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Raycom Media is a broadcasting company based in Montgomery, Alabamamarker.

History

Although Raycom Media dates its birth to 1996, the core of the company was formed in 1992 when Atlantamarker native Bert Ellis formed Ellis Communications. He eventually controlled 13 television stations and two radio stations.

In 1994, Ellis bought Raycom Sports, a 15-year old sports marketing firm. Two years later, Ellis was sold to a media group funded by Retirement Systems of Alabama, who had bought Aflac's broadcast division a few months earlier. The two groups merged to form Raycom Media. In 1998, Raycom merged with Malrite Communications, owner of five stations in the South and Midwest.

In August 2005 it acquired The Liberty Corporation [168020]and in the process sold a dozen of its stations to Barrington Broadcasting.[168021] The merger closed at the start of 2006.

On November 12, 2007, Raycom announced its intention to acquire the television broadcasting properties of Lincoln National Corporation's Lincoln Financial Media -- three television stations (see table below), plus Lincoln Financial Sports -- for $583 million. [168022] As of January 1, 2008, Lincoln Financial Sports was officially merged into Raycom Sports.

Operations

Raycom currently owns and/or operates nearly 40 television stations, Raycom Sports in Charlotte, North Carolinamarker, Sacramento, Californiamarker and Mobile, Alabamamarker, Broadview Media, Raycom Post Production in Los Angeles, Californiamarker and CableVantage in Columbia, SCmarker.

Raycom Sports

Stations currently owned by Raycom Media

DMA Rank Market Station ... Channel Number (DT) Network Affiliation Notes
18. Cleveland, Ohiomarker WOIOmarker 19 (10) CBS Licensed to Shaker Heightsmarker, former Fox affiliate before switching to CBS. Acquired as part of the merger with Malrite Communications in 1998.
WUABmarker 43 (28)1 MyNetworkTV This TV Licensed to Lorainmarker. Once owned by production company United Artists and its signal merged with WKBF-TV in 1975. Channel 61 is now Univision O&O WQHS-TVmarker. Purchased outright in 2000 from Cannell Communications who had LMAed the station with Malrite (then Raycom) owned WOIO.
24. Charlottemarker WBTVmarker 3 (23) CBS Acquired from Lincoln Financial Media in 2008. One of two flagship stations, along with WSFA.
33. Cincinnatimarker WXIX-TVmarker 19 (29)1 Fox

This TV
Licensed to Newport, Kentuckymarker. Once owned by Metromedia. Acquired as part of the merger with Malrite Communications in 1998.
38. West Palm Beachmarker - Fort Piercemarker WFLXmarker 29 (28)1 Fox Acquired as part of the merger with Malrite Communications in 1998.
40. Birminghammarker - Tuscaloosamarker - Anniston, Alabamamarker WBRCmarker 6 (50) Fox Once a Fox O&O, and before that, an ABC affiliate. Acquired from Local TV in 2009.
49. Louisvillemarker WAVEmarker 3 (47)12 NBC

This TV
Acquired with Raycom's acquisition of Liberty Corporation in 2006.
50. Memphismarker WMC-TVmarker 5 (52)12 NBC

This TV
Founded by The E.W. Scripps Company,who currently owns The Commercial Appeal newspaper. Sold to Ellis in 1993.
58. Richmondmarker - Petersburgmarker WWBTmarker 12 (54) NBC Acquired from Lincoln Financial Media in 2008.
WUPVmarker 65 (47) The CW Licensed to Ashlandmarker. Owned by Southeastern Media Holdings, controlled by WWBT under a shared services agreement.
59. Knoxvillemarker WTNZmarker 43 (34)1 Fox
This TV
66. Tucsonmarker - Douglasmarker - Sierra Vistamarker KOLD-TVmarker 13 (32)1 CBS Founded by country singer-Actor Gene Autry (1907-1998).
71. Honolulumarker - Hilomarker - Wailukumarker -
Mauimarker - Lihuemarker - Kauaimarker
KFVEmarker 5 (23)1 MyNetworkTV Part of a duopoly with KHNL
KHNLmarker 13 (35)2 /
KHBC-TV 2 (22)2 /
KOGG 15 (16)2

