CNN Sets Up for Broadcast from Thompson Library

According to our latest update, CNN will begin broadcasting from the campus of the University of Michigan-Flint — from their new stage set up in the Thompson Library Atrium — tomorrow, Friday March 4, 2016.

The new CNN stage and scaffolding for lights, etc, is being erected in the Thompson Library Atrium.

We have journalists from around the world converging on our campus as well.   They are being provided facilities in other buildings on campus.

This morning, our UM-Flint Chancellor, Dr Susan E. Borrego, sent out the following information about the various activities either in progress at this time or so to occur on and around our campus:

“The University of Michigan-Flint is partnering with CNN to host media, dignitaries, and guests from around the world in the coming days as the home for several activities connected to the Democratic Presidential Debate in Flint on March 6.

One of the biggest pieces of this partnership is that the Recreation Center is in the midst of being transformed into a “Spin Room” where approximately 500 journalists will file their stories and hear from campaign officials.

Also of important note is that the Frances Thompson Willson Library atrium is being converted into a set for CNN live broadcasts, which begin on Friday, March 4, and continue through Sunday, March 6.

This is an exciting opportunity to see democracy in action, highlight our campus, and show off our community.

About 60 of our students also are getting unique hands-on internship experience working with CNN and other groups coordinating this large-scale event.

To enable more of the campus community to participate in this partnership, , please consider attending the UM-Flint Debate Watch Party in the Northbank Center Ballroom.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Join the conversation on social media at #UMFlintDebate.

Please also note that the University is not a distribution point for debate tickets, but we are looking forward to an exciting few days.

Thank you and — GO BLUE!”

We in the library will continue to watch the activities and report on events as they transpire.


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Thompson Library being spiffed up prior to broadcast. Hard not to pity this poor window washer, with temps around 13 degrees!
High tech equipment of all sorts being installed in Thompson Library. The new CNN “anchor desk” is installed. Lighting and sound equipment being placed. It takes a LOT of people to make a network run!









Everyone is scurrying around to get things ready for the on-air personalities to arrive and begin their unique Flint location broadcast!
Lights! Cameras! Action! Never dreamed we’d be working in a television studio. Exciting!







Are those …. BOOKS?!! Yes, the book stacks are directly behind the cameras! This IS, after all, a working academic library. Books, and more.
Crates, cartons and boxes. Oh, my!








HUGE satellite dish just outside the library, on a walkway next to Harrison Street and the Flint River. The White Building (UM-Flint) can be seen in the background, situated on the north side of the river.


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And so it begins …