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WWMT is building a new studio and control room

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WWMT is building a new studio and control room

Post by Michigan Media » Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:47 pm

From WWMT: https://wwmt.com/news/local/newschannel ... nstruction
A whole new look is on the horizon at Newschannel 3, after the station launched construction on a new studio and control room.

The news and production teams moved Monday, June 15, 2020, into a temporary studio space within the building that houses the offices and studios on East Maple Street. That temporary set is what viewers will see on the broadcasts as the main studio undergoes a complete transformation. The work coincides with the station's 70th year on air.

The updates include a new control room, as well as the desks, monitors and backdrops the Newschannel 3 anchors and reporters use every day to deliver the news. Construction on the control room began a few weeks earlier, in an adjacent part of the building.

As the work progresses, Newschannel 3 staff will keep you up to date on the changes, with photos posted here as well as on social media channels.
This project is LONG overdue. I believe the studio was refreshed back in 2007-2008 to coincide with the rebrand from “News 3” to “Newschannel 3.” Some set pieces, like the anchor desk, date back to the Granite Broadcasting era in the late 1990s.



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Re: WWMT is building a new studio and control room

Post by TheForce » Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:31 pm

I really hate how the local stations have to include "news" into their name. IMO, News 3 sounds better than Newschanel 3.



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Post by MasterB » Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:18 pm

If the new news set will have social distancing due to COVID-19. I wonder if the outside will get an update as well since that hasn't changed since 96 I wouldn't mind a retro look with big fat 3 from the '80s to 95.


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Re: WWMT is building a new studio and control room

Post by Bull Shannon » Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:47 am

TheForce wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:31 pm
I really hate how the local stations have to include "news" into their name. IMO, News 3 sounds better than Newschanel 3.
I find it interesting that the news stations, at least in this market, have dropped separate news/station branding in favor of just one:

WZZM is "13 On Your Side" for everything - I don't think they even title their newscasts with "News," it's just "13 On Your Side at 6" or whatever.

WOOD dropped the "24 Hour News 8" branding, and now just uses the WOOD logo on its newscast graphics (WOOD TV8 at 6pm) and the anchors/reporters just say "News 8." Must be after 20+ years they decided the "24 Hour" part was no longer relevant.



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Re: WWMT is building a new studio and control room

Post by organman95 » Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:59 am

TheForce wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:31 pm
I really hate how the local stations have to include "news" into their name. IMO, News 3 sounds better than Newschanel 3.
Like "9&10 News" in Traverse City/Cadillac. Absolutely ridiculous.



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Re: WWMT is building a new studio and control room

Post by TheForce » Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:48 am

Exactly! Seems to me when a station airs more programming than newscasts its pointless to call the station 9&10 News. Network TV does have news, but not enough where they should be labeled newschannel or something like that.
organman95 wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:59 am
TheForce wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:31 pm
I really hate how the local stations have to include "news" into their name. IMO, News 3 sounds better than Newschanel 3.
Like "9&10 News" in Traverse City/Cadillac. Absolutely ridiculous.



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Re: WWMT is building a new studio and control room

Post by organman95 » Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:57 am

TheForce wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:48 am
Exactly! Seems to me when a station airs more programming than newscasts its pointless to call the station 9&10 News. Network TV does have news, but not enough where they should be labeled newschannel or something like that.
Agreed. I always thought continuously referring to WOOD-TV as "24 Hour News 8" was odd also. 7&4, for example, is "TV-7&4" or "7&4" (now). Only reference to "News" is during a newscast. I believe it has always been that way (even the NewsChannel and Newswatch days).

Now I don't know enough about GR as to what the slogans used for all the stations were back before 2006.



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Post by Big-D » Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:54 pm

organman95 wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:57 am
TheForce wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:48 am
Exactly! Seems to me when a station airs more programming than newscasts its pointless to call the station 9&10 News. Network TV does have news, but not enough where they should be labeled newschannel or something like that.
Agreed. I always thought continuously referring to WOOD-TV as "24 Hour News 8" was odd also. 7&4, for example, is "TV-7&4" or "7&4" (now). Only reference to "News" is during a newscast. I believe it has always been that way (even the NewsChannel and Newswatch days).

Now I don't know enough about GR as to what the slogans used for all the stations were back before 2006.
I can tell you that WOOD TV started using the "24 Hour News 8" moniker since late 1990 or early 1991. The music they used for the news was godawful for a couple of years. It sounded like they got the music from Zamfir, Master of the Pan Flute.


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