WYMT employees braved the cold and snowy weather earlier this month to see a state of the art satellite and microwave truck pulling in to the WYMT parking lot.
"I just can't tell you what it meant to see that truck roll in that first day," said WYMT News Director Neil Middleton.
Middleton calls it one of the most important milestones since the television station signed on the air in 1985.
"I knew that Tony Turner was smiling down from heaven. This is something this station has dreamed of and every employee has dreamed of since this station went on the air," Middleton said.
Before now, we've depended on using our sister station's satellite trucks for things like breaking news or live ballgames. Now we can do it ourselves and faster.
"But this simply means that we can respond to live events happening in our coverage area a lot quicker and be right on the spot," said WYMT Station Manager Ernestine Cornett.
WYMT partnered with Cooley Medical to bring the satellite truck to the mountains.
"Obviously it's an advertisement, but it's also an investment in the community and we fell it's a great way to meet the needs and serve the community," said Darrin Marlowe, Director of Marketing with Cooley Medical.
Several employees have already been trained to use the new truck and you'll probably be seeing it traveling across the mountains very soon.
Middleton says he hopes the new satellite truck will also strengthen community ties with WYMT. Not only will we use it for breaking news, but we'll also be taking it to community events like local festivals. We're already planning on sending the truck to the East Kentucky Leadership Conference in Pikeville for a live newscast in April.