Gray Television’s WLUC-TV (Marquette) has announced that it has upgraded its present facilities, including a new set, monitors, rundown systems and a new control room.
“There has been a lot of change in the last 60 years here. This is the most significant. This is the biggest conversion,” said Rick Rhoades, WLUC-TV General Manager. “As most people know, this is an upgrade that we needed for the last 5 to 7 years, but the push came from corporate,” said Rhoades.
The upgrades, once completed, required hours of staff training. “They started with training on the switcher board, training on the overdrive system and they have been learning and building how the show is to come together for a while,” said Chad Grueneberg, the on-air operations manager. Staff would have to produce and run through not only a live newscast each day, but a rehearsal to practice using the new system.
“We’ve always done some moving around, we do a lot more moving around now so we have been really practicing the different angles the different possibilities or where we can go,” said Vicki Crystal, a morning anchor.