Citadel Communications

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For the similarly named former radio broadcasting company, see Citadel Broadcasting.
Citadel Communications Ltd.
Type Private
Industry Broadcast Television
Television Production
Founded 1982
Headquarters Bronxville, New York
Area served Flag of the United States.svg United States (Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast)
Key people Philip J. Lombardo, Founder/CEO
Ray Cole, President/COO
Products Broadcast television
Website www.citadelltd.com

Citadel Communications Ltd. is a Bronxville, NY-based private broadcasting company that operates 2 full-power television stations and 1 low-power station and owns a majority interest in a regional 24-hour cable news channel. The company was founded in 1982 by former National Association of Broadcasters joint board chairman and current Broadcasters Foundation of America chairman Phil Lombardo.[1]

Upon completion of the Digital TV transition in 2009, Citadel's stations at that time returned their digital broadcasts to their former analog channel assignments in the VHF spectrum. As a result of poor propagation characteristics for digital TV in the VHF bands, these stations now operate low-power digital fill-in translators in the UHF band to improve coverage in their communities of license. See the digital TV section on the WHBF-TV entry for further information on the Citadel stations' post-transition digital signals.

In February 2009, Phil Lombardo became an investing partner in LDB Media, LLC., owners of the Suncoast News Network, a regional cable news channel in Sarasota, Florida.[2] In January 2014, Lombardo and Citadel purchased a majority interest in the company.[3] As a result, Citadel took over broadcast operations of SNN and integrated the channel with its other stations.

On September 16, 2013, Citadel announced that it would sell WOI-DT, KCAU-TV, and WHBF-TV to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group for $88 million. Nexstar immediately took over the stations' operations through a time brokerage agreement.[4] The deal followed Phil Lombardo's decision to "slow down," as well as a desire by Lynch Entertainment to divest its investments in WOI and WHBF; Citadel would continue to own KLKN, WLNE-TV, and its Sarasota properties.[5] On March 5, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission approved the sale of these stations to Nexstar outright and the deal was completed on March 13. They continue to use Citadel's standardized news sets, graphics and logos.

Stations[edit]

Current Citadel properties include:

City of license/Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Translator Acquired Affiliation Notes
Lincoln, Nebraska KLKN 8 / 8 31 1986 ABC
(Grit on DT2
Escape on DT3)
New Bedford, Massachusetts/Providence, Rhode Island WLNE-TV 6 / 49 2011[6] ABC
(Grit on DT2
Escape on DT3)
Sarasota, Florida WLWN-LP 48 / 48 2011[7] LWN Low-power; Sarasota is part of the Tampa/St. Petersburg television market
Sarasota, Florida Suncoast News Network Various cable channels 2014[3] N/A regional 24-hour cable news channel; Citadel owns a majority interest in station owner LDB Media, LLC. and oversees broadcast operations; CEO Phil Lombardo has been an investor in SNN since 2009[2]

Former Citadel-owned stations[edit]

City of license/Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Rock Island, Illinois/Quad Cities WHBF-TV 4 (4) 1987-2014 CBS affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Ames/Des Moines, Iowa WOI-DT 5 (5) 1994-2014 ABC affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Sioux City, Iowa KCAU-TV 9 (9) 1985-2014 ABC affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Albion, Nebraska KLKE
(satellite of KLKN)
24 1996-2003 defunct, went silent in 2003
Binghamton, New York WMGC-TV 34 (34) 1986-1996 ABC affiliate, WIVT, owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Buffalo, New York WUTV 29 (14) 1984-1990 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Burlington, Vermont/Plattsburgh, New York WVNY 22 (13) 1982-1996 ABC affiliate owned by Mission Broadcasting
(Operated under a LMA by Nexstar Broadcasting Group)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NABEF Board of Directors: Philip J. Lombardo". National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Hielscher, John (25 February 2009). "SNN set to return to the air Thursday". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Lombardo acquires majority stake in SNN". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Malone, Michael (September 16, 2013). "Nexstar to Acquire Citadel's Iowa Stations for $88 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ Hicks, Lynn (September 16, 2013). "Nexstar buys WOI, other Citadel TV stations in Iowa". Des Moines Register. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Citadel Communications LLC, New Owner of WLNE-TV/ABC6". abc6.com. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "MMTC spinning another donated low power television". RBR.com. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 

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