Pappas Telecasting Companies

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Pappas Telecasting Companies was a diversely organized broadcasting company headquartered in Visalia, California, United States. Founded in 1971, it was one of the largest privately held broadcasting companies in the country, with its stations reaching over 15% of all U.S. households and over 32% of Hispanic households. Apart from owning and/or operating many television stations, the company formerly had two radio stations in its possession, KTRB AM 860 and KMPH-AM 840—changed from KPMP in June 2006 to reflect its nearby sister/flagship television station, Fox affiliate KMPH-TV, both in Fresno, California.


On May 10, 2008, thirteen of Pappas' stations filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. Pappas cited "the extremely difficult business climate for television stations across the country" in papers filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. The company reported in court filings that it has more than $536 million in debt and $460 million in assets. Problems that led to bankruptcy included poor performance of The CW network, its now-former involvement with Azteca America, and preparations for the 2009 analog shutdown. Stations involved in the bankruptcy are KMPH-TV, KFRE-TV, KPTM, KXVO, WCWG, KPTH, KMEG, KTNC-TV, KAZH, KDBC-TV, KREN-TV, KAZR-CA and KCWK. It was later ordered on September 10, 2008 that the affected stations must be sold off by February 15, 2009. [1] Its other stations, and the corporation itself, is not part of the bankruptcy. [2][citation needed]

On May 14, 2008, company founder Harry J. Pappas filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy at the Delaware court, where a judge could order his personal assets sold to pay off creditors. [3]

On May 27, 2008, KCWK in Walla Walla, Washington (in the Yakima, Washington television market) ceased operations as a result of the bankruptcy. [4]

On September 17, 2008, bankruptcy trustee E. Roger Williams put KREN and its repeaters under contract to Entravision Communications for $4 million, which would double as a minimum bid for the station as it goes up for auction in late October. [5]

On December 17, 2008, New World TV Group (later renamed, Titan TV Broadcast Group; unrelated to New World Communications) agreed to acquire the remaining Pappas stations involved in the bankruptcy filing.[6] [7] The sale was approved by the United States bankruptcy court on January 16, 2009.

KMPH Radio ceased operations September 1, 2010 due to lack of revenue. Two weeks later, KTRB went into receivership with Comerica Bank, under license from KTRB Trust. This marked the end of Pappas era.

Television Stations By Market[edit]


City of license / Market Station Channel
Owned Since Network Affiliation
Opelika - Auburn - Columbus WLGA 66 (30) 1996 Antenna TV
Avalon - Los Angeles KAZA-TV 1 54 (47) 2001 Azteca America
Ames - Des Moines KDMI 19 (19) 2006 This TV
KCWI-TV 2 23 (23) 2001 The CW
Lincoln KFXL-TV 51 (51) 2006 Fox
Kearney - Hastings KHGI-TV 13 (13) 1996 ABC
Fox (DT2)
Hayes Center KWNB-TV
(Satellite of KHGI)
6 (6) 1996 ABC
Fox (DT2)
North Platte KHGI-CD
(Satellite of KHGI)
13 (13) 2006 ABC
Austin KXLK-CD 3 23 (23) 2003 Word Network
Corpus Christi KXCC-CA 3 45 2003 Unknown


Formerly Pappas-owned stations[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel
Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Yuma - El Centro KSWT 13 (13) 2000-2014 CBS affiliate owned by Blackhawk Broadcasting
(Operated through a SSA by News-Press & Gazette Company)
Fresno - Visalia - Sanger KMPH-TV 26 (28) 1971-2009 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KFRE-TV 59 (36) 2002-2009 The CW affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Bakersfield KBBV-CD 19 (19) 2001-2011 Estrella TV affiliate owned by Jaco Communications, LLC
(semi-satellite of KMPH)
58 (29) 1990-2005 Fox affiliate, KBFX-CD, owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Fort Bragg - Concord -
San Francisco - Oakland
KTNC-TV 42 (14) 1996-2009 Estrella TV affiliate owned by NRJ TV, LLC
(Operated through a LMA by Titan TV Broadcast Group)
(satellite of KTNC)
8 (8) 1997-2009 Independent station, KQSL, owned by Jeff Chang
Sacramento - Stockton - Modesto KRBK/KPWB 31 (21) 1994-1998 The CW affiliate, KMAX-TV, owned by CBS Corporation
Vero Beach WMMF-LP 19 2006-2014 Independent station owned by Vinions, LLC
Sioux City KMEG 1 14 (39) 2005-2009 CBS affiliate owned by Waitt Broadcasting, Inc.
(Operated through a LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
KPTH 44 (49) 1999-2009 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Omaha - Council Bluffs KXVO 2 15 (38) 1995-2009 The CW affiliate owned by Mitts Telecasting Company
(Operated through a LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
KPTM 42 (43) 1986-2009 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KAZO-LP 57 1999-2008 defunct
(Station ceased operations in May 2008, due to bankruptcy).
Grand Island KTVG-TV 3
(satellite of KFXL)
17 (19) 1996-2009 defunct
(Station ceased operations in April 2010).
Superior KSNB-TV 4
(satellite of KFXL)
4 (4) 1996-2009 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Reno - Sparks KREN-TV 27 (26) 1995-2009 Univision affiliate owned by Entravision Communications
KAZR-CA 46 (46) 1995-2009 The CW affiliate, KRNS-CD, owned by Entravision Communications
Lexington - Greensboro - High Point -
WCWG 20 (19) 1995-2009 The CW affiliate owned by Lockwood Broadcast Group
Greenville - Spartanburg -
Asheville - Anderson
WHNS 21 (21) 1984-1988 Fox affiliate owned by Meredith Corporation
WASV-TV 62 (45) 1995-2000 The CW affiliate, WYCW, owned by Media General
El Paso KDBC-TV 4 (18) 1999-2009 CBS affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Houston KVVV/KAZH 57 (41) 1999-2009 Independent station, KUBE-TV, owned by NRJ TV, LLC
(Operated through a LMA by Titan TV Broadcast Group)
KHMV-LP 28 (28) 1999-2007 Independent station, KUGB-CD, owned by OTA Broadcasting, LLC
KVVV-LP 15 (15) 1999-2013 Independent station, KVVV-LD, owned by Abraham Telecasting Company, LLC
Walla Walla - Yakima - Pasco -
Richland - Kennewick
KCWK 9 2002-2008 defunct
(Station ceased operations in May 2008, due to bankruptcy).
(satellite of KCWK)
Fond du Lac - Milwaukee - Green Bay -
WMMF/WWAZ/WIWN 68 (5) 1995-2014 OnTV4U affiliate, owned by Caballero Acquisition, LLC


  • 1 Owned by Waitt Broadcasting, Pappas operated KMEG under a local marketing agreement.
  • 2 Owned by Mitts Telecasting Company, Pappas operated KXVO under a local marketing agreement.
  • 3 Owned by Hill Broadcasting, Pappas operated KTVG under a local marketing agreement.
  • 4 Owned by Colins Broadcasting, Pappas operated KSNB under a local marketing agreement.


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