Diversified Communications

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Diversified Communications is a broadcasting company, headquartered in Portland, Maine. Among the various publications and broadcast outlets, the company organizes trade shows, publishes magazines, produces digital business and operates broadcast stations.

Under the name, Community Broadcasting Service, it founded and still owns Maine's first TV station, WABI-TV.

History[edit]

Diversified was founded as Community Broadcasting Service in 1949 when Horace A. Hildreth, the former governor of Maine, president of Bucknell University and U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, purchased the license for Maine's first radio station, WABI. In 1953, he launched Maine's first TV station, WABI-TV in Bangor, Maine. Recently, Diversified Communications demanded a 300% increase from its Direct TV customers. In response, millions of viewers in the Gainesville, Florida and Bangor, Maine area have lost all access to the stations listed below.

In 1970, Diversified entered the publishing and trade show business with the acquisition of National Fisherman and FISH EXPO Boston. In 1972, it formed New England Cablevision which it sold in 2000.

Throughout the 1980s, Diversified expanded its publishing and trade show business with products in the commercial marine and seafood industries. In 1993, it expanded internationally with the European Seafood Exposition. Diversified continued its international growth with the acquisition of Australia Exhibition Services in 2000, the formation of DBC Canada and the acquisition of UK-based Full Moon Communications in 2002. In 2004 it joined Menachem Lubinsky of Lubicom Marketing and Consulting to co-produce Kosherfest, a two-day trade show for the kosher-certified food industry started in 1989.[1] In 2009, Diversified expanded into Hong Kong with the acquisition of Asia Business Events and established a presence in India with the acquisition of Infocast.

Properties[edit]

Today, Diversified operates trade fairs on four continents, produces trade publications, owns several digital businesses and operates two U.S. broadcast stations. SPAR Point Group, which focuses on the 3D imaging technologies sector, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Diversified.[2]

Former Diversifed-owned stations[edit]

Stations arranged alphabetically by state and by city of license.

Television stations[edit]

Note:

  • (**) — Indicates a station built and signed on by Community Broadcasting Service/Diversified Communications.
City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years owned Current ownership status
Gainesville, Florida WCJB-TV 20 (16) 1976–2017 ABC affiliate to be owned by Gray Television
Bangor, Maine WABI-TV ** 5 (13) 1953–2017 CBS affiliate to be owned by Gray Television
Poland Spring - Portland, Maine WMTW ** 1 8 (8) 1954–1964 ABC affiliate owned by Hearst Television
Presque Isle, Maine WAGM-TV 8 (8) 1957–1984 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
New Bern - Greenville - Washington, North Carolina WCTI-TV 12 (12) 1986–1993 ABC affiliate owned by Bonten Media Group
Scranton - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania WYOU 22 (13) 1986–1996 CBS affiliate owned by Mission Broadcasting
(operated through an SSA by Nexstar Media Group)
Florence - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina WPDE-TV 15 (16) 1985–2006 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WWMB 21 (21) 2 The CW affiliate owned by Howard Stirk Holdings
(operated through an SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Notes:

  • 1 This station was owned by Mount Washington Television, whose ownership partially overlapped with Community Broadcasting Service.
  • 2 This station was owned by Atlantic Media Group, but was operated by Diversified under a local marketing agreement from its sign on in 1994 until Diversified sold operating station WPDE-TV to Barrington Broadcasting in 2006.

Radio stations[edit]

AM Stations FM Stations
Market Station Years owned Current ownership status
Bangor, Maine WABI-910
(now WABK)
1949–1993 owned by Blueberry Broadcasting
WABI-FM/WBGW/WYOU-FM-97.1 **
(now WBFB)
1961–1993 owned by Blueberry Broadcasting
Houlton, Maine WABM-1340
(later WHGS)
1957–1959 defunct, went silent by 1994
Portland, Maine WPOR-1490
(now WBAE)
1958–1971 owned by Saga Communications
WPOR-FM-101.9 ** 1967–1971 owned by Saga Communications
Presque Isle, Maine WAGM-950
(later WKZX)
1957–1981 defunct, went silent by 1991
Mount Washington, New Hampshire WMTW-FM-94.9 ** 1
(now WHOM)
1958–1964 owned by Cumulus Media

Note:

  • 1 This station was owned by Mount Washington Television, whose ownership partially overlapped with Community Broadcasting Service..

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diversified Celebrates Kosherfest's 25th Anniversary". Diversified Business Communications. 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "About". SPAR Point Group. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 

1. (12 July 2000), "Diversified Business Communications Acquires Australian Exhibition Services," TradeshowWeek. 2. (February 2009), "Nancy Hasselback, Steady Leadership ad Diversified Communications," Tradeshow Executive. 2. (27 April 2009), "Diversified Heads for Hong Kong," TradeshowWeek.