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Gray Television
Gray Television, Inc.
Formerly
Gray Communications Systems, Inc.
Public
Traded as
IndustryBroadcast television
Founded1946; 74 years ago (1946)
FounderJames Gray
Headquarters,
Area served
Key people
  • Hilton H Howell, Jr.
  • (Executive chaiman, CEO)
  • Pat LaPlatney
  • (President, Co-CEO)
Products148 terrestrial TV stations
RevenueIncrease$1.084 billion USD (2018)
Increase$388.7 million USD (2018)
Increase$210.8 million USD (2018)
IncreaseUS$4.21 billion USD (2018)
IncreaseUS$1.187 billion USD (2018)
Number of employees
7,371 (2019)
Websitegray.tv
Footnotes / references
[1][2]

Gray Television, Inc. is an American publicly traded television broadcasting company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1946 by James Harrison Gray as Gray Communications Systems, the company owns or operates 145 stations across the United States, based primarily in markets as large as Cleveland and as small as North Platte, Nebraska.

History

James H. Gray started his communication business with the purchase of The Albany Herald in 1946 after he returned from World War II. Gray launched WALB-TV in 1954. In 1960, Gray purchased WJHG-TV in Panama City, FL, and followed it later in the decade with KTVE serving Monroe, LA and southern Arkansas.[3][4]

In 1986 Gray died, leaving his 50.5% share of the stock in a trust for his children with stipulation that they run the business together, sell their stock with each other or sell out together.[4] This caused difficulties as two of the three wanted to sell with the third unable to purchase. In 1991, to break the stalemate, the board of directors had the company purchase 25% of their shares.[3][4]

Gray Communication Systems

The company was then taken public on NASDAQ's small-cap market in the 2nd quarter 1992. The price per share dropped to $8. The company put itself-or any part up-for sale by the end of 1992. While the board of directors received about 40 offers, Bull Run Corporation purchased the remaining shares of the Gray siblings, who as part of the deal resigned from the board.[3][4]

New management was put in place at all three TV stations. Bull Run Corporation, primarily owned by J. Mack Robinson, decided to make Gray a Southeast regional media company, expanding its focus beyond the state of Georgia.[4] Gray purchased two TV stations (WKYT-TV and WYMT) from the failed and government seized Kentucky Central Life Insurance Co. in September 1994 after a court challenge to the sale by Kentucky Central builder Garvie Kincaid.[3]

In 1994 and 1995, Gray purchased two newspapers, the Rockdale Citizen (acquired May 31, 1994) and Gwinnett Post-Tribune (acquired January 1995; quickly renamed Gwinnett Daily Post) and seven advertising weeklies. In 1995, the company moved its stock listing to the New York Stock Exchange. By this time, Robinson, directly or through Bull Run, owned 44% of the company's stock. Gray had started to focus on its TV station segment over the newspaper holding while TV produced more income and the newspapers' income were declining. Just months after doubling the Daily Posts staff, one third were laid off and a quarter of The Albany Heralds staff followed in January 1996. Newspaper leaders resigned during this period–from the corporate president in late 1995 to the Citizens editor and publisher.[3]

Fiscal
Year
Revenue
millions
Net Income
(Loss) millions[3]
1994 $36.5 $2.8
1995 58.6 .9
1996 79.3 2.5
1997 103.5 (1.4)[5]
1998 128.8 41.6[5]
1999 143.9 (6.3)[5]
2000 120.6 (6.2)[6]
2001 106.4 (13.3)[6]
2002 146.7 (27.8)[6]
2003 243.0 14.0[7]
2004 293.2 44.2[7]
2005 261.5 3.3[7]
2006 332.1 11.7[8]
2007 307.2 (23.1)[8]
2008 327.1 (202.0)[8]
2009 270.3 (23.0)[8]
2010 346.0 23.1[8]
2011 307.1 9.0[9]
2012 404.8 28.1[9]
2013 346.2 18.2[9]
2014 508.1 48.0[9]
2015 597.3 39.3[9]
2016 812.4 62.2[10]
2017 882.7 261.9[10]
2018 1,084.1 210.8[11]

