Raycom Media

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Not to be confused with MediaNews Group or Media General.
Raycom Media, Inc.
Type Private employee-owned company
Industry Broadcast Television
Television Production
Founded 1992
Headquarters Montgomery, Alabama
Area served United States (Nationwide)
Key people Paul McTear
(President & CEO)
Products Raycom Sports,
Broadview Media, etc.
Employees 4,200
Website www.raycommedia.com
www.raycomsports.com

Raycom Media, Inc. is a broadcasting company based in Montgomery, Alabama.

History[edit]

Although Raycom Media dates its birth to 1996, the core of the company was formed in 1992 when Atlanta native Bert Ellis formed Ellis Communications. He eventually controlled 13 television stations and two radio stations.

In 1994, Ellis bought Raycom Sports, a 15-year old sports marketing firm. Two years later, Ellis sold Raycom to a media group funded by Retirement Systems of Alabama, who had bought Aflac's broadcast division and Federal Broadcasting's TV Group a few months earlier.[1] The three groups merged to form Raycom Media. In 1998, Raycom merged with Malrite Communications, owner of five stations in the South and Midwest.

In August 2005 it acquired The Liberty Corporation [2] and in the process sold a dozen of its stations to Barrington Broadcasting.[3] The merger closed at the start of 2006.

On November 12, 2007, Raycom announced its intention to acquire the television broadcasting properties of Lincoln National Corporation's Lincoln Financial Media—three television stations (see table below), plus Lincoln Financial Sports—for $583 million. [4] As of January 1, 2008, Lincoln Financial Sports was officially merged into Raycom Sports.

On November 20, 2013, Raycom and WVUE announced that a Shared Services Agreement would take effect, allowing Raycom to manage the operations of the New Orleans Fox network affiliate, which is owned by Tom Benson's Louisiana Media Company.[5]

Operations[edit]

Raycom currently owns and/or operates nearly 40 television stations, Raycom Sports in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sacramento, California and Mobile, Alabama, Broadview Media, Raycom Post Production in Los Angeles, California and CableVantage in Columbia, South Carolina.

Raycom Sports[edit]

Main article: Raycom Sports

Stations[edit]

Stations are arranged alphabetically by state and by city of license.

Notes:

  • (**) – Indicates that it was built and signed on by Raycom Media.
  • (§§) – Indicates a station owned by Aflac and Ellis Communications prior to the formation of Raycom Media in 1996.
  • (≈≈) – Indicates a station owned by Federal Communications prior to its acquisition by Raycom Media in 1997.
  • (¤¤) – Indicates a station owned by Malrite Communications prior to its acquisition by Raycom Media in 1998.
  • (##) – Indicates a station owned by Waitt Media prior to its acquisition by Raycom Media in 2003.
  • (++) – Indicates a station owned by The Liberty Corporation prior to its acquisition by Raycom Media in 2006.
  • (~~) – Indicates a station owned by Lincoln Financial Media prior to its acquisition by Raycom Media in 2008.

