Northwest Broadcasting is a television broadcasting company based in Okemos, Michigan, a suburb of Lansing. The broadcasting group owns or operates twelve television stations in six markets, through subsidiaries such as Broadcasting Communications, Mountain Communications, Stainless Broadcasting, and Bristlecone Broadcasting.
Northwest Broadcasting was founded in 1995 by Brian Brady to acquire the television stations of Salmon River Communications, including KAYU-TV in Spokane, Washington, K68EB in Yakima, Washington, KBWU-LP in the Tri-Cities (Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, Washington), and KMVU in Medford, Oregon. In 1997, Northwest purchased Stainless, Inc. for $17 million; while Stainless was primarily a manufacturer of broadcasting towers, the purchase also added WICZ-TV in Binghamton, New York and KTVZ in Bend, Oregon to Northwest's station group. Stainless had owned broadcast stations since purchasing WICZ (then known as WINR-TV) in 1971. Though Northwest would sell the Stainless tower company to SpectraSite Holdings in 1999 and KTVZ to News-Press & Gazette Company in 2002, it still owns WICZ-TV under the Stainless Broadcasting Company name.
Brian Brady expanded his broadcast holdings in 2002, when he teamed up with Alta Communications to acquire the K-Six Television stations under the name Eagle Creek Broadcasting; Alta had also invested in Northwest Broadcasting in 1996. Alta divested its interest in Northwest Broadcasting in 2007 and in Eagle Creek Broadcasting in 2013. During the 2010s, Brady acquired additional stations through companies such as Blackhawk Broadcasting, Bristlecone Broadcasting, and Cedar Creek Broadcasting. These companies have occasionally made joint filings with Northwest Broadcasting in Federal Communications Commission proceedings under the name "The TV Station Group."
Stations owned by Northwest
Stations are arranged in alphabetical order by state and city of license.
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Yuma, Arizona - El Centro, California||KYMA-DT 1||11 (11)||2014||NBC|
|KSWT 1||13 (13)||2014||CBS|
Estrella TV (DT3)
|Eureka, California||KIEM-TV||3 (3)||2017||NBC|
|Pocatello - Idaho Falls, Idaho||KPVI-DT||6 (23)||2016||NBC|
|Alexandria, Louisiana||KLAX-TV||31 (31)||2018||ABC|
|Greenville - Greenwood, Mississippi||WABG-TV||6 (32)||2016||ABC|
|WFXW 2||15 (15)||2016||Silent/Unused|
|Binghamton, New York||WICZ-TV||40 (8)||1997||Fox|
|Syracuse, New York||WSYT||68 (19)||2013||Fox |
Cozi TV (DT2)
|WNYS-TV 3||43 (44)||2013||MyNetworkTV|
|Medford, Oregon||KMVU-DT||26 (26)||1995||Fox|
|Spokane, Washington||KAYU-TV||28 (28)||1995||Fox|
Antenna TV (DT2)
|Tri-Cities - Yakima, Washington||KFFX-TV||11 (11)||1999 4||Fox|
(Semi-satellite of KFFX-TV)
- 1 KYMA-DT and KSWT are owned by Blackhawk Broadcasting, which is commonly owned with Northwest Broadcasting. Both stations are operated by News-Press & Gazette Company under a shared services agreement.
- 2 WFXW is an unused channel owned by John Wagner; Northwest Broadcasting operates the station under a local marketing agreement.
- 3 WNYS-TV is owned by Syracuse Broadcasting; Northwest Broadcasting operates the station under a local marketing agreement.
- 4 KFFX-TV was operated by Northwest Broadcasting under a local marketing agreement with Communication Properties from its 1999 sign-on until Northwest bought the station outright in 2003.
Stations formerly owned by Northwest
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Years owned||Current ownership status|
|Eureka, California||KVIQ||17 (17)||2016–2017||Dark station, KJRW, owned by Prime Cities Broadcasting, Inc. Went dark in 2018.|
(Intellectual unit and CBS programming transferred to a Northwest Broadcasting-owned license and renamed KVIQ-LP.)
|Twin Falls, Idaho||KXTF||35 (34)||2016–2017||Tri-State Christian Television owned-and-operated station (O&O)|
|Bowling Green, Kentucky||WKNT/WNKY||40 (16)||1997–2003 1||NBC affiliate owned by Marquee Broadcasting|
|Bend, Oregon||KTVZ||21 (21)||1997–2002||NBC affiliate owned by News-Press & Gazette Company|
|Corpus Christi, Texas||KZTV||10 (10)||2002–2010 2||CBS affiliate owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting|
(Operated through a SSA by Cordillera Communications)
|Laredo, Texas||KVTV||13 (13)||2002–2015 2||defunct, went dark in 2015|
(Intellectual unit and CBS programming transferred to a Gray Television-owned license and renamed KYLX-LD.)
|KNEX-LP||14 (14)||2012–2015 2||CBS affiliate, KYLX-LD channel 13, owned by Gray Television|
|Walla Walla, Washington||KBKI||9||2001–2003||defunct, went dark in 2008|
(Station was known as KCWK when it ceased operations.)
- 1 WKNT was operated by Northwest Broadcasting under a local marketing agreement with Southeastern Communications from 1997 until Northwest bought the station outright in 2000.
- 2 KZTV, KVTV, and KNEX-LP were owned by Eagle Creek Broadcasting, which was commonly owned with Northwest Broadcasting.
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…Stainless, which owns UHF stations in Binghamton, N.Y., and Bend, Ore., is being sold to a Detroit-based partnership, Northwest Broadcasting, said Stainless counsel James J. Heffernan of Plymouth Meeting. He said the deal is worth $17 million.
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