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KWWL debuts new studio

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A nearly $9 million project in the making is unveiled for the first time on KWWL News at 5:00 p.m.

So far, we've given you a glance at what we're able to do in our new studio, and we are still learning.

The feeling is surreal.

We have more technology in the main studio than we know what do with right now, but what's important to share is this new facility is just as much yours as it is ours.

In the last few weeks, construction crews have been busy wrapping up the finishing touches while anchors and reporters have been rehearsing.

"This has been the culmination of our reconstruction project -- an 11,000 sq. foot rehabilitation, taking our studios and news offices from our first floor, where they were for nearly six decades, to our second floor where we are launching our state-of-the-art facility," said KWWL General Manager Jim McKernan.

McKernan said transforming the studio hasn't been easy performing updates without taking away from the building's rich history.

"This building is very old. In fact, one of my favorite pictures of the building dates to World War I with and Overland automobile, a bunch of the guys in the automobile doing recruiting for the first World War," McKernan said.

Meteorologists aren't the only ones excited about the new set.

Reporters and anchors will be able to showcase stories differently now, to give you a better understanding of what's going on in the world.

"Truly amazing! The staff has been energized.. The really big story here is that for our viewers, we're going to have all types of new technology to tell stories better with weather, severe weather, and day-to-day stories happening around eastern Iowa," McKernan said.

Right now, the project moves to phase two, where the former newsroom and studio will be taken down to make way for an updated sales department on the first floor.

Pieces of the old KWWL set will be donated to area colleges.

The old main desk is going to the UNI Communications Department, while other parts are going to Loras.

Again, share this experience with us and watch the 5:00 p.m. news tonight are we debut our NEW news studio. 

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