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|Industry||Television and radio broadcasting|
|Founded||February 13, 1925Twin Cities, Minneapolis, U.S.in|
|Founder||Stanley E. Hubbard|
|Stanley S. Hubbard|
|Brands||KSTP radio, KSTP-FM and KSTP-TV|
The corporation has broadcast outlets scattered across Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, and New Mexico, but the flagship stations are KSTP radio, KSTP-FM and KSTP-TV, which serve the Twin Cities region of Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
KSTP has its origins in the Twin Cities radio station WAMD ("Where All Minneapolis Dances"), which started broadcasting live dance music from a local ballroom on February 13, 1925 with Stanley E. Hubbard as owner and station director. It was the first radio station to be completely supported by income generated by advertisements.
In 1928, WAMD merged with KFOY (Kind Friends of Yours) radio (first broadcast: March 12, 1924) in St. Paul to become KSTP, which was advertised as being operated by the National Battery Broadcasting Co. Hubbard became the merged station's general manager, and bought controlling interest in 1941. Ten years later, in 1938, Hubbard bought the first television camera available from RCA. Following the television blackout brought on by World War II, KSTP started television broadcasts in 1948.
KSTP is still Hubbard's flagship, although there are now three different stations that carry that name. KSTP-AM broadcasts a sports radio format, and KSTP-FM broadcasts adult contemporary music; KSTP-TV is affiliated with ABC.
After the Federal Communications Commission relaxed rules about television station ownership, Hubbard bought a second television station in the Twin Cities. Originally affiliated with the Home Shopping Network when it started operations in 1994, KVBM was bought by Hubbard and became general-entertainment independent station KSTC-TV in 2000. It has been used as an alternate outlet for ABC network programming when KSTP-TV is broadcasting coverage of Vikings football games or other special shows, including severe-weather coverage.
Aside from terrestrial broadcast stations, other current ventures include the film network ReelzChannel (launched in 2006), the arts network Ovation, and the Hubbard Radio Network, which is used to distribute KSTP's local talk shows to subscribing radio stations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The cable channels are run through subsidiary company Hubbard Media Group.
In 1981, Hubbard Broadcasting started U.S. Satellite Broadcasting (USSB), and later was instrumental in the development and launching of the first digital satellite system for television in 1994. The new satellite could deliver 175 channels to a (at the time) tiny, 18 inch dish. USSB's development partner, Hughes Electronics (a General Motors subsidiary), launched their own subscription satellite service called DirecTV. The two services did not compete against each other (they carried different channels), and were often marketed together to subscribers by retailers and in advertisements until DirecTV's 1998 acquisition of USSB.
Hubbard was also instrumental in the development of mobile satellite news vehicles. In 1983, Hubbard-owned Conus Communications and Florida-based Hubcom built the first Satellite News Gathering (SNG) mobile vehicle which allowed for much easier live news coverage for network and local television news operations.
On January 19, 2011, it was announced that Hubbard will purchase 17 radio stations in Cincinnati, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints subsidiary Bonneville International for $505 million. The sale closed on April 29, 2011.
On July 16, 2013, Hubbard announced that it had agreed to purchase 10 stations from Ohio-based Sandusky Radio for $85.5 million.
On September 26, 2018, Hubbard announced that it agreed to purchase six stations owned by Alpha Media in West Palm Beach Florida. The stations include Urban AC 102.3 WMBX, Country 103.1 WIRK, Adult Contemporary 107.9 WEAT, Hot Adult Contemporary 97.9 WRMF, News/Talk 850 WFTL and Sports/Talk 640 WMEN. The purchase price was disclosed on November 14, 2018 for $88 Million.
Stations are arranged in alphabetical order by state and city of license.
- (**) indicates a station that was built and signed-on by Hubbard.
- (νν) indicates a station that was acquired by Hubbard from Viacom in 1996.
