – a fusion of television, internet, video, audio and traditional newspapers.
Now in charge of the visuals department, Ye put down the camera and picked up a smartphone to shoot video clips for various social media platforms, such as TikTok, Weibo, and WeChat.
With more options for entertainment and sightseeing, Songjiang TV Tower returned to its original role of transmitting radio and TV signals.