AUSTIN -- An area public television station is ready to start working on its largest production yet -- a new $5 million broadcast facility.

KSMQ Public Television is hosting a ceremonial groundbreaking on Oct. 7 to launch construction of a 10,200-square-foot complex -- The Broadcast Center -- to be built at 107 W. Oakland Ave. in Austin.

KSMQ is a full-power, federally licensed independent television station which has operated in Austin since 1972. It started in leased space at Riverland Community College. That lease with Riverland ended in 2001.

The goal is to have the new facility up and running in the fourth quarter of 2022.

KSMQ transmits its broadcast signal over a radius of 55 miles from a 1,000 foot broadcast tower located near Grand Meadow.The new downtown facility is expected to improve efficiency, which its management says could result in more local programming being produced.

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Biz buzz

The Med City’s largest bank has named a new vice president of insurance.

Think Bank has promoted Steve Epp to lead its insurance department. Epp has served as Think’s insurance services manager for 11 years.

“During his time at Think, Steve has excelled at building positive relationships with his customers and colleagues,” said Senior Financial Services Vice President Tammy Pfeffer in the announcement of the promotion. “He’s also highly effective in helping others on his team grow in their roles. His motivating and energizing leadership is recognized and valued.”

Think Bank’s history in Rochester dates back its founding in 1961 as IBM Credit Union. It evolved over time and became a bank in 2007.