Lilly Broadcasting

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Lilly Broadcasting LLC
Type private Limited liability company
Industry TV broadcasting
Subsidiaries SJL Broadcasting

Lilly Broadcasting, L.L.C. is a privately owned American broadcasting company owned and operated by the father-and-son team of George Lilly (father) and Brian Lilly (son).

Lilly Broadcasting is the last remaining vestige of the Montecito Broadcast Group, LLC, which was an American holding company that operated television stations with most of its operations centered largely west of the Mississippi River. The company was founded in 1984 as SJL Broadcast Management, renaming itself in 1996 as SJL Communications and in 2000 as SJL Broadcasting (coinciding with their purchase of Gateway Communications). The company was reincorporated in October 2005 when SJL partnered with investment firm Blackstone Group, the owner of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment to purchase four stations from Emmis Communications. SJL is based in Montecito, California and is headed by George Lilly who was the head of the original consortium that formed the original SJL group. Lilly Broadcasting, founded in 2000 under the control of Brian Lilly, is listed as being headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts.

History[edit]

WJRT-TV was sold to SJL Broadcast Management in 1989.[1] In 1991, a SJL affiliated partnership,[2] Media Communications Partners Limited Partnership in 1991 purchased WTVG.[3]

In 1995, SJL sold WJRT-TV and WTVG to ABC[4][4] due to the possibly of WXYZ-TV changing affiliation to CBS as part of a large swath of television network affiliation changes occurring at the time.[5]

On July 24, 2007, Montecito announced the sale of all of its stations (KHON, KOIN, KSNW and KSNT) to New Vision Television, ending the partnership between SJL and The Blackstone Group.[6] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted approval of this sale in late-October of that year, and ownership was officially transferred on November 1.

On March 1, 2009, the last station formally owned by SJL, WICU, transferred its copyrights to Lilly Broadcasting when it merged its news operations with crosstown sister station WSEE-TV. Though SJL still technically exists (and still ostensibly owns WICU), its visible operations have now been subsumed by Lilly Broadcasting.

On November 3, 2010, Broadcasting & Cable magazine announced that SJL Broadcasting made an agreement with Disney to buy back WJRT-TV and WTVG, the two smallest stations in ABC's O&O portfolio.[4] The sale was completed on April 1, 2011 with both stations general manager exiting their positions at change of ownership.[4]

Stations currently owned or operated by Lilly or SJL[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel TV (RF) Network Affiliation Owned Since Notes
Flint, Michigan WJRT-TV 12 (12) ABC
Live Well (DT2)
WeatherNation (DT3)
1989-1995[5]
2011[4]
Licensed to "Flint License Subsidiary Corp."
Elmira, New York WENY 36 (36) ABC
CBS (DT2)
The CW (DT3)
2000
Toledo, Ohio WTVG 13 (13) ABC
Live Well (DT2)
WeatherNation (DT3)
1991[2]-1995[5]
2011[4]
Licensed to "WTVG, Inc."
BCSN Cable only RSN 2013 Shared services agreement with Block Communications
Erie, Pennsylvania WICU-TV 12 (12) NBC 1996 Licensed to "SJL of Pennsylvania, Inc."
WSEE 35 (16) CBS
The CW (DT2)
2002 Operates under a shared services agreement with WICU
Caribbean One Caribbean Television 2009 Satellite channel, originates from Erie, PA

Stations formerly owned by SJL/Montecito[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel TV (RF) Years Owned Current Ownership Status
San Luis Obispo, California KSBY 6 (15) 1996–2002 NBC affiliate owned by Cordillera Communications
Honolulu, Hawaii KHON-TV 2 (8) 2006–2007 Fox affiliate owned by LIN Media
Hilo, Hawaii KHAW-TV
(satellite of KHON-TV)
11 (11) 2006–2007 Fox affiliate owned by LIN Media
Maui KAII-TV
(satellite of KHON-TV)
7 (7) 2006–2007 Fox affiliate owned by LIN Media
Kauai K55DZ
(satellite of KHON-TV)
55 2006–2007 Fox affiliate owned by LIN Media
Pittsburg, Kansas / Joplin, Missouri KOAM-TV 7 (7) 1991–1995 CBS affiliate owned by Saga Communications
Topeka, Kansas KSNT 27 (27) 2006–2007 NBC affiliate owned by LIN Media
Wichita / Hutchinson, Kansas KSNW 3 (45) 2006–2007 NBC affiliate owned by LIN Media
Great Bend / Hays / Salina, Kansas KSNC
(satellite of KSNW)
2 (22) 2006–2007 NBC affiliate owned by LIN Media
Garden City / Dodge City, Kansas KSNG
(satellite of KSNW)
11 (11) 2006–2007 NBC affiliate owned by LIN Media
McCook, Nebraska / Colby /
Goodland, Kansas
KSNK
(satellite of KSNW)
8 (12) 2006–2007 NBC affiliate owned by LIN Media
Billings, Montana KTVQ 2 (10) 1984–1994 CBS affiliate owned by Cordillera Communications
Butte, Montana KXLF-TV 4 (5) 1984–1994 CBS affiliate owned by Cordillera Communications
Great Falls, Montana KRTV 3 (7) 1984–1994 CBS affiliate owned by Cordillera Communications
Missoula, Montana KPAX-TV 8 (7) 1984–1994 CBS affiliate owned by Cordillera Communications
Binghamton, New York WBNG-TV 12 (7) 2000–2006 CBS affiliate owned by Granite Broadcasting
Buffalo, New York WGRZ-TV 2 (33) 1986–1988 NBC affiliate owned by Gannett Company
Syracuse, New York WSTM-TV 3 (24) 1986–1992 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Portland, Oregon KOIN 6 (40) 2006–2007 CBS affiliate owned by LIN Media
Altoona / State College /
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
WTAJ-TV 10 (33) 2000–2006 CBS affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Lebanon / Harrisburg / York /
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
WLYH-TV 15 (23) 2000–2006 The CW affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
(Operated under LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Huntington / Charleston, West Virginia WOWK-TV 13 (13) 2000–2002 CBS affiliate owned by West Virginia Media Holdings

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WJRT". Station Listings. Michiguide.com. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Report No. MM 95-60
  3. ^ WTVG TV Channel 13 Toledo, OH. Michigan Television Dial Guide. Michiguide.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Grego, Melissa (November 3, 2010). "EXCLUSIVE: Disney to Sell Two Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Lilly Broadcasting: Michigan Television. Michigan Radio and TV Ownership Guide. Michiguide.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
  6. ^ New Vision Buys Montecito Stations Broadcasting & Cable July 24, 2007

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