"Super Frank" Copsidas has made a name for himself in the Catskills and across New England for his investment in low-power television operations. Now, Copsidas, who recently invested in properties in the Deep South, has shifted slightly westward by acquiring a LPTV station in the Hoosier state.
Gray Television is picking up a quintet of television translators presently tied to a full-power station presently offering This TV programming. It is tied to an intellectual property play that gives Gray the local FOX affiliate -- pairing it with its ABC and NBC affiliates serving the Sioux Falls, S.D. market.
Ravi Kapur has gained notice as the owner of a television broadcasting company that began with a low-power digital facility atop Chicago's Willis Tower and in January 2015 officially took control of KRDK-4, the former KXJB, in Fargo, N.D. Now, Kapur's Major Market Broadcasting is growing again. The seller? A 93-year-old L.A. radio station owner.
It's a station that maintains a post-spectrum auction repack channel sharing agreement with the market's Azteca América affiliate and a facility recently taken over by New York-based RNN. And, this San Francisco Bay Area facility has just been sold by NRJ TV, which scored a multi-million payday by giving up this facility's own spectrum.
Gray Television has just agreed to purchase three LPTVs in Georgia from Jeff Winemiller's Lowcountry 34 Media. Why would Gray make the deal for the stations? Improving the over-the-air consumption of Gray-owned full-power TV stations nearby is the answer.
The fate of a low-power TV station serving Yuma, Ariz. and neighboring El Centro, Calif., viewing area will now be in the hands of Jeff Chang. Paperwork filed at the FCC shows Chang is agreeing to purchase the property with a digital channel of 2 and a PSIP channel of 41.
On March 30, Pluria Marshall Jr. transferred control of three stations he acquired from Nexstar Media Group in June 2014. It was a transaction fueled by a fight against Nexstar, followed by a December 2019 bankruptcy filing. The buyer raised eyebrows, leading three groups to write the FCC in opposition of the deal. The FCC rejected those arguments.
Edge Spectrum had been gathering low-power TV stations over the last three years in anticipation of NEXTGEN TV's coming riches for the industry. Now, its Chairman/CEO — who also heads ARK Multicasting — is shifting two more LPTVs to a different licensee, making it three in a week's time. We now know why.
In December 2016, a broadcast TV company led by Louis Wall agreed to acquire a low-power television construction permit in Lake Charles, La., for $80,000, from DTV America Corp. Today, that facility at Channel 19 is a MeTV network affiliate under the calls KWWE-LD. Now, SagamoreHill is getting another construction permit in the Louisiana market.
Across the state of Hawaii, Family Broadcasting Corp. has carved a commercial niche for itself by offering a slate of second-run programs "the whole family can enjoy watching together." While over-the-air broadcasts are mainly associated a Honolulu-based facility, a satellite station in Hilo has served as a full satellite partner until now. That will soon change.
Two years ago, Clark Garen attracted national attention for his battle against one of the nation’s largest cable TV providers. He brought a discrimination suit against the MVPD for its failure to bring KAKZ-LD’s DT-3 signal featuring Azteca América programming to Charter Spectrum systems in the city of Beaumont, Calif. While the story faded, one's interest in buying the station hasn't.
A low-power TV station in the city known for Genesee Beer and Kodak is being spun by Tri-State Christian TV. Who's the buyer?
In April, Janet and Jeff Winemiller made news by making a trade with Marquee Broadcasting that saw their Lowcountry 34 Media become the licensee of a low-power TV property in Delaware's state capital. “We are happy to add WEVD to our other LPTV stations in Myrtle Beach, and in LaGrange and Savannah, Georgia,” Jeff Winemiller said at the time. He's just sold it.
For the past 15 years, the people, places and events in Marion, Nelson and Washington Counties of Kentucky have had a low-power community focused TV station at their disposal. Now, this facility branded as "Central Kentucky Television" is being sold.
In March 2015, a collection of low-power TV stations in Texas, Florida and South Carolina was spun by DTV America Corp. for $152,000. Fast-forward five years later, and just one of those 38 properties has fetched a price that is significantly higher than the value of that entire 2015 deal.