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Block Communications (also known as Blade Communications) is a privately held holding company of various assets, mainly in the print and broadcast media, based in Toledo, Ohiomarker. The company was founded in 1900 in New York Citymarker when Paul Block, a German immigrant who came to the United States fifteen years prior, formed an ad representation firm for newspapers. Through the 1910s and 1920s, the Block empire grew to encompass many newspapers on the east coast of the US, however with the Great Depression in the 1930s came the loss of all but three properties: the ad representation firm, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Blade of Toledo (where Block eventually settled the company upon its purchase in 1927). After Block's death in 1941, his sons took over the company and later his grandchildren (one of which, Allan Block, is company chairman).

Company holdings

Newspapers

Television

On November 29, 2008, it was announced that Metro Video Productions, owners of Lima, Ohiomarker low-powered network affiliates WOHL-CAmarker (Fox), WLQP-LPmarker (ABC) and WLMO-LPmarker (CBS), would sell these stations to West Central Ohio Broadcasting, Inc.; one of the company's heads, Allan J. Block, is the chairman of Block Communications, owner of WLIO. Block will assume control of the stations' operations, but will not consolidate their newscasts or facilities with WLIO.

Cable Systems
  • Buckeye CableSystem, Inc. http://www.buckeyecablesystem.com (systems in Toledo, Ohio and Sandusky, Ohiomarker, latter officially known as Erie Countymarker Cablevision)
  • Buckeye Express (High Speed Internet) http://www.buckeye-express.com
  • Buckeye Access (Dial up Internet) http://www.buckeye-access.com


Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC)
  • Buckeye TeleSystem, Inc. http://www.buckeyetelesystem.com


Cable Television Networks

Non-Media Holdings
  • Metro Fiber & Cable Construction Company (a Toledo-based contractor of fiber optic installation)


Formerly owned



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