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Tribune Broadcasting is a group of radio and television stations located throughout the United Statesmarker which are owned and operated by the Tribune Company, a media conglomerate based in Chicago, Illinoismarker.


The roots of Tribune Broadcasting originated with the June 1924 purchase of radio station WDAP by the Chicago Tribune. The new owners changed the station's call letters to WGNmarker, to match the Tribune 's slogan, "World's Greatest Newspaper." WGN Radio would launch a television stationmarker in Chicago, in April 1948. Two months later, the Tribune 's then-sister newspaper in New York Citymarker, the Daily News, established its own television station, WPIXmarker.

Over the next six decades Tribune Broadcasting (originally known as WGN, Incorporated, and from 1966 to 1981 as WGN Continental Broadcasting Company) would acquire radio and television stations throughout the United States. WGN-TV and WPIX are the only stations Tribune has owned since their inceptions. Tribune also operated several local cable television systems from 1977 to 1985.

Tribune Broadcasting is now immersed in television, with 23 stations located in 19 markets (including four duopolies), and the cable/satellite version of WGN-TV, known as WGN America. In Chicago, Tribune also operates Chicagoland's Television , a cable-only news channel, and has a controlling interest in Food Network. WGN Radio is the company's sole remaining radio station, and serves as the flagship station for a regional distribution service known as the Tribune Radio Network. ([97457]) Its primary features are farm reports from longtime WGN agriculture broadcaster Orion Samuelson, and broadcasts of Chicago Cubs games.

From January 1995 to September 2006, Tribune Broadcasting was a partner in the WB Television Network, along with the Warner Bros. division of Time Warner. Tribune held an initial 12.5 percent ownership in the network at its launch and later increased its stake to 22 percent, and most of Tribune's television properties were WB affiliates. On January 24, 2006, Warner Bros. announced that the WB Network would merge with the CBS-owned United Paramount Network, forming a new programming service called the CW Television Network. All but three of Tribune's WB affiliates became affiliates of the CW on September 18, 2006, through ten-year agreements (the exceptions were in Philadelphiamarker, Seattlemarker, and Atlantamarker, due to CW affiliating with CBS-owned stations in those markets). Tribune does not have an ownership interest in the CW, and in 2008 its CW stations dropped network references in favor of stronger local references. Tribune has no plans to do so with its Fox and MyNetworkTV affiliates.

In April 2007, Tribune's broadcasting interests were included in the sale of the entire company to Chicago investor Sam Zell, who planned take the publicly-traded firm private. The deal was completed on December 20, 2007. ([97458])

On December 21, 2007, Tribune and Local TV announced plans to collaborate in the formation of an as yet unnamed "broadcast management company". This new arrangement also manages a group of stations acquired by Local TV from the Fox Broadcasting Company during the third quarter of 2008.

On December 8, 2008 Tribune announced that it is voluntarily restructuring its debt obligations under the protection of Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court. The company will continue to operate its media businesses during the restructuring, including publishing its newspapers and running its television stations and interactive properties without interruption, and has sufficient cash to do so.

On February 4, 2009 Tribune Broadcasting announced it is combining both WGN-TVmarker and Chicagoland Television into one news powerhouse.

Tribune Entertainment

Tribune Entertainment was Tribune Broadcasting's television production and syndication arm. Founded in the mid-1980s, this subsidiary folded in December 2007.

Tribune-owned stations

Television stations

Note: **indicates a station built and signed-on by Tribune.

