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From this FCC Consummation Paper, posted this morning (12/11), you can basically say adios to ACME Communications, since it no longer owns any TV stations, at this point. Tamer Media has commenced operations on KRWB 19/KWBQ 21 (CW) & KASY 50 (MyNetworkTV). LIN will continue to provided some of its services for the two stations. ACME still controls its morning program The Daily Buzz.

 

No word if ACME will give up its production of program solely to Fisher or to another firm.

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Chairman Pai announced he will be leaving the agency on January 20.

Good riddance. What a vile creature.

Good Riddance!

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Another station transaction has been finalized. From this FCC consummation paper posted this morning (12/17), WTVF NewsChannel 5 (CBS) in Nashville is now under the control of Journal Broadcast Group. The consummation actually happened on December 6th, but the notice was just posted today on the website.

 

I hope Journal can keep most things at WTVF a status quo. After all, they are the "two-ton King Kong" of the market.

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Okay, yet another station group transaction has been consummated. And this one hasn't been mentioned on this site. It appears that Bonten Media has completed its acquisition of Northern California Fox Affiliates KCVU in Chico & KBVU in Eureka; MyNetworkTV affiliates KRVU in Redding, KZVU in Chico & KEMY in Eureka; Plus several other low-power stations in both markets (including three Chico/Redding stations that affiliates Univision, Telefutura & Telemundo, respectively) from Sainte Partners. Since Bonten already owns ABC affilates KRCR 7 in Redding & KAEF 23 in Eureka, KCVU & KBVU will be assigned to Esteem Broadcasting (which also owns WEMT & WFXI/WYDO), while KRVU/KZVU/KEMY & several other LPs will be assigned to a new shell, California Broadcasting. All stations involved will be operated by KRCR under shared services agreements.

 

Sainte Partners continues to own KCSO (Telemundo) in Sacramento & KFBI (MyNetworkTV) in Medford. At least for now.

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Gray is purchasing WDON-LP in Dothan, AL from New Moon Communications...

http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/64441/station-trading-roundup-2-deals-120000

At one time, they purchased several low powered stations around the country in markets where NBC did not have an affiliated station, with the intention of turning the stations into NBC affiliates.

 

Methinks that Gray is going to follow through on the original plan to bring a low-powered NBC station to Dothan by way of WTVY, much like the way that Gray brought a CBS affiliate to neighboring market Panama City through the facilities of WJHG. WTVY in Dothan served as the CBS station for Panama City until WECP-LD's sign-on, and NBC has come in to Dothan by way of WSFA in Montgomery, and WJHG in Panama City.

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New Year, new acquisition completion. From this FCC Note, posted this morning (1/3/13), London Broadcasting has completed its acquisition of Fox Stations, KIDY in San Angelo & KXVA in Abilene and a few LPs from DuJuan McCoy's Bayou City Broadcasting. The deal was consummated on New Year's Eve. London now owns stations in seven Texas markets; including its flagship station, Me-TV Affiliate, KTXD in Greenville (serving the Metroplex).

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Last March, High Maintenance Broadcasting, the owners of KUQI 38 in Corpus Christi, Texas was planning to sell its station to National Communications for an undisclosed amount. The FCC approved the deal in August, but it was never close. Fast forward to two weeks ago and the Caller-Times announce the deal officially fell through. Should've the deal would've have been completed, the station would've had their calls changed to KFCC and it would've been a sister-station to London Broadcasting's KIII 3.

 

Also, remember McGraw-Hill, the company that sold its entire television arm to E.W. Scripps back in late 2011? Well almost one year after selling its television arm, they're now selling its educational arm as well. They don't care about the children now? When you think of McGraw-Hill, I don't think television stations, but I think about the educational textbooks I use to do when I was in school. McGraw-Hill is selling its educational firm to Apollo Capital Management for $2.5 billion. Now they will be focusing on its sole 'business infomational operations'.

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We have ourselves another acquisition deal and it appears GOCOM is ready to expand again.

 

From the paperwork posted this morning (2/6) via FCC website, it appears that Catamount Broadcasting is selling Chico, CA's NBC affiliate KHSL to GOCOM Media for $5.45 mil. Catamount also operates Evans Broadcasting-owned, CBS affiliate KNVN, which that station will concurrently be sold by (I guess this will be GOCOM shell partner) K4 Media Holdings for $1.5 mil. The Chico News & Review stated last month that they heard rumors that Nexstar would buy KHSL/KNVN.

 

GOCOM (which also owns Fox affiliate WRSP/WCCU & CW affiliate WBUI in Springfield-Champaign, IL) is partially related to the old station group company, Piedmont Television (which also used the GOCOM name at one point); that group owned more than 15 stations from 1997 to 2008.

