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Roxborough's antenna farm has some neighbors hearing 'creepy' (but safe) voices

At their home on Harmon Road in Roxborough, Shane and Jocelyn Brody hear voices through the pipes in the basement.

In their backyard, Mexican melodies emanate from their neighbor's metal fence. Occasionally, they pick up what must sound like heavenly messengers — which is actually Christian programming that they receive through their rain spout.

It's not exactly Poltergeist, but Jocelyn Brody says there is a certain "creepy" factor.

What's the frequency?

The young couple moved into the house that previously belonged to Shane's aunt three years ago.

"She told me that music would play out of the ceiling fan sometimes," Shane recalled. "She even heard it coming from her toaster oven."

The Brodys attribute the rogue airwaves to their proximity to the Roxborough antenna farm — the crop of some two dozen towers that rise on one of the city's highest elevations. They are visible for miles around, particularly at night when their blinking red lights warn low-flying aircraft of their presence.

The towers, some exceeding 1,000-feet tall, are used by most of the city's television and radio stations for their transmissions.

The Brody home is a few hundred yards from the antenna farm.

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About the author

Alan Jaffe, Historic preservation reporter

ajaffe@planphilly.com

B.A., Temple University

Alan Jaffe writes about historic preservation issues for PlanPhilly and focuses on often overlooked built landscapes in his column, “Look Up!” He
was a writer and editor in the newspaper industry for nearly 30 years, including eight at the Philadelphia Inquirer and nine at the South Jersey Courier-Post. He is currently the director of communications for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. He is also an antiques writer and collector and the author of “J. Chein & Co.: A Collector’s Guide to an American Toymaker.”


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