|Headquarters||Bronxville, New York|
|Area served||United States (Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast)|
|Key people||Philip J. Lombardo, Founder/CEO
Ray Cole, President/COO
Citadel Communications Ltd. is a Bronxville, NY-based private broadcasting company that operates 2 full-power television stations and 1 low-power station. The company was founded in 1982 by former National Association of Broadcasters joint board chairman and current Broadcasters Foundation of America chairman Phil Lombardo. Citadel executives also have an investment in SNN: Suncoast News Network, a 24-hour cable news channel in Sarasota, Florida owned by LDB Media, LLC.
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.
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. 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. 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.
Current Citadel properties include:
|City of license/Market||Station||Channel
|Lincoln, Nebraska||KLKN||8 / 8||31||1986||ABC
(LWN on DT2)
|New Bedford, Massachusetts/Providence, Rhode Island||WLNE-TV||6 / 49||2011||ABC
(LWN on DT2)
|Sarasota, Florida||WLWN-LP||48 / 48||2011||LWN||Low-power; Sarasota is part of the Tampa/St. Petersburg television market|
Former Citadel-owned stations
|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|
(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)
- "NABEF Board of Directors: Philip J. Lombardo". National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
- Hielscher, John (25 February 2009). "SNN set to return to the air Thursday". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
- Malone, Michael (September 16, 2013). "Nexstar to Acquire Citadel's Iowa Stations for $88 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
- Hicks, Lynn (September 16, 2013). "Nexstar buys WOI, other Citadel TV stations in Iowa". Des Moines Register. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
- "Citadel Communications LLC, New Owner of WLNE-TV/ABC6". abc6.com. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- "MMTC spinning another donated low power television". RBR.com. Retrieved 5 May 2011.