NBC Acquired from Belo Corporation (King Broadcasting Company) in 1999 as part of a deal which also saw the acquisition of KASA-TVmarker in Alberquerque, NM to Raycom. KASA is now owned by LIN TV.
73. Toledomarker WTOLmarker 11 (17) CBS Acquired with Raycom's acquisition of Liberty Corporation in 2006. This is the third station Raycom has owned in Toledo, others being WUPW & WNWO (see below in "Formerly Owned" stations)
78. Cape Girardeaumarker - Paducahmarker -
Harrisburgmarker
KFVS-TVmarker 12 (12)1 CBS /
The CW
(Digital Only)

WQTV-LPmarker 24 /
WQWQ-LP 9
The CW Also carried on KFVS-DT2 12.2/12.2.
79. Columbiamarker WISmarker 10 (41)2 NBC Acquired with Raycom's acquisition of Liberty Corporation in 2006.
81. Huntsvillemarker - Decaturmarker WAFFmarker 48 (49)12 NBC
This TV
82. Shreveportmarker - Texarkanamarker KSLA-TVmarker 12 (17)1 CBS
This TV
Once owned by Viacom before it merged with CBS.
90. Jacksonmarker WLBTmarker 3 (9)12 NBC Acquired with Raycom's acquisition of Liberty Corporation in 2006.
95. Baton Rougemarker WAFBmarker 9 (46)1 CBS
WBXH-CAmarker 39 MyNetworkTV
96. Savannahmarker WTOC-TVmarker 11 (15)1 CBS
97. Charlestonmarker WCSC-TVmarker 5 (47) CBS Acquired from Lincoln Financial Media in 2008.
102. Evansvillemarker WFIEmarker
This TV14 (46)
12
NBC Acquired with Raycom's acquisition of Liberty Corporation in 2006.
104. Myrtle Beachmarker - Florencemarker WMBF-TVmarker 32 2 NBC Signed on August 7, 2008. The only station thus far built and signed-on by Raycom, which had acquired the construction permit with its acquisition of Liberty Corporation in 2006.
109. Tylermarker - Longviewmarker -
Jacksonvillemarker - Lufkinmarker -
Nacogdochesmarker

KLTVmarker 7 (10)1 ABC Acquired with Raycom's acquisition of Liberty Corporation in 2006.
KTREmarker 9 (21)
114. Augustamarker WFXGmarker 54 (51)1 Fox Owned by Southeastern Media Holdings, operated by Raycom through a shared services agreement.
118. Montgomerymarker - Selmamarker WSFAmarker 12 (14)12 NBC Acquired with Raycom's acquisition of Liberty Corporation in 2006. One of two flagship stations, along with WBTV.
128. Columbusmarker WTVMmarker 9 (47) ABC
WXTXmarker 54 (49)1 Fox

This TV
Owned by Southeastern Media Holdings, operated by WTVM through a shared services agreement.
132. Wilmingtonmarker WECTmarker 6 (44)2 NBC
WSFX-TVmarker 26 (30)1 Fox Owned by Southeastern Media Holdings, operated by WECT through a shared services agreement. Was once a CBS affiliate.
143. Lubbockmarker KCBDmarker 11 (9)12 NBC

This TV
Acquired with Raycom's acquisition of Liberty Corporation in 2006.
145. Albanymarker WALBmarker 10 (17)2 NBC
This TV
Acquired with Raycom's acquisition of Liberty Corporation in 2006.
151. Panama Citymarker WPGXmarker 28 (9)1 Fox Acquired as part of the merger with Waitt Media in 2003.
163. Biloximarker - Gulfportmarker - Pascagoulamarker WLOXmarker 13 (28)1 ABC Acquired with Raycom's acquisition of Liberty Corporation in 2006.
167. Laurelmarker - Hattiesburgmarker WDAM-TVmarker 7 (28)12 NBC
172. Dothanmarker - Ozarkmarker WDFX-TVmarker 34 (33)1 Fox Acquired as part of the merger with Waitt Media in 2003.
175. Lake Charlesmarker KPLCmarker 7 (8)12 NBC Acquired with Raycom's acquisition of Liberty Corporation in 2006. Also serves the Lafayette, Louisianamarker market (#123).
181. Jonesboromarker KAITmarker 8 (9)1 ABC Acquired with Raycom's acquisition of Liberty Corporation in 2006.


