How Nexstar Combined Properties in Roanoke

By on Mar, 11 2016 with Comments 0

Nexstar Broadcasting GroupOur first story in a five-part series on TV studio builds focuses on Nexstar properties in Roanoke, Virginia. That’s where the broadcaster worked on improving WFXR-TV and WWCW-TV.

Nexstar acquired the Fox affiliate WFXR-TV and CW affiliate WWCW-TV in Roanoke, Va. in 2014 from Grant Broadcasting.

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They were in three separate buildings, all next to each other, according to Nexstar SVP Station Operations Blake Russell. It was difficult for the employees to interact between the buildings so the company needed to get everyone into one location.

“We had a news partner producing news for us. We wanted to do our own newscast that we could control,” said Russell.

So the company found 13,000 square feet of space in an industrial park near Valleypointe Parkway that it could lease. Nexstar gutted the space and built new studios, control rooms and office space for both stations.

Construction took about four months and the station is producing its own news now. When the stations moved into the new facility, they added a local Bounce affiliate. The station realizes additional operating efficiencies through one of Nexstar’s off-site master control facilities. All of the syndicated and commercial content is switched out of its Memphis, Tenn. hub.

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Some of the key equipment vendors for the Roanoke project included:

JVC studio camera (890) and ENG field cameras (650) – NAB Booth C4314

Control room-Ross Video Carbonite switcher/Ross Xpression Graphics and Black Storm – NAB Booth N3705

Yamaha LS9 audio board – NAB Booth C1445

Bitcentral – newsroom playout with Adobe Premiere editing – NAB Booth SU2610

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About The Author: Leslie Stimson has been a reporter for 35+ years, starting in radio news. She’s spent the last 20 years reporting for radio trades.

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