South Central Communications

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This article is about the Indiana-based media company. For the Iowa telecommunications company, see South Central Communications (telecommunications).

South Central Incorporated (Formally South Central Communications) is a privately owned company based in Evansville, Indiana, and owned and operated by the Engelbrecht family: John D. Engelbrecht (President & CEO), JP Engelbrecht (Vice-President & COO), and Bettie G. Engelbrecht (Director Emeritus).

Current Properties[1][edit]

Wholly Owned Subsidiaries[edit]

Investments[edit]

Television stations[edit]

Market Station Channel Location Affiliation Notes & Current Status
Louisville, Kentucky, W50CI-D Virtual 50, Digital 50 50.1 Simulcast of WBNA/ION Television
50.2 Home Shopping Network
50.3 Sonlife Broadcasting Network
The Station is owned by Evangel World Prayer Center of Kentucky, (A Division of Word Broadcasting Inc.) South Central Communications Operates the Station.

Former Properties[edit]

Radio stations formerly owned by South Central[edit]

It was announced on May 28, 2014, that Midwest Communications will purchase 9 of the 10 Stations owned by South Central Communications. With this purchase, Midwest Communications will expand its portfolio of stations to Evansville, Knoxville and Nashville. WEJK (Which was owned by Boonville Broadcasting & operated by South Central Communications) was not involved in the sale as it would not fit under the ownership cap for Midwest. It was grandfathered in for South Central under previous ownership rules. It is likely that Boonville Broadcasting will take back operations of WEJK before or after the sale of South Central Communications other Stations are finalized.[2] It was then announced on August 18, 2014 that South Central Communications will be turning the Operations of WEJK over to The Original Company, as Boonville Broadcasting will continue to own the Station. Once approved by the FCC, The Original Company will take over The Operations of WEJK & will operate the Station via a Time Brokerage Agreement. The Change Over was completed on September 1.[3] The Sale of the 9 Former South Central Communications Radio Stations to Midwest Communications were also finalized on September 1.[4]

AM Stations FM Stations
Market Station/
Frequency
Format Notes
Evansville, Indiana WABX-FM 107.5 FM Classic rock Sold to Midwest Communications on September 1, 2014.
WJPS 107.1 FM Classic Hits Station was previously under the WEJK call letters; sold to The Original Company on October 9, 2014.
WEOA 1400 AM Urban Adult Contemporary WEOA was sold in 2009 to BLS Entertainment Inc. (The company that had been operating it under a Time Brokerage Agreement.)
WIKY-FM 104.1 FM AC Sold to Midwest Communications on September 1, 2014.
WLFW-FM 93.5 FM Country
WSTO-FM 96.1 FM Top 40 (CHR)
Knoxville, Tennessee WFGW 106.7 Contemporary Christian Then WLYT, sold in 2012 to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (Blue Ridge Broadcasting Company) [5]
WIMZ-FM 103.5 FM Classic rock Sold to Midwest Communications on September 1, 2014.
WJXB-FM 97.5 FM AC
WNFZ 94.3 Alternative rock The Station is owned by John W. Pirkle and operated by SCC under a time brokerage agreement, which ended October 31, 2013.[6]
WDKW 95.7 Classic Country Sold to Midwest Communications on September 1, 2014.
Nashville, Tennessee WCJK-FM 96.3 FM Jack FM
WJXA-FM 92.9 FM AC

Television stations formerly owned by South Central[edit]

Market Station Channel Location Affiliation Notes & Current Status
Knoxville, Tennessee Was WMAK, Now WKNX-TV channel 7 7.1 Independent
(Daystar was previously seen on 7.1 under the Daystar Ownership, 7.2 was previously Retro Television Network before switching to Daystar under Lockwood Broadcasting Ownership briefly, before the 7.2 Channel was discontinued altogether.)
Was owned by DayStar Television Network, Now owned by Lockwood Broadcasting.
WVLT-TV Channel 8 Was Affiliated with NBC, Now CBS Owned by South Central from 1954 to 1992 as WTVK channel 26 and, later, WKXT channel 8; now owned by Gray Television.
Madisonville, Kentucky / Evansville, Indiana WJPS-LP/
WAZE-TV
WJPS-LP channel 4
WAZE-TV channel 19
Defunct Last owned by Roberts Broadcasting. WAZE-TV closed in 2011; WJPS-LP along with other WAZE Station Translators closed January 3, 2013.
Nashville, Tennessee WJDE-LD Virtual 24, Digital 31 Was Home Shopping Network, Now Me-TV, and has also added additional subchannels Now owned by Evangel World Prayer Center of Kentucky Inc.
Word Broadcasting
Was WGAP-LP, Now WNTU-LP Channel 26 Was MTV 2, then Univision, now Daystar Station was purchased by Equity Broadcasting in 2006, Station was then sold at Auction to Daystar in 2009 after Equity filed for bankruptcy.
WRMX-LP Channel 12 Was Home Shopping Network (Simulcast of former sister Station, WJDE-LD), Now Defunct. Station permanently cease operations on March 12, 2013.

Other Former Properties[edit]

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