Station Trading, Week Ending March 11

The sale of Barrington Broadcasting’s station group to Sinclair Broadcast Group for $370 million tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA/Kelsey. 

Multistate Deals — PRICE: $370,000,000 BUYER: Sinclair Bcst Group (David Smith, president,CEO) SELLER: Barrington Broadcasting (James Yager, president/CEO) COMMENT: Sinclair Broadcast Group has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the broadcast assets of television stations owned by Barrington Broadcasting Group LLC for $370M. Barrington also holds and has exercised purchase options for SagamoreHill Broadcasting’s WWMB Florence, SC and Tucker Broadcasting’s WGTU Traverse City and WGTQ Sault Ste Marie, MI. Sinclair has assigned to Howard Stirk Holdings LLC and Cunningham Broadcasting its rights under the purchase agreement to acquire the option stations. Barrington, in turn has entered into an option exercise agreement with each of SagamoreHill and Tucker in which SagamoreHill has agreed to convey WWMB directly to Howard Stirk Holdings LLC and Tucker has agreed to convey WGTU and WGTQ directly to Cunningham. Barrington will assign its rights and obligations under a grandfathered LMA with WWMB and an existing JSA and SSA with WGTU and WGTQ. SagamoreHill will assign its’ rights under the  grandfathered LMA with WWMB to Howard Stirk Holdings LLC and Tucker will assign it’s rights under an existing JSA and SSA with WGTU and WGTQ to Cunningham. In addition Sinclair will assume Barrington’s right and obligations under pre-existing agreements (JSA and SSA) with WHOI Peoria, IL and WTVH Syracuse, NY.     

Colorado: KXTU-LD & KXRM-TV/Colorado Springs; K28GE/Woodland Park FACILITIES: KXTU-LD: DTV Ch. 20, 1.500 kW, ant. 2218 ft.; KXRM-TV: DTV Ch. 22, 51.000 kW, ant. 2103 ft.; K28GE: Ch. 28, 1.120, ant. 128 ft. AFFILIATION: KXTU-LD: CW; KXRM-TV: Fox; K28GE: Fox

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Georgia: WFXL-TV Albany FACILITIES: DTV Ch. 12, 60.000 kW, ant. 830 ft. AFFILIATION: Fox

Illinois: WHOI-TV Peoria FACILITIES: DTV Ch. 19, 195.000 kW, ant. 666 ft. AFFILIATION: ABC

Michigan: WBSF-TV Bay City; WTOM-TV Cheboygan; W14CE Escanaba; WLUC-TV & W07DB Marquette; WEYI-TV Saginaw & WPBN-TV Traverse City FACILITIES: WBSF-TV: DTV Ch. 46, 70.000 kW, ant. 1004 ft.; WTOM-TV: DTV Ch. 35, 78.000 kW, ant. 551ft.; W14CE: Ch. 14, 0.856 kW; WLUC-TV:  DTV Ch. 35, 83.000 kW, ant. 860 ft.; W07DB: Ch. 7, 0.025 kW; WEYI-TV: DTV Ch. 30, 193.000 kW, ant. 1168 ft.; WPBN-TV: DTV Ch. 47, 500.000 kW, ant. 1289 ft. AFFILIATION: WBSF-TV: CW; WTOM-TV: NBC; W14CE: NBC; WLUC-TV:  NBC; W07DB: NBC; WEYI-TV: NBC; WPBN-TV: NBC  

Missouri: KHQA-TV Hannibal; KRCG-TV Jefferson; KTVO-TV Kirksville & K11OJ Sedalia FACILITIES: KHQA-TV: DTV Ch. 7, 13.600 kW, ant. 889 ft.; KRCG-TV: DTV Ch. 12, 15.100 kW, ant. 1010 ft.; KTVO-TV: DTV Ch. 33, 87.000 kW, ant. 951 ft.; K11OJ; Ch. 11, 0.140 kW, ant. 348 ft. AFFILIATION: KHQA-TV: CBS; KRCG-TV: CBS; KTVO-TV: ABC; K11OJ: CBS

