News-Press & Gazette Company
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|Founded||1845 (when St. Joseph Gazette was founded)|
|Headquarters||825 Edmond Street,
St. Joseph, Missouri, USA
|Key people||Brian Bradley (President)
(Chief Executive Officer)
Henry H. Bradley
(Executive Vice President and CFO)
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.
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. 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); it launched on June 2, 2012 as KNPN-LD. On July 25, 2012, NPG announced an agreement to purchase ABC affiliate KMIZ amd FOX affiliate, KQFX-LD from JW Broadcasting. The deal was consummated on November 1.
St. Joseph, Missouri area
- Atchison Globe (Atchison, Kansas)
- Hiawatha World (Hiawatha, Kansas)
- Louisburg Herald (Louisburg, Kansas)
- Miami County Republic (Paola, Kansas)
- Osawatomie Graphic (Osawatomie, Kansas)
Greater Kansas City metropolitan area
- The Daily Star-Journal (Warrensburg, Missouri)
- Gladstone Dispatch (Gladstone, Missouri)
- Johnson County Sun (Overland Park, Kansas)
- Kansas City Nursing News (Overland Park, Kansas)
- Kearney Courier (Kearney, Missouri)
- Liberty Tribune (Liberty, Missouri)
- Smithville Herald (Smithville, Missouri)
Television stations owned and/or operated by News-Press and 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.
- 1) Two boldface asterisks appearing following a station's call letters (**) indicate a station that was built and signed-on by News-Press & Gazette;
- 2) Two boldface plus signs appearing following a station's call letters (++) indicate a station that is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting and operated by News-Press & Gazette.
- 3) Two boldface crosses appearing following a station's call letters (††) indicate a station that is owned by VistaWest Media and operated by News-Press & Gazette via shared services agreement (SSA).
- 4) This channel was sold to Suddenlink Communications as part of its purchase of NPG's cable division but was reacquired by News-Press & Gazette in May 2012. News-Press 3 NOW originally operated as a cable-only channel prior to June 2, 2012.
|City of license/Market||Station||Channel
|El Centro, California - Yuma, Arizona||KECY-TV||9 (9)||2008||Fox
The CW (DT3)
|Palm Springs, California - Indio, California||KESQ-TV||42 (42)||1996||ABC|
|KDFX-CA||33 / 39||2008||Fox|
|KCWQ-LP**||2 /||2006||The CW|
|Santa Barbara, California||KEYT-TV||3 (27)||2012||ABC
|Colorado Springs, Colorado||KRDO-TV||13 (24)||2006||ABC
|Idaho Falls - Pocatello, Idaho||KIFI-TV||8 (8)||2005||ABC
|Columbia - Jefferson City, Missouri||KMIZ||17 (17)||2012||ABC
|St. Joseph, Missouri||KBJO-LD**||21 (16)||2012||The CW|
|News-Press 3 NOW**||3 (cable) / 26.2||2012
(previously owned from early 2000s[specify]-2011)
|Bend, Oregon||KTVZ||21 (21)||2007||NBC
The CW (DT2)
|El Paso, Texas - Las Cruces, New Mexico||KVIA-TV||7 (7)||1995||ABC
The CW (DT2)
Azteca América (DT4)
- 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|
|Market||Station||Years Owned||Current Affiliation/Owner|
|Tucson, Arizona||KOLD 13||1989–1993||CBS affiliate owned by Raycom Media|
|Grand Junction, Colorado||KJCT 8||2006-2013||ABC affiliate owned by Excalibur Broadcasting, LLC
(Operated through a SSA by Gray Television)
|Savannah, Georgia||WSAV 3||1988-1993||NBC affiliate owned by Media General|
|Jackson, Mississippi||WJTV 12||1983–1993||CBS affiliate owned by Media General|
|Hattiesburg, Mississippi||WHLT 22
(semi-satellite of WJTV)
|1987–1993||CBS affiliate owned by Media General|
|Wilmington, North Carolina||WECT 6||1986–1993||NBC affiliate owned by Raycom Media|
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. NPG Cable systems operated in the following communities:
- St. Joseph, Missouri
- Lake Havasu City, Arizona
- Parker, Arizona
- Blythe, California
- Bullhead City, Arizona
- Kingman, Arizona
- Flagstaff, Arizona
- Payson, Arizona
- Sedona, Arizona
- Mammoth Lakes, California
- June Lake, California
- Pine, Arizona
- Strawberry, Arizona
- Cablevision announces sale, St. Joseph News-Press, November 29, 2010.
- FCC document for transfer of K16KF-D and K26LV-D, March 14, 2012.
- Fox Station Coming to St. Joseph, Mo., Broadcasting & Cable, March 20, 2012.
- Fox station to debut on June 2, St. Joseph News-Press, May 17, 2012.
- NPG reacquires cable channel; News-Press 3 NOW will return to local ownership by May 1, St. Joseph News-Press, March 5, 2012.
- Suddenlink closes NPG Cable buy
- http://www.npgcable.net/channel_lineup.html# NPG Cable communities served