In 1996, Gray added additional TV stations while entering additional communication industry segments. The company was considered in 1996 by Fortune magazine as the 81st fastest growing company, having a 48% percent growth rate. WRDW-TV was purchased in January 1996. In September 1996 a basket purchase from First American Media, Inc., Gray got two TV stations (WCTV and WVLT-TV), Satellite and Production Business Services, which was renamed Lynqx Communications and PortaPhone paging business.[3]

In August and September 1996, Gray raised additional operating funds by various means. On August 20, KTVE was sold for cash and accounts receivable. The company issued and sold Class B common stock (through a public offering), senior subordinated notes and preferred stock in September. Also, a new bank credit facility was arranged. This brought the company total to $534.5 million in available funds with $409.5 million directly available.[3]

Also in September 1996, Ralph Gabbard, the newly named president and CEO, died from a heart attack at age 50. Robinson, Bull Run's chair, took over as interim CEO and president with Bull Run CEO Robert Prather as interim executive vice-president, acquisitions.[3]

With its additional funds, Gray continued purchasing in 1997 with two announcements in January and February. The company bought Gulflink Communications, Inc., a transportable satellite uplink business based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in April 1997 to go along with Lynqx. With Raycom Media acquiring a station from AFLAC Broadcast Group, Inc., forcing them to sell WITN-TV to Gray, which was finalized on August 1, 1997. The Gwinnett Daily Post increased circulation in 1997 through a deal with Genesis Cable Communications to provide the paper to its metro Atlanta subscribers at Genesis's expense.[3]

In 1998, Gray started to expand beyond its Southeast region. As the company agreed to purchase the Busse Broadcasting Corporation, which owned KOLN, KGIN-TV and WEAU. Gray's ownership of a newspaper and TV station in Albany, Georgia while grandfathered was examined under the Media cross-ownership rule of the FCC due to this potential purchase.[3] WALB was thus sold to Liberty Corp.'s Cosmos Broadcasting in August 1998.[4][12]

In 2002, Robinson became Chairman and CEO, his son-in-law Hilton Howell vice chairman, Prather president/COO and Jim Ryan senior vice president. They had Gray purchase 14 Benedek Broadcasting stations while that company was in bankruptcy.[13]

Gray Television

In 2006, the company spun off its five daily newspapers and wireless messaging business into the newly formed Triple Crown Media,[4][14] later (in 2010) is renamed Southern Community Newspapers.[15] A new strategy of purchasing stations in college towns or capitals was put into place.[13]

The company had overpaid for a pair of stations and was over leveraged like many other station groups entering the Great Recession. Advertising revenues dropped. The twin problems caused its shares to trade at its lowest at 16 cents in 2008, thus the NYSE indicated they might delist the company. Loan covenants could have forced the company into default.[13] Robinson stepped down with Howell replacing him in 2008.[13]

On July 30, 2009, Gray was awarded a contract to manage seven Young Broadcasting-owned stations. Through December 31, 2012, Gray would earn $2.2 million and an opportunity to earn additional specified incentive fees if certain performance targets were exceeded.[16][17][18]

Prather left the company in 2013 and Howell took over the president title.[13] On November 4, 2013, Gray Television announced that it would purchase Yellowstone Holdings for $23 million, adding local stations: KGNS-TV, KGWN, KCWY, and KCHY-LP.[19] Three weeks later, on November 20, Gray announced it would purchase Hoak Media and Parker Broadcasting for $335 million, and North Dakota's Fox affiliate KNDX/KXND for $7.5 million. As part of the deal, stations KAQY, KHAS-TV, and KXJB, were proposed to be sold to Excalibur Broadcasting and operated by Gray under a "local marketing agreements".[20] On December 19, it was announced that stations KREX-TV and WMBB would be sold to Nexstar Broadcasting Group, while KFQX would be sold to Mission Broadcasting.[21] On March 25, 2014, Prime Cities Broadcasting, owner of KNDX/KXND, requested that the FCC dismiss the sale of KNDX/KXND to Excalibur.[22]

The sale was completed on June 13, 2014. However, some stations were forced to go off the air and their programming was moved to a multicast stream on adjacent channels, due to some stations unable to receive regulatory approval, after the FCC's ruling on joint sales agreements. Those silent stations would then be sold off to minority interest, pending FCC approval.[23][24]

