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Tribune Broadcasting is a group of radio & TV stations located throughout the United States which are O&O by the Tribune Company, a media conglomerate based in Chicago, Illinois.

History Edit

The roots of Tribune Broadcasting originated with the June 1924 purchase of radio station WDAP by the Chicago Tribune. The new owners changed the station's call letters to WGN, to match the Tribune's slogan, "World's Greatest Newspaper". WGN Radio would launch a TV station in Chicago, in April 1948. 2 months later, the Tribune's sister newspaper in New York City, the Daily News, established it's own TV station, WPIX.

Over the next 6 decades Tribune Broadcasting (originally known as WGN, Incorporated & from 1966-1981 as WGN Continental Broadcasting Company) would acquire radio & TV stations throughout the United States. WGN-TV & WPIX are the only stations Tribune has owned since their inceptions. Tribune also operated several local cable TV systems from 1977-1985.

Tribune Broadcasting is now immersed in TV, with 23 stations located in 19 markets (including 4 duopolies) & the cable/satellite version of WGN-TV, known as WGN America. In Chicago, Tribune also operates CLTV, a cable-only news channel. WGN Radio is the company's sole remaining radio station & serves as the flagship station for a regional distribution service known as the Tribune Radio Network. ([1]) It's primary features are farm reports from longtime WGN agriculture broadcaster Orion Samuelson & broadcasts of Chicago Cubs games.

From January 1995-September 2006, Tribune Broadcasting was a partner in the WB TV Network, along with the Warner Bros. division of Time Warner. Tribune held an initial 12.5% ownership in the network @ it's launch & later increased it's stake to 22% & most of Tribune's TV properties were WB affiliates. On January 24 2006, Warner Bros. announced that the WB Network would merge with the CBS-owned UPN, forming a new programming service called the CW TV Network. All but 3 of Tribune's WB affiliates became affiliates of the CW on September 18 2006, through 10-year agreements (the exceptions were in Philadelphia, Seattle & Atlanta, due to CW affiliating with CBS-owned stations in those markets). Tribune does not have an ownership interest in the CW.

In April 2007, Tribune's broadcasting interests were included in the sale of the entire company to Chicago investor Sam Zell, who planned take the publicly-traded firm private. The deal was completed on December 20, 2007. ([2])

On December 21 2007, Tribune & Local TV announced plans to collaborate in the formation of an as yet unnamed "broadcast management company". This new arrangement also manages a group of stations acquired by Local TV from the FOX Broadcasting Company during the 3rd quarter of 2008.

On December 8, 2008 Tribune announced that it's voluntarily restructuring it's debt obligations under the protection of Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court. The company will continue to operate it's media businesses during the restructuring, including publishing it's newspapers & running it's TV stations & interactive properties without interruption & has sufficient cash to do so.

Tribune EntertainmentEdit

Tribune Entertainment was Tribune Broadcasting's TV production & syndication arm. Founded in the mid-1980s, this subsidiary folded in December 2007.

Tribune-owned stations Edit

TV stationsEdit

Note: **indicates a station built & signed-on by Tribune.

DMA# City of license/Market Station Channel
TV / DT
Owned Since Affiliation
1. New York City WPIX** 11 / 33 1948 CW
2. Los Angeles KTLA 5 / 31 1985 CW
3. Chicago WGN-TV** 9 / 19 1948 CW
4. Philadelphia WPHL-TV 17 / 54 1992 My Network TV
5. Dallas - Fort Worth KDAF 33 / 32 1997 CW
9. Washington, D.C. WDCW 50 / 51 1999 CW
10. Houston KIAH 39 / 38 1995 CW
14. Tacoma - Seattle KCPQ 13 / 18 1999 FOX
KMYQ 22 / 25 1998 My Network TV
16. Miami - Fort Lauderdale WSFL-TV 39 / 19 1997 CW
18. Denver KWGN-TV 2 / 34 1966 CW
20. Sacramento - Stockton - Modesto KTXL 40 / 55 1997 FOX
21. St. Louis KPLR-TV 11 / 26 2003 CW
22. Salem - Portland, OR KRCW-TV 32 / 33 2003 CW
25. Indianapolis WXIN 59 / 45 1997 FOX
Bloomington, Indiana
Kokomo, Indiana
WTTV
WTTK (satellite of WTTV)
4 / 48
29 / 54
2002 CW
28. San Diego KSWB-TV 69 / 19 1996 FOX
30. Hartford - New Haven, CT WTIC-TV 61 / 31 1997 FOX
Waterbury, Connecticut WTXX 20 / 12 2001 CW
39. Grand Rapids - Battle Creek - Kalamazoo, MI WXMI 17 / 19 1998 FOX
41. York - Harrisburg - Lancaster - Lebanon, PA WPMT 43 / 47 1997 FOX
53. New Orleans WGNO 26 / 15 1983 ABC
WNOL-TV 38 / 40 1999 CW

Radio stationEdit

AM Station
DMA# Market Station Frequency Owned Since Current Format
3. Chicago WGN 720 AM 1924 Talk

WGN is the only radio station in Tribune's portfolio; however as of September 22 2008, Tribune is among 7 companies expected to make 1st-round bids of the 50 radio stations in 12 small & mid-size markets being sold by CBS Radio.

Former Tribune-owned stationsEdit

Former TV stationsEdit

DMA# City of license/Market Station Channel
TV / DT
Years owned Current Status
7. Cambridge - Boston, MA WLVI-TV 56 / 41 1994–2006 CW affiliate owned by Sunbeam Television
8. Atlanta WGNX 46 / 19 1984–1999 WGCL-TV, a CBS affiliate owned by Meredith Corporation
WATL 36 / 25 1999-2006 My Network TV affiliate owned by Gannett Company
57. Schenectady - Albany - Troy, NY WEWB/WCWN 45 / 43 1999–2006 CW affiliate owned by Freedom Communications
139. Duluth, MN - Superior, WI KDAL-TV 3 / 33 1960–1978 KDLH, a CBS affiliate owned by Malara Broadcasting
(operated under LMA by Granite Broadcasting)

Former radio stationsEdit

AM Stations FM Stations
DMA# Market Station Frequency Current Status
1. New York City WPIX-FM/WQCD 101.9 FM WRXP, owned by Emmis Communications
3. Chicago WFMT 98.7 FM Owned by Window to the World Communications
22. Denver – Boulder KEZW 1430 AM Owned by Entercom Communications
KKHK 99.5 FM KQMT, owned by Entercom Communications
KOSI 101.1 FM Owned by Entercom Communications
27. Sacramento KGNR 1320 AM KCTC, owned by Entercom Communications
KCTC 96.1 FM KYMX, owned by CBS Radio
133. Bridgeport, Connecticut WICC 600 AM Owned by Cumulus Media
204. Duluth, MN - Superior, WI KDAL 610 AM Owned by Midwest Communications

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