Cox Media Group
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(President & CEO)
|Parent||Apollo Global Management (70.9%);|
Cox Enterprises (19.9%)
Cox Media Group, Inc. (CMG) is an American media conglomerate principally owned by Apollo Global Management in conjunction with Cox Enterprises, which maintains a 19.9% minority stake in the company. The company primarily owns radio and television stations—many of which are located in the South, Pacific Northwest, Eastern Midwest, and Northeast, and the regional cable news network Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (PCNC).
Originally founded in December 2008 by Cox Enterprises through a consolidation of its existing publishing and broadcasting subsidiaries, the current incarnation of Cox Media Group was formed on December 17, 2019 by the acquisition of the original Cox Media Group from Cox Enterprises—which transferred a controlling interest in the company to Apollo—and Northwest Broadcasting from Brian Brady.
In December 2008, Cox Enterprises created Cox Media Group (CMG) by merging Cox Newspapers, Cox Radio, and Cox Television into one integrated digital media company. The creation of Cox Media Group was a departure from grouping subsidiaries based solely on publishing medium.
In August 2009, Cox Enterprises realigned its radio, television, newspaper/publishing, and digital assets into the same division. Under the new structure, while the local brands remain independent, they share resources and some management. Dayton, Ohio, was considered the prototype for the media group, where radio, television, newspaper, and direct mail were all in the same market and were combined into a new building. In other markets where the facilities aren't as close together, they do share some senior management; for example Houston & San Antonio Radio and the Austin American-Statesman newspaper all fall under the same regional vice president. In addition to the radio/TV stations and newspapers, Cox Media Group encompasses Cox Digital Solutions (digital sales for both Cox and non-Cox online and mobile properties), Cox Reps (national TV sales for station groups such as Gray and Gannett), Kudzu.com, Savings.com, and Valpak direct mail.
CMG introduced a new group buying discount program called DealSwarm in October 2010. DealSwarm provides online discounts at local businesses. The program is active in such Cox Media Group properties as Atlanta, Austin and Dayton.
In April 2013, CMG launched the online-only new site Rare.us as a conservative media source, originally with the tagline “Red is the Center” and more recently “America’s News Feed.” After initially-low audience numbers, the site expanded dramatically following more prominent use of social media and a more diverse range of stories.
In July 2012, CMG announced its intention to sell its radio stations in smaller markets: Birmingham, Greenville, Hawaii, Louisville, Richmond, and Southern Connecticut. It also intends to spin off its smaller market television stations in El Paso, Johnstown, Reno, and Steubenville. The company said it intended to focus on larger markets or smaller markets that could be clustered together with other CMG properties.
On February 12, 2013, CMG announced the sale of the Birmingham, Greenville, Hawaii, Louisville, and Richmond radio stations to SummitMedia, and the southern Connecticut stations to Connoisseur Media; two weeks later, on February 25, the company announced the sale of the four television stations (and the local marketing agreement for a fifth) to Sinclair Broadcast Group.
On July 24, 2018, Cox Enterprises announced that it was "exploring strategic options" for Cox Media Group's television stations, which the company said could involve "partnering or merging these stations into a larger TV company." Cox Media Group's president, Kim Guthrie, subsequently clarified to trade publication Radio & Television Business Report that the company was solely seeking "a merger or partnership" and not an outright sale of the television stations. On February 15, 2019, Cox announced that Apollo Global Management would acquire a majority interest in the CMG television stations, as well as the Dayton radio stations and Ohio newspapers (whose operations are integrated with WHIO-TV), forming a new company that retains Cox Media Group's management and operating structure; Cox Enterprises holds a minority stake in this company. Cox's other radio stations, as well as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, were not included in the deal; Cox had previously said that any deal involving the television stations would not include radio stations or newspapers. In March 2019 filings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Apollo disclosed that the new company, tentatively named Terrier Media, would purchase the Cox stations for $3.1 billion (reduced by the value of Cox's equity stake in Terrier).
On March 18, 2019, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that Cox Enterprises was "exploring options" for its radio stations. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution would not be included in any potential deal for the stations.
On June 26, 2019, Cox announced that the radio stations, as well as national advertising businesses CoxReps and Gamut, would also be acquired by the Apollo Global Management-backed company, which concurrently announced that it would retain the Cox Media Group name instead of Terrier Media. As they would no longer be grandfathered, the new company must divest a radio station each in the Orlando and Tampa Bay markets.
