Not sure I want to watch TV news from a Museum, but that is exactly what is going to happen in Grand Rapids.
WOOD TV has struck a three-year deal with the Grand Rapids Art Museum that will allow the station to move into downtown for daily newscasts.
The TV station will occupy the ground floor glass-enclosed studio that overlooks Rosa Parks Circle in a joint venture called the "Media Arts Center."
And pending city approval, a digital news ticker will be added to the outside of the GRAM as well.
The space was formerly a welcome station, GoSite, and was originally a cafe.
WOOD has previously used the space for live broadcasts but will now be producing at least one daily broadcast from the GRAM during the week.
The GRAM sees the move as a way to further "placemaking" efforts downtown and to draw people to Rosa Parks Circle.
"The creation of a Media Arts Center not only converts existing facility space for the Arts, but adds 'buzz' to the downtown when a long-respected television station moves into a glass studio welcoming the community to observe ... just like downtowns in Chicago, New York, and many other cities," according to an application the GRAM submitted to the city's planning commission. "While the Media Art Center's activities are inside the building, we expect those activities to draw passersby to stop and view."
WOOD TV8 plans to begin its GRAM broadcasting April 26 with its noon hour show.