Max Media

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Max Media is a company that owns radio and television stations throughout the United States. It is based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

History[edit]

Max Media was founded in 2001. Prior to this, some of the company's management had run the TVX Broadcast Group from 1979 until its sale in 1991 to Paramount Communications (which renamed it the Paramount Stations Group), and had also run Max Media Properties (similarly named to the current company) from then until its sale in 1998 to the Sinclair Broadcast Group (which owned some former TVX stations).

On September 30, 2013, the Cowles Publishing Company acquired Max Media's Montana television station cluster for $18 million.[1][2]

On October 31, 2013, Sinclair acquired the non-license assets of WPFO(TV), Waterville, Maine, for $13.6 million; the deal made it a sister station to WGME-TV, Portland, Maine, which already produced a newscast for the station.[3] On November 20, 2013, it was announced that Cunningham Broadcasting was to acquire the license assets for $3.4 million.[4] The sale of the license assets was approved on June 23, 2017.[5]

On January 9, 2014, Max Media sold its six Arkansas-based radio stations to Bobby Caldwell's East Arkansas Broadcasters for $3 million.

Effective November 5, 2015, Max Media sold its four Pennsylvania-based radio stations to Kristin Cantrell's Southern Belle, LLC for $3.8 million.

On April 5, 2017, Max Media announced that it was selling NBC affiliate WNKY(TV) in Bowling Green, Kentucky to Marquee Broadcasting for $5.6 million.[6][7] The sale was completed on June 30, 2017.[8][9]

Max Media-owned stations[edit]

Radio stations[edit]

AM Station FM Station
Market Station Owned since Current format
Cape Girardeau, Missouri KGIR 1220 2004 Sports radio
KZIM 960 2004 News/talk
KCGQ-FM 99.3 2004 Active rock
KEZS-FM 102.9 2004 Country music
KGKS 93.9 2004 Hot adult contemporary
Denver, Colorado KFCO 107.1 2009 Classic hip hop
KJHM 101.5 2009 Rhythmic oldies
Marion - Carbondale, Illinois WCIL 1120 2004 News/talk
WJPF 1340 2004 News/talk
WCIL-FM 101.5 2004 Contemporary hit radio
WOOZ-FM 99.9 2004 Country
WUEZ 95.1 2004 Adult contemporary
WXLT 103.5 2004 Sports radio
Norfolk - Virginia Beach - Newport News WGH 1310 2005 Urban contemporary gospel
WGH-FM 97.3 2005 Country music
WVBW 92.9 2005 Adult hits
WVHT 100.5 2005 Contemporary hit radio
WVSP-FM 94.1 2005 Sports radio
Poplar Bluff, Missouri KWOC 930 2004 News/talk
KJEZ 95.5 2004 Active rock
KKLR-FM 94.5 2004 Country music
Sikeston, Missouri KMAL 1470 2004 Sports radio
KSIM 1400 2004 News/talk
KLSC 92.9 2004 Sports radio

Former Max Media-owned stations[edit]

Television stations[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years owned Current ownership status
Bowling Green, Kentucky WNKY 40 (16) 2003–2017 NBC affiliate owned by Marquee Broadcasting
Waterville - Portland, Maine WPFO 23 (23) 2003–2017 1 Fox affiliate owned by Cunningham Broadcasting
(Operated under an SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Traverse City, Michigan WGTU 29 (29) 2003–2008 ABC affiliate owned by Cunningham Broadcasting
(Operated under an SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan WGTQ
(satellite of WGTU)
8 (8) 2003–2008 ABC affiliate owned by Cunningham Broadcasting
(Operated under an SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Billings, Montana KULR-TV 8 (11) 2004–2013 NBC affiliate owned by Cowles Company
Butte - Bozeman, Montana KWYB 18 (19) 2001–2013 ABC affiliate owned by Cowles Company
Great Falls, Montana KFBB-TV 5 (8) 2004–2013 ABC affiliate owned by Cowles Company
KTGF 16 (45) 2001–2004 MeTV affiliate, KJJC-TV, owned by PetroMedia Corporation
Helena, Montana KHBB-LD
(satellite of KFBB-TV)
21 (21) 2004–2013 ABC affiliate owned by Cowles Company
Missoula, Montana KTMF 23 (23) 2001–2013 ABC affiliate owned by Cowles Company
Nacogdoches - Tyler - Longview -
Jacksonville, Texas
KYTX 19 (18) 2003–2008 CBS affiliate owned by Tegna Inc.
Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands WVIF 15 (15) 2003–2009 1 defunct, went dark in 2009
Arecibo, Puerto Rico WMEI 60 (14) 2007–2017 1 defunct, went dark in 2017
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico WOST 14 (20) 2007–2019 1 Azteca America owned-and-operated station (O&O), owned by HC2 Holdings
Ponce, Puerto Rico WQQZ-CD
(satellite of WOST)
14 (24) 2005–2019 1 Azteca America owned-and-operated station (O&O), owned by HC2 Holdings
Quebradillas, Puerto Rico WWKQ-LD
(satellite of WOST)
14 (34) 2005–2019 1 Azteca America owned-and-operated station (O&O), owned by HC2 Holdings

Note:

  • 1 These stations were owned by Corporate Media Consultants Group, in which Max Media held a 49 percent ownership interest. Power Television International owned the rest.

Radio stations[edit]

AM Station FM Station
City of license/Market Station Years owned Current ownership
Morrilton, Arkansas KVOM 800 2003–2014 Owned by East Arkansas Broadcasters
KVOM-FM 101.7 2003–2014 Owned by East Arkansas Broadcasters
Russellville - Dardanelle, Arkansas KCAB 980 2003–2014 Owned by East Arkansas Broadcasters
KCJC 102.3 2003–2014 Owned by East Arkansas Broadcasters
KVLD 99.3 2003–2014 Owned by East Arkansas Broadcasters
KWKK 100.9 2003–2014 Owned by East Arkansas Broadcasters
Ahoskie, North Carolina WQDK 99.3 2003–2015 Owned by Icon Broadcasting, Inc.
Elizabeth City, North Carolina WGAI 560 2003–2014 Owned by Gregory Communications License, Inc.
WCMS-FM 94.5 2003–2018 Owned by JAM Media Solutions
WCXL 104.1 2003–2018 Owned by JAM Media Solutions
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania WVSL 1240 2003–2013 defunct, went silent in 2013
WFYY 106.5 2003–2015 Owned by Southern Belle, LLC
WVSL-FM 92.3 2003–2015 Owned by Southern Belle, LLC
WWBE 98.3 2003–2015 Owned by Southern Belle, LLC
WYGL-FM 100.5 2003–2015 Owned by Southern Belle, LLC

References[edit]

  1. ^ Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License "Federal Communications Commission", 1 October 2013
  2. ^ Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License "Federal Communications Commission", 1 October 2013
  3. ^ Malone, Michael (November 6, 2013). "Sinclair Acquires WPFO Portland (ME) Assets For $13.6 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  4. ^ Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 20 November, 2013
  5. ^ Notice. CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, 23 June, 2017, Retrieved 23 June, 2017.
  6. ^ "Max Media Selling WNKY Bowling Green". TVNewsCheck. April 5, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  7. ^ Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License. CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 7 April 2017
  8. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 3 July, 2017.
  9. ^ Marquee Closes Buy, Names Gray COO. TVNewsCheck, 29 June, 2017, Retrieved 3 July, 2017.

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