All employees of Griffin Communications' Tulsa media companies were bused to a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday at the future site of the company's new Media Center in the historical Brady District. The 186 employees, along with city and state dignitaries, were offered the opportunity to break ground with owners David and Kirsten Griffin of Oklahoma City and John Griffin of Muskogee. The 50,000 square feet state-of-the-art media center will house employees of the company's Tulsa properties; The News On 6 (KOTV), CW12/19 and Griffin New Media, which operates the company's television websites.
"We are excited to begin building quality, creative work space for our Tulsa employees," said David Griffin, President and C.E.O. of the company. "Our current facility is far too small to house our growing workforce here--in fact, we have been forced to rent space a block from the building to house our sales teams. It will be great to get them all back under one roof in a building in which they can take great pride."
Completion of the building, located at 106 East Cameron Street, is targeted for summer 2009. When finished, the Media Center will provide access to Tulsans for visitor tours and community group meetings.
"It's important to us to remain in downtown Tulsa and open our doors to the community," said co-owner John Griffin. "Our family has a 100-year history of business and community involvement that we plan to extend into the future."
The new building will be dedicated to parents of John and David Griffin-Martha Griffin of Muskogee, a long-time supporter of Oklahoma charities and artists, and the late John Griffin, who was a pioneer in television, signing on News 9 (KWTV) in Oklahoma City, which the Griffins have retained since 1953.
"Our parents took the responsibility that comes with media ownership very seriously, " said David Griffin. "Their values of operating a business with a strong reputation, appreciating employees and serving our communities are deeply instilled in the members of our family and within our companies. It was their vision that created an Oklahoma media company focused only on improving conditions in our state and it is fitting that we recognize them with this dedication."
Within the spirit of the company's slogan, "Oklahoma's Very Own", Griffin will utilize Oklahoma vendors to plan and build the new media center, including architects Rees Associates from Oklahoma City, civil and structural engineers Wallace Engineering and general contractor Manhattan Construction.
Griffin Communications, L.L.C. is Oklahoma owned and operated by David and Kirsten Griffin of Oklahoma City and John Griffin of Muskogee. Combined, the company's media companies cover more than 90 percent of Oklahoma households.
Griffin owns The News On 6 (KOTV) and CW12/19 (KQCW) in Tulsa; News 9 (KWTV) in Oklahoma City; the Radio Oklahoma Network, which is comprised of 42 radio affiliates across the state; and, Griffin New Media, focused on Griffin's Internet sites and information delivery to cell phones. Another division of the company, Griffin Tower Company, builds, purchases and maintains towers in Oklahoma.
Griffin Communications, L.L.C. is a partner with Cox Communications in NewsNow 53, both in Oklahoma City and Tulsa with cable channel repeats of News 9 and The News On 6 newscasts 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Griffin is also a partner in Sooner Sports Properties (SSP) with the University of Oklahoma Athletic Department, Learfield Communications and Renda Broadcasting. SSP owns the marketing rights to the University of Oklahoma Athletics.