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Post-Newsweek Stations is the official name of the broadcasting division of the Washington Post Company and is a self-contained corporation within that company. The company is headquartered in Detroit, Michiganmarker in headquarters shared with Post-Newsweek's station in that market, NBC affiliate WDIV-TVmarker and is headed by president and chief executive officer Alan Frank, formerly general manager of WDIV.

In 1992, Post-Newsweek bought the now defunct Detroit regional sports station PASS Sports from former Detroit Tigers owner and Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan. FSN Detroit put the channel out of business in October 1997.

As of 2006, Post-Newsweek owns 6 VHF stations, all of which are in the Top 50 markets. All but one has a network affiliation.

History

What today is Post-Newsweek Stations originated as WTOP, Inc. in 1949 when CBS sold 55% (controlling interest) of WTOP-AM 1500 in Washington, D.C.marker to the Post. CBS retained a 45% stake. In 1950, WTOP bought WOIC-TV, Washington's CBS affiliate, and changed the calls to WTOP-TV. CBS was forced to sell its remaining interest in WTOP in 1954. The Post then merged WTOP-AM-FM-TV with recently-purchased WMBR-AM-TV in Jacksonville, Floridamarker and changed the company's name to Post Stations, Inc. WMBR-AM was later sold off; the Post changed WMBR-TV's calls to WJXTmarker. The company adopted the Post-Newsweek name after the Post bought Newsweek in 1961. Soon thereafter, Post-Newsweek purchased radio station WCKY in Cincinnati, Ohiomarker which was sold in 1978.

In the wake of a panic swap of its Washington broadcast properties to the (Detroit) Evening News Association for their Detroit stations in 1978, the Post decided to spin off their broadcasting interests into a company of its own. The Post-Newsweek name itself would later spread to the Post-owned cable operations (now known as CableOne and a company identical in structure to Post-Newsweek Stations).

Stations

Currently owned stations

Current DMA# Market Station ... Channel Number (DT) Current Affiliation Acquired Notes
10. Houstonmarker KPRC-TVmarker 2 (35) NBC /

This TV on DT2
1994 First television station in Houston.
11. Detroitmarker - Windsormarker WDIV-TVmarker 4 (45) NBC /

This TV on DT2
1978 Flagship station
17. Miamimarker - Fort Lauderdalemarker WPLGmarker 10 (9) /
W47AC 47
ABC 1969 Also seen on translator W47AC in The Florida Keysmarker.
19. Orlandomarker - Daytona Beachmarker - Melbournemarker WKMG-TVmarker 6 (26) CBS 1997 Was WCPX until 1998.
37. San Antoniomarker KSATmarker 12 (48) ABC 1994 Last commercial VHF station in San Antonio.
47. Jacksonvillemarker WJXTmarker 4 (42) Independent 1954 The oldest station in the market and second overall in Floridamarker.


Was CBS until 2002.


Formerly owned stations

Post-Newsweek also owned two other television stations in the past, ironically both were at one time or another company flagships.
Current DMA# Market Station ...
Channel Number
Years Owned Affiliation Current Owner Notes
9. Washingtonmarker WTOP-TVmarker 9 (now WUSA) 1949-1978 CBS Gannett Company Flagship from 1949-78, headquarters until 1986.

Was WDVM-TV under Detroit News ownership, took WUSA calls in 1986.
30. Hartfordmarker - New Havenmarker WFSBmarker 3 1974-1997 CBS Meredith Corporation Flagship from 1986-97, housed PNS headquarters until 2000


Post-Newsweek also formerly operated WTWP during its time as Washington Post Radio.

Call letter meanings

The call letters of several Post-Newsweek stations are symbolic of persons who have had associations with the group.
  • WPLG: Phillip L. Graham, former publisher of the Post who died in 1963.
  • WKMG: Katharine Meyer Graham, widow of Phillip Graham who would take his place heading the group.
  • WFSB: Frederick Scott Beebe, then-president of Post-Newsweek Stations.


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