On July 24, 2014, SJL Broadcasting announced that it would sell WJRT-TV and WTVG to Gray, for $128 million.[25][26] The sale was completed on September 15.[27]

In July 2015, Gray closed its accounting and human resources offices in Albany (housed in the same building as The Albany Herald), combining them with the corporate offices in Atlanta.[4]

In September 2015, Gray announced that it would acquire the television and radio stations of Schurz Communications for $442.5 million.[28][29] It also purchased KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from the locally owned Gazette Company, who owned the station from its sign-on in 1953.[30][31]

In January 2016, Gray Television opened a national news bureau in Washington, D.C., led by former APTV journalist Jacqueline Policastro. The bureau was designed to provide enhanced coverage of national political issues for Gray's local stations.[32][33]

On May 13, 2016, Gray announced that it would acquire WDTV and WVFX in Clarksburg, West Virginia from Withers Broadcasting for $26.5 million.[34] On June 3, 2016, it was announced that Gray would acquire two stations that were spun-off from the Nexstar-Media General merger; KWQC-TV in Davenport, Iowa and WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin for $270 million.[35][36] On February 16, 2017, Gray announced that it will acquire WABI-TV in Bangor, Maine and WCJB-TV in Gainesville, Florida from Diversified Communications for $85 million.[37] On May 4, 2017, Gray announced its intent to acquire WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vermont from Mount Mansfield Television for $29 million.[38][39]

In April 2017, Gray Television filed a lawsuit against Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, founders of the Found Footage Festival, for fraud and copyright infringement, after having booked an appearance on the morning show of a Gray station as a fake strongman act, "Chop and Steele", and utilizing the footage during their show. The parties later agreed to a settlement.[40][41]

On May 21, 2018, Gray Television entered into an agreement to acquire KNHL from Legacy Broadcasting for $475,000. Gray intended to turn KNHL into a satellite of its NBC affiliate KSNB-TV.[42]

On June 25, 2018, Gray Television announced its intent to acquire Raycom Media for $3.65 billion, pending regulatory approval. The combined company would be led by Raycom's current president and CEO Pat LaPlatney, with current Gray CEO Hilton Howell acting as executive chairman and co-CEO. The acquisition, which Gray expected to close in late 2018, would give Gray 142 stations in 92 markets, making Gray the third-largest owner of television stations in the United States, with a total market share of 24%.[43][44][45]

Although Gray foresaw that the acquisition would receive regulatory approval quickly, due to limited market overlap between the two companies and its still-relatively low total market reach post-acquisition. Gray would divest nine stations in markets where Gray and Raycom both already owned stations, including WTNZ, WTOL, KXXV, WTXL, WFXG, KWES-TV, WPGX, WSWG, and WDFX-TV.[45] The sale was approved by the FCC on December 20, 2018.[46][47][48] The deal was completed on January 2, 2019.[49][50]

Gray had announced on April 24, 2019 a joint venture unnamed country music service with Grand Old Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, a former owner of The Nashville Network. The services would consist of a broadcast diginet and an OTT streaming platform. The joint venture would be based in Nashville under General Manager Drew Riefenberger. Gray would contribute distribution and marketing capabilities, multicast knowledge and affiliate all Gray TV stations.[51] The Circle TV network made its launch on January 1, 2020.[52]

Stations

Stations arranged alphabetically by state and by city of license.

Notes:

  • (**) - Indicates that it was built and signed-on by Gray.
  • (?) - Indicates a station that was acquired by Gray as a result of the liquidation of Kentucky Central Insurance Company in 1993.
  • (++) - Indicates a station that was owned by Benedek Broadcasting prior to that company's 2002 liquidation; KAUZ, KGWN/KSTF, and KOSA were not included in the initial acquisition.
  • (¤¤) - Indicates a station that was owned by Hoak Media prior to its acquisition by Gray in 2014. KHAS (now KNHL) was acquired by Gray in 2018.
  • (##) - Indicates a station acquired by Gray from SJL Broadcasting in 2014.
  • (§§) - Indicates a station owned by Schurz Communications prior to its acquisition by Gray in 2016.
  • () - Indicates a station owned by Diversified Communications prior to its acquisition by Gray in 2017.
  • () - Indicates a station owned by Raycom Media prior to its merger with Gray in 2019.
  • (~~) - Indicates a station owned by United Communications prior to its acquisition by Gray in 2019.

