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LDS Church buys old KJZZ studio building

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has

purchased the vacant KJZZ studio building west of the Salt Lake City

International Airport.

The purchase price was not disclosed.

"The

building is being considered for church operations, possibly as an

audio/visual studio or warehouse," said LDS Church spokesman Scott

Trotter.

The 67,000-square-foot

building sits on 8.4 acres north of I-80 and just west of the south end

of the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Greg

Miller, chief executive officer of the Larry H. Miller Group, which

also owns KJZZ and the Utah Jazz, described the sale as "a win-win

deal."

KJZZ had consolidated its

broadcast operations to the EnergySolutions Arena and had moved out of

its former studios in phases during recent months.

"The building was sitting dark and vacant," Miller said. "As a family, we wanted to do all we can to preserve that facility."

That meant the family wanted the building's studios and broadcast accent to remain intact.

Miller

said a possible sale was considered to other suitors prior to the Mormon church's involvement. However, other potential buyers either were not

willing to preserve the building's broadcast heritage or not able to

come up with the funding.

"So we talked to the church," he said.

Miller

said the purchase price is confidential. However, the Commerce Real

Estate Solutions Web site had advertised the original purchase price of

the KJZZ property at $6.6 million.

The

KJZZ studio was built about 25 years ago by the Skaggs Family. Miller

stressed that despite its age, the building remains a high-quality

facility for broadcasting.

The Millers purchased the building in 1992, when it owned KXIV, the forerunner to KJZZ."As a family, we're pleased that this facility was able to remain intact," Miller said. "That's the heart of the issue."

Besides

the LDS Church keeping the studios intact as part of the sale, Miller

said another provision is that KJZZ has an option to come back and use

the studios as needed. That isn't expected to happen very often, he

said, perhaps only once a year.

Miller said the sale of the studio does not signal a scaling back of KJZZ's broadcast/production.

"We're like a lot of businesses. We're looking for every opportunity to economize," he said.

Miller also said any transitions by KJZZ will be indiscernible to TV viewers.

The currently vacant KJZZ building has quick freeway access but is located about eight miles from downtown Salt Lake City.


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