Raycom Media

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Raycom Media, Inc.
employee-owned[1]
Industry Broadcast Television
Television Production
Founded 1992
Headquarters Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
Area served
United States (Nationwide)
Key people
Paul McTear
(President & CEO)
Number of employees
4,200
Divisions Raycom Sports
Broadview Media
Website raycommedia.com
raycomsports.com

Raycom Media, Inc. is an American television broadcasting company based in Montgomery, Alabama. It is owned by its employees.[1]

History[edit]

Although Raycom Media dates its birth to 1996, the core of the company was formed in 1992 when Atlanta native Bert Ellis formed Ellis Communications, which eventually controlled 13 television stations and two radio stations.

In 1994, Ellis bought Raycom Sports, a 15-year-old sports marketing firm. Two years later, Ellis sold Raycom to a media group funded by Retirement Systems of Alabama, who had bought Aflac's broadcast division and Federal Broadcasting's TV Group a few months earlier.[2] The three groups merged to form Raycom Media. In 1998, Raycom merged with Malrite Communications, owner of five stations in the South and Midwest.

In August 2005 it acquired The Liberty Corporation and in the process sold a dozen of its stations to Barrington Broadcasting.[3] The merger closed at the start of 2006.

On November 12, 2007, Raycom announced its intention to acquire the television broadcasting properties of Lincoln National Corporation's Lincoln Financial Media—three television stations (see table below), plus Lincoln Financial Sports—for $583 million. As of January 1, 2008, Lincoln Financial Sports was officially merged into Raycom Sports.

On November 20, 2013, Raycom and WVUE announced that a Shared Services Agreement would take effect, allowing Raycom to manage the operations of the New Orleans Fox network affiliate, which is owned by Tom Benson's Louisiana Media Company.[4]

On August 10, 2015, Raycom announced that it would purchase stations owned by Drewry Communications for $160 million.[5] The sale was completed on December 1.[6]

Operations[edit]

Raycom currently owns and/or operates nearly 60 television stations, Raycom Sports in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sacramento, California and Mobile, Alabama, Broadview Media, Raycom Post Production in Los Angeles, California and CableVantage in Columbia, South Carolina.

Raycom owns a 20% stake in Frankly, a San Francisco-based social media company that owns Raycom's digital provider WorldNow.[7]

Raycom Sports[edit]

Main article: Raycom Sports

Stations[edit]

Stations are arranged alphabetically by state and by city of license.

Notes:

  • (**) – built and signed-on by Raycom Media.
  • (§§) – owned by Aflac and Ellis Communications prior to the formation of Raycom Media in 1996.
  • (≈≈) – owned by Federal Communications prior to its acquisition by Raycom Media in 1997.
  • (¤¤) – owned by Malrite Communications prior to its acquisition by Raycom Media in 1998.
  • (##) – owned by Waitt Media prior to its acquisition by Raycom Media in 2003.
  • (++) – owned by The Liberty Corporation prior to its acquisition by Raycom Media in 2006.
  • (~~) – owned by Lincoln Financial Media prior to its acquisition by Raycom Media in 2008.
  • () - owned by Drewry Communications Group prior to its acquisition by Raycom Media in 2015.