Current owned television stations

Other notes:

Current owned radio stations

FM Station

Former owned television stations

Notes:

  • 1 Owned by Parker Broadcasting, Gray operated KAQY & KXJB under a shared services agreement, with sister stations KNOE & KVLY, respectively.
  • 2 Owned by Excalibur Broadcasting, Gray operated KJCT under a Local marketing agreement, with sister station, KKCO.
  • 3 Owned by Schurz Communications, Gray operated KSPR/KGHZ under a shared services agreement from 2016 until the station's license cancellation in 2017.
  • 4 TV-3 Winchester was Winchester, Virginia's cable-only ABC affiliate. The station was a joint operation of WHSV-TV of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Shenandoah University, and appeared on cable systems located only in the northern Shenandoah Valley counties. The channel was also simulcasted on WHSV-DT3.

Other assets

Circle

Circle
Type
Country
Availability
FoundedApril 24, 2019 (2019-04-24)
SloganCountry Plays Here.
HeadquartersNashville, Tennessee
Broadcast area
United States
Owner
Key people
  • Scott Bailey
  • (President, Opry Entertainment)[53]
  • Drew Reifenberger (general manager)[54]
Launch date
January 1, 2020 (2020-01-01)
Picture format
480i (SDTV; widescreen)
(widescreen availability varies depending on the market)
AffiliatesList of affiliates
Official website
circleallaccess.com
LanguageEnglish

Circle is an American digital multicast television network that is owned by Circle Media, a joint venture of Gray Television and Ryman Hospitality Properties subsidiary Opry Entertainment Group. The network's programming consists of country music and lifestyle programs--much of it made up of original productions--as well as other programming (including classic television series from the 1960s to the 1990s, and music-focused documentary films) with a country music or rural living focus.

The network--which broadcasts in 480i standard definition--is available primarily through the digital subchannels of broadcast television stations, as well as on select cable television and IPTV providers through a local affiliate of the network. Circle's programming, advertising and administrative operations are headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.[1]

Background

Circle is Ryman Hospitality Properties' third entry into television network ownership. From its founding in 1983 until 1997, the company--known then as the Gaylord Entertainment Company--was owner of The Nashville Network (TNN; later converted into Spike in 2003 and then as Paramount Network in 2018); Gaylord later bought a second country music-oriented cable network, Country Music Television (CMT), in 1991. Gaylord Entertainment sold both networks were sold by Gaylord to the CBS Cable unit of CBS Corporation in 1997.

Towards the end of the 2010s, Ryman Hospitality was looking to venture back into television. While the company retained ownership of Nashville's pioneering country radio station WSM (650 AM), Ryman had lacked a television partner to broadcast the Grand Ole Opry's music revues since Great American Country removed Opry Live from its schedule in 2012. By 2018, Ryman had settled on developing a broadcast television network, feeling country music fans were underserved in the television marketplace. Ryman tested nine potential programs via a sizzle reel with strongly positive responses from participants involved in the focus group sessions.[53]

On April 24, 2019, Ryman (through its Opry Entertainment Group subsidiary) announced a joint venture with Atlanta, Georgia-based broadcasting company Gray Television to launch a subchannel-originated television network--with most of Gray's stations slated to serve as charter affiliates--in early 2020, and a companion premium streaming service to launch in the Spring of that same year. Plans for the then-unnamed network called for it to feature content from the Grand Ole Opry archives and performances from the Opry and its other music venues.[53] On October 17, 2019, the joint venture partners announced the network would be named Circle, derived from the 360° media platform that the network would encompass to "bring viewers into country music's inner circle" as well as a nod to the wooden circle of the Grand Ole Opry stage.[55][54][56] On December 11, 2019, in a press release announcing the network's slate of original programming, Circle Media disclosed that Circle would launch on January 1, 2020.[57][58] Circle launched at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on January 1, 2020, with a television simulcast of the WSM Radio morning program Coffee, Country & Cody (hosted by Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame inductee, television personality and Grand Ole Opry announcer Bill Cody) as its inaugural broadcast.

