River City Broadcasting
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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:
Television Stations formerly owned
Stations are arranged alphabetically by state and by city of license.
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|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|
(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.