Immediately following the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Rooster Booster Breakfast, WFIE 14 News cut the ribbon on their new location in downtown Owensboro this morning.
The WFIE Owensboro remote studio and offices are now located inside the Historic Bell House building on Veterans Boulevard next to the RiverPark Center.
With a large 14 News sign perched atop the roof and large screen TVs broadcasting live streams displayed on either side of the building, the remote studio is easily recognizable. A large window allows onlookers to see what’s being filmed in the studio.
General Manager, Jay Hiett, called the crowd gathered at the ribbon cutting “extremely humbling” for the 85 employees on the 14 WFIE team. Surrounded by staff and familiar on-air personalities Randy Moore, Byron Douglas, Jeff Lyons, and Beth Sweeney, Hiett introduced Owensboro reporters Jonathan McEmber and Shaelie Clark, who recently joined the team for the opening of the Owensboro studio.
“We’re excited to be here. This type of coverage is long overdue for this community,” said Hiett. “But this is just the beginning. Now that we have a presence here, it will only get stronger.”
“This is a wonderful situation for us,” added News Director, Joe Schlaerth. “We’re thrilled to be here.”