KSAT is making a move, the station is moving into a new studio and the news staff is excited.
The San Antonio Express News writes that everyone from Isis Romero to Ursula Pari to Mark Austin to Leslie Mouton raved about their upcoming move into TV digs that finally will take them into the 21st century.
“I love where I work,” Mouton said, “but this is a very old building, and it's so exciting to think of having a brand-new desk, more space and updated bathrooms and makeup areas!”
Her morning/noon co-anchor agreed. “I like the idea that everything will be new, including the furniture,” Austin said. “When I arrived in late '98 it was vintage Washington Post.”
The place bore a strong resemblance to the 1976 film about Watergate, “All the President's Men,” he explained.
“All that was missing was Jason Robards screaming 'WOODSTEIN!' from a corner office,” he said. “Why was 'rust' such a popular color in the '70s?”
“It's a big step into the future,” KSAT General Manager Phil Lane said. “We visited Rackspace, Facebook and Linked-In, along with other offices that have innovative, creative, open-spaced floor plans to improve workflow and create a sense of community for employees.”
Romero, who co-anchors the 10 p.m. news, wrote that she is “thrilled” about the new building.
“I've always thought of KSAT as an innovative place to work, and our new facility will certainly reflect that,” she added. “Though working in a construction zone can be trying, there's a mutual sense of accomplishment as we see it come closer to completion.”
Romero and KSAT anchor vet Pari emphasized how psyched they are about what promises to be a greatly improved newsroom that will facilitate better storytelling and editorial discussion. On a lighter note, both women said they're thrilled about areas that also will accommodate the cosmetic side of television news: makeup, hair, clothes.
“The dressing room should be really nice,” Pari said. “I spend far more time in it as I grow older!”