Programming

Circle features programming geared toward both fans of the country music genre and rural audiences, a similar demographic targeted by competing country music-oriented multicast network Heartland (which, incidentally from 2013 until 2015, used The Nashville Network moniker once used by Ryman's original cable network venture). Circle's programming primarily features a mix of original and acquired series with a country music or Southern lifestyle-centric format.

As the network was under development, Circle Media developed several original productions for the network's inaugural programming slate--aiming to make it is one of a handful of digital multicast services that carry original programming, and one of the few (alongside the Live Well Network, which reduced its national distribution outside of sister networks ABC's owned-and-operated stations in January 2015) to have offered a large original content slate. On December 11, 2019, Circle Media announced that it had greenlit 16 original programs slated to debut on the network in Circle's first five months of operation, including a simulcast of WSM Radio's Coffee, Country & Cody (which had previously aired on competing country music-oriented multicast network Heartland, which incidentally was originally named The Nashville Network),[57][59][60] the music and interview series The Dailey & Vincent Show (which encompassed production of new episodes as well as archived episodes from the show's prior four-year run on RFD-TV)[61] and several docu-series (including Craig's World, a reality program centering on country artist Craig Morgan; Fandom, focusing on the artist-fan relationship in country music; Upstream, a fishing/interview program hosted by Elizabeth Cook; and several Grand Ole Opry-focused series such as Opry Debut).[62]

Circle also maintains limited program licensing agreements with Warner Bros. Television Distribution and CBS Television Distribution as well as various independent distributors to supply acquired series and documentary programming for the network's schedule. Among the initial acquired offerings were the rights to all surviving episodes of Hee Haw, marking the first time that full episodes of the popular music and comedy sketch show would be shown on television since TNN stopped airing reruns in May 1998.[63] Although it debuted when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) put into effect changes to the Children's Television Act that eliminated requirements for digital subchannel services to offer compliant content,[64] Circle provides one hour of educational programming aimed at older children and teenagers on Sunday mornings, consisting of shows originally distributed for syndication by Steve Rotfeld Productions and Bellum Entertainment Group.

Current programming

Original programming
Music/interview programming
  • Backstage at the Opry (January 1, 2020-present) - Docu-series following artists preparing for performances at the Grand Ole Opry.[65]
  • Coffee, Country & Cody (January 1, 2020-present) - Three-hour television simulcast of the WSM Radio morning program; hosted by Bill Cody with co-host Charlie Mattos and entertainment correspondent Jo Smith.[60]
  • The Dailey & Vincent Show (January 1, 2020-present) - Music series hosted by the bluegrass/country/gospel duo of Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent featuring solo and collaborative performances with popular country music artists.[65]
  • My Opry Debut (January 1, 2020-present) - Docu-series chronicling up-and-coming country artists making their debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry.[63]
  • Opry Anniversary (January 1, 2020-present) - Docu-series chronicling country artists looking back at their debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Opry Docs (January 1, 2020-present) - Docu-series hosted by contemporary artists chronicling the life and careers of legendary country musicians.[63]
  • Phil Vassar's Songs from the Cellar (January 2, 2020-present) - Music and interview series hosted by Phil Vassar, featuring interviews with artists, songwriters, entertainers, athletes and wine enthusiasts at his personal wine cellar.[65]
  • The Write Stuff (January 7, 2020-present) - Docu-series chronicling the composition steps of country music's greatest songs.[63]
Lifestyle/entertainment programming
  • Authentic America (January 2, 2020-present) - Hosted by veteran television host Nan Kelley and country artist Charlie Kelley, in which the married couple spotlight lesser-known attractions and eateries, and interesting people around the U.S.[63]
  • Bellamy Brothers' Honky Tonk Ranch (January 1, 2020-present) - Reality series chronicling country duo David and Howard Bellamy's music career, and home and ranch life.
  • Better Half (January 2, 2020-present) - Reality docu-series chronicling the lives of the spouses of country and NASCAR stars.[63]
  • Southern Weekend (January 2, 2020-present) - Travel series highlighting attractions of note across the Southern U.S.; hosted by Natalie Stovall.[65]
  • Stand Up Nashville! (January 3, 2020-present) - Stand-up comedy showcase recorded at Zanies Comedy Club in downtown Nashville.[63]
Acquired programming
Music/lifestyle programming
  • Bluegrass Ridge (January 4, 2020-present)
  • Chasing Down Madison Brown (January 4, 2020-present)
  • CMA Songwriters (January 2, 2020-present)
  • Country Classics (January 4, 2020-present)
  • Country Fix (January 4, 2020-present)
  • Live at Billy Bob's Texas (January 4, 2020-present)
  • Nashville Insider (January 1, 2020-present)
  • Outdoor America (January 5, 2020-present)
  • Soundstage (January 1, 2020-present)
Scripted/comedy programming
Children's/educational programming

