Northwest Broadcasting

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Northwest Broadcasting, Inc.
Private
Founded 1995
Founder Brian Brady
Headquarters Okemos, MI

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3][4] Stainless had owned broadcast stations since purchasing WICZ (then known as WINR-TV) in 1971.[5] Though Northwest would sell the Stainless tower company to SpectraSite Holdings in 1999[6] and KTVZ to News-Press & Gazette Company in 2002,[7] 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;[8] Alta had also invested in Northwest Broadcasting in 1996.[9] Alta divested its interest in Northwest Broadcasting in 2007[10] and in Eagle Creek Broadcasting in 2013.[11] During the 2010s, Brady acquired additional stations through companies such as Blackhawk Broadcasting,[12] Bristlecone Broadcasting,[13] and Cedar Creek Broadcasting.[14] These companies have occasionally made joint filings with Northwest Broadcasting in Federal Communications Commission proceedings under the name "The TV Station Group."[15]

Stations owned by Northwest[edit]

Stations are arranged in alphabetical order by state and city of license.

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Owned since Affiliation
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
KVIQ-LP 14 (14) 2016 CBS
Pocatello - Idaho Falls, Idaho KPVI-DT 6 (23) 2016 NBC
Decades (DT2)
Movies! (DT3)
Alexandria, Louisiana KLAX-TV 31 (31) 2018 ABC
MeTV (DT2)
KWCE-LP 27 2018 MeTV
Greenville - Greenwood, Mississippi WABG-TV 6 (32) 2016 ABC
Fox (DT2)
WFXW 2 15 (15) 2016 Silent/Unused
WNBD-LD 33 (33) 2016 NBC
WXVT-LD 17 (17) 2017 CBS
Binghamton, New York WICZ-TV 40 (8) 1997 Fox
WBPN-LP 10 (40.2) 2000 MyNetworkTV
Syracuse, New York WSYT 68 (19) 2013 Fox
Cozi TV (DT2)
WNYS-TV 3 43 (44) 2013 MyNetworkTV
GetTV (DT2)
Medford, Oregon KMVU-DT 26 (26) 1995 Fox
MeTV (DT2)
KMCW-LD 14 2013 Sonlife
KFBI-LD 48 (48) 2013 MyNetworkTV
Telemundo (DT2)
Spokane, Washington KAYU-TV 28 (28) 1995 Fox
Antenna TV (DT2)
Tri-Cities - Yakima, Washington KFFX-TV 11 (11) 1999 4 Fox
Telemundo (DT2)
KCYU-LD
(Semi-satellite of KFFX-TV)
41 (41) 1995 Fox
Telemundo (DT2)

Notes:

  • 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[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
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.[16][17]
(Intellectual unit and CBS programming transferred to a Northwest Broadcasting-owned license and renamed KVIQ-LP.[18])
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.)

Notes:

  • 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Organizational Chart for Northwest Broadcasting, Inc" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 25, 2015. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "Michigan investor buys KAYU TV". The Spokesman-Review. August 2, 1995. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  3. ^ Kanaley, Reid (May 18, 1997). "Digital TV: It's A High-Tower Act". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved December 4, 2015. …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.
  4. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable. May 19, 1997. p. 38. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting. March 8, 1971. p. 37. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "SpectraSite Holdings, Inc. Form 8-K" (TXT). Securities and Exchange Commission. January 21, 2000. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  7. ^ BIA Financial Networks (March 24, 2002). "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  8. ^ BIA Financial Networks (February 3, 2002). "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable. January 29, 1996. pp. 32–3. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Transactions: 08-29-07". Television Business Report. August 29, 2007. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Station Trading Roundup: 5 Deals, $23 Million". TVNewsCheck. November 5, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Brady doubles down in Yuma". Television Business Report. July 24, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  13. ^ Herbert, Geoff (November 19, 2013). "Ownership changes at Syracuse TV stations approved by FCC". The Post-Standard. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  14. ^ "Cedar Creek Buying WRBU, WZRB For $6M". TVNewsCheck. February 3, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  15. ^ "Informal Objection and Request to Hold Applications in Abeyance" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. June 12, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  16. ^ Suspension of Operations and Silent Authority of a DTV Station Application. Licensing and Management System, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 23 September, 2018
  17. ^ Station Search Details - KJRW CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 16 September, 2018.
  18. ^ Redwood Television Closes On KIEM Buy, TVNewsCheck.com, 4 December, 2017, Retrieved 16 September, 2018