Drewry Communications

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Drewry Communications Group
Private
IndustryMedia
FateAcquired by Raycom
SuccessorRaycom Media
Gray Television
Founded1941 (1941)
FounderRansom H. Drewry
DefunctDecember 1, 2015 (2015-12-01)
Headquarters,
Area served
Oklahoma
Texas
Key people
Robert Drewry (President)
Bill Drewry (CEO)
Larry Patton (General Manager)
ProductsBroadcast television
radio

The Drewry Communications Group was a media company based in Lawton, Oklahoma, wholly owned and operated by the Drewry family. The company was run by Robert Drewry (as the company's president), Bill Drewry (as its chief executive officer), and Larry Patton (as general manager). Robert and Bill are the sons of late patriarch Ransom H. Drewry.

Drewry Communications' broadcasting properties consisted of 13 radio and television stations in Oklahoma and Texas, largely concentrated in western and central Texas.

History[edit]

Ransom H. Drewry founded radio station KSWO (1380 AM, now KKRX) in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1941. Six years later in 1947, Drewry started his second radio station, KRHD (1350 AM, now KPNS) in Duncan (the KRHD call letters, derived from Drewry's initials, were later assigned to a television station in Bryan, Texas, that serves as a translator of the company's ABC affiliate in Waco, KXXV-TV). Drewry entered television broadcasting in 1953, when he and a group that included J.R. Montgomery, T.R. Warkentin, Robert P. Scott, and G.G. Downing founded KSWO-TV (channel 7) in Lawton as the city's ABC affiliate, which signed on the air on March 8 of that year.

Over the years, the Drewry family gradually acquired other stations in the northern half of Texas. Drewry, in partnership with Ray Herndon (majority owner of KMID-TV in Midland, Texas), acquired CBS affiliate KFDA-TV (channel 10) in Amarillo, Texas, in 1976 through their company, Amarillo Telecasters.

Sons Robert and Bill Drewry took over the company following the elder Drewry's death. The company expanded by acquiring, among other stations: KWES-TV in Midland, Texas and Big Spring satellite KWAB-TV (both in 1991); KXXV-TV in Waco (in 1994); K60EE (now KTLE-LD) in Odessa (in 2001); KSCM-LP in Bryan (in 2006), and KEYU in Amarillo (in 2009).

Drewry sold KSWO radio, as well as KRHD and KRHD-FM (102.3 FM, now KKEN at 97.1 FM), to Anadarko, Oklahoma-based Monroe-Stephens Broadcasting in 1998. The company re-entered into radio in August 2002, when Drewry purchased Regional Mexican station KTXC (104.7 FM) in Lamesa, Texas.[1] In 2014, the company purchased in KRGN (102.9 FM) in Amarillo from Family Life Radio, and relaunched it as a Spanish-language adult hits station under the call letters KEYU-FM.

On July 1, 2008, Drewry Communications announced its intention to sell its eleven television stations to Dallas-based London Broadcasting Company—a company founded by Terry E. London the previous year to acquire broadcast properties in small- to mid-sized markets within Texas (its first being the purchase of CBS affiliate KYTX in Tyler in February 2008)—for $115 million. While the deal received approval by the Federal Communications Commission, London Broadcasting filed a notice of non-consummation to the FCC in January 2009, terminating the deal due to market uncertainties resulting from the Great Recession.[2][3]

On July 31, 2009, Drewry Communications entered into a joint sales and shared services agreement with KAUZ-TV owner Hoak Media, in which KSWO-TV would provide advertising and promotional services for KAUZ (Hoak retained responsibility for that station's programming, master control and production services). Although the two stations are jointly operated, KSWO-TV and KAUZ-TV each retained separate studio facilities and news operations at their respective facilities in Lawton and Wichita Falls.[4]

