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WDRB aims to produce the biggest Thunder Over Louisville broadcast ever

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- This year, WDRB will produce the biggest Thunder Over Louisville broadcast ever.

Today, WDRB's Gilbert Corsey talked to some of the hands behind the scenes that bring Thunder into your home.

It starts in the Thunder production hub -- a $14 million television studio on wheels. 

"This is pretty much where they control everything," said Brad Davis, an engineer for F & F Productions. 

F & F Productions is a team that has broadcast some of the biggest sports and entertainment events in the world, including the opening ceremonies for the Olympics.

"This is a big deal for Louisville and it puts a little bit of pressure on you," said Davis. 

From there, fiber cables run to a record 28 camera locations, stretching from the top of the Galt House, over the Second Street Bridge, and into southern Indiana. 

A crew of 150-people bringing it all to life. 

New this year is a social media center: the Twitter hashtag #ThunderonWDRB sends your pictures and messages directly to us for air. 

"We've planned this for eight months," said Dan Boyle, WDRB Thunder Director. "It's a marathon."

In total, it's 11.5 hours of coverage, with reporters posted on the Great Lawn, Ashland Park and the Second Street Bridge. And for the first time, there will be a second set of anchors and experts. This team will host from Buckhead Mountain Grill in southern Indiana, sharing the story of the air show from both sides of the river. 

The WDRB Drone-Cam will make its return and also make history. It will be the first time a drone has ever broadcast legally from an airshow in the U.S. While amateur drones are banned from an event like this, WDRB received special permission from the FAA. The WDRB Drone-Cam will not only be an aircraft in Thunder, it will bring live video from the air to your home. 

"Things you don't normally see," said William O'Donnell, VP of Technology Avisight. "Greats shots of the crowd and the river, absolutely better aerials that you just normally wouldn't be able to get."

A half-million people are expected to watch Thunder from the waterfront in person, perhaps as many people at home.

WDRB is raising the bar.

"In the end, we would really like for our viewers to experience everything there is to give them for a Thunder experience," Boyle said.

We're bringing you more cameras, more stories, more Thunder than ever before.

And what does Jennifer Keeney, WDRB Thunder Executive Producer, want viewers to say after it's all over?

"I hope that they had a great time," she said. "That they saw Thunder in a way they've never seen it before and they can't wait until we do it again in 2020."

To clarify, private drones are banned from Thunder. Violators could have their drones confiscated and get up to an $11,000 fine.

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