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
Pat LaPlatney
(President & CEO)
Number of employees
4,200
Parent Retirement Systems of Alabama
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 the Retirement Systems of Alabama, an agency of the Alabama state government, and 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]

Controversies[edit]

Raycom Media has been involved in a torrent of controversies. These issues have ranged from discrimination, nationally televised blackouts to poor working conditions.

Blackout Scandals[edit]

Raycom Media has had a history of numerous incidents of failing to provide its viewers television coverage during highly viewed transmissions.

In 2014, Raycom’s “viewers in dozens of markets across the country couldn’t tune into the NFL season opener on NBC Thursday night” according to USA Today. [7]

In another 2014 blackout, more than 50 TV stations were shut off due Raycom Media’s inability to provide viewing. [8] The company’s executives were accused of demanding unreasonable price hikes that could not be met.

On March 16th, 2017, Raycom Media failed for a fifth time since July of 2015 “to renew their retransmission consent agreement.” [9]This led to viewers in 23 markets without access to television coverage, including the nationally televised March Madness Tournament. There was an outcry from viewers on Twitter following the incident.

EEOC Violations[edit]

In 2014, Raycom Media had some internal violations that came to light involving terminating employee with disability.

A lawsuit against Raycom's WOIO Channel 19 alleged sexually hostile work environment in its advertising department. The complaint, “filed by Kevin Flanigan II, of Avon, also alleges the station encouraged the use of sexual favors and sexually explicit tactics to entice advertising clients and that drug use and alcohol use at advertising-related events was common.” [10]

Working conditions[edit]

Raycom has had a instances of employees being associated with reckless traffic incidents due to strenuous working conditions.

In 2015, a Raycom Media employee from the KCBD station in Lubbock “ran over a guy and then drove away.” The lawsuit also claimed the station did not acknowledge its involvement, nor did it preserve the evidence. As a result of being struck, Hammond “sustained and suffered severe personal injuries to his head, arms, legs, torso, neck and back,” the lawsuit states. Raycom Media’s executives “decided to settle before the lawsuit every got to court.” according to FTVlive. [11]

In 2016, Don Logana, “an investigative reporter and morning anchor at WTOC-TV in Savannah, was killed in a car crash.” [12]

WTOC’s management had sent him to complete a report around 4 a.m on a busy road. Raycom Media hasn't provided any future information on preventive measures.

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.[13]

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 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[14] Fox
Dothan - Ozark WDFX-TV ## 34 (33) 2003 Fox
Huntsville - Decatur WAFF §§ 48 (48) 1996 NBC
Montgomery - Selma WSFA ++ 12 (12) 2006 NBC
Jonesboro KAIT ++ 8 (8) 2006 ABC
NBC (DT2)
Tucson - Douglas - Sierra Vista KOLD-TV §§ 13 (32) 1996 CBS
KMSB 11 (25) 1 Fox
KTTU 18 (19) 2 MyNetworkTV
Panama City WPGX ## 28 (9) 2003 Fox
Sarasota WWSB 40 (24) 2017 ABC
Tallahassee WTXL-TV 27 (27) 2017 ABC
West Palm Beach - Fort Pierce WFLX ¤¤ 3 29 (28) 1998 Fox
Albany WALB ++ 10 (10) 2006 NBC
ABC (DT2)
Augusta WFXG 54 (51) 2003 Fox
Columbus WTVM §§ 9 (11) 1996 ABC
WXTX 54 (49) 4 Fox
Savannah WTOC-TV §§ 11 (11) 1996 CBS
Honolulu KGMB 5 (23) 2009 CBS
KFVE 9 (22) 5 MyNetworkTV
KHNL 13 (35) 1999 NBC
Hilo KHBC-TV
(Satellite of KHNL)
2 (22) 1999 NBC
CBS (DT2)
KGMD-TV
(Satellite of KFVE)
9 (9) 5 MyNetworkTV
Wailuku - Maui KGMV
(Satellite of KFVE)
3 (24) 5 MyNetworkTV
KOGG
(Satellite of KHNL)
15 (16) 1999 NBC
CBS (DT2)
Caldwell - Boise KNIN-TV 3 9 (10) 2015[15] Fox
Evansville WFIE ++ 14 (46) 2006 NBC
Ottumwa - Kirksville KYOU-TV 15 (15) 4 Fox
Louisville WAVE ++ 3 (47) 2006 NBC
Baton Rouge WAFB §§ 9 (9) 1996 CBS
WBXH-CD 39 (39) MyNetworkTV
Lake Charles KPLC ++ 7 (7) 2006 NBC
New Orleans WVUE-DT 8 (29) 6 Fox
Shreveport - Texarkana KSLA §§ 12 (17) 1996 CBS
Biloxi - Gulfport - Pascagoula WLOX ++ 13 (39) 2006 ABC
CBS (DT2)
Jackson WLBT ++ 3 (30) 2006 NBC
WLOO 35 (41) 7 MyNetworkTV
WDBD 40 (40) 4 Fox
Laurel - Hattiesburg WDAM-TV ≈≈ 7 (7) 1997 NBC
Cape Girardeau - Paducah - Harrisburg KFVS-TV §§ 12 (12) 1996 CBS
WQTV-LP 24 The CW/MeTV
WQWQ-LP 9 The CW/MeTV
Charlotte WBTV ~~ 3 (23) 2008 CBS
Wilmington WECT §§ 6 (44) 1996 NBC
WSFX-TV 4 26 (30) 2003 Fox
Cincinnati, OH - Newport, KY WXIX-TV ¤¤ 19 (29) 1998 Fox
Cleveland - Shaker Heights - Lorain, OH WOIO ¤¤ 19 (10) 1998 CBS
MeTV (DT2)
WUAB 43 (28) 2000 MyNetworkTV
Toledo WTOL ++ 11 (11) 2006 CBS
WUPW §§ 36 (46) 4
(previously owned from 1996-1999)
Fox
Lawton, OKWichita Falls, TX KSWO-TV 7 (11) 2015 ABC
KAUZ-TV 6 (26) 4 CBS
Charleston WCSC-TV ~~ 5 (47) 2008 CBS
Columbia WIS ++ 10 (10) 2006 NBC
Myrtle Beach - Florence WMBF-TV ** 32 (32) 2008 NBC
Knoxville WTNZ §§ 43 (34) 1996 Fox
Memphis WMC-TV §§ 5 (5) 1996 NBC
Amarillo, TXClovis, NM KFDA-TV 10 (10) 2015 CBS
KZBZ-CD 26 (26) 2015 Independent
KEYU 31 (31) 2015 Telemundo
Lubbock KCBD ++ 11 (11) 2006 NBC
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 KLTV ++ 7 (7) 2006 ABC
Telemundo (DT3)
Lufkin - Nacogdoches KTRE ++
(Semi-satellite of KLTV)
9 (9) 2006 ABC
Telemundo (DT2)
WacoTempleBryan KXXV 25 (26) 2015 ABC
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)
WUPV 65 (47) 4 The CW

