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3 hours ago, CircleSeven said:

From TVNewsCheck this AM, Ramar Communications is selling Telemundo affiliate KASA, its satellite stations and its LP translators to NBCUniversal.

 

From this paperwork, they're selling the stations for $12.5M.

And in case anyone asks, the chances of NBCU pulling a WBTS on KASA and swiping their affiliation from KOB to start an NBC New Mexico are very small to zero. So get it out of your heads now!

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45 minutes ago, hmaxhanson said:

And in case anyone asks, the chances of NBCU pulling a WBTS on KASA and swiping their affiliation from KOB to start an NBC New Mexico are very small to zero. So get it out of your heads now!

That said, KRTN-LD and KUPT-LD don’t necessarily fit in to NBCU’s portfolio since it’d be difficult to integrate them as repeaters of KASA, since it has enough repeater coverage already. KRTN-TV and (the full-power) KUPT likely would be converted into KASA satellites (or a standard satellite in KUPT’s case, since it already simulcasts KASA on a sub), though KRTN-LD (a MeTV affiliate) and KUPT-LD (a Movies! affiliate) seem like they could be candidates for being spun-off to Weigel.

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56 minutes ago, Yankees4life said:

Hmm...I don't get it but I guess this is for boosting their Telemundo O&O coffers. They can easily stick Cozi and LX on the remainders...

 

I think Brad Moran, nearing retirement age (he graduated from college in 1982), wanted out of the television business, at least. After this sale closes, just eight radio properties and some digital assets remain.

 

Also worth noting that Ray Moran died in 2018.

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On 7/30/2021 at 1:22 PM, hmaxhanson said:

And in case anyone asks, the chances of NBCU pulling a WBTS on KASA and swiping their affiliation from KOB to start an NBC New Mexico are very small to zero. So get it out of your heads now!

 

I would hope that they would invest in a new building. That studio they are using is dinky.

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On 10/5/2021 at 3:29 PM, ABC 7 Denver said:

 

I would hope that they would invest in a new building. That studio they are using is dinky.

Well, it actually wasn't their building but the studio used by "Telemundo Lubbock". Telemundo is actually in the process of building things from scratch, including appointing Tony Canales of Telemundo Houston to build the place up.

https://www.mediamoves.com/2021/10/telemundo-completes-ramar-acquisition-taps-tony-canales-to-lead-new-mexico-stations-launch-newscasts.html

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20 minutes ago, NYTV said:

Well, it actually wasn't their building but the studio used by "Telemundo Lubbock". Telemundo is actually in the process of building things from scratch, including appointing Tony Canales of Telemundo Houston to build the place up.

https://www.mediamoves.com/2021/10/telemundo-completes-ramar-acquisition-taps-tony-canales-to-lead-new-mexico-stations-launch-newscasts.html

 

What!? The Telemundo Lubbock station broadcast out of Albuquerque?

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1 hour ago, ABC 7 Denver said:

 

What!? The Telemundo Lubbock station broadcast out of Albuquerque?

 

The reverse. The local news for Albuquerque was presented from Ramar's facilities in Lubbock. One of the pieces of the purchase was a transitional services agreement with Gray to continue this in the interim.

 

I'm unsure what NBC will do; that plant looks small. They could relocate or expand. There's a boarded up circular building behind it with its own broadcasting history—it was built in 1964 for KRZY radio!—which could be torn down for an addition (Looks like it got demoed according to the Bernalillo County aerials). Apparently this building was built by KRZY-KRST in the early 80s, somehow KASY-FM 103.3 moved in and that's why Ramar had it (they started KASY-TV in '95 and sold KASY-FM to Citadel in '96). It seems to be maybe 5,000 to 6,000 square feet.

 

In all likelihood, the station will be a small setup akin to Las Vegas (which moved into a new 22ksf facility in 2019) where much of the equipment is actually in Fort Worth, and the Albuquerque plant will be put on the NBCU mesh network.

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Here is the debut edition of the new Noticiero Telemundo Nuevo Mexico, under the KOB/KASA era, featuring the new Look S plus reports from across the Telemundo O&Os: KTDO T48 El Paso, WSCV T51 Miami, WNJU T47 New York, KVDA T60 San Antonio, WWSI T62 Philadelphia and web/social media support from T48

 

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