Northwest Broadcasting

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Northwest Broadcasting, Inc.
Private
Founded 1995
Founder Brian Brady
Headquarters Okemos, MI

Northwest Broadcasting is a television broadcasting company based in Okemos, Michigan, a suburb of Lansing. The broadcasting group owns or operates twelve television stations in six markets, through subsidiaries such as Broadcasting Communications, Mountain Communications, Stainless Broadcasting, and Bristlecone Broadcasting.[1]

Northwest Broadcasting was founded in 1995 by Brian Brady to acquire the television stations of Salmon River Communications, including KAYU-TV in Spokane, Washington, K68EB in Yakima, Washington, KBWU-LP in the Tri-Cities (Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, Washington), and KMVU in Medford, Oregon.[2] In 1997, Northwest purchased Stainless, Inc. for $17 million; while Stainless was primarily a manufacturer of broadcasting towers, the purchase also added WICZ-TV in Binghamton, New York and KTVZ in Bend, Oregon to Northwest's station group.[3][4] Stainless had owned broadcast stations since purchasing WICZ (then known as WINR-TV) in 1971.[5] Though Northwest would sell the Stainless tower company to SpectraSite Holdings in 1999[6] and KTVZ to News-Press & Gazette Company in 2002,[7] it still owns WICZ-TV under the Stainless Broadcasting Company name.

Brian Brady expanded his broadcast holdings in 2002, when he teamed up with Alta Communications to acquire the K-Six Television stations under the name Eagle Creek Broadcasting;[8] Alta had also invested in Northwest Broadcasting in 1996.[9] Alta divested its interest in Northwest Broadcasting in 2007[10] and in Eagle Creek Broadcasting in 2013.[11] During the 2010s, Brady acquired additional stations through companies such as Blackhawk Broadcasting,[12] Bristlecone Broadcasting,[13] and Cedar Creek Broadcasting.[14] These companies have occasionally made joint filings with Northwest Broadcasting in Federal Communications Commission proceedings under the name "The TV Station Group."[15]

Stations owned by Northwest

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Owned Since Affiliation
Yuma, Arizona KYMA-DT 1 11 (11) 2014 NBC
This TV (DT2)
KSWT 1 13 (13) 2014 CBS
Tuff TV (DT2)
Estrella TV (DT3)
Binghamton, New York WICZ-TV 40 (8) 1997 Fox
WBPN-LP 10 (40.2) 2000 MyNetworkTV
Syracuse, New York WSYT 68 (19) 2013 Fox
ZUUS Country (DT2)
WNYS-TV 43 (44) 2013 2 MyNetworkTV
GetTV (DT2)
Medford, Oregon KMVU-DT 26 (26) 1995 Fox
Me-TV (DT2)
KMCW-LP 14 2013 MundoMax
KFBI-LD 48 (48) 2013 MyNetworkTV
Telemundo (DT2)
Spokane, Washington KAYU-TV 28 (28) 1995 Fox
Antenna TV (DT2)
Tri-Cities-Yakima, Washington KFFX-TV 11 (11) 1999 3 Fox
This TV (DT2)
KCYU-LD
(Semi-satellite of KFFX-TV)
41 (41) 1995

Notes:

  • 1 KYMA-DT and KSWT are owned by Blackhawk Broadcasting, which is commonly-owned with Northwest Broadcasting. Both stations are operated by News-Press & Gazette Company under a shared services agreement.
  • 2 WNYS-TV is owned by Syracuse Broadcasting; Northwest Broadcasting operates the station under a local marketing agreement.
  • 3 KFFX-TV was operated by Northwest Broadcasting under a local marketing agreement with Communication Properties from its 1999 sign-on until Northwest bought the station outright in 2003.

Stations formerly owned by Northwest

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Bowling Green, Kentucky WKNT/WNKY 40 (16) 1997-2003 1 NBC affiliate owned by Max Media
Bend, Oregon KTVZ 21 (21) 1997-2002 NBC affiliate owned by News-Press & Gazette Company
Corpus Christi, Texas KZTV 10 (10) 2002-2010 2 CBS affiliate owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting
(Operated through a SSA by Cordillera Communications)
Laredo, Texas KVTV 13 (13) 2002-2015 2 defunct, went dark in 2015
(Intellectual unit and CBS programming transferred to a Gray Television-owned license and renamed KYLX-LD.)
KNEX-LP 14 (14) 2012-2015 2 CBS affiliate, KYLX-LD channel 13, owned by Gray Television
Walla Walla, Washington KBKI 9 2001-2003 defunct, went dark in 2008
(Station was known as KCWK when it ceased operations.)

Notes:

  • 1 WKNT was operated by Northwest Broadcasting under a local marketing agreement with Southeastern Communications from 1997 until Northwest bought the station outright in 2000.
  • 2 KZTV, KVTV, and KNEX-LP were owned by Eagle Creek Broadcasting, which was commonly-owned with Northwest Broadcasting.

References

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  3. Kanaley, Reid (May 18, 1997). "Digital TV: It's A High-Tower Act". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved December 4, 2015. …Stainless, which owns UHF stations in Binghamton, N.Y., and Bend, Ore., is being sold to a Detroit-based partnership, Northwest Broadcasting, said Stainless counsel James J. Heffernan of Plymouth Meeting. He said the deal is worth $17 million.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  14. "Cedar Creek Buying WRBU, WZRB For $6M". TVNewsCheck. February 3, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Informal Objection and Request to Hold Applications in Abeyance" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. June 12, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>