News-Press & Gazette Company

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News-Press & Gazette Company
Type Private
Industry Media
Founded 1845 (when St. Joseph Gazette was founded)
Headquarters 825 Edmond Street,
St. Joseph, Missouri, USA
Key people Brian Bradley (President)
David Bradley
(Chief Executive Officer)
Henry H. Bradley
(Executive Vice President and CFO)
Products Newspapers
Television
Radio
Website www.npgco.com

The News-Press & Gazette Company (NPG) is a media company based in St. Joseph, Missouri, wholly owned and operated by the Bradley family. It is presided by Brian Bradley and David R. Bradley, with Hank Bradley (retired), Eric Bradley and Kit Bradley serving on its Board of Directors. All are descendants of family patriarch Henry D. Bradley and his son, David Bradley, Sr.

News-Press & Gazette's properties include daily and weekly newspapers in Missouri and Kansas, 15 radio and television stations in California, Idaho, Oregon, Colorado, Missouri and Texas. The NPG group generally concentrates on the Kansas City and St. Joseph areas for their newspapers, and the western United States for their broadcasting properties.

History[edit]

News-Press headquarters in St. Joseph

The company traces it roots back to the St. Joseph Gazette which began publishing in 1845. The paper chronicled much of travel into the Old West along the Oregon Trail and California Trail. It was the only newspaper that was sent west on the first ride of the Pony Express. The Gazette eventually merged with the News-Press by publisher Charles M. Palmer. When Palmer died in 1949, Henry D. Bradley was co-publisher of both papers starting in 1939 and bought them outright in 1951.

The Gazette ceased publication in 1988 when its sister, the afternoon News-Press, transitioned into a morning newspaper; however, the family kept the "Gazette" and "G" in the company name. The Bradley family expanded the focus by forming local cable television operator St. Joseph Cablevision in 1965. News-Press & Gazette expanded into broadcast television with the 1995 purchase of KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas; this expansion continued into the 2000s with the launch of a 24-hour cable-only news channel for St. Joseph, St. Joe NOW, along with News-Press & Gazette's acquisition of several full-power and low-power television stations (such as KECY-TV/El Centro, California, KJCT/Grand Junction, Colorado and KTVZ/Bend, Oregon).

In 2011, the Bradley family sold the cable division, which by that time expanded its service area to parts of California and Arizona under the name NPG Cable, to Suddenlink Communications.[1] On March 19, 2012, News-Press & Gazette announced it would establish a low-power television station in St. Joseph that would serve as the company's television flagship and the first broadcast station that the company built and signed on; it would be an affiliate of the Fox Broadcasting Company (with subchannel-only affiliations with The CW and Telemundo). The station was created using the K26LV-D station license (which it acquired, along with K16KF-D, from Sunrise, Florida-based DTV America 1, LLC on March 14 of that year);[2][3] it launched on June 2, 2012 as KNPN-LD.[4] On July 25, 2012, NPG announced an agreement to purchase ABC affiliate KMIZ and FOX affiliate, KQFX-LD from JW Broadcasting.[5] The deal was consummated on November 1.

Major assets[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

St. Joseph, Missouri area[edit]

Northeast Kansas[edit]

Greater Kansas City metropolitan area[edit]

Television stations[edit]

Television stations owned and/or operated by News-Press & Gazette Company are a mix of full-power and low-power stations, most of which carry main channel affiliations with the Big Four television networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox). Its stations also carry affiliations with The CW (with the company's CW outlets receiving their programming from The CW Plus programming service) and Spanish-language network Telemundo, via subchannel-only affiliations or affiliations with separately-licensed low-power stations that are rebroadcast as subchannels on its full-power stations in the respective markets.

