Bahakel Communications

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Bahakel Communications
Type Private
Industry Media
Founded 1953
Headquarters Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Key people Beverly Poston (President)
Jim Babb
(Chief Operating Officer)
Products Television
Radio

Bahakel Communications, Ltd. is an American communications company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, that is wholly owned and operated by the Bahakel family. The company was founded by Cy Bahakel in 1953, who ran it until his death on April 20, 2006 at the age of 87.

Bahakel's broadcasting properties include fourteen radio and television stations in Alabama, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The group's properties are primarily concentrated on the Southern United States for its television stations, and the Colorado Springs and Chattanooga areas for their radio properties.

Major assets[edit]

Notes:

1) Two boldface asterisks appearing following a station's call letters (**) indicate a station that was built and signed-on by Bahakel Communications;
2) Two boldface crosses appearing following a station's call letters (††) indicate a station that is owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting and operated by Bahakel via shared services agreement (SSA).

Television stations[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel TV (RF) Owned Since Primary Affiliation Notes
Selma - Montgomery, Alabama WAKA-TV 8 (42) 1985 CBS
Me-TV (DT2)
WBMM 22 (22) 2011 The CW (via The CW Plus)
ABC (DT2)
weather radar (DT3)
WNCF†† 32 (31) 2011
(originally owned from 1964-1985)
ABC
The CW (DT2)
Charlotte, North Carolina WCCB** 18 (27) 1964 The CW
Me-TV (DT3)
Flagship station
Columbia, South Carolina WOLO-TV 25 (8) 1964 ABC
Weather (DT2)
Me-TV (DT3)
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina WFXB 18 (43) 2006 Fox
local weather (DT3)
Me-TV (DT4)
Jackson, Tennessee WBBJ-TV 7 (43) 1966 ABC
CBS/Me-TV (DT3)

Radio stations[edit]

City of License/Market Station Owned since Current format Notes
Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colorado KILO 94.3 FM 1984 Active rock
KRXP 103.9 FM 1999 Alternative rock Licensed to Pueblo West, Colorado
Chattanooga, Tennessee WDEF 1370 AM 1997 Fox Sports Radio affiliate
WDEF-FM 92.3 FM 1997 Adult Contemporary
WDOD-FM 96.5 FM Unknown Contemporary Hit Radio
WUUQ 97.3 fM 2010 Classic Country Licensed to South Pittsburg, Tennessee

Former assets[edit]

Television stations[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel TV (RF) Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Springfield - Decatur, Illinois WRSP-TV 55 (44) 1982-2007 Fox affiliate owned by GOCOM Media, LLC
Urbana - Champaign, Illinois WCCU
(satellite of WRSP-TV)
27 (26) 1982-2007 Fox affiliate owned by GOCOM Media, LLC
Terre Haute, Indiana WAWV-TV 38 (26) 1978-2003 ABC affiliate owned by Mission Broadcasting
(Operated under a SSA by Nexstar Broadcasting Group)
Greenwood - Greenville, Mississippi WABG-TV 6 (32) 1959-2007 ABC affiliate owned by Commonwealth Broadcasting
Fayetteville - Raleigh - Durham, North Carolina WUVC-DT 40 (38) 1996-2003 Univision owned-and-operated station (O&O)

Radio stations[edit]

AM Stations FM Stations
Market Station Years owned Current ownership
Greensboro, North Carolina WPET 950 AM Unknown-2001 Entercom Communications
WSMW 98.7 FM Unknown-2001
Waterloo-Cedar Rapids, Iowa KFMW 107.9 FM 1996-2012 Woodward Communications
KOKZ 105.7 FM Unknown-2012
KWLO 1330 AM 1996-2012
KXEL 1540 AM 1958-2012