Monday, May 5 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-05-05 16:34:36 GMT
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer takes part in WDRB's ribbon cutting to celebrate building expansion.More >>
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer takes part in WDRB's ribbon cutting to celebrate building expansion. More >>
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A ribbon cutting ceremony is held Monday morning to celebrate an expansion to the WDRB building.
To help us celebrate, Senator Mitch McConnell, Mayor Greg Fischer and Governor Steve Beshear attended the ceremony.
Crews worked hard to expand the building by 11,000 square feet. The newsroom space was doubled to make room for 14 new employees added in 2013 for the weekend morning show as well as three full-time web journalists.
The space in the sales area was also doubled to make room for WBKI employees.
Two new conference rooms and offices were added for finance and editing, and a second studio was created that will be used for commercial and station projects.
Before the ribbon was cut, Mayor Fischer had this to say: "I love seeing expansions of businesses. Most people don't think about you guys -- as wow, they're expanding too -- but what you all are doing with social media and really covering the full range of news is very impressive, and it's good to see the added jobs. And you've done a great job here with the expansion."
Gov. Beshear put it this way: "Thanks to WDRB for hiring all those additional people."
Senator Mitch McConnell says WDRB General Manager Bill Lamb has done a great job. This station has really carved out a special niche whether it's expanding the news coverage or whether it's providing opinion options that give people in the community a chance to have another point of view, as opposed to the Courier Journal, which is always on the far left, advocating whatever the most liberal position is.
"So Channel 41 is a place you can go and get a different point of view, a place you can go and see a lot of news coverage in the course of a week. It's been a great success story and I'm happy to be here to congratulate Bill and all of you for a wonderful job."
WDRB President and General Manager says the celebration was about more than the building expansion.
"Today we're not just celebrating the expansion of a building, but we're also announcing that we're going to launch a 6 o'clock newscast in September. So we'll be going from 6:00 to 7:30 continuing on WBKI, so that's a very, very exciting announcement for us too."