If the building that housed KREX was anything like my first backwater affiliate, it was nearly a temple. I mean it. Across the United States, squat brick buildings with aging towers and newer satellite dishes dot our fruited plain. While many resemble old elementary schools, they are in fact broadcast shrines - holy spots where low paid supplicants helped forge the Golden Age of local television. Thus, residents of Grand Junction, Colorado lost more than a spot on the local dial when KREX burned to the ground today. They lost a piece of their regional history, for the information that’s emanated from 315 Hillcrest Court since has affecting and reflecting its immediate surroundings since 1930. Thankfully, the four employees inside the station at the time of the blaze escaped unscathed but the building is a total loss. Here’s hoping the community will rally around the gutted site and help staffers reestablish the signal that helps make that part of Colorado so distinctly its own. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be checking the smoke detector batteries above my cubicle.