Notes:

  • (**) – Indicates that it was built and signed on by NPG.
City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Owned Since Affiliation
El Centro, California - Yuma, Arizona KECY-TV 9 (9) 2008 Fox/MyNetworkTV
ABC (DT2)
The CW (DT3)
Telemundo (DT4)
KESE-LP 35 / 2008 Telemundo
KYMA-DT 1 11 (11) 2014 NBC
KSWT 1 13 (13) 2014 CBS
Monterrey - Salinas, California KMUV-LP 11 2013 Telemundo
KION-TV 46 (32) 2013 CBS
The CW (DT2)
Palm Springs - Indio, California KESQ-TV 42 (42) 1996 ABC
KDFX-CA 33 / 39 2008 Fox
KUNA-LP 15 / 1997 Telemundo
KCWQ-LP ** 2 (26) 2006 The CW
KPSP-CD 38 (38) 2012 CBS
Santa Barbara - Santa Maria -
San Luis Obispo, California
KEYT-TV 3 (27) 2012 ABC
MyNetworkTV/RTV (DT2)
KCOY-TV 2 12 (19) 2013 CBS
KKFX-CA 24 2013 Fox
Colorado Springs, Colorado KRDO-TV 13 (24) 2006 ABC
Telemundo (DT2)
Idaho Falls - Pocatello, Idaho KIFI-TV 8 (8) 2005 ABC
Telemundo (DT2)
The CW (DT3)
KIDK 3 3 (36) 2011 CBS
Fox/MyNetworkTV (DT2)
KXPI-LD 3 34 (34) 2011 Fox/MyNetworkTV
Columbia - Jefferson City, Missouri KMIZ 17 (17) 2012 ABC
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
Me-TV (DT3)
KQFX-LD 22 (22) 2012 Fox
St. Joseph, Missouri KBJO-LD ** 21 (16) 2012 The CW
KNPG-LD ** 30 (30) 2013 Telemundo
KNPN-LD ** 26 (26) 2012 Fox
Telemundo (DT3)
News-Press 3 NOW ** 3 (cable) / 26.2 2012 4
(previously owned from
early 2000s[specify]-2011)
News/weather
Bend, Oregon KTVZ 21 (21) 2007 NBC
The CW (DT2)
Fox (DT3)
KFXO-LD 39 (39) 2007 Fox
KQRE-LP 19 / 2007 Telemundo
El Paso, Texas - Las Cruces, New Mexico KVIA-TV 7 (7) 1995 ABC
The CW (DT2)
Weather (DT3)
Azteca América (DT4)
K42DJ 5 42 Unknown[specify] Azteca América

Other Notes:

Radio stations[edit]

Note:

Two boldface asterisks appearing following a station's call letters (††) indicate a station that is owned by Optima Communications, and operated by News-Press & Gazette;
AM Station FM Station
City of License/Market Station Owned since Current format
Colorado Springs, Colorado KRDO 1240 AM 2006 News/talk/information
KRDO 105.5 FM†† 2006 News/talk/information
Palm Springs, California KESQ 1400 AM Unknown Spanish religious music
KUNA 96.7 FM Unknown Regional Mexican

Former assets[edit]

Television[edit]

Former Stations[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Tucson, Arizona KOLD-TV 13 (32) 1989-1993 CBS affiliate owned by Raycom Media
Grand Junction, Colorado KJCT 8 (7) 2006-2013 ABC affiliate owned by Excalibur Broadcasting, LLC
(Operated through a SSA by Gray Television)
Savannah, Georgia WSAV 3 (39) 1988-1993 NBC affiliate owned by Media General
Austin - Rochester, Minnesota KAUS-TV/KAAL-TV 6 (36) 1980-1985 ABC affiliate owned by Hubbard Broadcasting
Jackson, Mississippi WJTV 12 (12) 1983-1993 CBS affiliate owned by Media General
Hattiesburg, Mississippi WHLT
(semi-satellite of WJTV)
22 (22) 1987-1993 CBS affiliate owned by Media General
Wilmington, North Carolina WECT 6 (44) 1986-1993 NBC affiliate owned by Raycom Media

Cable operations[edit]

NPG owned cable systems under the name NPG Cable, Inc. On November 29, 2010, NPG announced that it had agreed to sell all of its cable systems to Suddenlink Communications for $350 million; the acquisition was closed on April 1, 2011.[1][11] NPG Cable systems operated in the following communities:[12]

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