Grit (TV network)

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Grit
Type Digital broadcast television network
(Movies)
Country United States
Availability Nationwide via OTA digital television
(covering 93% of the U.S.)[1]
Founded April 3, 2014 (2014-04-03)
by Jonathan Katz
Slogan Television with Backbone
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Owner Grit Media, LLC
Parent Katz Broadcasting, LLC
Key people
Jonathan Katz (president/CEO, Katz Broadcasting)
Bill Cox (SVP of programming, Grit)[2]
Launch date
August 18, 2014 (2014-08-18)[3]
Picture format
480i (SDTV, 4:3/16:9)
Affiliates List of Grit affiliates
Official website
www.grittv.com

Grit is an American digital multicast television network that is owned by Katz Broadcasting.[4] The network features classic TV series and feature films targeted at men between the ages of 25 and 54 years old.

The network is available in many media markets via the digital subchannels of broadcast television stations and on the digital tiers of select cable providers through a local affiliate of the network.

Originally, Katz sold the network to affiliated TV stations via ad split but by October 2015 had moved to paying carriage fees in exchange for distributing the network's ad inventory.[5]1 Grit used direct response advertising as a meter of viewers before switching to Nielsen rating C-3.[5]3 It is available on Dish Network channel 217.

History[edit]

Grit was announced by Katz Broadcasting along with a sister network Escape on April 3, 2014, with a formal launch scheduled for that summer with initial affiliates announced at this time being Univision Communications owned stations.[4] On August 11, 2014, Katz announced that the two networks would launch simultaneously on August 18. Grit launched at Noon Eastern Time on that date,[6] with the 1952 film High Noon as the network's inaugural broadcast, leading off a week-long festival of John Wayne films.[3]

Katz estimated, based on direct response advertising business by September 2015, the network had over 250,000 prime time viewer and available in 91 million homes and 81% of the country. At that time, Grit along with its sister network, Escape, were signing up for national ratings from Nielsen. Previously handling the network's direct response advertising, Marathon Ventures would continue after the change over with advertising and sponsorship sales.[7]

Programming[edit]

Grit's program schedule is a mix of action/adventure television series such as Sgt. Preston of the Yukon and Lassie (particularly the U.S. Forest Service era of the program), westerns such as Death Valley Days, Laramie, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Zane Grey Theatre, and movies encompassing all of the aforementioned genres.[8]

Katz Broadcasting president and CEO Jonathan Katz based the demographic-targeted concept of Escape and Grit after Bounce TV, a network Katz co-founded with Martin Luther King III and Andrew Young in 2011 that is targeted at African American audiences. Katz stated Grit and Escape are "the country’s first ever male-centric and female-centric broadcast networks," featuring different programming from other classic television multicast networks that Katz referred to as "generic brands with generic names, created by studios to serve the studios."[9]

Movies[edit]

Grit's program schedule features an extensive library of films through multi-year program licensing agreements with several major film studios: Warner Bros. Pictures,[10] Universal Pictures,[11] Paramount Pictures [12] and Sony Pictures Entertainment.[13]

Affiliates[edit]

As of June 2016, Grit has current or pending affiliation agreements with television stations covering approximately 78% of the United States.[14]

When the network was first announced, Grit entered into an affiliation agreement with Univision Communications, which launched the network in 24 markets served by a station owned by the group or operated through local marketing agreements with Entravision Communications – giving Grit affiliates in 12 of the 20 largest U.S. television markets (including markets such as New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas-Fort Worth). The network immediately sought carriage on the digital subchannels of television stations owned by other broadcasting companies;[4] on June 17, 2014, Katz signed group deals to carry Grit on stations owned and/or operated by Raycom Media in 26 markets.[15]

On July 17, 2014, Katz announced affiliation deals with the Cox Media Group to carry Grit on WFTV in Orlando and KMYT-TV in Tulsa; as well as KJWP in the Philadelphia market, and Citadel Communications-owned stations in Providence (WLNE-TV) and Lincoln (KLKN). It also expanded its affiliation deal with Univision Communications to add stations in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Phoenix to the network's originally announced Univision-owned charter affiliates.[16][17]

On October 9, 2014, the Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it would carry the network on stations it owns and/or operates in 47 markets.[18]

On November 16, 2015, Katz announced an affiliation deal with Media General adding the network to five more markets.[19]

On June 15, 2016 Katz announced a more affiliation deal with Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Cordillera Communications's KATC-TV.[20]

List of affiliates[edit]

City of license/market Station[21] Virtual
channel
Owner Notes †

Alabama[edit]

Birmingham WBRC 6.3 Raycom Media August 18, 2014
Huntsville WAFF 48.3
Montgomery WSFA 12.3
Mobile-Pensacola-
Fort Walton Beach
WJTC 44.2 Deerfield Media January 1, 2015
Ozark (Dothan) WDFX-TV 34.3 Raycom Media August 18, 2014

Arizona[edit]