Both acquisitions, along with Apollo's concurrent $384 million acquisition of Northwest Broadcasting, were approved by the FCC on November 22, 2019, under conditions imposed after a federal court blocked changes to several FCC ownership policies. To comply with regulations prohibiting the cross-ownership of broadcast stations and daily newspapers (which the FCC had sought to repeal), CMG agreed to cut publication of its Ohio newspapers to three days a week within 30 days of the deal's completion; Cox Enterprises also reduced its stake in CMG to a non-attributable interest, eliminating an ownership conflict with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. CMG was also required to surrender the licenses to two of Northwest Broadcasting's stations, in Yuma, Arizona and Syracuse, New York, where Northwest's existing duopolies did not comply with reinstated provisions of the FCC's duopoly rule. Cox announced the closing of the acquisition on December 17, 2019.
On February 10, 2020, Cox Enterprises announced it would repurchase the Dayton Daily News, Journal-News, and Springfield News-Sun from CMG, once again owning a 100% interest in the newspapers; the sale, which reunited the papers with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in Cox Enterprises' newspaper holdings, allowed them to continue daily publication despite the court ruling. The sale was officially closed on March 2.
The following newspapers were at one time owned by subsidiary Cox Newspapers Inc. or CMG:
- Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia (retained by Cox Enterprises)
- Chandler Arizonan, Chandler, Arizona
- The Daily Advance, Elizabeth City, North Carolina
- The Daily Reflector, Greenville, North Carolina
- The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches, Texas
- The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colorado
- Dayton Daily News, Dayton, Ohio (reacquired by Cox Enterprises)
- Journal-News, Hamilton, Ohio (reacquired by Cox Enterprises)
- Longview News-Journal, Longview, Texas
- The Lufkin Daily News, Lufkin, Texas
- The Marshall News Messenger, Marshall, Texas
- Mesa Tribune, Mesa, Arizona
- Miami News, Miami, Florida
- Orange Leader, Orange, Texas
- Palm Beach Daily News, Palm Beach, Florida
- The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Florida
- Palo Verde Valley Times, Blythe, California
- Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas
- Rocky Mount Telegram, Rocky Mount, North Carolina
- Scottsdale Progress, Mesa, Arizona
- Springfield News-Sun, Springfield, Ohio (reacquired by Cox Enterprises)
- Tempe Daily News, Tempe, Arizona
- Waco Tribune-Herald, Waco, Texas
- Beaufort-Hyde News, Belhaven, North Carolina
- Bertie Ledger-Advance, Windsor, North Carolina
- The Chowan Herald, Edenton, North Carolina
- The Duplin Times, Kenansville, North Carolina
- The Enterprise, Williamston, North Carolina
- Farmville Enterprise, North Carolina
- The Nickel-Grand Junction, Grand Junction, Colorado
- Perquimans Weekly, Elizabeth City, North Carolina
- Standard Laconic, Snow Hill, North Carolina
- Times-Leader, Ayden-Grifton, North Carolina
- Weekly Herald, Robersonville, North Carolina
Cox Media Group owns, operates or provides sales and marketing services to 57 stations in 20 markets. This radio portfolio includes 15 AM stations and 71 FM stations.
Cox Radio became a public company, majority owned by Cox Enterprises, in 1996. Around April 2009, Cox Enterprises proposed a US$69-million takeover offer of Cox Radio. The offer expired on May 1, 2009. The offer was later raised to $4.80 a share, and the expiration was pushed to May 13. The offer was accepted, and the acquisition was completed on June 1.
- Clark Howard* (syndicated by Westwood One)
- Rick and Bubba (syndication handled by Syndicated Solutions)
- Herman Cain (returning January 2013) *
- * = Broadcast from Atlanta
Cox Radio-owned radio stations
- (**) — indicates a station built and signed on by Cox.
