Tower Technicians Climb High Above Wausau; Just Another Day At Work

By: Al Knox - Email
By: Al Knox - Email

Most of use some form of technology everyday. From our cell phones to even watching television, there are countless things we all do. Something you might not think about is what makes all these devices work.

They’re large radio and television towers that send out special frequencies.

Tower Technician, Brian Schunk says these towers are crucial to everyday life, even if they make his job a bit more difficult.

"I love the heights, love doing what other people think is nuts," says Schunk.

Brian has been a tower technician for over 18 years. The job is simple; make sure that the rest of society can stay in touch.

"Most people don’t even see these towers. We are the ones behind and we make sure to keep it all working- and make sure the phones still work."

What’s not so easy, climbing hundreds of feet, with over 40 pounds of gear strapped to your body.

We were able to get an up-close and personal look at exactly what Brian deals with while heading up the tower.

Monday’s job was installing a large camera on the Rib Mountain State Park tower, 400 feet up.

To some, this may seem impossible and terrifying, but for these guys, it's just another day on the job

"I love my work. I stopped doing it for awhile and I had to get back into it," says Schunk.

It’s a good thing people like Brian enjoy their work, because without them, the rest of us would be in trouble.

"Our job is really important. It’s to keep up TV, cell phones, radios and emergency communications."

The tower technicians perform a variety of jobs from simple fixes to installation and wiring.

Regardless what the job is, each day always has one thing in common.

"Being out in the open and being able to do things other people would never do is a rush."

They might get a rush at 400 feet, but seeing them work the ground gives you a greater appreciation for the devices, and technology we all take for granted.

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