Phoenix KASW 61.3 Nexstar Media Group LAugust 2016
KTVW-DT 33.3 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Tucson KOLD-TV 13.3 Raycom Media

Arkansas[edit]

Fayetteville KNWA-TV 51.3 Nexstar Media Group September 2016

California[edit]

Hanford (Fresno) KFTV-DT 21.4 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Ontario (Los Angeles) KFTR-DT 46.4
Vallejo (San Francisco
OaklandSan Jose)
KFSF-DT 66.4
San Diego (San Diego) KFMB-TV 8.3 Midwest TV inc July 2016 Will join The CW May 31, 2017; Grit will move to a new DT4 subchannel
Stockton (Sacramento) KTFK-DT 64.4 Univision Communications

Colorado[edit]

Sterling (Denver) KCDO-TV 3.2 Channel 3 TV Company LLC

Connecticut[edit]

New Haven WCTX 59.2 Nexstar Media Group

Delaware[edit]

Wilmington (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) KJWP 2.3 PMCM TV, LLC August 18, 2014

Florida[edit]

Fort Myers WGPS-LP 22.6 WGPS of Southwest Florida, LLC
Hollywood (Miami) WAMI-DT 69.4 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Orlando WRDQ 27.4 Cox Media Group
Panama City WPGX 28.3 Raycom Media
TampaSt. Petersburg WFTS-TV 28.3 E. W. Scripps Company April 15, 2015
West Palm Beach WFLX 29.3 Raycom Media
(operated by the E. W. Scripps Company)
August 18, 2014

Georgia[edit]

Atlanta WGCL-TV 46.3 Meredith Corporation [14]
Augusta WFXG 54.3 Raycom Media August 18, 2014
Columbus WTVM 9.3
Savannah WTOC-TV 11.3 March 18, 2015

Hawaii[edit]

Honolulu KHNL 13.3 Raycom Media August 18, 2014

Idaho[edit]

Boise KNIN 9.3 Raycom Media March 2, 2017

Illinois[edit]

Champaign WCIA 3.4 Nexstar Media Group August 23, 2016
Joliet (Chicago) WGBO-DT 66.3 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Rockford WTVO 17.4 Nexstar Media Group September 1, 2016

Indiana[edit]

Evansville WFIE 14.3 Raycom Media October 28, 2014
Fort Wayne WEDX-LD 29.1 DTV America Corporation Launch date TBD
Indianapolis WRTV 6.2 E. W. Scripps Company
Terre Haute WAWV-TV 38.2 Nexstar Media Group August 23, 2016

Iowa[edit]

OttumwaKeokuk, IAKirksville, MO KYOU-TV 15.3 American Spirit Media
(operated by Raycom Media)
August 18, 2014

Kansas[edit]

LawrenceKansas City, MO KMCI-TV 38.4 E. W. Scripps Company Launched April 15, 2015
Wichita KGPT-CD 26.3 Great Plains Television Network

Kentucky[edit]

Bowling Green WCZU-LD 39.5 DTV America Corporation September 23, 2016
Louisville WAVE 3.2 Raycom Media August 18, 2014
Newport (Cincinnati, Ohio) WXIX-TV 19.3 July 2015

Louisiana[edit]

Baton Rouge WBXH-CD 39.3 Raycom Media August 1, 2015
Lafayette KATC-TV 3.3 Cordillera Communications June 28, 2016
Lake Charles KPLC 7.2 Raycom Media December 31, 2015
Monroe/El Dorado KARD 14.3 Nexstar Media Group September 12, 2016
New Orleans WVUE-DT 8.3 Louisiana Media Company
(operated by Raycom Media)
August 18, 2014
Shreveport KSLA 12.2 Raycom Media December 31, 2015

Maryland[edit]

Baltimore WUTB 24.2 Deerfield Media October 2014

Massachusetts[edit]

Marlborough (Boston) WUTF-DT 66.4 Univision Communications
(operated by Entravision Communications)
April 1, 2017
New Bedford (Providence, Rhode Island) WLNE-TV 6.2 Citadel Communications August 18, 2014

Michigan[edit]

Battle CreekKalamazooGrand Rapids WOTV 41.3 Nexstar Media Group January 2016
Bay CitySaginawFlint WBSF 46.3 Cunningham Broadcasting
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
January 2015
Lake CityCadillacTraverse City WMNN-LD 26.5 Freelancer Television Broadcasting early 2016 Replaced original Grit affiliate WPBN-DT3
Mount ClemensDetroit WADL 38.2 Adell Broadcasting Corporation July 15, 2015

Mississippi[edit]

Jackson WDBD 40.3 Raycom Media October 2014

Missouri[edit]

Cape GirardeauPaducah, KY KFVS-TV 12.3 Raycom Media October 6, 2014
Joplin KODE 12.2 Nexstar Media Group August 25, 2016
Springfield KOLR 10.3 August 20, 2016

Montana[edit]

