AUGUSTA, Ga., July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Gray Television, Inc. (NYSE: GTN and GTN.A), a leading television broadcast company, today broke ground on its new 30,000 square foot facility in Augusta, Georgia, for the award-winning television station and news organizations of WRDW-TV News 12 and WAGT NBC 26. The new facility will house CBS, NBC, CW, MyNetworkTV, and Antenna TV affiliates and will be completed in late 2019.
Attending the groundbreaking event were Hilton Howell, President & CEO of Gray Television; Chris Mossman, Television Vice President, Gray Television; Rick Burns, Vice President of Corporate Relations, Gray Television; Mike Oates, Vice President/General Manager, WRDW/WAGT; Laura Warren, Anchor, WRDW/WAGT; Dennis Trotter and Troy Jordan of Jordan Trotter Commercial Real Estate; Travis Darnell, President of CT Darnell Construction; Chris Heard, Principal, Hendrix Interior Design; Willis Watts of Willis Watts Design; Sue Parr, President, Augusta Chamber of Commerce; Tiffany Heitzman, Vice President, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce; Ben Hasan, Augusta-Richmond County Commission; Trey Allen, Columbia County Commission; Cal Wray, President of the Augusta Economic Development Authority; and dozens of other community leaders and business owners.
"Gray Television has been involved in the Augusta community for well over 20 years. We are so proud to be able to bring the best of the best in 21st television technology and practices to this growing area," said Hilton Howell, President and CEO of Gray TV. "With the finest facility and technology available, the professional journalists of WRDW/WAGT will be able to bring the news that matters to our viewers quicker, with more vibrancy than ever before."
WRDW-TV has operated from the same facility in North Augusta since its first day of sign-on in 1954, and the completion of the new facility will mark a 65-year history of delivering news to the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). With decades of award-winning journalism, WRDW-TV has been known as the CSRA's leader in local news coverage.
"When complete, this will be hands-down the finest television facility in the country," said Mike Oates, VP & General Manager of WRDW/WAGT. "There are technologies now being tested in our Gray Television labs that are not available to stations anywhere else. By the time we go live in the fourth quarter of 2019, we will be delivering news using broadcasting technology that has never been seen in the industry. WRDW/WAGT will continue being the leading source of news in the CSRA. This facility illustrates Gray Television's commitment to the area and the broadcasting industry"
WRDW/WAGT News 12 NBC 26 is owned by Atlanta-based Gray Television. The announcement of WRDW/WAGT's new station facility follows Gray TV's recently announced acquisition of Raycom Media, a deal that will give the company the fourth largest portfolio of stations and markets in the United States.
About Gray TV:
Gray Television, Inc. (NYSE: GTN and GTN.A) owns and/or operates over 100 television stations across 57 television markets that collectively broadcast over 200 program streams including over 100 channels affiliated with the CBS Network, the NBC Network, the ABC Network and the FOX Network. Our portfolio includes the number-one and/or number-two ranked television station operations in each of our markets, which collectively cover approximately 10.4 percent of total United States television households. For further information, please visit www.gray.tv
About WRDW-TV News 12:
WRDW-TV News 12 is an award-winning television station and news organization located in Augusta, Georgia, covering the Central Savannah River Area. WRDW-TV is owned by Atlanta-based Gray Television, and is a sister station to NBC affiliate WAGT-CD (channel 26). Our offices and studios are located on Georgia Avenue in North Augusta, and our transmitters are located in Beech Island. Since our first broadcast day on February 8, 1954, WRDW-TV has offered the best in news, entertainment, weather, sports, and investigative reporting. In addition to providing high-quality programming from both the CBS and NBC television networks, we also offer programs from the CW, MyNetworkTV, and AntennaTV networks. For further information, please visit www.wrdw.com
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