New WATN/WLMT TV Station Unveiled to the Public

New WATN/WLMT TV Station Unveiled to the Public

The new WATN/WLMT station first debuted on June 1st but June 12th was the first time the public got a grand tour of our new facility, and see all that we do to bring you the local news.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The new WATN/WLMT station first debuted on June 1st but June 12th was the first time the public got a grand tour of our new facility, and see all that we do to bring you the local news.

"A new era, it's revolutionary, and we're glad to celebrate it with you today," said WATN/WLMT General Manager Ardy Diercks.

"I'm very impressed," said ABC News correspondent and Weekend Good Morning America Anchor Dan Harris. "I'll be honest, I'm slightly jealous because there are things here that are nicer than what we have in New York."

Steve Wilkos says he had to come to the Bluff City and visit the station where his show gets one of the highest ratings across the country.

"The show is doing really great, especially here in Memphis that's why we're here," said Steve Wilkos from The Steve Wilkos Show, formerly known as the head security guard on the Jerry Springer Show. "I don't know if there's a better city in America that supports my show than Memphis so I'm really happy about that."

The celebrities who couldn't make it, like ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer and Jimmy Kimmell, had this to say about our new digs.

"Hello to everyone from Memphis and the brand new Local 24. I'm Diane Sawyer here at ABC News New York and I wanted to take a moment to offer our congratulations to everyone involved," said Sawyer in a video clip.

"Hi it's Jimmy Kimmell. Congratulations to Local 24 WATN ABC for Tennessee! A new building, a new studio, is that a boob job? Either way, congratulations," said Kimmel.

Besides all the new shiny stuff, it's co-workers and the ones who work behind the scenes who bring you the important stories that impact you and your communities. Even the Memphis mayor knows it. He named our toughest investigative reporters, who keep an eye on him and how he runs the city.

"For the record let it be known that I came out here on my own; I did not come here because of the Watchdog," said Mayor A C Wharton to the crowd visiting the station. "I did not come out here because Jeni DiPrizio is hiding behind the bushes."

All this wouldn't have been possible without our parent company, Nexstar Broadcasting.

"When I signed the papers to buy the station back in late summer of last year it occurred to me that we have this tremendous opportunity to grow these stations and become a more vital part of the community," said Nexstar CEO Perry Sook. "However it was also apparent to me that we had to make the investment in infrastructure and equipment to give the employees here the tools they needed to compete."

And we're ready to compete and bring you the stories that are local and important to you. Now that you've seen our new station and know what we're all about, go to our website, localmemphis.com, or on Facebook and Twitter. Tell us what you think and give us your feedback, story ideas, or just say hello. Remember, we're here to serve you!
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