River City Broadcasting

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River City Broadcasting L.P. was a major television and radio station operator in mid-sized markets in the United States, based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Overview[edit]

The firm was formed in 1989 as a partnership between Barry Baker and Larry Marcus, both former executives of Koplar Communications in St. Louis. Through a series of acquisitions between 1989 and 1994, River City amassed eight television stations and 29 radio stations in a total of 15 medium-sized markets.

In May 1996, River City sold its stations to the Sinclair Broadcast Group for $1.2 billion.

The TV stations owned by River City are listed in the table below. The Radio stations owned by River City are as follows:

St. Louis, MO

Buffalo, NY

New Orleans, LA

Memphis, TN

Nashville, TN

Greenville, SC

Wilkes-Barre, PA

Albuquerque, NM

Los Angeles, CA

Television Stations formerly owned[edit]

Television stations[edit]

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

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years owned Current ownership status
Sacramento - Stockton - Modesto KOVR 13 (25) 1993–1997 CBS owned-and-operated (O&O)
Bloomington - Indianapolis WTTV 4 (48) 1991–1997 CBS affiliate owned by Tribune Broadcasting
Kokomo, Indiana WTTK
(satellite of WTTV)
29 (29) 1991–1997 CBS affiliate owned by Tribune Broadcasting
Des Moines - Ames KDSM-TV 17 (16) 1991–1997 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
St. Louis KDNL-TV 30 (31) 1989–1997 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Columbus, Ohio WSYX 6 (48) 1993–1997 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Asheville - Greenville - Spartanburg WLOS 13 (13) 1993–1997 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WAXA ** 40 (14) 1993–1997 MyNetworkTV affiliate, WMYA-TV, owned by Cunningham Broadcasting
(Operated through a LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
San Antonio KABB 29 (30) 1989–1997 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • 1 WAXA was a full-time satellite of WLOS under River City ownership.

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