KREX moving to new digs
By EMILY ANDERSON
KREX, KFQX and KGJT will go dark beginning at 6 a.m. today and return on air sometime Sunday after broadcast equipment is moved into the station’s new building at 345 Hillcrest Ave.
Denver CBS affiliate KCNC will appear in place of KREX programming during the weekend for Bresnan subscribers.
General Manager Ron Tillery said there’s no way to avoid going off air this weekend because master control and technical operations that have been connected temporarily in a trailer outside the new station will have to be disconnected, moved inside the building and reconnected. The equipment organizes the entire broadcast day, Tillery said.
Some equipment, such as the signal transmitter and encoders, have been moved to the new facility. Aside from a few small tweaks over the next few weeks, Tillery hopes to have the bulk of the move into the new building complete by Aug. 10, when KREX will begin broadcasting news in high definition and will feature a new newsroom with a new set.
KREX will broadcast its last newscast from Rocky Mountain PBS at Western Colorado Community College at 10 p.m. on Aug. 6. Television newscasts will not take place on Aug. 7-9 while the newsroom and production control move back to Hillcrest Avenue. All other programming will take place as usual that weekend, and KREX reporters will post news stories on the station’s Web site during those three days. Newscasts will return to television at 5 p.m. Aug. 10.
Tillery said he’s excited about the new facility, which will replace the KREX building that burned down in January 2008.
“We have a wonderful new facility that is designed to be a television station,” Tillery said. “It’s designed to accommodate what we do today and what we envision we’ll be doing in the near future.”