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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]