|AM Station||FM Station|
|Market||Station||Owned Since||Current Format|
|Jacksonville||WOKV 690||2000||Sports (ESPN Radio)|
|WAPE-FM 95.1||2000||Contemporary hit radio|
|WJGL 96.9||2000||Classic hits|
|WEZI 102.9||2000||Soft adult contemporary|
|WXXJ 106.5||2006||Alternative rock|
|Miami - Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood, FL||WEDR 99.1||2000||Urban contemporary|
|WFLC 97.3 **||1946||Contemporary hit radio|
|WFEZ 93.1||2000||Soft adult contemporary|
|WHQT 105.1||1992||Urban adult contemporary|
|Orlando||WDBO 580||1997||Sports (ESPN Radio)|
|WCFB 94.5||1997||Urban adult contemporary|
|WMMO 98.9||1997||Classic hits|
|WPYO 95.3||1999||Contemporary hit radio|
|Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater, FL||WDUV 105.5||1999||Soft adult contemporary|
|WHPT 102.5||1999||Hot talk|
|WPOI 101.5||1999||Contemporary hit radio|
|WWRM 94.9||1993||Adult contemporary|
|WXGL 107.3||1988||Classic hits|
|WALR-FM 104.1||2000||Urban adult contemporary|
|WSBB-FM 95.5||1999||simulcasts WSB (AM)|
|WSB-FM 98.5 **||1948||Adult contemporary|
|WSRV 97.1||2000||Classic hits|
|Athens, GA||WGAU 1340||2008||News/talk|
|WGMG 102.1||2008||Adult contemporary|
|WPUP 100.1||2008||Contemporary hit radio|
|WXKT 103.7||2008||Classic rock|
|Nassau - Suffolk, NY||WBAB 102.3||1998||Classic rock|
|WBLI 106.1||1998||Top 40|
|Tulsa, Oklahoma||KRMG 740||1997||News-talk|
|KJSR 103.3||1997||Classic rock|
|KRMG-FM 102.3||1999||simulcasts KRMG (AM)|
|KRAV-FM 96.5||1996||Hot adult contemporary|
|Dayton, Ohio||WHIO 1290 **||1935||News-talk|
|WHIO-FM 95.7||1998||simulcasts WHIO (AM)|
|WHKO 99.1 **||1946||Country|
|WZLR 95.3||1998||Classic hits|
|Houston - Galveston, TX||KHPT 106.9||2000||simulcasts KGLK|
|KGLK 107.5||2000||Classic Rock|
|KTHT 97.1||2000||Classic country|
|San Antonio||KKYX 680||1997||Classic country|
|KISS-FM 99.5||1997||Active rock|
|KONO-FM 101.1||1998||Classic hits|
|KTKX 106.7||1997||Classic rock|
|KSMG 105.3||1997||Hot adult contemporary|
|Market||Station||Current ownership status|
|Birmingham||WAGG 610||Owned by SummitMedia|
|WENN 1320||Owned by SummitMedia|
|WBHJ 95.7||Owned by SummitMedia|
|WBHK 98.7||Owned by SummitMedia|
|WBPT 106.9||Owned by SummitMedia|
|WZNN 97.3||WPYA, owned by SummitMedia|
|WZZK-FM 104.7||Owned by SummitMedia|
|Bridgeport, Connecticut||WEZN-FM 99.9||Owned by Connoisseur Media|
|New Haven, Connecticut||WPLR 99.1||Owned by Connoisseur Media|
|Stamford - Norwalk, Connecticut||WFOX 95.9||Owned by Connoisseur Media|
|Honolulu||KKNE 940||Owned by SummitMedia|
|KRTR 650||KPRP, owned by SummitMedia|
|KCCN-FM 100.3||Owned by SummitMedia|
|KINE-FM 105.1||Owned by SummitMedia|
|KPHW 104.3||Owned by SummitMedia|
|KRTR-FM 96.3||Owned by SummitMedia|
|Louisville||WRKA 103.9||Owned by SummitMedia|
|WQNU 103.1||Owned by SummitMedia|
|WSFR 107.7||Owned by SummitMedia|
|WVEZ 106.9||Owned by SummitMedia|
|Greenville - Spartanburg||WHZT 98.1||Owned by SummitMedia|
|WJMZ-FM 107.3||Owned by SummitMedia|
|Richmond||WHTI 100.9||Owned by SummitMedia|
|WKHK 95.3||Owned by SummitMedia|
|WKLR 96.5||Owned by SummitMedia|
|WURV 103.7||Owned by SummitMedia|
Cox Television-owned television stations
Stations are listed in alphabetical order by state and city of license.
- (**) - Indicates a station built and signed on by Cox.
- (††) - Indicates a station that was acquired by Cox from Newport Television in 2012.
- (ƒ) - Indicates a station that was acquired by Cox from Fox Television Stations in 2014.
- (¤¤) - Indicates a station that was owned by Northwest Broadcasting prior to its acquisition by CMG in 2019.