Upcoming programming

Original programming
Music/interview programming
  • Bluebird Café Sessions (premieres February 2020) - Music series featuring performances from popular and up-and-coming country artists, recorded at the iconic Bluebird Café in Nashville.[65]
  • Fandom (premieres February 2020) - Docu-series exploring the relationship between country artists and their fans from each's perspective.[65]
  • Opry Live (premieres February 2020) - Music showcase of performances from legendary, modern chart-topping and up-and-coming artists at the Grand Ole Opry each week.[1][65]
Lifestyle/entertainment programming
  • Craig's World (premieres February 2020) - Docu-series featuring Craig Morgan dealing with the music world, his businesses and his family.[65]
  • Family Traditions (premieres February 2020) - Docu-series profiling the descendants of legendary country music artists.[63]
  • Upstream (premieres May 2020) - A fishing program featuring host Elizabeth Cook conducting conversations with country artists at various fishing locations.[63]

Affiliates

As of January 2020, Circle has current or pending affiliation agreements with 81 television stations in 80 media markets encompassing 37 states, covering 49.42% (or a total population of 154,430,505 residents) of all households in the United States that own at least one television set.[66]

Before its launch, Circle Media actively sought affiliation agreements with various television station owners to make the Circle network widely available throughout the United States. The network launched with clearance rate of, at minimum, 50% of overall American television households, in part due to affiliation agreements with stations owned by network co-parent Gray Television (initially encompassing 56 of the group's stations, with no clearance in approximately 15 other small-sized markets with a Gray-owned station)[54] and CBS Television Stations, which provided Circle broad clearance in the 25 largest U.S. markets (including New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Miami-Fort Lauderdale and Dallas-Fort Worth) through the group's CW, MyNetworkTV and independent stations.[65] In at least ten of the Gray markets tapped to receive the network (including Birmingham, Green Bay, Charleston and Memphis), Circle displaced either Ion Television (which the group had begun carrying in several of its markets as a subchannel service in 2019 as part of Ion's ongoing distributive expansion beyond its owned-and-operated stations) or another subchannel service (mainly Katz Broadcasting-owned Grit), resulting in them being moved to newly created subchannels on their existing Gray-owned affiliates to make room for Circle.

Ironically as of the network's launch, Circle is not available over-the-air in the network's headquarters of Nashville, despite its status as the hub of the country music industry; Gray Television does not own any television stations in the Nashville television market (one of three Tennessee markets without a Gray station, along with the adjacent Jackson market and the Tri-Cities) and did not secure a local affiliate prior the network's debut.

List of affiliates

Note: Affiliate list current as of January 2020:

City of license/market Station[66] Virtual
channel
Physical
channel
Primary affiliation
(on main feed)
Owner Launch date Notes +
Alabama
Birmingham/Tuscaloosa/
Anniston
WBRC 6.3 29 Fox Gray Television January 1, 2020[67] Displaced Grit
(network moved to 6.5)
Huntsville/Decatur/
Florence
WAFF 48.3 48 -> 15 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020[68] Displaced Grit
(network moved to 48.5)
Montgomery/Selma WSFA 12.3 12 -> 8 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020
Alaska
Anchorage KTUU-TV 2.3 10 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020
Arizona
Tucson KOLD-TV 13.3 32 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020[69]
California
Los Angeles KCAL-TV 9.3 9 Independent CBS Television Stations January 1, 2020
Sacramento/Stockton/
Modesto
KMAX-TV 31.5 21 -> 24 CW CBS Television Stations January 1, 2020
San Francisco/Oakland/
San Jose
KBCW 44.5 45 -> 28 CW CBS Television Stations January 1, 2020
Colorado
Colorado Springs KKTV 11.3 26 CBS Gray Television January 6, 2020[70]
Delaware
Dover
(Salisbury, Maryland)
WMDE 36.4 5 WRNN License Company January 1, 2020
Florida
Gainesville/Ocala WCJB-TV 20.4 16 ABC Gray Television January 1, 2020
Miami/Fort Lauderdale WBFS-TV 33.5 32 MyNetworkTV CBS Television Stations January 1, 2020
Panama City WECP-LD 18.3 35 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020[71] Displaced Heroes & Icons
(network moved to 18.4)
Sarasota WWSB 40.2 24 ABC Gray Television January 1, 2020
St. Petersburg/Tampa WTOG 44.5 44 -> 19 CW CBS Television Stations January 1, 2020
West Palm Beach WFLX 29.3 35 Fox Gray Television
(operated by the E. W. Scripps Company under an SSA)
January 1, 2020
Georgia
Albany WALB 10.5 10 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020
WGCW-LD 36.2 36 CW Gray Television January 1, 2020
Augusta WRDW-TV 12.4 12 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020[72]
Columbus WTVM 9.3 11 ABC Gray Television January 1, 2020
Savannah WTOC-TV 11.3 11 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020
Thomasville
(Tallahassee, Florida)
WCTV 6.3 46 -> 20 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020
Hawaii
Honolulu KGMB 5.2 23 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020
Idaho
Caldwell/Boise KNIN-TV 9.4 10 Fox Gray Television January 1, 2020
Indiana
Evansville WFIE 14.3 26 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020[73] Displaced Grit
(network moved to 14.4)
South Bend WNDU-TV 16.3 27 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020[74]
Iowa
Cedar Rapids KCRG-TV 9.6 9 ABC Gray Television January 1, 2020
Ottumwa/Kirksville, MO KYOU-TV 15.3 15 Fox American Spirit Media
(operated by Gray Television under an SSA)
January 1, 2020
Kansas
Topeka WIBW-TV 13.3 13 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020
Hutchinson/Wichita KWCH-DT 12.4 19 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020
Kentucky
Hazard WYMT-TV 57.3 12 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020[75]
Lexington WKYT-TV 27.3 21 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020
Louisville WAVE 3.3 36 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020
Newport
(Cincinnati, Ohio)
WXIX-TV 19.3 15 Fox Gray Television January 1, 2020[76] Displaced Grit
(Grit moved to 19.4, forcing the displacement of Ion Television to 19.5)
Louisiana
Baton Rouge WAFB 9.3 9 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020
New Orleans WVUE-DT 8.3 29 Fox Gray Television January 1, 2020
Shreveport KSLA 12.2 17 -> 23 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020
Maine
Bangor WABI-TV 5.4 13 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020[77]
Massachusetts
Boston WSBK-TV 38.5 21 MyNetworkTV CBS Television Stations January 1, 2020
Michigan
Detroit WKBD-TV 50.5 34 CW CBS Television Stations January 1, 2020
Flint/Saginaw/
Bay City
WJRT-TV 12.3 12 ABC Gray Television January 1, 2020
Onondaga/Lansing WILX-TV 10.3 10 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020[78]
Mississippi
Jackson WLBT 3.3 30 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020
Missouri
Cape Girardeau
(Paducah, Kentucky)
KFVS-TV 12.3 12 -> 11 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020[79]
Springfield KYTV 3.5 19 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020
Nebraska
Grand Island/Hastings KGIN 11.5 11 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020 Satellite of KOLN
Lincoln KOLN 10.5 10 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020
Nevada
Reno KOLO-TV 8.4 8 ABC Gray Television January 1, 2020
New Jersey
Secaucus
(New York City)
WWOR-TV 48.2 25 MyNetworkTV Fox Television Stations January 1, 2020
New York
Riverhead
(New York City)
WLNY-TV 55.5 29 Independent CBS Television Stations January 1, 2020
North Carolina
Charlotte WBTV 3.3 23 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020
Greenville/New Bern/
Washington
WITN-TV 7.6 34 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020[80]
Wilmington WECT 6.3 44 -> 23 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020
North Dakota
Bismarck KFYR-TV 5.4 31 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020
Dickinson KQCD-TV 7.4 7 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020 Satellite of KFYR-TV
Minot KMOT 10.4 10 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020 Satellite of KFYR-TV
Williston KUMV-TV 8.4 8 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020 Satellite of KFYR-TV
Ohio
Shaker Heights/Cleveland WOIO 43.2 10 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020
Toledo WTVG 13.4 13 ABC Gray Television January 1, 2020
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia WPSG 57.5 33 CW CBS Television Stations January 1, 2020
Jeannette/Pittsburgh WPCW 19.5 11 CW CBS Corporation January 1, 2020
South Carolina
Charleston WCSC-TV 5.3 19 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020[81] Displaced Grit
(network moved to 5.4)
Columbia WIS 10.3 10 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020
Myrtle Beach WMBF-TV 32.3 32 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020[82] Displaced Grit
(network moved to 32.5)
South Dakota
Lead KHSD-TV 11.2 5 ABC Gray Television January 1, 2020 Satellite of KOTA-TV
Rapid City KOTA-TV 3.2 7 ABC Gray Television January 1, 2020
Tennessee
Knoxville WVLT-TV 8.4 34 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020[83]
Memphis WMC-TV 5.3 5 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020[84] Displaced Grit
(network moved to 5.4)
Texas
Borger/Amarillo KEYU 31.3 31 Telemundo Gray Television January 1, 2020
Fort Worth/Dallas KTXA 21.4 18 Independent CBS Television Stations January 1, 2020
Lubbock KCBD 11.2 11 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020[85]
Tyler/Longview KLTV 7.2 7 ABC Gray Television January 1, 2020
Waco/Temple/
Bryan
KWTX-TV 10.3 10 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020
Vermont
Burlington WCAX-TV 3.3 20 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020[86] Displaced Ion Television
(network moved to 3.5)
Virginia
Harrisonburg WSVW-LD 30.3 30 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020
Richmond WWBT 12.3 12 -> 10 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020
Roanoke WDBJ 7.2 30 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020[87] Displaced Heroes & Icons
(network moved to 7.3)
Washington
Tacoma/Seattle KSTW 11.5 11 CW CBS Television Stations January 1, 2020
West Virginia
Huntington/Charleston WSAZ-TV 3.3 22 NBC Gray Television January 1, 2020[88]
Weston/Clarksburg WDTV 5.4 5 CBS Gray Television January 1, 2020
Wisconsin
Green Bay WBAY-TV 2.3 23 ABC Gray Television January 1, 2020[89] Displaced Ion Television
(network moved to 2.6)[90]