Stations formerly owned by Raycom Media

DMA Rank Market Station Years Owned Currently
44. Albuquerquemarker - Santa Femarker KASA-TVmarker 21 1999-2007 Fox network affiliate owned by LIN Television
58. Richmondmarker - Petersburgmarker WTVR-TVmarker 6 (25)1 1997-2009 CBS network affiliate owned by Local TV

(Spun off with the acquisition of the Lincoln Financial Media television stations.)
73. Toledomarker - Findlaymarker WUPWmarker 36 1996-1998 Fox network affiliate owned by LIN Television
(Spun off with the purchase of WNWO's owner, Malrite Communications.)
WNWO-TVmarker 2412 1998-2006 NBC network affiliate owned by Barrington Broadcasting
(Spun off with the purchase of WTOL's owner, The Liberty Corporation.)
79. Columbiamarker WACHmarker 571 1996-2006 Fox network affiliate owned by Barrington Broadcasting
(Spun off with the purchase of WISmarker.)
83. Syracusemarker WSTM-TVmarker 312 1997-2006 NBC network affiliate owned by Barrington Broadcasting
WSTQ-LPmarker 14 2003-2006 The CW network affiliate owned by Barrington Broadcasting
87. Harlingenmarker - Weslacomarker -
Brownsvillemarker - McAllenmarker - Pharrmarker -
Reynosamarker - Matamorosmarker

KGBT-TVmarker 4 2006 CBS network affiliate owned by Barrington Broadcasting
88. Cedar Rapidsmarker - Waterloomarker -
Iowa Citymarker - Dubuquemarker
KWWLmarker 712 1997-2006 NBC network affiliate owned by Quincy Newspapers
90. Jacksonmarker WJTVmarker 12 1996-1997 CBS network affiliate owned by Media General
92. Colorado Springsmarker - Pueblomarker KXRM-TVmarker 211 2000-2006 Fox network affiliate owned by Barrington Broadcasting
KXTU-LP 57 1999-2006 The CW network affiliate owned by Barrington Broadcasting
96. Savannahmarker WSAV-TVmarker 3 1996-1997 NBC network affiliate owned by Media General
103. Washingtonmarker - Greenvillemarker - New Bern, North Carolinamarker WITN-TVmarker 7 1997 NBC network affiliate owned by Gray Television
113. Sioux Fallsmarker - Mitchellmarker -
Aberdeenmarker - Pierremarker
KSFY-TVmarker 13 /
KABY-TV 9 /
KPRY-TV 4

1997-2004 ABC network affiliates owned by Hoak Media Corporation
117. Traverse Citymarker - Cheboyganmarker -
Cadillacmarker - Sault Ste.marker

Mariemarker
WPBN-TVmarker 712 /
WTOM-TV 412
1997-2006 NBC network affiliates owned by Barrington Broadcasting
132. Wilmingtonmarker WWAYmarker 3 2006 ABC network affiliate owned by Morris Multimedia
145. Albanymarker WFXLmarker 311 2004-2006 Fox network affiliate owned by Barrington Broadcasting
(Spun off with the purchase of WALBmarker.)
167. Hattiesburgmarker - Laurelmarker WHLTmarker 22
(semi-satellite of WJTV)
1996-1997 CBS network affiliate owned by Media General
(Spun off with the purchase of WDAM-TVmarker's owner, Federal Broadcasting.)
180. Marquettemarker - Escanabamarker WLUC-TVmarker 612 1997-2006 NBC network affiliate owned by Barrington Broadcasting
200. Ottumwamarker - Kirksvillemarker KTVOmarker 31 1997-2006 ABC network affiliate owned by Barrington Broadcasting
KYOU-TVmarker3 N/A Fox network affiliate owned by Ottumwa Media Holdings,
LLC and operated by Barrington Broadcasting
NR Caguasmarker - San Juanmarker - Poncemarker WLIImarker 114 /
WSUR-TV 94
1996-2005 Univision owned and operated


Raycom also owned two radio stations in Memphis, WMC-AM-FM, from 1996 to 2002.

Footnotes

Note: Footnotes apply to both categories.

  • 1All of these stations carried the now defunct The Tube Music Network on digital subchannels.
  • 2All NBC network affiliates also carry NBC Weather Plus on digital subchannels.
  • 3The company had never owned the station but they did operate it under a Local Marketing Agreement.
  • 4The company continuously owned the two stations after Univision began operating them under a Local Marketing Agreement in 2002. Univision later bought the stations outright. Also, WORA-TVmarker in Mayag├╝ezmarker which repeats 95% of WLII/WSUR's programming but operates under a separate owner. WLII & WSUR also operate locally-owned WSTE under an LMA.


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