Current Raycom-owned Stations[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Owned Since Network Affilation
Birmingham - Tuscaloosa - Anniston WBRC 6 (50) 2009[6] Fox
Bounce TV (DT2)
Dothan - Ozark WDFX-TV ## 34 (33) 2003 Fox
Bounce TV (DT2)
Huntsville - Decatur WAFF §§ 48 (48) 1996 NBC
Bounce TV (DT2)
Montgomery - Selma WSFA ++ 12 (12) 2006 NBC
Bounce TV (DT2)
Jonesboro KAIT ++ 8 (8) 2006 ABC
Tucson - Douglas - Sierra Vista KOLD-TV §§ 13 (32) 1996 CBS
Me-TV (DT2)
KMSB 11 (25) 1 Fox
This TV (DT2)
KTTU 18 (19) 2 MyNetworkTV
Panama City WPGX ## 28 (9) 2003 Fox
West Palm Beach - Fort Pierce WFLX ¤¤ 3 29 (28) 1998 Fox
Bounce TV (DT2)
Albany WALB ++ 10 (10) 2006 NBC
ABC (DT2)
Augusta WFXG 54 (51) 2003 Fox
This TV (DT2)
Bounce TV (DT3)
Columbus WTVM §§ 9 (11) 1996 ABC
Bounce TV (DT2)
WXTX 4 54 (49) 2003 Fox
This TV (DT2)
Savannah WTOC-TV §§ 11 (11) 1996 CBS
Antenna TV (DT2)
Bounce TV (DT3)
Honolulu - Hilo - Wailuku -
Maui - Lihue - Kauai
KGMB 5 (23) 2000 CBS
This TV (DT2)
KGMD
(Satellite of KGMB)
9 (9) 2009 CBS
This TV (DT2)
KGMV
(Satellite of KGMB)
3 (24) 2009 CBS
This TV (DT2)
KHNL 13 (35) 1999 NBC
Antenna TV (DT2)
KHBC-TV
(Satellite of KHNL)
2 (22) 1999 NBC
Antenna TV (DT2)
KOGG
(Satellite of KHNL)
15 (16) 1999 NBC
Antenna TV (DT2)
KFVE 5 9 (22) 2009 MyNetworkTV
Evansville WFIE ++ 14 (46) 2006 NBC
This TV (DT3)
Louisville WAVE ++ 3 (47) 2006 NBC
This TV (DT2)
Bounce TV (DT3)
Baton Rouge WAFB §§ 9 (9) 1996 CBS
Bounce TV (DT2)
MyNetworkTV (DT4)
WBXH-CA 39 (9.4) MyNetworkTV
Lake Charles KPLC ++ 7 (7) 2006 NBC
This TV (DT2)
Bounce TV (DT3)
New Orleans WVUE-DT 6 8 (29) 2013 Fox
Bounce TV (DT2)
Shreveport - Texarkana KSLA §§ 12 (17) 1996 CBS
This TV (DT2)
Bounce TV (DT3)
Biloxi - Gulfport - Pascagoula WLOX ++ 13 (39) 2006 ABC
CBS (DT2)
Bounce TV (DT3)
Jackson WLBT ++ 3 (30) 2006 NBC
Bounce TV (DT2)
This TV (DT3)
WLOO 35 (41) 7 MyNetworkTV
WDBD 4 40 (40) 2012 Fox
Me-TV (DT2)
Laurel - Hattiesburg WDAM-TV ≈≈ 7 (7) 1997 NBC
ABC (DT2)
Bounce TV (DT3)
Cape Girardeau - Paducah - Harrisburg KFVS-TV §§ 12 (12) 1996 CBS
The CW/Me-TV (DT2)
WQTV-LP 24 The CW/Me-TV
WQWQ-LP 9 The CW/Me-TV
Charlotte WBTV ~~ 3 (23) 2008 CBS
Bounce TV (DT2)
Wilmington WECT §§ 6 (44) 1996 NBC
Bounce TV (DT2)
WSFX-TV 4 26 (30) 2003 Fox
This TV (DT2)
Cincinnati, OH - Newport, KY WXIX-TV ¤¤ 19 (29) 1998 Fox
Bounce TV (DT2)
Cleveland - Shaker Heights - Lorain, OH WOIO ¤¤ 19 (10) 1998 CBS
Me-TV (DT2)
WUAB 43 (28) 2000 MyNetworkTV
Bounce TV (DT2)
Toledo WTOL ++ 11 (11) 2006 CBS
Me-TV (DT2)
WUPW §§ 4 36 (46) 2012
(previously owned from 1996-1999)
Fox
Bounce TV (DT2)
Charleston WCSC-TV ~~ 5 (47) 2008 CBS
Bounce TV (DT3)
Columbia WIS ++ 10 (10) 2006 NBC
This TV (DT2)
Bounce TV (DT3)
Myrtle Beach - Florence WMBF-TV ** 32 (32) 2008 NBC
Bounce TV (DT2)
This TV (DT3)
Knoxville WTNZ §§ 43 (34) 1996 Fox
This TV (DT2)
Memphis WMC-TV §§ 5 (5) 1996 NBC
Bounce TV (DT2)
This TV (DT3)
Lubbock KCBD ++ 11 (11) 2006 NBC
This TV (DT2)
Tyler - Longview - Jacksonville -
Lufkin - Nacogdoches
KLTV ++ 7 (7) 2006 ABC
Bounce TV (DT2)
Telemundo (DT3)
KTRE ++
(Semi-satellite of KLTV)
9 (9) 2006 ABC
Telemundo (DT2)
Richmond - Petersburg - Ashland, VA WWBT ~~ 12 (12) 2008 NBC
Me-TV (DT2)
WUPV 4 65 (47) 2006 The CW
Bounce TV (DT2)

Other Notes:

