River City Broadcasting

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River City Broadcasting L.P. was a major television and radio station operator in mid-sized markets in the United States, based out of St. Louis, Missouri.

Overview[edit]

The firm was formed in 1989 as a partnership between Barry Baker and Larry Marcus, both former executives of Koplar Communications in St. Louis. Through a series of acquisitions between 1989 and 1994, River City amassed eight television stations and 29 radio stations in a total of 15 medium-sized markets.

In May 1996, River City sold its stations to the Sinclair Broadcast Group for $1.2 billion.

The TV stations owned by River City are listed in the table below. The Radio stations owned by River City are as follows:

St. Louis, MO

  • WVRV-FM
  • KPNT-FM

Buffalo, NY

  • WMJQ-FM
  • WKSE-FM
  • WBEN-AM
  • WWKB-AM

New Orleans, LA

  • WLMG-FM
  • WMEZ-FM
  • WWL-AM
  • WSMB-AM

Memphis, TN

  • WRVR-FM
  • WOGY-FM
  • WJCE-AM

Nashville, TN

  • WJCE-FM
  • WLAC-AM
  • WLAC-FM

Greenville, SC

  • WSPA-AM
  • WSPA-FM
  • WFBC-AM
  • WFBC-FM
  • WORD-AM

Wilkes-Barre, PA

  • WKRZ-FM
  • WGGY-FM
  • WILK-AM
  • WGBI-AM

Albuquerque, NM

  • KZZR-FM
  • KLSK-FM
  • KZSS-AM

Los Angeles, CA

  • KBLA-AM

Television Stations formerly owned[edit]

Television stations[edit]

** Was a full-time satellite of WLOS under River City ownership.

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Sacramento - Stockton - Modesto KOVR 13 (25) 1993-1997 CBS owned-and-operated (O&O)
Bloomington - Indianapolis WTTV 4 (48) 1991-1997 The CW affiliate owned by Tribune Broadcasting
Kokomo, Indiana WTTK
(satellite of WTTV)
29 (29) 1991-1997 The CW affiliate owned by Tribune Broadcasting
Des Moines - Ames KDSM-TV 17 (16) 1991-1997 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
St. Louis KDNL-TV 30 (31) 1989-1997 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Columbus, Ohio WSYX 6 (48) 1993-1997 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Asheville - Greenville - Spartanburg WLOS 13 (13) 1993-1997 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WAXA** 40 (14) 1993-1997 MyNetworkTV affiliate, WMYA-TV, owned by Cunningham Broadcasting
(Operated through a LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
San Antonio KABB 29 (30) 1989-1997 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group

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