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Owned since||Network affiliation|
|Yuma, Arizona - El Centro, California||KYMA-DT ¤¤ 1||13 (13)||2019||CBS|
|Eureka, California||KIEM-TV ¤¤||3 (3)||2019||NBC|
|KVIQ-LD ¤¤||14 (14)||2019||CBS|
|Jacksonville||WFOX-TV ††||30 (32)||2012||Fox|
|WJAX-TV 2||47 (19)||2012||CBS|
|Orlando - Daytona Beach||WFTV||9 (35)||1985||ABC|
|Atlanta||WSB-TV **||2 (32)||1948||ABC|
|Pocatello - Idaho Falls, Idaho||KPVI-DT ¤¤||6 (23)||2019||NBC|
|Alexandria, Louisiana||KLAX-TV ¤¤||31 (31)||2019||ABC|
|Boston||WFXT ƒ||25 (34)||2014||Fox|
|Greenville - Greenwood, Mississippi||WABG-TV ¤¤||6 (32)||2019||ABC|
|WFXW ¤¤ 3||15 (15)||2019||Ion Television|
|WNBD-LD ¤¤||33 (33)||2019||NBC|
|WXVT-LD ¤¤||17 (17)||2019||CBS|
|Binghamton, New York||WICZ-TV ¤¤||40 (8)||2019||Fox|
|WBPN-LP ¤¤||10 (40.2)||2019||MyNetworkTV|
|Syracuse, New York||WSYT ¤¤||68 (14)||2019||Fox|
|Dayton, Ohio||WHIO-TV **||7 (33)||1949||CBS|
|Tulsa, Oklahoma||KOKI-TV ††||23 (22)||2012||Fox|
|KMYT-TV ††||41 (34)||2012||MyNetworkTV|
|Medford, Oregon||KMVU-DT ¤¤||26 (26)||2019||Fox|
|KFBI-LD ¤¤||48 (19)||2019||MyNetworkTV|
|Memphis||WHBQ-TV ƒ||13 (13)||2014||Fox|
|Seattle - Tacoma||KIRO-TV||7 (23)||1997||CBS|
|Spokane, Washington||KAYU-TV ¤¤||28 (28)||2019||Fox|
|Tri-Cities - Yakima, Washington||KFFX-TV ¤¤||11 (11)||2019||Fox|
(Semi-satellite of KFFX-TV)
- 1 KYMA-DT is operated by News-Press & Gazette Company under a shared services agreement.
- 2 WJAX-TV is owned by Hoffman Communucations, Inc.; CMG operates the station under a shared services agreement.
- 3 WFXW is owned by John Wagner; CMG operates the station under a shared services agreement.
|City of License / market||Station||Channel
|Years owned||Current ownership status|
|Yuma, Arizona - El Centro, California||KYMA-DT ¤¤||11 (11)||2019–2020 1||defunct, license surrendered in 2020 1|
|Oakland - San Francisco - San Jose||KTVU||2 (44)||1963–2014||Fox owned-and-operated (O&O)|
|KICU-TV||36 (36)||2000–2014||Independent station owned by Fox Television Stations|
|Miami - Fort Lauderdale||WCKT **||7 (7)||1956–1962 2||Fox affiliate, WSVN, owned by Sunbeam Television|
|Detroit||WKBD-TV||50 (14)||1984–1993||The CW owned-and-operated (O&O)|
|St. Louis||KDNL-TV||30 (31)||1982–1989||ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Reno, Nevada||KRXI-TV||11 (44)||1995–2013 3||Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|KAME-TV||21 (20)||MyNetworkTV affiliate, KNSN-TV, owned by Deerfield Media|
(operated under an SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
|Syracuse, New York||WNYS-TV ¤¤||43 (44)||2019–2020||defunct, license surrendered in 2020|
|Steubenville, Ohio - Wheeling, W.V.||WTOV-TV||9 (9)||2000–2013||NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Johnstown - Altoona, Pennsylvania||WJAC-TV||6 (34)||2000–2013||NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|El Paso||KFOX-TV||14 (15)||1996–2013||Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Tacoma - Seattle||KSTW||11 (11)||1997||The CW owned-and-operated (O&O)|
- 1 Owned by CMG, News-Press & Gazette Company operated KYMA via a shared services agreement. In January 2020, CMG surrendered the license of KYMA, and moved its NBC programming to a subchannel to KSWT (which the callsign was subsuquently changed to KYMA).
- 2 Co-owned with Knight Newspapers until 1962 in an equally-divided joint venture.
- 3 KAME-TV owned by Ellis Communications, Cox operated this station, along with sister-station KRXI-TV.
Cox Television-owned cable channels
- Pittsburgh Cable News Channel, airs on various different channels within the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Co-owned with Comcast and operated by WPXI.
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