Detroit — WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) debuted its new downtown studio inside of the Qube Building on Woodward Avenue in the city's downtown with the station's first newscast there Thursday afternoon.
"Having a studio down here just shows the resurgence of Detroit," said Mike Murri, station manager at WXYZ. "We are really excited and ready to take the next steps in the future and invest in the city of Detroit."
The glass-enclosed, sound-proof studio, which took a year to build and will broadcast the noon newscast live weekdays, will also be used during summer festivals, concerts and sporting events.
Diamond Daniels, who works in the First National Building, thinks the presence of WXYZ in Detroit at the building formerly known as the Chase Bank Building sends another message to the city.
"Seeing the station down here helps broaden the opportunity for young people who may want to be in the media to expand their horizons," Daniels said. "It also shows viewers' first-hand the advancement of Detroit."
While scores of fans lined up to try and catch a glimpse of their favorite news personality Thursday, some see the addition of the second studio as an added bonus to their workday.
"I grew up with these guys, and I'm excited to know they are right across the street," said Patricia Antoun, who works at Quicken Loans. "I will definitely make it a daily habit to come over here every day to see these guys' faces."
WXYZ is the latest tenant at the building for the Bedrock Real Estate Service, the real estate arm of Quicken Loans Inc. founder Dan Gilbert.
According to WXYZ.com, the station's first TV broadcast took place on Oct. 9, 1948, from its Detroit studios inside the Maccabees Building in what is now called Midtown.
The station's main studios are in Southfield, where they have been since the late 1950s.