Pioneer Public Television is beginning its move into a new studio headquarters: the beautiful Ron and Diane Fagen building in Granite Falls. In late February, the administrative team of eight employees began working daily at the new facility. Pioneer production staff will begin moving in the summer of 2018. If all goes according to plan, master control, programming and engineering staff will be moved by the late fall. Before master control staff can move, Pioneer will have to set up microwave relay connections from the new building to the station's transmitter site in Appleton. Relay towers are scheduled to be erected during the 2018 construction season.
Plans call for staging a big open house celebration for Pioneer’s entire viewing area once the move is complete, but people need not wait to stop by and visit. Pioneer staff are happy to show the space to curious visitors as they gradually occupy this new facility.
In this new, highly visible space, Pioneer’s focus will remain the same: to connect, uplift and inspire all that is good about living in the small towns, tribal lands and farming communities of the Upper Midwest through quality, viewer-supported programming. With the new facility, there will be opportunities to host more community events showcasing local programs and generating awareness about new opportunities that can enhance the region.
"Pioneer is deeply grateful for the support and patience of the regional community during this year of transition," stated Les Heen, Pioneer's president and general manager. "We hope everyone will stay tuned as Pioneer's future comes into view!"