AVI Systems was selected by QNI Broadcasting to install a fullHD Production Control Room at WGEM TV in Quincy, IL. WGEM TV resides in a stately building in historic downtown Quincy.

AVI had to build the new HD Production Control Room adjacent to the existing control room while keeping the station on air. The project included a complete redesign and rebuild of the studio space, and integration into the existing Master Control infrastructure. Newscasts were televised from a storefront studio across the parking lot from WGEM while the studio and control room were being remodeled. The remote control cameras in Studio H, as it was called, were ultimately incorporated into the Telemetrics camera control system, along with a news bureau camera at the Quincy Herald Whig newspaper office a few blocks away. High Definition tower cameras located in Macomb, IL; Keokuk, IA; and Hannibal, MO. were also integrated into Production Control.


AVI engineers and installation teams were on site for several weeks, coordinating with station personnel and the construction contractor to complete the build out as efficiently and smoothly as possible. Then, after a number of weeks of manufacturer commissioning and training, AVI personnel returned to WGEM to assist with the cut over to the control room and to perform a final commissioning on the entire system. AVI engineers worked closely with the WGEM team, from the initial conceptual design all the way through to connection of the last video cable and ensuring everything was running smoothly.

Components of the system include Ross Video Vision Production Switcher, Panasonic HD Studio Cameras, Telemetrics robotics, Ross Video Xpression graphics system, Avid Inews Newsroom system and Yamaha audio console.

The completed control room allowed WGEM TV to broadcast their local newscasts in full HD quality. Upon completion of the system, the client received a full set of as-built systems documentation, in both printed and electronic form.