Channels 10&11 TV is setting up shop on the downtown bricks at the corner of Fourth and Dewey, aiming to start broadcasting in North Platte in September. The 10 and 11 CBS station will take over the spot where Hometown Family Radio has operated for five and half years.
"We looked at a number of possible spots," 10/11 News Director Sue Ramsett said, "but kept coming back to the downtown location. We liked the idea of being in the heart of the city and were charmed by the brick streets and history of the area."
The Hometown radio stations arrived in late 2007. They were purchased in May by Armada, the company that already owned Husker Radio of North Platte.
So, the two old Hometown stations -- Rock 100 and Wild Country 93.5 -- are now moving about a block east to the Husker Radio headquarters near Fourth and Bailey.
Rock 100 went off the air Friday during the move, replaced with music from the Hawk, another Husker Radio station, for a few hours.
Rock 100/Wild Country station manager Nate Christopher said the move will make the five radio stations more efficient.
“Right now we are two armies, and we’ll be one big army,” Christopher said.
Interior walls at Husker Radio are being reconfigured. The remodeling will also encompass the first 50 feet of the adjoining building east of Husker Radio.
Within a month or so, all five Husker Radio stations will be remodeled.
It will be quite a sight, Christopher said. Visitors to the front Husker Radio area in the mornings will see five studios of programs – Tony Lama’s KX 104, Mugs in the Morning, the Hawk, Wild County and Rock 100.
“All the programs that people love waking up to are going to be in one place,” Christopher said.
Channel 10/11 said Friday they will build a set for local news and interviews, a "green room," production and editing stations, a creative services suite and office space for sales and marketing.
10/11 officials have said they plan to broadcast the local news show each day, and also provide programs from Lincoln and Grand Island, including daily Husker practice reports, updates from the Legislature, the State Fair and Husker Harvest Days.
Channel 10/11 has served the Lincoln-Grand Island areas for 50 years, known by its call letters KOLN-KGIN.
The company is owned by Gray Communications, which also owns WOWT in Omaha as well as 85 channels in 30 television markets across the country.