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TV6, FOX UP studio to unveil state-of-the-art upgrades

Members of the TV6 News crew are seen in the new-look studio. The project, which has been a year in the making, represents an investment of over a million dollars by WLUC’s parent company, Gray Television Broadcasting Inc. (Courtesy photo)

MARQUETTE — A local television studio has undergone a facelift.

WLUC-TV6 and FOX UP will reveal the new look at their building in Negaunee Township on Wednesday during the TV6 Early News at 6 p.m., according to a press release.

The project, which has been a year in the making, represents an investment of over a million dollars by WLUC’s parent company, Gray Television Broadcasting Inc.

“The previous TV6-FOX UP Production Control and studio were completely torn down to the walls to make room for the new news set and Production Control, featuring the most current innovations in modern broadcast technology,” the release states.

Vice President and General Manager Rick Rhoades said the upgrade is the most significant in the station’s history.

“I’m excited that these enhancements will help Upper Michigan residents be more informed about what’s happening in and around their communities,” Rhoades said. “The new studio and technology will allow us to provide better news, sports and weather information to our viewers. TV6 and FOX-UP has again raised the bar in television content delivery in the Upper Peninsula.”

The new studio space, combined with new graphics and music, will create a fresh look that will help engage and inspire WLUC viewers. The enhanced production control facilities will enable WLUC to present the highest quality product in the market, according to the release.

At the heart of the new set is a completely redesigned and upgraded Weather Center, featuring “Max Reality” from The Weather Company.

The new software creates unprecedented 3D images of weather events, visualizing them in a whole new way, the release states.

“The system will take viewers inside the weather, allowing more engaging forecasts, especially during severe weather coverage. Viewers will find the 3D imaging easier to read and will be better informed by being able to follow the path of a storm before it hits. Max Reality will show Upper Michigan viewers exactly when and where major storms will hit with more accuracy than ever before,” according to the release.

Chief Meteorologist Karl Bohnak said he has tried the new innovative Weather Center, and he’s a believer.

“This is a state-of-the-art system with sharp graphics and a variety of options to help us tell the weather story even better,” Bohnak said.

Since going on the air in 1956 and subsequently moving to its current location in 1959, there has never been the kind of full-scale renovation that viewers will see Wednesday night, the release states.

“It’s the culmination of 61 years of evolution starting with the pioneering introduction of television to Upper Michigan. That evolution started with modest black and white broadcasts from the top floor of The Mining Journal building in Marquette, and progressed to the development of color camera technology, then to video tape, and now to digital and web-based content delivery,” the release states.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is lbowers@miningjournal.net.