On August 10, 2015, Raycom Media announced that it would purchase Drewry Communications for $160 million; in addition to acquiring its 11 television stations, as KTXC and KEYU-FM were included in the sale, the deal marked Raycom's re-entry into radio station ownership after it sold WMC and WMC-FM in Memphis, Tennessee to Infinity Broadcasting Corporation in 2000. As part of the deal, American Spirit Media would purchase KAUZ-TV from Hoak Media. While KSWO and KAUZ remained jointly operated, the existing joint sales agreement between KSWO and KAUZ was terminated upon the sale's closure to comply with FCC rules. The sale was completed on December 1, 2015. [5]

List of stations formerly owned by Drewry[edit]

Television stations[edit]

Notes:

  • (**) – Indicates that station was built and signed on by Drewry.
City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years owned Current ownership status
Lawton, Oklahoma - Wichita Falls, Texas KSWO-TV ** 7 (11) 1953–2015 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
KAUZ-TV 6 (26) 1 CBS affiliate owned by American Spirit Media
(Operated through SSA by Gray Television)
KUWF-LP 36 2009–2010 2 defunct
(was a Univision affiliate at the time of its shutdown)
Amarillo, Texas - Clovis, New Mexico KFDA-TV 10 (10) 1976–2015 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
KZBZ-CD 26 (26) 2009–2015 Independent station owned by Gray Television
KEYU 31 (31) 2009–2015 Telemundo affiliate owned by Gray Television
KTMO-LP 36 2001–2014 defunct
(was a Telemundo affiliate at the time of its shutdown)
KTXC-LP 46 2006–2015 defunct
(was an Independent station at the time of its shutdown)
KAMT-LP 50 2009–2010 2 defunct
(was a TeleFutura affiliate at the time of its shutdown)
Odessa - Midland - Big Spring, Texas KWES-TV 9 (9) 1991–2015 NBC affiliate owned by Tegna Inc.
KWAB-TV
(Satellite of KWES)
4 (33) 1991–2015 The CW affiliate, KCWO-TV, owned by Gray Television
KTLE-LP 20 (20) 2001–2015 Telemundo affiliate, KTLE-LD, owned by Gray Television
Waco - Temple - Bryan, Texas KXXV 25 (26) 1994–2015 ABC affiliate owned by the E. W. Scripps Company
KRHD-CD
(semi-satellite of KXXV)
40 (40) 1997–2015 ABC affiliate owned by the E. W. Scripps Company
KSCM-LP 18 (32) 2006–2015 defunct
(was a Telemundo affiliate at the time of its shutdown)
KUTW-LP 35 2009–2010 2 defunct
(was a Univision affiliate at the time of its shutdown)
KWKO-LP 38 2009–2010 2 defunct
(was a Telemundo affiliate at the time of its shutdown)

Other notes:

Radio stations[edit]

AM Station FM Station
City of license / Market Station Years owned Current ownership status
Lawton, Oklahoma KSWO 1380 1941–1998 KKRX, a Sports Radio station owned by Mollman Media, Inc.
Duncan, Oklahoma KRHD 1350 1947–1998 KPNS, a news/talk station owned by Mollman Media, Inc.
KRHD-FM 102.3 1975–1998 KKEN 97.1 FM, a country music station owned by Mollman Media, Inc.
Amarillo, Texas KEYU-FM 102.9 2014–2015 KVWE, a Rhythmic CHR station owned by Alpha Media
Lamesa – Midland, Texas KTXC[1] 104.7 2002–2015 A Regional Mexican station owned by Gray Television

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Odessa, Texas, NBC Affiliate Agrees to Purchase Popular Radio Station". Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News. August 21, 2002. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 15, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ Michael Malone (July 1, 2008). "London Buys Drewry Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  3. ^ "London Broadcasting buys 11 stations from Drewry". Dallas Business Journal. July 2, 2008. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Lynn Walker (August 3, 2009). "KAUZ-TV CBS affiliate in Wichita Falls under new management". Wichita Falls Times Record News. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "Raycom Media Completes $160 Million Acquisition of Drewry Communications". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved December 14, 2016.