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New Age Media is hoping the second time is a charm to unload its Maine properties.

 

Last year, New Age Media tried to sell its Portland properties WPXT CW 51 & WPME My 35 to Tyche Broadcasting. The deal was approved, however the deal was never finalized. This time around it has found a new buyer. From the paperwork, WPXT is being sold to Ironwood Communications for $1.525 million. It's sister station (owned by New Age shell, MPS Media) WPME is being sold to Ironwood's shell Cottonwood Communications for $75,000, making the total deal to $1.6 million.

 

New Age Media owns stations in the Gainesville, Tallahassee, Chattanooga & the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton markets.

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Last March' date=' High Maintenance Broadcasting, the owners of KUQI 38 in Corpus Christi, Texas was planning to sell its station to National Communications for an undisclosed amount. The FCC approved the deal in August, but it was never close. Fast forward to two weeks ago and the Caller-Times announce the deal officially fell through. Should've the deal would've have been completed, the station would've had their calls changed to KFCC and it would've been a sister-station to London Broadcasting's KIII 3.

Well it may not be a falling out after all. Or is it?

 

Here's the follow-up on the KUQI/National Communications deal.

 

From the FCC site, KUQI filed yet another Extension of Consummation notice. Usually when they call off a sell, a non-consummation note is issued. Their reasoning for the extension of time is as they said on the note is "because of certain unanticipated pre-closing business issues", and ask for another three months to close on the deal. So I don't know if the current owners, High Maintenance Broadcasting is going to follow through on this measure.

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Another acquisition is in the works. This time it's in the nation's 49th state and there's already plenty of opposition.

 

Back on November 12, Denali Media Holdings agreed to acquire Anchorage's CBS affiliate KTVA from Affiliated Media and Juneau's NBC affiliate KATH-LD with low-power Sitka translator KSCT-LP from North Star Television. Denali Media is a subsidiary of Alaska's largest telecommunications provider General Communication Inc. or GCI. Fast forward to late last week when many broadcasters in the state have filed a petition to deny, stating that granting the applications would give a combo of two television stations in three Alaska markets, along with their largest (and exclusive) provider in cable & broadband services for the entire state.

 

Among the broadcasters that have joined in this petition of denial are, Fireweed Communications, Vision Alaska/Coastal Television, Ketchikan TV, and the only non-Alaskan group Schurz Communications (Northern Lights Media). GCI has already made its opposition on Fireweed's denial petition.

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New acquisition completion. This time, its making a "First!!!" in Knoxville.

 

Back last November, Lockwood Broadcast Group, owners of Knoxville CW affiliate WBXX (which they bought from ACME Communications a couple of years prior) went and bought WMAK from Daystar's Word of God Fellowship for $2.95 mil. FCC greenlight it on December 21st, and Lockwood took control of the station on February 25, dropping the Daystar programming and become an Independent station. The station is branded "WKNX, The Knox", although the callsign hasn't officially changed. It was officially consummated yesterday, making this the first television duopoly in the Knoxville Market.

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New Age Media is hoping the second time is a charm to unload its Maine properties.

 

Last year, New Age Media tried to sell its Portland properties WPXT CW 51 & WPME My 35 to Tyche Broadcasting. The deal was approved, however the deal was never finalized. This time around it has found a new buyer. From the paperwork, WPXT is being sold to Ironwood Communications for $1.525 million. It's sister station (owned by New Age shell, MPS Media) WPME is being sold to Ironwood's shell Cottonwood Communications for $75,000, making the total deal to $1.6 million.

 

New Age Media owns stations in the Gainesville, Tallahassee, Chattanooga & the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton markets.

Follow-up time.

 

Earlier Today, the FCC has greenlighted the Assignment of Licenses of WPXT & WPME to Ironwood & Cottonwood Communications. It had to been one guy that came up with the idea of naming those firms like that. Maybe he/she likes to "Iron" its t-shirts, made out of "Cotton".

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Gray is purchasing WDON-LP in Dothan, AL from New Moon Communications...

http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/64441/station-trading-roundup-2-deals-120000

At one time, they purchased several low powered stations around the country in markets where NBC did not have an affiliated station, with the intention of turning the stations into NBC affiliates.

 

Methinks that Gray is going to follow through on the original plan to bring a low-powered NBC station to Dothan by way of WTVY, much like the way that Gray brought a CBS affiliate to neighboring market Panama City through the facilities of WJHG. WTVY in Dothan served as the CBS station for Panama City until WECP-LD's sign-on, and NBC has come in to Dothan by way of WSFA in Montgomery, and WJHG in Panama City.

Follow Up Time!