Current operated television stations[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Owned Since Network Affiliation
Birmingham - Tuscaloosa - Anniston, AL WBRC 6 (50) 2009[8] Fox
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Dothan - Ozark WDFX-TV ## 34 (33) 2003 Fox
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Huntsville - Decatur WAFF §§ 48 (48) 1996 NBC
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Montgomery - Selma WSFA ++ 12 (12) 2006 NBC
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Jonesboro KAIT ++ 8 (8) 2006 ABC
NBC (DT2)
Tucson - Douglas - Sierra Vista KOLD-TV §§ 13 (32) 1996 CBS
MeTV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
KMSB 11 (25) 1 Fox
This TV (DT2)
KTTU 18 (19) 2 MyNetworkTV
Panama City WPGX ## 28 (9) 2003 Fox
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
West Palm Beach - Fort Pierce WFLX ¤¤ 3 29 (28) 1998 Fox
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Albany WALB ++ 10 (10) 2006 NBC
ABC (DT2)
Augusta WFXG 54 (51) 2003 Fox
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Columbus WTVM §§ 9 (11) 1996 ABC
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
WXTX 4 54 (49) 2003 Fox
Movies! (DT2)
Escape (DT3)
Savannah WTOC-TV §§ 11 (11) 1996 CBS
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Honolulu - Hilo - Wailuku -
Maui - Lihue - Kauai
KGMB 5 (23) 2000 CBS
This TV (DT2)
Escape (DT3)
KHNL 13 (35) 1999 NBC
Antenna TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
KHBC-TV
(Satellite of KHNL)
2 (22) 1999 NBC
CBS (DT2)
KOGG
(Satellite of KHNL)
15 (16) 1999 NBC
CBS (DT2)
KFVE 5 9 (22) 2009 MyNetworkTV
KGMD-TV 5
(Satellite of KFVE)
9 (9) 2009 MyNetworkTV
KGMV 5
(Satellite of KFVE)
3 (24) 2009 MyNetworkTV
Caldwell - Boise KNIN-TV 3 9 (10) 2015[9] Fox
Heroes & Icons (DT2)
Evansville WFIE ++ 14 (46) 2006 NBC
MeTV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Louisville WAVE ++ 3 (47) 2006 NBC
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit TV (DT3)
Baton Rouge WAFB §§ 9 (9) 1996 CBS
Bounce TV (DT2)
MyNetworkTV (DT4)
WBXH-CD 39 (39) MyNetworkTV
Grit (DT2)
Escape (DT3)
Lake Charles KPLC ++ 7 (7) 2006 NBC
Grit (DT2)
Bounce TV (DT3)
New Orleans WVUE-DT 6 8 (29) 2013 Fox
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Shreveport - Texarkana KSLA §§ 12 (17) 1996 CBS
Grit (DT2)
Bounce TV (DT3)
Biloxi - Gulfport - Pascagoula WLOX ++ 13 (39) 2006 ABC
CBS (DT2)
Bounce TV (DT3)
Jackson WLBT ++ 3 (30) 2006 NBC
Bounce TV (DT2)
Escape (DT3)
WLOO 35 (41) 7 MyNetworkTV
This TV (DT3)
WDBD 4 40 (40) 2012 Fox
COZI TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Laurel - Hattiesburg WDAM-TV ≈≈ 7 (7) 1997 NBC
ABC (DT2)
Bounce TV (DT3)
Cape Girardeau - Paducah - Harrisburg KFVS-TV §§ 12 (12) 1996 CBS
The CW/MeTV (DT2)
WQTV-LP 24 The CW/MeTV
WQWQ-LP 9 The CW/MeTV
Charlotte WBTV ~~ 3 (23) 2008 CBS
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Wilmington WECT §§ 6 (44) 1996 NBC
Bounce TV (DT2)
Escape (DT3)
WSFX-TV 4 26 (30) 2003 Fox
This TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Cincinnati, OH - Newport, KY WXIX-TV ¤¤ 19 (29) 1998 Fox
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Cleveland - Shaker Heights - Lorain, OH WOIO ¤¤ 19 (10) 1998 CBS
MeTV (DT2)
WUAB 43 (28) 2000 MyNetworkTV
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Toledo WTOL ++ 11 (11) 2006 CBS
MeTV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
WUPW §§ 4 36 (46) 2012
(previously owned from 1996-1999)
Fox
Bounce TV (DT2)
Escape (DT3)
Lawton, OKWichita Falls, TX KSWO-TV 7 (11) 2015 ABC
Telemundo (DT2)
This TV (DT3)
KAUZ-TV 4 6 (26) 2015 CBS
The CW (DT2)
Charleston WCSC-TV ~~ 5 (47) 2008 CBS
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Columbia WIS ++ 10 (10) 2006 NBC
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Myrtle Beach - Florence WMBF-TV ** 32 (32) 2008 NBC
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Knoxville WTNZ §§ 43 (34) 1996 Fox
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Memphis WMC-TV §§ 5 (5) 1996 NBC
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
Amarillo, TXClovis, NM KFDA-TV 10 (10) 2015 CBS
Independent (DT2)
Weather (DT4)
KZBZ-CD 26 (26) 2015 Independent
KEYU 31 (31) 2015 Telemundo
LATV (DT2)
Lubbock KCBD ++ 11 (11) 2006 NBC
This TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)
MidlandOdessa KWES-TV 9 (9) 2015 NBC
The CW (DT2)
KWAB-TV
(Satellite of KWES)
9 (33) 2015 NBC
The CW (DT2)
KTLE-LP 20 (20) 2015 Telemundo
Tyler - Longview - Jacksonville -
Lufkin - Nacogdoches
KLTV ++ 7 (7) 2006 ABC
Bounce TV (DT2)
Telemundo (DT3)
KTRE ++
(Semi-satellite of KLTV)
9 (9) 2006 ABC
Telemundo (DT2)
WacoTempleBryan KXXV 25 (26) 2015 ABC
Weather (DT3)
KRHD-CD
(Semi-satellite of KXXV)
40 (40) 2015 ABC
KSCM-LP 18 (32) 2015 Telemundo
Richmond - Petersburg - Ashland, VA WWBT ~~ 12 (12) 2008 NBC
MeTV (DT2)
Escape (DT3)
WUPV 4 65 (47) 2006 The CW
Bounce TV (DT2)
Grit (DT3)

Other Notes:

  • 1 Owned by Sander Media, LLC. Raycom operates by KMSB through a shared service agreement.
  • 2 Owned by Tucker Operating Co., LLC. Raycom operates by KTTU through a shared service agreement.
  • 3 While KNIN-TV and WFLX are owned by Raycom, it are operated through a shared services agreement by the E.W. Scripps Company.
  • 4 Owned by American Spirit Media, Raycom operates the stations through a Local Marketing Agreement.
  • 5 Owned by MCG Capital Corporation, Raycom operates KFVE and its satellites through a shared services agreement.
  • 6 Owned by Louisiana Media Company, Raycom operates WVUE through a shared services agreement.
  • 7 Owned by Tougaloo College, Raycom operates WLOO through a shared services agreement.

Current owned radio stations[edit]

Radio stations[edit]

City of License/Market Station Owned since Current format
Amarillo, Texas KEYU-FM 102.9 FM 2015 Spanish adult hits
Lamesa – Midland, Texas KTXC 104.7 FM 2015 Regional Mexican

Former owned stations[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Colorado Springs - Pueblo KXRM-TV 21 (22) 2000–2006 Fox affiliate owned by Media General
KXTU-LD 57 (20) 1999–2006 The CW affiliate owned by Media General
Albany WFXL ## 31 (12) 2004–2006 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Savannah WSAV-TV §§ 3 (39) 1996–1997 NBC affiliate owned by Media General
Cedar Rapids - Waterloo -
Iowa City - Dubuque
KWWL §§ 7 (7) 1996–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Quincy Media
Marquette - Escanaba WLUC-TV 6 (35) 1997–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Traverse City - Cheboygan -
Cadillac - Sault Ste. Marie
WPBN-TV 7 (47) 1997–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WTOM-TV
(Satellite of WPBN)
4 (35) 1997–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Jackson WJTV §§ 12 (12) 1996–1997 CBS affiliate owned by Media General
Hattiesburg - Laurel WHLT §§
(Semi-satellite of WJTV)
22 (22) 1996–1997 CBS affiliate owned by Media General
Kirksville - Ottumwa KTVO 3 (33) 1997–2006 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KYOU-TV 15 (15) 1 Fox affiliate owned by American Spirit Media
Reno, Nevada KAME-TV §§ 21 (20) 1996–1997 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Deerfield Media
(Operated through a LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Albuquerque - Santa Fe KASA-TV 2 (27) 1999–2007 Fox affiliate owned by Media General
Syracuse WSTM-TV ≈≈ 3 (24) 1997–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WSTQ-LP 14 2003–2006 The CW affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Washington - Greenville - New Bern WITN-TV §§ 7 (32) 1997 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Wilmington WWAY ++ 6 (34) 2006 ABC affiliate owned by Morris Multimedia
Toledo - Findlay WNWO-TV ¤¤ 24 (49) 1998–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Columbia WACH §§ 57 (48) 1996–2006 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Sioux Falls - Mitchell -
Aberdeen - Pierre
KSFY-TV §§ 13 (13) 1997–2004 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
KABY-TV §§
(Satellite of KSFY)
9 (9) 1997–2004 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
KPRY-TV §§
(Satellite of KSFY)
4 (19) 1997–2004 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Harlingen - Weslaco -
Brownsville - McAllen - Pharr -
Reynosa - Matamoros
KGBT-TV ++ 4 (31) 2006 CBS affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Richmond - Petersburg WTVR-TV 6 (25) 1997–2009 CBS affiliate owned by Tribune Broadcasting
Yakima - Pasco - Richland -
Kennewick
KNDO ≈≈ 23 (16) 1997–1999 NBC affiliate owned by Cowles Publishing Company
KNDU ≈≈
(Satellite of KNDO)
26 (25) 1997–1999 NBC affiliate owned by Cowles Publishing Company
Caguas - San Juan - Ponce WLII-DT 2 11 (11) 1996–2005 Univision owned-and-operated (O&O)
WSUR-DT 2
(Satellite of WLII)
9 (9) 1996–2005 Univision owned-and-operated (O&O)

Raycom also owned two radio stations in Memphis, WMC-AMFM, from 1996 to 2000.

Other Notes:

  • 1 The company had never owned the station but operates it under a Local Marketing Agreement for Ottumwa Media Holdings.
  • 2 The company continuously owned the two stations after Univision began operating them under a Local Marketing Agreement in 2002. Univision later bought the stations outright. Also, WORA-TV in Mayagüez which repeats 95% of WLII/WSUR's programming but operates under a separate owner. WLII & WSUR also operate locally owned WSTE under an LMA. Like all Univision owned and operated stations, WLII and WSUR-TV opted to add/change the "-DT" suffix to their callsigns after the digital transition and eliminate the "-TV" suffix.

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