Management of Young Broadcasting stations

On July 22, 2009, a New York bankruptcy judge approved a plan transferring ownership of Young Broadcasting and its stations to the company's secured lenders. The plan included Gray Television coming in as an outside party and advise on operations of Young-owned stations in seven markets through December 2012. The new Young Broadcasting still has final word on the stations' operations, including programming and personnel.[16][18]

The former Young-owned stations managed by Gray Television include:

Young Broadcasting would retain ownership of all of its stations, including three stations that Gray would not operate: KRON-TV in San Francisco, California, WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee, and WLNS-TV in Lansing, Michigan, the latter two due to Gray already owning stations in those markets. Gray considered the possibility of purchasing the Young stations if they go on the market.[91]

The agreement ended without any further extensions on December 31, 2012, and Young agreed to a merger with Media General in mid-2013. Gray would eventually buy KWQC and WBAY when Nexstar Broadcasting Group acquired Media General in 2017, as Nexstar already owned 2 CBS stations WHBF-TV and WFRV-TV.[35][36]

Washington News Bureau

By January 20, 2016, Gray had set up their Washington News Bureau by Jacqueline Policastro to enable stations to get interviews with U.S. Senators and Representatives serving their communities. The bureau cooperates with Lilly Broadcasting's Washington bureau, previously started by Policastro, and is located at the NBC News Capitol Hill Bureau, 400 N. Capitol Street.[33] In February 2019, Gray announced that award-winning journalist Greta Van Susteren has joined the company as its Chief National Political Analyst. Gray then announced in April 2019 Greta Van Susteren as host of a Sunday morning syndicated show, Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren, which was launched in September 2019.[92]

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