 

Last Friday, the FCC has greenlighted the assignment of license of WDON-LP to Gray Television. And it has also planned to change its calls to WRGX-LD. Well fast forward to Tuesday, when the transaction was consummated. Now let's see if Gray will make a formal announcement. Will they announce that they'll become the new NBC affiliate? Let see what happens.

 

EDIT 4/22: The station has changed its callsign to WRGX-LP, and has took its analog signal off the air. The silent STA state that they are hoping to turn the signal back on by June 1st.

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We have ourselves another acquisition deal and it appears GOCOM is ready to expand again.

 

From the paperwork posted this morning (2/6) via FCC website, it appears that Catamount Broadcasting is selling Chico, CA's NBC affiliate KHSL to GOCOM Media for $5.45 mil. Catamount also operates Evans Broadcasting-owned, CBS affiliate KNVN, which that station will concurrently be sold by (I guess this will be GOCOM shell partner) K4 Media Holdings for $1.5 mil. The Chico News & Review stated last month that they heard rumors that Nexstar would buy KHSL/KNVN.

 

GOCOM (which also owns Fox affiliate WRSP/WCCU & CW affiliate WBUI in Springfield-Champaign, IL) is partially related to the old station group company, Piedmont Television (which also used the GOCOM name at one point); that group owned more than 15 stations from 1997 to 2008.

Follow up on the GOCOM acquisition in Northern Caifornia.

 

It appears that the FCC has greenlighted the assignment of licensee of KHSL to GOCOM and KNVN to K4 Media. GOCOM will operate KNVN under the same grandfathered JSA/SSA.

 

Also unrelated to this deal. Recently Raul Broadcasting has agreed to sell Eureka's CBS station KVIQ to Sainte Partners II. Sainte Partners operated the station owned by Raul. It just now decided to acquire the station outright, just close to a year after they'd decided to sell its Fox station to Esteem (Bonten).

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And its a Done Deal!!!

 

The deal was consummated yesterday (5/6). KHSL was sold to GOCOM Media, and sister station KNVN was sold to K4 Media Holdings but GOCOM Media will operate KNVN under the grandfathered LMA.

 

This is GOCOM expansion, outside of the central Illinois stations WRSP/WCCU & WBUI. Sinclair just recently bought the non-licensed assets of the central Illinois stations.

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Gray is purchasing WDON-LP in Dothan, AL from New Moon Communications...

http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/64441/station-trading-roundup-2-deals-120000

At one time, they purchased several low powered stations around the country in markets where NBC did not have an affiliated station, with the intention of turning the stations into NBC affiliates.

 

Methinks that Gray is going to follow through on the original plan to bring a low-powered NBC station to Dothan by way of WTVY, much like the way that Gray brought a CBS affiliate to neighboring market Panama City through the facilities of WJHG. WTVY in Dothan served as the CBS station for Panama City until WECP-LD's sign-on, and NBC has come in to Dothan by way of WSFA in Montgomery, and WJHG in Panama City.

You are correct. Gray will launch WRGX-LD on June 1, 2013. WSFA and WJHG will be removed from cable and satellite when this happens. WRGX will be located on WTVY's 2,000 ft stick at the 1,577 ft mark. It will be a directional signal toward the Dothan DMA.
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You are correct. Gray will launch WRGX-LD on June 1, 2013. WSFA and WJHG will be removed from cable and satellite when this happens. WRGX will be located on WTVY's 2,000 ft stick at the 1,577 ft mark. It will be a directional signal toward the Dothan DMA.

Here's an article from the Dothan Eagle

http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/article_505bb1dc-b699-11e2-b32c-0019bb30f31a.html

 

Gray will be launching a 5:30 newscast exclusive to the new NBC station. I'm surprised that WJHG has never done the same for WECP....and that WPGX still does not have a 9pm newscast!

To compensate for Dothan viewers losing WSFA, they'll still get news coverage on WDFX.

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You are correct. Gray will launch WRGX-LD on June 1, 2013. WSFA and WJHG will be removed from cable and satellite when this happens. WRGX will be located on WTVY's 2,000 ft stick at the 1,577 ft mark. It will be a directional signal toward the Dothan DMA.

wow, its about time that the Wiregrass reigion gets an NBC affiliate of its own, I would applaud Gray Television for that.
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Recently Raul Broadcasting has agreed to sell Eureka's CBS station KVIQ to Sainte Partners II. Sainte Partners operated the station owned by Raul. It just now decided to acquire the station outright, just close to a year after they'd decided to sell its Fox station to Esteem (Bonten).

Follow Up Time and some new info relating to Sainte Partners.

