— KOAA 5 has expanded its presence in
Springs with the debut of its brand new, 25,000-square-foot broadcast
center, located at 5520 Tech Center Drive. The
facility is an impressive upgrade to KOAA’s long-standing home in
Colorado Springs, while holding fast to the station’s commitment to
Pueblo-area viewers with recently upgraded studios there as well.
While some local television stations are contracting, opting for
smaller office space and a smaller, off-site staff, KOAA’s multimillion
dollar investment in the two-city expansion is a direct attempt to
continue its leadership position in local news. The moves represent a
continued effort on the part of the number one news station to
aggressively expand its operations and presence in Southern Colorado.
Evan Pappas, president and general manager of the Cordillera owned
station, said “We’ve called this area home for more than sixty years and
we continue to invest in the communities we serve. As part of that
investment, we’ve made a conscious effort to continue our role as the
only local news station with full broadcast capabilities from both city
centers.” Pappas continued, “We’ve devoted significant resources to
adding the latest technology and most experienced people to remain the
dominant and most trusted news source. Our dual-city approach allows
News 5 to more quickly and fully cover news in all 12 counties that
comprise the local television viewing area.”
The new Springs facility, which was purchased by KOAA in 2013, has
more than double the space previously held by the station on
Communication Circle and features an open news content management center
that integrates seamlessly with what is the largest and most
technologically advanced television news set in the market and rivaling
that of most major markets in the country.
KOAA 5 employs more than 100 people, many of whom spend time working
in both locations. Both the Colorado Springs and Pueblo buildings
include dedicated employee lounges and workout rooms. The Springs
building also has three conference rooms, with plans to make these
available to the public on a reservation basis.
At the same time as construction work began on the Colorado Springs
building, KOAA’s Pueblo facility underwent a full remodel and technology
update, along with a brand new, news set that debuted in December. Both
buildings are capable of delivering complete news broadcasts to viewers
from either city.