Smith Media

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Smith Media, LLC, successor to Smith Television, was a broadcasting group co-based in Los Angeles, California and St. Petersburg, Florida, that formerly owned and operated several television stations across the United States.

Smith Television became Smith Media, LLC in 2004 at the death of Bob Smith, head of the family run organization. The family decided to re-capitalize their stations and sold the stations to Boston Ventures, which created Smith Media. [1] [2] The similarities in names have created much confusion.

During the early 2010s, Smith Media sold off its stations; on October 1, 2013, Smith Media reached a deal to sell its last remaining station, WKTV in Utica, New York, to Heartland Media, a company owned by former Gray Television executive Bob Prather, pending FCC approval.[3] [4] The sale was completed on March 20, 2014. [5]

Formerly-owned Stations[edit]

  • With the exception of KATN, KEYT, KJUD, KYUR, WFFF, & WKTV, the second incarnation of Smith Media never owned these stations. Smith Media, LLC was successor to Smith Television, Inc. who owned the following.
City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Anchorage, Alaska KIMO 13 (12) 1995-2010 ABC affiliate, KYUR, owned by Vision Alaska, LLC
Fairbanks, Alaska KATN
(Semi-satellite of KIMO)
2 (18) 2001-2010 ABC affiliate owned by Vision Alaska, LLC
Juneau, Alaska KJUD
(Semi-satellite of KIMO)
8 (11) 2001-2010 ABC affiliate owned by Vision Alaska, LLC
Salinas - Monterrey - Santa Cruz, California KSBW 8 (8) 1995-1998 NBC affiliate owned by Hearst Television
Santa Barbara - San Luis Obispo, California KEYT-TV 3 (27) 1987-2012 ABC affiliate owned by News-Press & Gazette Company
KSBY 6 (15) 1995-1996 1 NBC affiliate owned by Cordillera Communications
Wichita, Kansas KWCH-TV 12 (19) 1989-1994 CBS affiliate owned by Schurz Communications
Ensign/Dodge City, Kansas KBSD-TV
(Satellite of KWCH)
6 (6) 1989-1994 CBS affiliate owned by Schurz Communications
Goodland, Kansas KBSL-TV
(Satellite of KWCH)
10 (10) 1989-1994 CBS affiliate owned by Schurz Communications
Hays, Kansas KBSH-TV
(Satellite of KWCH)
7 (7) 1989-1994 CBS affiliate owned by Schurz Communications
Flint, Michigan WEYI-TV 25 (30) 1997-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Howard Stirk Holdings
(Operated through a LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Reno, Nevada KOLO-TV 8 (8) 2000-2002 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Binghamton, New York WBGH-CA 202 1997-2000 NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Buffalo, New York WGRZ-TV 2 (33) 1986-1988 NBC affiliate owned by Gannett Company
Elmira, New York WETM-TV 18 (18) 1986-2004 3 NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Rochester, New York WROC-TV 8 (45) 1996-1999 CBS affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Utica, New York WKTV 2 (29) 1993-2014 NBC affiliate owned by Heartland Media, LLC
Watertown, New York WWTI-TV 50 (21) 1990-2000 ABC affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
W25AB/WNYF-LP 28 (35)4 1995-2002 5 Fox affiliate, WNYF-CD, owned by United Communications
Bismarck, North Dakota KFYR-TV 5 (31) 1997-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Dickinson, North Dakota KQCD-TV
(Satellite of KFYR)
7 (7) 1997-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Minot, North Dakota KMOT
(Satellite of KFYR)
10 (10) 1997-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Williston, North Dakota KUMV-TV
(Satellite of KFYR)
8 (8) 1997-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Fargo, North Dakota KVLY-TV 11 (44) 1997-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Dayton, Ohio WDTN 2 (50) 1998-2002 NBC affiliate owned by LIN Media
Steubenville, Ohio WTOV-TV 9 (9) 1996-2000 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Toledo, Ohio WUPW 36 (46) 1999-2002 Fox affiliate owned by American Spirit Media
(Operated through a LMA by Raycom Media)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania WHTM-TV 27 (10) 1986-1994 ABC affiliate owned by Allbritton Communications
Johnstown, Pennsylvania WJAC-TV 6 (34) 1996-2000 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Providence, Rhode Island WPRI-TV 12 (13) 2001-2002 CBS affiliate owned by LIN Media
WNAC-TV 64 (12) 1997-2001 Fox affiliate owned by Super Towers, Inc.
(Operated through a LMA by LIN Media, LLC)
Abilene, Texas KRBC-TV 9 (29) 1998–2002 NBC affiliate owned by Mission Broadcasting
(Operated through a LMA by Nexstar Broadcasting Group)
San Angelo, Texas KACB-TV 3 (16) 1998–2002 NBC affiliate, KSAN-TV, owned by Mission Broadcasting
(Operated through a LMA by Nexstar Broadcasting Group)
Burlington, Vermont WFFF-TV 44 (43) 1997-2013 Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
WVNY 22 (13) 2005-2013 6 ABC affiliate owned by Mission Broadcasting
(Operated through a LMA by Nexstar Broadcasting Group)

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