|Headquarters||Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.|
|United States (Nationwide)|
(President & CEO)
Number of employees
|Parent||Retirement Systems of Alabama|
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.
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. The three groups merged to form Raycom Media. In 1998, Raycom merged with Malrite Communications, owner of five stations in the South and Midwest.
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.
Raycom Media has been involved in a torrent of controversies. These issues have ranged from discrimination, nationally televised blackouts to poor working conditions.
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. 
In another 2014 blackout, more than 50 TV stations were shut off due Raycom Media’s inability to provide viewing.  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.” 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.
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.” 
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. 
In 2016, Don Logana, “an investigative reporter and morning anchor at WTOC-TV in Savannah, was killed in a car crash.” 
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.
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.
Stations are arranged alphabetically by state and by city of license.
- (**) – 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
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Owned since||Network affiliation|
|Birmingham - Tuscaloosa - Anniston, AL||WBRC||6 (50)||2009||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
|Tucson - Douglas - Sierra Vista||KOLD-TV §§||13 (32)||1996||CBS|
|Panama City||WPGX ##||28 (9)||2003||Fox|
|West Palm Beach - Fort Pierce||WFLX ¤¤ 3||29 (28)||1998||Fox|
|Albany||WALB ++||10 (10)||2006||NBC
|Columbus||WTVM §§||9 (11)||1996||ABC|
|Savannah||WTOC-TV §§||11 (11)||1996||CBS|
(Satellite of KHNL)
(Satellite of KFVE)
|Wailuku - Maui||KGMV
(Satellite of KFVE)
(Satellite of KHNL)
|Caldwell - Boise||KNIN-TV 3||9 (10)||2015||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|
|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
|Jackson||WLBT ++||3 (30)||2006||NBC|
|Laurel - Hattiesburg||WDAM-TV ≈≈||7 (7)||1997||NBC|
|Cape Girardeau - Paducah - Harrisburg||KFVS-TV §§||12 (12)||1996||CBS|
|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
|Toledo||WTOL ++||11 (11)||2006||CBS|
|WUPW §§||36 (46)||4
(previously owned from 1996-1999)
|Lawton, OK – Wichita Falls, TX||KSWO-TV ∆||7 (11)||2015||ABC|
|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, TX – Clovis, NM||KFDA-TV ∆||10 (10)||2015||CBS|
|KZBZ-CD ∆||26 (26)||2015||Independent|
|KEYU ∆||31 (31)||2015||Telemundo|
|Lubbock||KCBD ++||11 (11)||2006||NBC|
|Midland – Odessa||KWES-TV ∆||9 (9)||2015||NBC
The CW (DT2)
(Satellite of KWES)
The CW (DT2)
|KTLE-LP ∆||20 (20)||2015||Telemundo|
|Tyler - Longview - Jacksonville||KLTV ++||7 (7)||2006||ABC
|Lufkin - Nacogdoches||KTRE ++
(Semi-satellite of KLTV)
|Waco – Temple – Bryan||KXXV ∆||25 (26)||2015||ABC|
(Semi-satellite of KXXV)
|KSCM-LP ∆||18 (32)||2015||Telemundo|
|Richmond - Petersburg - Ashland, VA||WWBT ~~||12 (12)||2008||NBC
|WUPV||65 (47)||4||The CW|
- 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
|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
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|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|
(Satellite of KSFY)
|9 (9)||1997–2004||ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television|
(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)|
(Satellite of WLII)
|9 (9)||1996–2005||Univision owned-and-operated (O&O)|
- 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.
- "About" on the Raycom Media website
- "Terms of AFLAC-Raycom TV station deal announced". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. 16 August 1996. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
- "Barrington and Raycom Announce Completion of Transaction for Twelve Television Stations" (press release) on the Raycom Media website
- 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
- Jessell, Harry A. (August 10, 2015). "Raycom Buying Drewry For $160 Million". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
- Raycom Media Completes $160 Million Acquisition of Drewry Communications Broadcasting & Cable, Retrieved 1 December 2015.
- [ 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.
- [ http://deadline.com/2014/09/directv-blackout-raycom-media-carriage-dispute-827574/Yeah DirecTV blackout Raycom Media carriage dispute. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
- [http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/ncaa-tournamet-blacked-cbs-markets-article-1.3000150 NCAA tournament blacked out. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
- [ http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2014/01/lawsuit_against_woio_channel_1.html Lawsuit against WOIO Channel.. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
- [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.
- [ 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.
- "Worldnow Being Sold In $45 Million Deal". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
- Local TV Closes on WTVR
- Raycom closes On KNIN Boise Purchase - TVNewsCheck
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