  • 1 Owned by Sander Media, LLC. Raycom operates by KMSB through a shared service agreement.
  • 2 Owned by Tucker Operating Co., LLC. Raycom operates by KTTU through a shared service agreement.
  • 3 While WFLX is owned by Raycom, it is operated through a shared services agreement by Scripps-owned NBC affiliate WPTV.
  • 4 Owned by American Spirit Media, Raycom operates the stations through a Local Marketing Agreement.
  • 5 Owned by MCG Capital Corporation, Raycom operates KFVE through a shared services agreement.
  • 6 Owned by Louisiana Media Company, Raycom operates WVUE through a shared services agreement.
  • 7 Owned by Tougaloo College, Raycom operates WLOO through a shared services agreement.

Former Raycom-owned Stations[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Colorado Springs - Pueblo KXRM-TV 21 (22) 2000–2006 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KXTU-LD 57 (20) 1999–2006 The CW affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Albany WFXL ## 31 (12) 2004–2006 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Savannah WSAV-TV §§ 3 (39) 1996–1997 NBC affiliate owned by Media General
Cedar Rapids - Waterloo -
Iowa City - Dubuque
KWWL §§ 7 (7) 1996–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Quincy Newspapers
Marquette - Escanaba WLUC-TV 6 (35) 1997–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Traverse City - Cheboygan -
Cadillac - Sault Ste. Marie
WPBN-TV 7 (47) 1997–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WTOM-TV
(Satellite of WPBN)
4 (35) 1997–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Jackson WJTV §§ 12 (12) 1996–1997 CBS affiliate owned by Media General
Hattiesburg - Laurel WHLT §§
(Semi-satellite of WJTV)
22 (22) 1996–1997 CBS affiliate owned by Media General
Kirksville - Ottumwa KTVO 3 (33) 1997–2006 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KYOU-TV 15 (15) 1 Fox affiliate owned by American Spirit Media
Reno, Nevada KAME-TV §§ 21 (20) 1996–1997 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Deerfield Media
(Operated through a LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Albuquerque - Santa Fe KASA-TV 2 (27) 1999–2007 Fox affiliate owned by LIN Media
Syracuse WSTM-TV ≈≈ 3 (24) 1997–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WSTQ-LP 14 2003–2006 The CW affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Washington - Greenville - New Bern WITN-TV §§ 7 (32) 1997 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Wilmington WWAY ++ 6 (34) 2006 ABC affiliate owned by Morris Multimedia
Toledo - Findlay WNWO-TV ¤¤ 24 (49) 1998–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Columbia WACH §§ 57 (48) 1996–2006 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Sioux Falls - Mitchell -
Aberdeen - Pierre
KSFY-TV §§ 13 (13) 1997–2004 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
KABY-TV §§
(Satellite of KSFY)
9 (9) 1997–2004 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
KPRY-TV §§
(Satellite of KSFY)
4 (19) 1997–2004 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Harlingen - Weslaco -
Brownsville - McAllen - Pharr -
Reynosa - Matamoros
KGBT-TV ++ 4 (31) 2006 CBS affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Richmond - Petersburg WTVR-TV 6 (25) 1997–2009 CBS affiliate owned by Tribune Broadcasting
Yakima - Pasco - Richland -
Kennewick
KNDO ≈≈ 23 (16) 1997–1999 NBC affiliate owned by Cowles Publishing Company
KNDU ≈≈
(Satellite of KNDO)
26 (25) 1997–1999 NBC affiliate owned by Cowles Publishing Company
Caguas - San Juan - Ponce WLII-DT 2 11 (11) 1996–2005 Univision owned-and-operated (O&O)
WSUR-DT 2
(Satellite of WLII)
9 (9) 1996–2005 Univision owned-and-operated (O&O)

Raycom also owned two radio stations in Memphis, WMC-AMFM, from 1996 to 2002.

Other Notes:

  • 1 The company had never owned the station but operates it under a Local Marketing Agreement for Ottumwa Media Holdings.
  • 2 The company continuously owned the two stations after Univision began operating them under a Local Marketing Agreement in 2002. Univision later bought the stations outright. Also, WORA-TV in Mayagüez which repeats 95% of WLII/WSUR's programming but operates under a separate owner. WLII & WSUR also operate locally-owned WSTE under an LMA. Like all Univision owned and operated stations, WLII and WSUR-TV opted to add/change the "-DT" suffix to their callsigns after the digital transition and eliminate the "-TV" suffix.

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