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DENISON -- When KTEN signed off the air on December 10, 2013, it was the last time the set it used for the past 11 years would be seen on television.

Ice from a massive storm that blew through Texoma still coated the ground when moving trucks first showed up arrived outside our studio.

Lights and monitors were the first pieces of our new set to arrive.

For several days, crews broke down our old set. The anchor desk remained in the studio so daily newscasts could continue.

"It was long overdue and it's such a great time to do it. We're celebrating 60 years of broadcasting in Texoma," KTEN general manager Anthony Maisel said.

On December 19, the studio doors opened the minute after our 10pm newscast ended.

Overnight, crews with Durant-based Russell Construction began unloading the new set.

Piece by piece, like a puzzle, crews worked quickly to drill, trim and connect each section of the new set.

"This is a first, it's pretty cool," owner Curtis Russell said. "We like a challenge."

In a little more than 24 hours, Russell says his men unloaded three 28-foot long U-Hauls, three pick-up trucks and three 16-foot long storage containers.

After the set was in position, installing lights and wiring the studio were the final phases of the project.

In all, there are 140 plugs powering the new high definition set, more than a mile of cords, 84 lights and 23 monitors. It took a total of 51 days to transform how you see KTEN from home.