Three years ago, a family feud of sorts ensued for Doris and Monte Miller. The longtime Kansas-based broadcasters dismissed two family members, son Christopher Miller and grandson Cale Miller, from the company. Then came barbs from Doris and Monte that Christopher Miller had unwisely expanded Rocking M Media‘s holdings to 32 stations between 2008 and 2018, putting the finances in a difficult position. There was also a April 2019 deal that never closed, with Doris and Monte Miller seizing control and taking the stations dark.
In late March, Doris and Monte Miller proceeded with a plan designed to ensure the family’s media holdings, which date to the 1880s, continue to generate profit while bringing luster back to a legacy that includes The A.Q. Miller Family School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University, named after Monte’s father — Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
It is now known that those media holdings will substantively shrink in number as the elder Millers seek to emerge from debtor-in-possession status.