WLRN's Key West bureau held a grand opening Friday, complete with giveaway T-shirts, coffee tumblers and giant doughnuts from the hip bakery down the street.
Plus, the Miami-based public radio station, a news partner to the Miami Herald and the Keynoter, added four big-league microphones and a mini master control station to allow reporter Nancy Klingener to broadcast live from Key West. But one new addition wowed the veteran South Florida journalist, who moved to Key West 25 years ago.
"I'm most excited about the bike," Klingener said after receiving a royal blue delivery-style bicycle complete with bell, front basket and a mini trailer pulling a WLRN banner. "It shows they get the Keys and how we live here."
Based in downtown Miami, WLRN has a studio inside the Herald's newsroom in Doral and in March added another studio in downtown Key West. Locally, its broadcast on 91.5-FM.
"We can't run the radio station out of here but it is a news studio," said Tom Hudson, WLRN's vice president of news and special correspondent.
Klingener will be able to interview guests, broadcast live and edit stories inside the studio on the third floor of the Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St.
"It's a great presence," said Sue Sullivan, a 16-year resident of Key West who remembers a time when she couldn't tune in public radio from the mainland. "I'm a big fan of Nan."