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Owned since||Network affiliation|
|Austin - Rochester, MN - Mason City, Iowa||KAAL||6 (36)||2001||ABC|
|Duluth, Minnesota - Superior, Wisconsin||WDIO-DT||10 (10)||1987||ABC|
(satellite of WDIO-DT)
|St. Paul - Minneapolis, Minnesota||KSTP-TV **||5 (35)||1948||ABC|
|Alexandria, Minnesota||KSAX **
(satellite of KSTP-TV)
|Redwood Falls, Minnesota||KRWF **
(semi-satellite of KSTP-TV)
|Albuquerque - Santa Fe, New Mexico||KOB||4 (26)||1957||NBC|
|Farmington, New Mexico||KOBF
(satellite of KOB)
|Las Cruces, NM - El Paso, Texas||K22NM-D||4 (22)||1||NBC|
|Roswell, New Mexico||KOBR
(satellite of KOB)
|Albany - Schenectady - Troy, New York||WNYT νν||13 (12)||1996||NBC|
(licensed to Pittsfield, Massachusetts)
|Rochester, New York||WHEC-TV νν||10 (10)||1996||NBC|
|AM Stations||FM Stations|
|Market||Station||Owned Since||Current Format|
|Washington, D.C.||WBQH-1050||2011||Regional Mexican|
|WTMX-101.9||2011||Hot adult contemporary|
|Bemidji, Minnesota||KBUN-1450||2015||Sports radio|
|Brainerd-Baxter, Minnesota||KVBR-1340||2015||Business news/talk|
|Minneapolis - Saint Paul||KSTP-1500 **||1928||Sports radio|
|KSTP-FM-94.5 **||1966||Hot adult contemporary|
|Wadena-Staples, Minnesota||KWAD-920||2015||Classic country|
|Cincinnati||WKRQ-101.9||2011||Adult Top 40|
|WYGY-97.3||2011||Country Top 40|
|KQMV-92.5||2013||Contemporary hit radio|
|KNUC-98.9||2013||Country Top 40|
|West Palm Beach||WMEN-640||2018||Sports radio|
|WRMF-97.9||2018||Adult Top 40|
|WMBX-102.3||2018||Urban Adult Contemporary|
Cable channels (through Hubbard Media Group division)
- Ovation (purchased August 2006; co-owned with Bob and Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company)
- Reelz (launched September 2006)
Former Hubbard-owned stations
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Years owned||Current ownership status|
|St. Petersburg - Tampa||WTOG **||44 (44)||1968–1996||The CW affiliate owned by CBS Corporation|
|Silver City, New Mexico||KOBG-TV **
(satellite of KOB)
|6 (12)||2000–2011||defunct, went dark in 2011|
(replaced by KOB translator K12QW-D)
|AM Stations||FM Station|
|Years owned||Current ownership|
|Albuquerque||KOB 770||1957–1986||KKOB, owned by Cumulus Media|
|KOB-FM 93.3||1957–1986||KKOB-FM, owned by Cumulus Media|
|Winter Haven, FL||WGTO 540||1964–1986||WFLF, owned by iHeartMedia|
|New Richmond, WI||WIXK 1590||2000–2012||owned by Hmong Radio Broadcast, LLC|
- All News Channel (1989–2002, defunct)
- "$505M sale: Bonneville sells Chicago, D.C., St. Louis and Cincinnati to Hubbard". January 19, 2011. Archived from the original on January 22, 2011. Accessed July 2, 2017 (archived link; scroll down)
- "Hubbard deal to purchase Bonneville stations closes". Archived from the original on 2012-03-12.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) Accessed July 2, 2017 (archived link)
- "WNYT Albany to Purchase MyNet WNYA". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- "Hubbard buys Sandusky radio stations for $85.5M". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 July 2013.[permanent dead link]
- "Hubbard Picks up 16 Stations From Omni". November 13, 2014. Archived from the original on November 13, 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) Accessed July 2, 2017 (archived link)
- Ownership Report for Hubbard Broadcasting - at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
- Attributable Interests Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.[permanent dead link] - at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
- Fulton Klinkerfues. Stanley E. Hubbard pioneered local broadcasting. Good Age Newspaper.
- Jeff Miller (editor). A Chronology of AM Broadcasting (1900-1960).
- USA Today, June 11, 2006. 
- Los Angeles Times, August 30, 2006.