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Scripps’ WXMI-TV Unveils New News Set

September 29, 2023

Jamie Sherrod, Josh Berry and meteorologist Haleigh Vaughn in the new FOX 17 studio unveiled in September 2023.

This past Monday (9/25), Scripps Media's WXMI-TV/Fox 17 (Grand Rapids) unveiled its new state-of-the art news set, a project that took two months to build and nearly two years before that to plan.  The studio features a 16-foot seamless video wall, two 12-foot seamless video walls— one behind the news desk and another to the side— three large vertical monitors and a six-foot video display on the front of the desk.

“This change marks a significant before and after in the FOX 17 operation. This studio is framed on high-tech elements that will provide an unprecedented storytelling experience in a warm and inviting space for our audience,” FOX 17 Director of Engineering Juan Cordero said.

The JHD Group conceptualized and designed our new set and West Michigan-based Magis Media powers the control system which our displays and graphical animations utilize.

“I’m proud of the work our entire team put into this project that will modernize and elevate our ability to bring our loyal viewers the stories that matter most to them, while also allowing for future innovation,” FOX 17 General Manager and Vice President Kim Krause said. “Whether you’re tuning in for a severe weather update, the latest election results or a heartwarming story in your community– I am confident this new set will help lift our overall product.”

“Our team of journalists is devoted to bringing our community impactful news through dynamic storytelling. This studio gives us the opportunity to better showcase content and information in an easily digestible way, while further providing both depth and perspective,” FOX 17 News Director Dan Boers added.

Watch a tour of the new news set with WXMI's Max Goldwasser below and see some of the advanced technology:


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