BillingsHardin KHMT 4.3 Nexstar Media Group September 2, 2016

Nebraska[edit]

Lincoln KLKN 8.2 Citadel Communications August 18, 2014

New Hampshire[edit]

Derry (Boston, Massachusetts) WBIN-TV 50.3 Carlisle One Media December 2014
(Note: WBIN-TV will be ceasing operations, soon…Meanwhile, affiliation is being offered on WUTF-DT4 in Marlborough, Massachusetts, in preparation for the eventual shut-down of WBIN-TV…)[22][23]

New Jersey[edit]

Paterson (New York City) WXTV-DT 41.4 Univision Communications August 18, 2014

New Mexico[edit]

Albuquerque KWBQ 19.2 Tamer Media January 11, 2016
Roswell KRWB-TV 21.2

New York[edit]

Buffalo WKBW-TV 7.4 EW Scripps June 2017
Utica WUTR 20.3 Mission Broadcasting
(operated by Nexstar Media Group)
September 3, 2016

North Carolina[edit]

Charlotte WBTV 3.3 Raycom Media October 8, 2014
Greenville WPDU-LD 45.1 DTV America Corporation TBD
Wilmington WSFX-TV 26.3 American Spirit Media
(operated by Raycom Media)
August 18, 2014

North Dakota[edit]

Fargo/Valley City/Grand Forks KRDK-TV 4.6 (38) Major Market Broadcasting January 2015

Ohio[edit]

Cincinnati WXIX-TV 19.3 Raycom Media July 2015
Cleveland WEWS-TV 5.2 E. W. Scripps Company April 14, 2017 Replaced Cozi TV[24]
WUAB 43.3 Raycom Media August 18, 2014
Columbus WWHO 53.2 Manham Media
(Operated by Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
January 1, 2015
Dayton WKEF 22.4 Sinclair Broadcast Group January 1, 2015 December 4, 2015, moved from 22.3. From February 28 to around March 9, 2017, 22.4 carried TBD
Toledo WTOL 11.3 Raycom Media November 18, 2014

Oklahoma[edit]

Tulsa KMYT-TV 41.3 Cox Media Group August 18, 2014

Pennsylvania[edit]

Erie WFXP 66.3 Nexstar Media Group August 28, 2016
LancasterLebanonYorkHarrisburg WXBU 15.1 Howard Stirk Holdings December 2014
JohnstownAltoonaState College WJAC-TV 6.4 Sinclair Broadcast Group December 2014
Wilkes-BarreScranton WBRE-TV 28.3 Nexstar Media Group August 27, 2016
Pittsburgh WPCW 19.3 CBS July 1, 2017

Puerto Rico[edit]

Culebra W46EO-D 45.1 TV Red de Puerto Rico, Inc.

South Carolina[edit]

Charleston WCSC-TV 5.3 Raycom Media December 31, 2015
Columbia WIS 10.2
Myrtle Beach WMBF-TV 32.3 August 18, 2014

Tennessee[edit]

Knoxville WTNZ 43.3 Raycom Media August 18, 2014
Memphis WMC 5.3 December 31, 2015
Nashville WNAB 58.3 Sinclair Broadcasting Group January 1, 2015

Texas[edit]

Abilene KRBC-TV 9.2 Nexstar Media Group August 25, 2016
Alvin (Houston) KFTH-DT 67.3 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Amarillo KCIT 14.2 Nexstar Media Group August 25, 2016
Austin KNVA 54.2 January 29, 2016[25]
Irving (DallasFort Worth) KSTR-DT 49.3 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Lubbock KCBD 11.3 Raycom Media
Midland-Odessa KMID 2.4 Nexstar Media Group September 2016
San Angelo KLST 8.3 August 25, 2016
San Antonio KWEX-DT 41.3 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Wichita Falls KJTL 18.3 Nexstar Media Group September 1, 2016

Utah[edit]

Provo (Salt Lake City) KUCW 30.3 Nexstar Media Group September 2, 2016

Vermont[edit]

Burlington WVNY 22.3 Nexstar Media Group August 23, 2016

Virginia[edit]

Arlington (Washington, D.C.) WFDC-DT 14.3 Univision Communications
(operated by Entravision Communications
August 18, 2014
Ashland (Richmond) WUPV 65.3 Raycom Media

Washington[edit]

Yakima KIMA-TV 29.3 Sinclair Broadcast Group January 2015
Vancouver (Portland, Oregon) KPDX 49.4 Meredith Corporation February 2017

West Virginia[edit]

Moorefield (Harrisonburg, Virginia) W29DH-D 29.4 Sinclair Broadcast Group January 2015

Wisconsin[edit]

Green Bay WACY-TV 32.2 E. W. Scripps Company August 11, 2015
La Crosse WLAX 25.4 Nexstar Media Group August 30, 2016
Madison WMSN-TV 47.3 Sinclair Broadcast Group December 2014
Milwaukee WCGV 24.3 December 30, 2014

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