DMA# City of license/Market Station Channel
Owned Since Affiliation
1. New York Citymarker WPIXmarker ** 11 / 11 1948 CW
2. Los Angelesmarker KTLAmarker 5 / 31 1985 CW This TV
3. Chicagomarker WGN-TVmarker ** 9 / 19 1948 CW
4. Philadelphiamarker WPHL-TVmarker 17 / 17 1992 MyNetworkTV This TV
5. Dallasmarker - Fort Worthmarker KDAFmarker 33 / 32 1997 CW
9. Washington, D.C.marker WDCWmarker 50 / 50 1999 CW This TV
10. Houstonmarker KIAHmarker 39 / 38 1995 CW
13. Tacomamarker - Seattlemarker KCPQmarker 13 / 13 1999 Fox
KMYQmarker 22 / 25 1998 MyNetworkTV
16. Denvermarker KWGN-TVmarker 2 / 34 1966 CW
17. Miamimarker - Fort Lauderdalemarker WSFL-TVmarker 39 / 19 1997 CW
20. Sacramentomarker - Stocktonmarker - Modestomarker KTXLmarker 40 / 40 1997 Fox
21. St. Louismarker KPLR-TVmarker 11 / 26 2003 CW
22. Salemmarker - Portland, ORmarker KRCW-TVmarker 32 / 33 2003 CW
25. Indianapolismarker WXINmarker 59 / 45 1997 Fox
Bloomington, Indianamarker WTTVmarker 4 / 48 2002 CW
Kokomo, Indianamarker WTTK (satellite of WTTV) 29 / 29 2002 CW
28. San Diegomarker KSWB-TVmarker 69 / 19 1996 Fox
30. Hartfordmarker - New Haven, CTmarker WTIC-TVmarker 61 / 31 1997 Fox
Waterbury, Connecticutmarker WTXXmarker 20 / 20 2001 CW
39. Yorkmarker - Harrisburgmarker -
Lancastermarker - Lebanon, PAmarker
WPMTmarker 43 / 47 1997 Fox
41. Grand Rapidsmarker - Battle Creekmarker -
Kalamazoo, MImarker
WXMImarker 17 / 19 1998 Fox
51. New Orleansmarker WGNOmarker 26 / 26 1983 ABC
WNOL-TVmarker 38 / 15 1999 CW

Radio station

AM Station

DMA# Market Station/
Owned Since Current Format
3. Chicagomarker WGNmarker-720 1924 Talk

Former Tribune-owned stations

Television stations

DMA# City of license/Market Station Channel
Years owned Current Status
7. Cambridgemarker - Boston, MAmarker WLVI-TVmarker 56 / 41 1994–2006 CW affiliate owned by Sunbeam Television
8. Atlantamarker WGNX 46 / 19 1984–1999 WGCL-TVmarker, a CBS affiliate owned by Meredith Corporation
WATLmarker 36 / 25 1999-2006 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Gannett Company
57. Schenectadymarker - Albanymarker - Troy, NYmarker WEWB/WCWNmarker 45 / 43 1999–2006 CW affiliate owned by Freedom Communications
139. Duluth, MNmarker - Superior, WImarker KDAL-TV 3 / 33 1960–1978 KDLHmarker, a CBS affiliate owned by Malara Broadcasting
(operated under LMA by Granite Broadcasting)

Radio stations

AM Stations FM Stations

DMA# Market Station/
Current Status
1. New York Citymarker WPIX-FM/WQCD-101.9 WRXP, owned by Emmis Communications
3. Chicagomarker WFMT-98.7 Owned by Window to the World Communicationsmarker
22. DenvermarkerBouldermarker KEZWmarker-1430 Owned by Entercom Communications
KKHK-99.5 KQMTmarker, owned by Entercom Communications
KOSI-101.1 Owned by Entercom Communications
27. Sacramentomarker KGNR-1320 KCTC, owned by Entercom Communications
KCTC-96.1 KYMX, owned by CBS Radio
133. Bridgeport, Connecticutmarker WICC-600 Owned by Cumulus Media
204. Duluth, MNmarker - Superior, WImarker KDAL-610 Owned by Midwest Communications


  1. Tribune Broadcasting Combines WGN, CLTV, Mediaweek, February 4, 2009
  2. KSWB-TV has switched affiliations from the CW to Fox on August 1, 2008

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