Communications Corporation of America

Communications Corporation of America (also known as ComCorp) was a broadcasting company in the United States that owned television stations in smaller markets. The company was headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana.[1] It owned and/or operated 20 stations (counting satellite stations and those controlled via local marketing agreements). The company began in 1989 and the next year, it purchased three television stations from Southwest MultiMedia Company of Houston: KVEO in Brownsville, KPEJ in Odessa, and KWKT in Waco using the holding company Associated Broacasters. They also purchased the license for WPFT in Baton Rouge, LA, which they signed on in 1991 as WGMB with the holding Galloway Media.[2]

Communications Corporation of America
Company typePrivate (subsidiary of Silver Point Capital)
IndustryTelecommunications
Founded1989
FounderThomas R. Galloway
D. Wayne Elmore
DefunctJanuary 1, 2015 (2015-01-01) (8 years ago)
FateAcquired by Nexstar
SuccessorNexstar Broadcasting Group
Headquarters,
Key people
Thomas R. Galloway, CEO
ServicesTelevision stations
Owner
  • Thomas R. Galloway
  • D. Wayne Elmore
Number of employees
345

At one point, ComCorp was also an owner of radio stations in its home market of Lafayette; it subsequently sold those stations to Regent Communications.[3]

In June 2006, ComCorp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[4] The company emerged from bankruptcy in October 2007 under the control of Silver Point Capital, who also controlled Granite Broadcasting.[1]

Local news on ComCorp's owned or managed stations are structured variably, with most stations not producing news in-house. As of May 2011, the only ComCorp owned-and-operated stations with in-house local newscasts are KTSM-TV and KETK-TV; two ComCorp managed stations, WVLA-TV and KDBC-TV also produce their own newscasts. Most of the remainder of the company's stations have their newscasts outsourced to other stations in the company portfolio: most of ComCorp's Fox stations in Louisiana and Texas have local newscasts produced by KETK (with the exception of WGMB in Baton Rouge, whose newscasts are produced out of area sister station WVLA); the newscasts for NBC affiliate KVEO-TV in Brownsville, Texas, though are produced by El Paso CBS affiliate KDBC-TV); the remainder of ComCorp's owned and managed stations, including CBS affiliate WEVV-TV (the only Big Three station in the group without any local news), do not carry news at all.

On January 15, 2013, Communications Corporation of America put all of its 25 owned or managed stations up for sale, with investment firm Houlihan Lokey hired to assist in the exploration of sale options.[5][6] On April 24, ComCorp announced that its entire group would be sold to Nexstar Broadcasting Group; KMSS-TV, KPEJ-TV and most of the ComCorp-managed stations that are owned by White Knight Broadcasting would be sold to Mission Broadcasting while WEVV-TV and White Knight Broadcasting's KSHV-TV would be sold to a female-controlled company called Rocky Creek Communications, with Nexstar assuming operational control of those stations.[7] However, on June 6, 2014, Nexstar announced that it would instead sell KMSS & KPEJ to a new minority-owned company Marshall Broadcasting Group (marking the company's first television station acquisitions) for $58.5 million.[8] Also on August 4, Nexstar announced that it would instead sell WEVV to Bayou City Broadcasting for $18.6 million.[9] Mission & Rocky Creek would later withdraw its applications to acquire KFXK, KSHV & WVLA.[10][11][12] The sale was completed on January 1, 2015.[13]

It was the last remaining TV station group that didn't have an ABC affiliate when sold; however, it had temporarily owned and operated current-Fox affiliate WHBQ-TV of Memphis during its last days as an ABC affiliate and managed KAQY in Monroe, Louisiana during its first nine years as an ABC affiliate.

Former stations

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  • (**) – Indicates station was built and signed on by ComCorp.

Stations are arranged alphabetically by state and by city of license.

