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The Radio Effects Of Sinclair’s Purchase Of Tribune Media

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media will see News/Talk 720 WGN Chicago join the combined company with assets including over 200 television stations, WGN America, Tennis Channel, and three Seattle radio stations. While WGN was a major part of Tribune’s holdings, the same will not be the case under Sinclair ownership. That said, since acquiring AC “Star 101.5” KPLZ, Conservative Talk 570 KVI, and News 1000 KOMO (plus LMA of 97.7 KOMO-FM) as part of Sinclair’s 2013 purchase of Fisher Communications, Sinclair has not done much in the way to affect how the radio properties are operated outside of the usual post-closing layoffs. The Seattle radio properties have seen little in the way of corporate intervention. WGN, however, is not like...[Read More]

Sinclair Broadcasting Acquires Fisher Communications

Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to purchase Fisher Communications for $373 Million. The sale includes 20 television stations across eight northwestern markets including Seattle and Portland, as well as four Seattle radio stations. Sinclair will acquire News simulcast 1000 KOMO/97.7 KOMO-FM, Talk 570 KVI, and Hot AC “Star 101.5” KPLZ as part of the transaction. The deal will return Sinclair to radio ownership for the first time since 2000 when it completed the divestiture of its then 52 radio stations in a pair of sales that netted the company over a billion dollars. 46 stations serving nine markets were sold to Entercom in 1999 for $824.5 Million, while the St. Louis cluster was sold in February 2000 to Emmis for $220 Million. TVNewsCheck.com first reported the deal last ni...[Read More]

KVI Seattle Returns To Conservative Talk; KOMO Expands News

Its been a tumultuous two years at Fisher Communication’s 570 KVI Seattle. In November 2010 the station dropped its long running Conservative Talk format amidst declining ratings to flip to Oldies. After the music format failed to generate an audience on AM, the station went back to Talk with a lifestyle and consumer based lineup. On Tuesday, September 4, with ratings hovering around a 0.2, KVI will complete the cycle as it will return to Conservative Talk. The new KVI will be anchored by John Carlson’s return to the station to host mornings from 5-9am. Carlson had been hosting afternoons on KVI prior to the switch to Oldies; at which time he moved to sister News 1000/97.7 KOMO for a 9am-12pm show. The remainder of the lineup will be syndicated including Laura Ingraham from 9am...[Read More]