YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS A NEW SET COMING: I’ve had quite a few people over the past couple weeks come up and ask, “Are you still moving to a new set?” I’m not alone, either. Pretty much all of my on-air colleagues have had the same experience, so let me take this opportunity to reassure you: Yes, we are still moving onto a new, state-of-the-art HD set. The bottom line is that this is a huge undertaking and we want it to be just right before we have our debut newscast from the revamped studio. So even though the basic structure is in place and has been for some time, there are still tons of finishing touches going on: setting cameras, monitors, weather computers, etc.
Unfortunately, I can’t give you an exact date yet for the debut but I can assure you we are very close. It’s not like we’ll still be broadcasting from the newsroom come October, or even late September. Believe me, those of us in the news department are just as ready as you are. Our makeshift temporary set takes up so much of the newsroom that our individual workspaces are about as close together as a bride and groom. Fortunately, this transition hasn’t in any way affected our ability to deliver you the best coverage of the big stories, which we’ll continue to do as we look forward to moving into our new digs.
UPDATE FROM TAMPA: State senators Tom Wyss and Travis Holdman from northeast Indiana were both wowed by Tuesday’s primetime speech from Ann Romney at the Republican National Convention. Holdman said Romney connected well with everyone in the audience, in particular mothers and grandmothers. Wyss called Romney’s speech the best of the night and said it was “definitely a homerun.” Holdman was also impressed by keynoter Chris Christie, noting the New Jersey governor was “very serious about our responsibility as American adults.”
Both men also agreed on another point: The public transportation in Tampa leaves much to be desired. Holdman didn’t get back to his hotel until 2 a.m. and Wyss didn’t arrive at his until 2:30 a.m. Holdman called the transportation system “somewhat disorganized.” Wyss said he heard other delegates got back even later.
STILL FOLLOWING POSSIBLE MERGER OF ECONOMIC ORGANIZATIONS: Last month I reported talks are going on behind closed doors about merging some of northeast Indiana’s economic development organizations. Fort Wayne city leaders, according to my sources, are spurring these talks, which could lead to the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance formally combining with the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce as a first step. Now another source tells me the Downtown Improvement District could also be included. Officially, though, mum’s the word on all of this from the City. Spokesman John Perlich simply told me, “I don’t have any information for you on your question.” He would not even confirm that the talks are going on.
Plenty of people are willing to speak anonymously on this issue, however, so I will continue to find out what I can and post updates on this blog. After all, taxpayer dollars fund many of the organizations that could be affected. You deserve to know what’s going on with your money.