City of license / Market Station Channel Years owned Current status
Evansville, IN WTSN-CD 36 1999–2009[a] MeTV affiliate owned by Evansville Low Power Partnership
WEVV-TV 44 1999–2015 CBS affiliate owned by Allen Media Broadcasting
W47EE-D/
WEEV-LD
47 2011–2015 Fox affiliate owned by Allen Media Broadcasting
Baton Rouge, LA WGMB-TV** 44 1991–2015 Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
WBRL-CD 21 2002–2015 The CW affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
WVLA-TV 33 1996–2015[b] NBC affiliate owned by White Knight Broadcasting[c]
KZUP-CD 19 2002–2015[b] Independent station owned by Nexstar Media Group
Lafayette, LA KADN-TV 15 1997–2015[d] Fox affiliate owned by Allen Media Broadcasting
KLAF-LD 46 1997–2015 NBC affiliate owned by Allen Media Broadcasting on channel 14
Shreveport, LA KMSS-TV 33 1994–2015 Fox affiliate owned by Mission Broadcasting[e]
KSHV-TV 45 1995–2015[b] MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Natchez, MSAlexandria, LA WNTZ-TV 48 1997–2015[f] Fox/MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Memphis, TN WHBQ-TV 13 1994–1995 Fox affiliate owned by Imagicomm Communications
BrownsvilleHarlingenMcAllen, TX KVEO-TV 23 1990–2015 NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
El Paso, TX KTSM-TV 9 1997–2015 NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
KDBC-TV 4 [g] CBS affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
JacksonvilleTylerLongview, TX KETK-TV 56 2004–2015[h] NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
KFXK-TV 51 1998–2015[b] Fox affiliate owned by White Knight Broadcasting[i]
KilleenAustin, TX KAKW 62 1996–2002 Univision owned-and-operated (O&O) KAKW-DT
LufkinNacogdoches, TX KFXL-LP[j] 30 [b] Fox affiliate owned by White Knight Broadcasting[k]
KETK-LP[l] 56 2004–2011[m] Defunct, went dark in 2009
OdessaMidland, TX KPEJ-TV 24 1990–2015 Fox affiliate owned by Mission Broadcasting[n]
WacoTemple, TX KWKT-TV 44 1990–2015 Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
BryanCollege Station, TX KYLE-TV[o] 28 1996–2015 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
  1. ^ Owned by Evansville Low Power Partnership and controlled by ComCorp (which held a 49 percent stake in Evansville Low Power Partnership).
  2. ^ a b c d e Owned by White Knight Broadcasting, ComCorp operated these stations under a local marketing agreement.
  3. ^ Operated through SSA by Nexstar Media Group.
  4. ^ Operated by ComCorp under a local marketing agreement beginning in 1997 and purchased outright from Charles Chatelain in 2004.
  5. ^ Operated through SSA by Nexstar Media Group.
  6. ^ Acquired by White Knight Broadcasting in 1997, with ComCorp controlling the station; it was not transferred to ComCorp directly until 2007.
  7. ^ Operated by ComCorp under a shared services agreement.
  8. ^ Operated the station since 1999 when it purchased the non-license assets from Sinclair Broadcast Group; purchased outright in 2004.
  9. ^ Operated through SSA by Nexstar Media Group.
  10. ^ Satellite of KFXK-TV.
  11. ^ Operated through SSA by Nexstar Media Group.
  12. ^ Satellite of KETK-TV.
  13. ^ Owned by KM Communications and controlled by ComCorp.
  14. ^ Operated through SSA by Nexstar Media Group.
  15. ^ Satellite of KWKT-TV.

Radio stations

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AM Station FM Station
Market Station Years owned Current status
El Paso, TX KTSM 1380 1997–1998 KHEY, owned by iHeartMedia
KTSM-FM 99.9 1997–1998 owned by iHeartMedia
Lafayette, LA KROF 960 1999–2001 owned by Townsquare Media
KPEL 1420 1989–2001 owned by Townsquare Media
KFTE 96.5 1996–2001 KPEL-FM, owned by Townsquare Media
KMDL 97.3 1996–2001 owned by Townsquare Media
KTDY 99.9 1989–2001 owned by Townsquare Media
KPEL-FM/KRXZ 107.7 1997–1998 changed frequencies
KRXZ/KRKA 107.9 1998–2001 KHXT, owned by Townsquare Media


References

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  1. ^ a b "ComCorp Ready For Its Next Chapter". TVnewsday. November 6, 2007. Retrieved October 12, 2008.
  2. ^ "Local Firm Buys Media Properties," The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette, LA, September 30, 1990, Page I-1
  3. ^ "Regent to Buy 7 Radio Stations From ComCorp". Los Angeles Times. August 30, 2001. p. C-5. Retrieved October 12, 2008.
  4. ^ "Communications Corporation of America" (PDF). PacerMonitor. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  5. ^ CCA Puts Its 25 Stations On The Market, TVNewsCheck, January 15, 2013
  6. ^ Exclusive: Communications Corp. of America Puts Stations on Block, Broadcasting & Cable, January 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "Nexstar, Mission Buy 19 Stations for $270M". Tv News Check. April 24, 2013.
  8. ^ Nexstar Selling 3 Fox Affils For $58.5 Million, TVNewsCheck, June 6, 2014.
  9. ^ Nexstar Selling WEVV For $18.6 Million, TVNewsCheck, August 4, 2014.
  10. ^ Application Info Archived December 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  11. ^ https://licensing.fcc.gov/cdbs/CDBS_Attachment/getattachment.jsp?appn=101552312&qnum=5040&copynum=1&exhcnum=1 [bare URL]
  12. ^ Application Info Archived December 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  13. ^ Consummation Notice Archived January 6, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved January 6, 2015.