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Smith Media, LLC, successor to Smith Television, was a broadcasting group co-based in Los Angeles, California and St. Petersburg, Florida, that formerly owned and operated several television stations across the United States.

Smith Television became Smith Media, LLC in 2004 at the death of Bob Smith, head of the family run organization. The family decided to re-capitalize their stations and sold the stations to Boston Ventures, which created Smith Media. [1] [2] The similarities in names have created much confusion.

During the early 2010s, Smith Media sold off its stations; on October 1, 2013, Smith Media reached a deal to sell its last remaining station, WKTV in Utica, New York, to Heartland Media, a company owned by former Gray Television executive Bob Prather, pending FCC approval.[3] [4] The sale was completed on March 20, 2014. [5]

Formerly-owned Stations[edit]

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

  • With the exception of KATN, KEYT, KJUD, KYUR, WFFF, & WKTV, the second incarnation of Smith Media never owned these stations. Smith Media, LLC was successor to Smith Television, Inc. who owned the following:
City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years owned Current ownership status
Anchorage, Alaska KIMO 13 (12) 1995-2010 ABC affiliate, KYUR, owned by Vision Alaska, LLC
Fairbanks, Alaska KATN
(Semi-satellite of KIMO)
2 (18) 2001-2010 ABC affiliate owned by Vision Alaska, LLC
Juneau, Alaska KJUD
(Semi-satellite of KIMO)
8 (11) 2001-2010 ABC affiliate owned by Vision Alaska, LLC
Salinas - Monterey - Santa Cruz, California KSBW 8 (8) 1995-1998 NBC affiliate owned by Hearst Television
Santa Barbara - San Luis Obispo, California KEYT-TV 3 (27) 1987-2012 ABC affiliate owned by News-Press & Gazette Company
KSBY 6 (15) 1995-1996 1 NBC affiliate owned by Cordillera Communications
Wichita, Kansas KWCH-TV 12 (19) 1989-1994 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Ensign/Dodge City, Kansas KBSD-TV
(Satellite of KWCH)
6 (6) 1989-1994 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Goodland, Kansas KBSL-TV
(Satellite of KWCH)
10 (10) 1989-1994 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Hays, Kansas KBSH-TV
(Satellite of KWCH)
7 (7) 1989-1994 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Flint, Michigan WEYI-TV 25 (30) 1997-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Howard Stirk Holdings
(Operated through a SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Reno, Nevada KOLO-TV 8 (8) 2000-2002 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Binghamton, New York WBGH-LP 20 (20) 2 1997-2000 NBC affiliate, WBGH-CD, owned by Nexstar Media Group
Buffalo, New York WGRZ-TV 2 (33) 1986-1988 NBC affiliate owned by Tegna
Elmira, New York WETM-TV 18 (18) 1986-2004 3 NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Rochester, New York WROC-TV 8 (45) 1996-1999 CBS affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Utica, New York WKTV 2 (29) 1993-2014 NBC affiliate owned by Heartland Media
Watertown, New York WWTI-TV 50 (21) 1990-2000 ABC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
W25AB/WNYF-LP 28 (35) 4 1995-2002 5 Fox affiliate, WNYF-CD, owned by United Communications
Bismarck, North Dakota KFYR-TV 5 (31) 1997-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Dickinson, North Dakota KQCD-TV
(Satellite of KFYR)
7 (7) 1997-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Minot, North Dakota KMOT
(Satellite of KFYR)
10 (10) 1997-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Williston, North Dakota KUMV-TV
(Satellite of KFYR)
8 (8) 1997-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Fargo, North Dakota KVLY-TV 11 (44) 1997-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Dayton, Ohio WDTN 2 (50) 1998-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Steubenville, Ohio WTOV-TV 9 (9) 1996-2000 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Toledo, Ohio WUPW 36 (46) 1999-2002 Fox affiliate owned by American Spirit Media
(Operated through a SSA by Raycom Media)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania WHTM-TV 27 (10) 1986-1994 ABC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Johnstown, Pennsylvania WJAC-TV 6 (34) 1996-2000 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Providence, Rhode Island WPRI-TV 12 (13) 2001-2002 CBS affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
WNAC-TV 64 (12) 1997-2001 Fox affiliate owned by Super Towers, Inc.
(Operated through a LMA by Nexstar Media Group)
Abilene, Texas KRBC-TV 9 (29) 1998-2002 NBC affiliate owned by Mission Broadcasting
(Operated through a SSA by Nexstar Media Group)
San Angelo, Texas KACB-TV 3 (16) 1998-2002 NBC affiliate, KSAN-TV, owned by Mission Broadcasting
(Operated through a SSA by Nexstar Media Group)
Burlington, Vermont - Plattsburgh, New York WPTZ 5 (14) 1998 NBC affiliate owned by Hearst Television
WFFF-TV 44 (43) 1999-2013 6 Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
WVNY 22 (13) 2005-2013 7 ABC affiliate owned by Mission Broadcasting
(Operated through a SSA by Nexstar Media Group)
Hartford, Vermont - Hanover, New Hampshire WNNE
(semi-satellite of WPTZ)
31 (25) 1998 NBC affiliate owned by Hearst Television

Notes:

  • 1 Acquired along with KSBW but divested almost immediately due to Smith's ownership of KEYT.
  • 2 Operated on channel 8 under Smith's ownership.
  • 3 From 2000-2004, The Ackerley Group, and later Clear Channel Communications would operate this station through a local marketing agreement (LMA).
  • 4 Operated on channel 25 until 2001.
  • 5 From 2001 to 2002, United Communications operated the station under a LMA.
  • 6 From 1998 to 1999, Smith operated WFFF through an LMA, until Smith bought it outright in 1999.
  • 7 Owned by Lambert Broadcasting, Smith operated WVNY through an LMA.

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