Sinclair Celebrates Flagship Station’s Golden Anniversary


A little more than 50 years ago, the FCC settled a mutually exclusive hearing for a construction permit for UHF Channel 45 in Baltimore. It was awarded to an entity named “Commercial Radio Institute,” led by controlling shareholder Julian Sinclair Smith.

With that Commission OK, the birth of a company that today owns regional sports networks with Bally’s branding and some 186 broadcast TV stations was born.

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