Benedek Broadcasting

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Benedek Broadcasting is a former television broadcaster, who owned and operated 22 network-affiliated television stations throughout the United States, all affiliated with major television networks, serving mainly small and medium-size markets. The company was founded in the late 1970s by A. Richard Benedek but grew in the 1990s with buyouts of Brisette Broadcasting and Stauffer Communications. The company was based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Throughout its existence, namesake Benedek served as chairman and chief executive officer.

Benedek also owned U.S. Virgin Islands station WBNB-TV starting in 1986. Benedek was forced to surrender the station's broadcast license in 1995; WBNB went dark in 1989 after its facilities were damaged by Hurricane Hugo, and Benedek essentially chose to abandon the station.

Benedek Broadcasting filed for bankruptcy in 2002, and sold off its 22 stations to different owners, many of them to Gray Television with the balance (all small or struggling stations) going to Chelsey Broadcasting. Barrington Broadcasting which began operations in 2004 with former Benedek president and COO K. James Yager as CEO, occupied what had been Benedek's headquarters and purchased two of the former Benedek stations which had been purchased by Chelsey, until it was acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group in 2013.

Benedek Broadcasting had also operated Benedek Interactive Media, an 'Internet newsroom' that extended web-only coverage and editorial capabilities to its stations.

List of stations formerly owned by Benedek[edit]

City of License / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Dothan, Alabama WTVY 4 (36) 1995-2002 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara-
San Luis Obispo, California
KCOY-TV 12 (19) 1996-1999 CBS affiliate owned by Cowles Publishing Company
(Operated through SSA by News-Press & Gazette Company)
Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colorado KKTV 11 (10) 1999-2002 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Peoria, Illinois WHOI 19 (19) 1996-2002 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
(Operated through JSA / SSA by Granite Broadcasting)
Rockford, Illinois WIFR 23 (41) 1986-2002 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Topeka, Kansas WIBW-TV 13 (13) 1996-2002 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Wichita, Kansas KAKE-TV 10 (10) 2000-2002 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Bowling Green, Kentucky WBKO 13 (13) 1983-2002 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Springfield-Holyoke, Massachusetts WWLP 22 (11) 1996-2000 NBC affiliate owned by Media General
Lansing, Michigan WILX-TV 10 (10) 1996-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Duluth, Minnesota KDLH 3 (33) 1996-2002 CBS affiliate owned by Malara Broadcasting
(Operated under LMA by Granite Broadcasting)
Meridian, Mississippi WTOK-TV 11 (11) 1988-2002 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Columbia-Jefferson City, Missouri KMIZ 17 (17) 1996-2002 ABC affiliate owned by News-Press & Gazette Company
Hannibal, Missouri-Quincy, Illinois KHQA-TV 7 (7) 1986-2002 CBS affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Omaha, Nebraska WOWT-TV 6 (22) 2000-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Youngstown, Ohio WYTV 33 (36) 1994-2002 ABC affiliate owned by Vaughan Media, LLC
(Operated through SSA by Media General)
Odessa-Midland, Texas KOSA-TV 7 (7) 1996-2000 CBS affiliate owned by ICA Broadcasting
Wichita Falls, Texas KAUZ-TV 6 (22) 1996-2002 CBS affiliate owned by Hoak Media
(Operated through JSA / SSA by Drewry Communications Group)
Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands WBNB-TV 10 1986-1995 License surrendered to FCC
Harrisonburg, Virginia WHSV-TV 3 (49) 1976-2002 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Parkersburg, West Virginia WTAP-TV 15 (49) 1979-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Wheeling, West Virginia-Steubenville, Ohio WTRF-TV 7 (7) 1996-2002 CBS affiliate owned by West Virginia Media Holdings
Madison, Wisconsin WMTV 15 (19) 1996-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin WSAW-TV 7 (7) 1996-2002 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Casper, Wyoming KGWC-TV 14 (14) 1996-2002 CBS affiliate owned by Mark III Media
Cheyenne, Wyoming KGWN-TV 5 (30) 1996-2002 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television