Rapid City, South Dakota – July 30, 2018: Leading television broadcast company Gray Television, Inc. (NYSE: GTN and GTN.A) celebrated the opening of its brand-new television facility in Rapid City. The newly remodeled building, originally built in 1976, will house the KEVN Black Hills Fox TV and KOTA-TV stations. Hilton Howell, President and CEO of Gray Television, and station’s management welcomed 200 guests attended the event including representatives of Senator John Thune, Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, Rapid City School Board, Rapid City Council and other prominent members of the local business community.
“We’re incredibly excited to have a new space for both KEVN and KOTA to call home,” said Howell. “Having these two stations together in a space where they can share best practices and use our cutting-edge technology will not only benefit both stations, but the Rapid City community as a whole.”
The renovation doubled the space in size, with a complete makeover of the existing 10,000 square feet as well as the addition of another 10,000 square feet in newly constructed space. The facility’s grand opening included a ribbon cutting ceremony, an open house and tours of the new station for attendees.
“Previously the two television stations were located at two different facilities in Rapid City,” said Chris Gross Vice President and General Manager for KOTA/KEVN – TV. “Bringing the two under one roof and sharing resources has enabled both local news operations to provide more content and news coverage to the Black Hills community. With the construction of the new facility we launched new sets giving a state of the art look to the newscasts as well as a new automation system.”
Legacy station KOTA-TV and its KOTA Territory News franchise has brought top-rated, award-winning local news and community service to the Black Hills area since 1955. KEVN Black Hills Fox has also enjoyed a long and distinguished history as the market’s Fox affiliate, and, previously, its NBC affiliate. In the past few years, Gray Television acquired, combined, and invested to upgrade both television stations. Today, KOTA and KEVN together serve as the Black Hills community’s leading local institution for news, information, entertainment, and community service.
The announcement of the combined facility follows Gray Television’s recently announced acquisition of Raycom Media, a deal that will give the company the third largest portfolio of local network affiliated news stations and markets in the United States.