We have some exciting news to tell you about today, involving Western Mass News and MGM Springfield.
When the new casino opens this fall, Western Mass News will have a satellite studio on the grounds to bring you news of the day and live interviews with news-makers and celebrities MGM brings to town.
All systems are go for a fall opening of MGM's $960 million casino in Springfield's South End.
Also opening will be that new Western Mass News satellite studio right on the grounds of the casino.
Construction is continuing on MGM's Springfield casino.
The work site is busy as all systems are go for this fall's grand opening.
Video from the Western Mass News SkyDrone shows the progress being made and the area where the new Western Mass News studio will be located just off the resort's outdoor plaza.
"On a day-to-day basis, news always dictates what we'll be sending from that studio, but certainly, live reporter stand-ups on the day's news and we're also looking at the opportunities to do interviews with celebrities that come in to MGM," said Western Mass News Vice President and General Manager John Hesslein.
That live TV experience also allows our viewers to come in to sit in our virtual studio and take selfies in the "Western Mass News Experience."
Meanwhile, MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said that the addition of the Western Mass News studio will create a great energy for the guests on the plaza.
"A satellite studio with a great partner like Western Mass News, where we can talk about breaking news because we plan to make news every day and really bring the community into the project and have special guests, it felt like a win-win," Mathis added.
Hesslein said that the satellite studio validates the long-term growth of Springfield as a television market and that Western Mass News looks forward to playing a role in Springfield's growth by broadcasting live from our new studio at MGM.
"'All boats rise with the tide' kind of scenario for us. We were looking to add our voice to the overall positive songs being sung by downtown Springfield in this whole renaissance," Hesslein noted.
MGM Springfield is on target to open its doors this fall and with it will open our new Western Mass News satellite studio.
That opening is coming quickly. It's only about five months from now.
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