Other Notes:

  • 1 Owned by Tegna, Inc. 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, these stations 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]

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 Nexstar Media Group
KXTU-LD 57 (20) 1999–2006 The CW affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Albany WFXL ## 31 (12) 2004–2006 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Savannah WSAV-TV §§ 3 (39) 1996–1997 NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
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 - Cadillac WPBN-TV 7 (47) 1997–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Sault Ste. Marie - Cheboygan 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 Nexstar Media Group
Hattiesburg - Laurel WHLT §§
(Semi-satellite of WJTV)
22 (22) 1996–1997 CBS affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Kirksville - Ottumwa KTVO 3 (33) 1997–2006 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Reno, Nevada KAME-TV §§ 21 (20) 1996–1997 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Deerfield Media
(Operated through a SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Albuquerque - Santa Fe KASA-TV 2 (27) 1999–2007 Telemundo affiliate owned by Ramar Communications
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 ++ 3 (46) 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 KSFY-TV §§ 13 (13) 1997–2004 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Aberdeen KABY-TV §§
(Satellite of KSFY)
9 (9) 1997–2004 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Pierre 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 KNDO ≈≈ 23 (16) 1997–1999 NBC affiliate owned by Cowles Company
Richland - Pasco - Kennewick KNDU ≈≈
(Satellite of KNDO)
26 (25) 1997–1999 NBC affiliate owned by Cowles Company
Caguas - San Juan - Ponce WLII-DT 1 11 (11) 1996–2005 Univision owned-and-operated (O&O)
WSUR-DT 1
(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 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About" on the Raycom Media website
  2. ^ "Terms of AFLAC-Raycom TV station deal announced". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. 16 August 1996. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Barrington and Raycom Announce Completion of Transaction for Twelve Television Stations" (press release) on the Raycom Media website
  4. ^ WDSU TV. Nov 20, 2013 http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/media-group-agrees-to-shared-services-deal-for-operations-of-wvue-tv/-/9853400/23069272/-/vrwcepz/-/index.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Jessell, Harry A. (August 10, 2015). "Raycom Buying Drewry For $160 Million". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ Raycom Media Completes $160 Million Acquisition of Drewry Communications Broadcasting & Cable, Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  7. ^ [ http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/09/directv-nfl-raycom DirecTV disputed leaves thousands of angry fans unable to watch opening NFL game. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  8. ^ [ http://deadline.com/2014/09/directv-blackout-raycom-media-carriage-dispute-827574/Yeah DirecTV blackout Raycom Media carriage dispute. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  9. ^ [http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/ncaa-tournamet-blacked-cbs-markets-article-1.3000150 NCAA tournament blacked out. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  10. ^ [ http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2014/01/lawsuit_against_woio_channel_1.html Lawsuit against WOIO Channel.. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  11. ^ [https://www.ftvlive.com/todays-news/2015/11/13/texas-station-settles-with-man-that-was-hit-by-companys-news-car Texas station settles with man that hit by companys news car.. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  12. ^ [ https://www.ajc.com/news/local/our-newsroom-will-never-the-same-says-savannah-morning-anchor-after-don-logana-killed/KGEoPQwmyaGGXE4cLFyVAP/ Don Logana. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Worldnow Being Sold In $45 Million Deal". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 30 August 2015. 
  14. ^ Local TV Closes on WTVR
  15. ^ Raycom closes On KNIN Boise Purchase - TVNewsCheck

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