 

It appears that the consent to assign the license of KVIQ from Raul to Sainte Partners was approved yesterday. Now while we wait for this to be consummated, B&C states it appears that Sainte Partners will be selling its Medford, OR properties to this new firm by Broadcasting Communications Company, operated by former board chairman for the Fox affiliates, Brian Brady. The properties include MyNetworkTV stations KFBI-LD Medford & K41ID Klamath Falls and Telemundo station KMCW-LP. Just to go deeper the paperwork states that Broadcasting Licenses, L.P. will buy the stations for just $200K. Also come to find out that Broadcasting Licenses is the same licensee of Fox station KMVU 26. So these LPs are being sold by Northwest Broadcasting (aka Stainless).

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New Age Media is hoping the second time is a charm to unload its Maine properties.

 

Last year, New Age Media tried to sell its Portland properties WPXT CW 51 & WPME My 35 to Tyche Broadcasting. The deal was approved, however the deal was never finalized. This time around it has found a new buyer. From the paperwork, WPXT is being sold to Ironwood Communications for $1.525 million. It's sister station (owned by New Age shell, MPS Media) WPME is being sold to Ironwood's shell Cottonwood Communications for $75,000, making the total deal to $1.6 million.

 

New Age Media owns stations in the Gainesville, Tallahassee, Chattanooga & the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton markets.

And the deal is done. The New Age is out in Southern Maine. The Iron & The Cotton is in.

 

Just this Monday, the Assignment of License of WPXT & WPME from New Age Media & MPS Media to Ironwood & Cottonwood Communications was consummated.

 

The question I'm pondering, will New Age Media will unload more properties in the remaining markets like Tallahassee, Gainesville, Chattanooga and their home base in NEPA?

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Another New Station Group. And this time this group have some stations.

 

B&C states today this new California group, Yellowstone Holdings will acquire SagamoreHill Broadcasting's KGWN (CBS) Cheyenne, WY, KSTF (CBS) Scottsbluff, NE and KGNS (NBC) Laredo, TX for $20.5M.

 

So far SagamoreHill has sold now four full power stations. They also sold Florence, SC station WWMB to Armstrong Williams's Howard Stirk Holdings as a part of the Sinclair-Barrington Acquisition.

 

This will leave SagamoreHill with just four stations, all except for one, have LMA with other stations. KXLT Rochester (Quincy), KZTV Corpus Christi (Cordillera), WLTZ Columbus & WNCF Montgomery (Bahakel).

 

 

Retrans Battle Again!!!! This time is Time Warner Cable & LIN Media.

 

Multichannel.com is posting that if a deal doesn't get reached by Friday, May 31st at 5pm/ET, the stations in 14 markets including Buffalo, Green Bay and Hawaii will lose their signals on the cable carrier. TWC stated that LIN is seeking a 50% increase of retransmission fees after they'd reached a deal two years prior. TWC stated that it was hopeful that it can make a deal by that time, but LIN isn't saying anything, at this time.

B&C states that it appears that they have reached a deal, to avert the signals for coming off of the TWC systems.

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Another New Station Group. And this time this group have some stations.

 

B&C states today this new California group, Yellowstone Holdings will acquire SagamoreHill Broadcasting's KGWN (CBS) Cheyenne, WY, KSTF (CBS) Scottsbluff, NE and KGNS (NBC) Laredo, TX for $20.5M.

 

So far SagamoreHill has sold four full power stations. They also sold Florence, SC station WWMB to Armstrong Williams's Howard Stirk Holdings as a part of the Sinclair-Barrington Acquisition.

 

This will leave SagamoreHill with just four stations, all except for one, have LMA with other stations. KXLT Rochester (Quincy), KZTV Corpus Christi (Cordillera), WLTZ Columbus & WNCF Montgomery (Bahakel).

 

 

 

B&C states that it appears that they have reached a deal, to avert the signals for coming off of the TWC systems.

I can tell you we (employees of the station where I am employed) were told the deal was reached just minutes before the signals were to be cut.
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I can tell you we (employees of the station where I am employed) were told the deal was reached just minutes before the signals were to be cut.

Yeah, and it wasn't no midnight deadline, it was a 5pm early evening deadline. That would've been critical to lose primetime programming if they lose those signals.

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Looks like Brady has acquired another station.

 

In a rare Sunday TVNewsCheck posting, it appears that Brian Brady has acquired Intermountain West Communications-owned, Yuma's NBC affiliate KYMA 11. Brady announced that he was going to acquire the low-power stations in Medford, as he already have a full-power Fox affiliate, KMVU.

 

The stunning thing about this is unless, it becomes the new licensee name for KYMA, what is this company's name. Is it Blackhawk, Stainless or Northwest? It's just mind-boggling.

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