The Great Voice of the Great Lakes
Barton Malow’s Specialty Contracting Group provided general contracting and self-perform interiors work on News/Talk 760 WJR’s remote Wintergarden studio in the General Motors Renaissance Center. The state-of-the-art, expansive glass-walled studio is the first of its kind for one of the most powerful radio stations in the country.
With flat screen televisions, news ticker and interactive technology, the studio brings a unique experience to visitors, while also giving an insider’s view into the world of radio broadcasting — visitors to the Wintergarden can see engineers working in the digital control room and watch live broadcasts of the station’s popular talk show hosts, Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann, and Mitch Albom, through the studio’s glass walls.
Plus, it’s beautiful. Architect Ford & Earl kept aesthetics in mind while keeping acoustics top priority. Metallic wall surfaces and perforated aluminum ceiling tiles work in harmony with the high-tech vertical LED components and rich mahogany accents to produce the high quality sound.
The Wintergarden studio serves as a backdrop for special events as well as live broadcasts. The studio can be in use 24/7, as WJR hosts celebrities, dignitaries and cheerleaders, all in view of an enthusiastic audience.