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Gray acquiring various stations in 7 transactions

Discussion in 'Corporate Chat' started by CRThell, Jul 1, 2015.

  1. scrabbleship

    scrabbleship Managing Editor

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    Didn't they own KTVH for a hot minute between Sunbelt/Intermountain West and Cordillera?

    I think they're frozen out of Montana unless they can get their hands on Cordillera or Cowles. Both groups fit Gray's profile well and the latter has zero conflicts.
     
  2. televisionguy16

    televisionguy16 Managing Editor

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    They did until they sold off the KTVH/KMTF duo.
     
  3. JCB4TV

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    As per RabbitEars, Gray has an application to build a LD station on RF 36 in Casper, KSBF-LD. They are seeking permission to build the station at 1,792’ 15kW.

    EDIT: Click here to see the signal contours of the current KGWC & KSBF-LD
     
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  4. Raymie

    Raymie Station Group CEO

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    That sounds like Gray.
     
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  5. GoldenShine9

    GoldenShine9 News Director

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    I would expect KCWY/NBC to be placed on 5.2 in Lander and 13.2 in Rock Springs as well. They might have room to place CW on 5.3 and 13.3?
     
  6. effseesee

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    I posted in the Speculatron last week that KGWC was going to lose CBS, not knowing this was going to happen. Their affiliation agreement is up in June. When Gray signed a new deal for its CBS affiliates last year, and when they started buying LPs around Casper, I had a feeling it was curtains for KGWC. Mark Nalbone is making out like a bandit.
     
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  7. JCB4TV

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    Using RabbitEars as my reference, Gray purchased:
    • K16JI-D RF 16 -326' 12.6kW
    • K18JQ-D RF 18 -326' 2.3kW
    These appear to be fill-in translators serving the immediate Casper area.

    The one I mentioned earlier today, KSBF-LD RF 36 1,792' 15kW, is apparently being constructed to be the "new" KGWC. When the dust settles in Casper, I can see the following:

    • The current, soon to be donated, RF 14, starts their new programming with a new call sign mapping to PSIP 36
    • The under construction RF 36 signs on as KGWC, PSIP 14, CBS programming
    • OTA viewers in the Casper area get the proverbial rescan advisory and number to call and complain
     
  8. JCB4TV

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    Yep! It appears that KGWC will meet the fate of KFXF, KJCT, WAGT, WIFR, KSPR, KXJB, KVTV > KYLX, & WFXS > WZAW, down on their luck full power stations rescued by Gray and converted to low power status in order to avoid possible closure and satisfy FCC regulations.
     
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  9. JCB4TV

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    Will Legacy Broadcasting continue to run these Wyoming stations as is? The reason why I'm asking is that if you review their profile, all their stations were picked up from a Gray garage sale and are now running that H&I, or some other, junk.
     
  10. Raymie

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    There was an operating relationship between KTWO and KGWC and KLWY/KFNB. All these stations are being acquired.

    The same sort of DMA mess that characterizes this region is spreading. I have no idea what the end product is. What is clear is that there will be only one company producing TV newscasts in Wyoming. Gray and Legacy will be the only companies owning commercial TV stations licensed to Wyoming.
     
  11. GoldenShine9

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    Legacy is just a speculator as well?
     
  12. GoldenShine9

    GoldenShine9 News Director

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    WIFR was not shut down for FCC reasons, it was because they sold the spectrum and there was little loss in downsizing to a LD signal due to the small footprint of the Rockford market.
     
  13. Raymie

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    Legacy has bought Gray stations as a minority group before. They typically run them with a few subchannels.

    Their four existing stations (and two satellites) are

    KHME/KQME Rapid City (KOTA)
    KMLU Monroe, LA (KAQY)
    KNHL Hastings, NE (KHAS)
    KNDB/KNDM Bismarck (KNDX/KXND)

    They will almost certainly be run with subs. The structure of network services, especially ABC and Fox, is in doubt. More to the point, KTWO's news operation may be at risk of being axed.
     
  14. JCB4TV

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    Since we're talking about television on Wyoming, I made this color coded map showing which TV market each county is currently assigned.

    Key:
    Red = Cheyenne DMA 197
    Green = Casper DMA 198
    Orange = Denver DMA 17
    Blue = Rapid City DMA 170
    Purple = Billings DMA 167
    Gold = Idaho Falls DMA 162
    Pink = Salt Lake City DMA 30
    Wyoming TV Markets.png
    The reason I made this is to see whether the Cheyenne and Casper should merge to create one Wyoming centric market. I just wonder if it's feasible for the Denver market counties to be annexed to create such a market.

    Don't get me started on Sheridan County being an exclave of the Rapid City DMA, or that the Cheyenne is an emclave of the Denver DMA.
     
  15. GoldenShine9

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    My opinion is that the DMAs should be:

    * Denver counties in SE Wyoming --> Cheyenne

    * Salt Lake counties in SW Wyoming --> Casper (Gray has set precedence there with KGWR)

    * Denver counties in NE Wyoming --> Casper

    * Teton County is OK in Idaho Falls, while the northern counties in Billings are okay there (Sheridan should join them)

    * Crook and Weston are OK in Rapid City
     
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  16. MichiganNewsGraphicsJunkie

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    Wait, why are Johnson and Campbell counties Denver when the counties below them are Casper??
     
  17. JCB4TV

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    IDK, you need to take that one up with Nielsen. I used a Nielsen map I found on a Google search. Nebraska is not much better as seen here. Nebraska TV Markets.png
    The Red is Scotts Bluff County, the Denver Counties are in Orange, Cherry County is in the Sioux Falls, SD DMA while the Sioux City, IA Counties are in Purple.
     
  18. GoldenShine9

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    In Nebraska, everything west of the Sioux City and Omaha markets should be part of a single Lincoln-North Platte-Kearney market. The North Platte DMA would be eliminated.
     
  19. Mrtraveler01

    Mrtraveler01 Managing Editor

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    Although to be fair, KGWC is more deserving of this treatment than any of those other stations you've mentioned. That station was a joke. But then again, so is the Casper TV market as a whole.

    For a long time it was basically KTWO and everyone else. Then IMWC decided to bring some competition in but they still weren't able to compete. Now that Gray has taken over, Casper is no-longer a one horse town. Although with this Gray deal, who knows if that will change.
     
  20. Mrtraveler01

    Mrtraveler01 Managing Editor

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    I disagree with you about SW Wyoming. Rock Springs/Green River are much closer to Salt Lake than they are to Cheyenne or Casper. And the Salt Lake stations including all the independent ones have been on cable there for the longest time. The only Casper stations on cable there are KTWO, KGWC (because of KGWR), and KCWC.

    http://www.allwest.com/pages/tv-channels.aspx

    The rest of what you said does make sense though. The only reason I can think of as to why the Denver DMA is so spotty in Wyoming and Nebraska is because the Denver stations tend to be the go-to for cable systems in regions in isolated parts of the West that couldn't get a local version of a particular network (because the Denver stations came in via satelite). I could be wrong but that's my educated guess at least. I do know that KUSA was the default NBC affilate in Rapid City for that period in time between KEVN losing the NBC affiliation and KNBN starting up.
     

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