New Mexico: KVIH-TV& K43BU Clovis; K24DU Dora; K26DR San Jon FACILITIES: KVIH-TV:DTV Ch. 12, 5.000 kW, ant. 669 ft.; K43BU: Ch. 43, 7.900 kW, ant. 427 ft.; K24DU: Ch. 24, 0.998 kW, ant. 341 ft.; K26DR: Ch. 26, 0.552 kW, ant. 374 ft. AFFILIATION: KVIH-TV: ABC; K43BU: ABC, K24DU: ABC; K26DR: ABC

New York: WSTM-TV & WSTQ-LP Syracuse FACILITIES: WSTM-TV: DTV Ch. 24, 210.000 kW, ant. 1289 ft.; WSTQ-LP: Ch. 14, 9.800 kW, ant. 107 ft. AFFILIATION: WSTM-TV: NBC; WSTQ-LP: CW

Ohio: WNWO-TV Toledo FACILITIES: DTV Ch. 49, 118.000 kW, ant. 1342 ft. AFFILIATION: NBC

South Carolina: WACH-TV Columbia & WPDE-TV Florence  FACILITIES: WACH-TV: DTV Ch. 48, 520.000 kW, ant. 1522 ft.; WPDE-TV: DTV Ch. 16, 421.000 kW, ant. 1969 ft. AFFILIATION: WACH-TV: Fox; WPDE-TV: ABC

Texas: KVII-TV& KXMF-LD Amarillo & KGBT-TV Harlingen FACILITIES: KVII-TV: DTV Ch. 7, 21.900 kW, ant. 1703 ft.; KXMF-LD: DTV Ch. 26, 2.000 kW; KGBT-TV: DTV Ch. 31, 1000.000 kW, ant. 1207 ft. AFFILIATION: KVII-TV: ABC; KGBT-TV: CBS

WYZZ-TV/Bloomington, Ill. — PRICE: $22,000,000 BUYER: Cunningham Broadcasting (Michael Anderson, president) SELLER: Sinclair Bcst Group (David Smith, president,CEO) FACILITIES: DTV Ch. 28, 1000.000 kW, ant. 961 ft. AFFILIATION: Fox

WDWD-CD Detroit — PRICE: $4,000,000 BUYER: LocusPoint Networks (Ravi Potharlanka, president, CFO) SELLER: TCT Ministries Inc (Garth Coonce, president, director) FACILITIES: DTV Ch. 18, 14.000 kW, ant. 466 ft. AFFILIATION: REL

WEYI-TV Saginaw, Mich. — PRICE: $4,000,000 BUYER: Howard Stirk Holdings LLC (Armstrong Williams, president) SELLER: Sinclair Bcst Group (David Smith, president,CEO) FACILITIES: DTV Ch. 30, 193.000 kW, ant. 1168 ft. AFFILIATION: NBC

WGTQ-TV Sault Ste Marie & WGTU-TV Traverse City, Mich. — PRICE: $1,250,000 BUYER: Cunningham Broadcasting (Michael Anderson, president) SELLER: Tucker Broadcasting (Benjamin Tucker, president) FACILITIES: WGTQ-TV: DTV Ch. 8, 15.000 kW, ant. 945 ft.; WGTU-TV: DTV Ch. 29, 68.4 kW, ant. 1289 ft. AFFILIATION: WGTQ-TV: ABC; WGTU-TV: ABC

WMGM-LP Atlantic City & WMGM-TV Wildwood, N.J. — PRICE: Unavailable BUYER: Access.1 Comm (Chelsey Maddox-Dorsey, president,COO) SELLER: Access.1 Comm (Chelsey Maddox-Dorsey, president, COO) FACILITIES: WMGM-LP: Ch. 7, 0.029 kW, ant. 200 ft.; WMGM-TV: DTV Ch. 36, 205.000 kW, ant. 415 ft. AFFILIATION: WMGM-LP: NBC; WMGM-TV: NBC

WDVB-CD Edison, N.J. — PRICE: $20,000,000 BUYER: LocusPoint Networks (Ravi Potharlanka, president, CFO) SELLER: Viswanath, Deepak   (Garth Coonce, president, director) FACILITIES: DTV Ch. 23, 7.000 kW, ant. 984 ft. AFFILIATION: IND

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