Grit (TV network)

Grit is an American free-to-air television network owned by the Katz Broadcasting subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company.[4] The network features classic TV series and western feature films targeted at men between the ages of 25 and 55 years old.

Grit
TypeDigital broadcast television network
(Movies)
Country
AvailabilityNationwide via digital terrestrial television
(covering 86% of the U.S.)[1]
FoundedApril 3, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-04-03)
by Jonathan Katz
SloganTelevision with backbone
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia
OwnerKatz Broadcasting, LLC
(E. W. Scripps Company)
ParentGrit Media, LLC
Key people
Jonathan Katz (president
CEO, Katz Broadcasting)
Bill Cox (SVP of programming, Grit)[2]
Launch date
August 18, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-08-18)[3]
Picture format
480i 16:9 widescreen or 4:3 letterbox
AffiliatesList of Grit affiliates
Official website
www.grittv.com

The network is available in many media markets via the digital subchannels of free-to-air television stations and on the digital tiers of select cable providers through a local affiliate of the network.

Originally, Katz sold the network to affiliated TV stations via ad split, but by October 2015 had moved to paying carriage fees in exchange for distributing the network's ad inventory.[5]1 Grit used direct response advertising as a meter of viewers before switching to Nielsen rating C-3.[5]3 It is available on Dish Network channel 217.

HistoryEdit

Grit was announced by Katz Broadcasting along with a sister network Escape on April 3, 2014, with a formal launch scheduled for that summer with initial affiliates announced at this time being Univision Communications owned stations.[4] On August 11, 2014, Katz announced that the two networks would launch simultaneously on August 18. Grit launched at Noon Eastern Time on that date,[6] with the 1952 film High Noon as the network's inaugural broadcast, leading off a week-long festival of John Wayne films.[3]

Katz estimated, based on direct response advertising business by September 2015, the network had over 250,000 prime time viewer and available in 91 million homes and 81% of the country. At that time, Grit along with its sister network, Escape, were signing up for national ratings from Nielsen. Previously handling the network's direct response advertising, Marathon Ventures would continue after the change over with advertising and sponsorship sales.[7]

ProgrammingEdit

Grit's program schedule is a mix of action/adventure television series and westerns such as Death Valley Days, Laramie, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, and Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre, along with films encompassing the aforementioned genres.[8]

Katz Broadcasting president and CEO Jonathan Katz based the demographic-targeted concept of Escape and Grit after Bounce TV, a network Katz co-founded with Martin Luther King III and Andrew Young in 2011 that is targeted at African-American audiences. Katz stated Grit and Escape are "the country’s first ever male-centric and female-centric broadcast networks," featuring different programming from other classic television multicast networks that Katz referred to as "generic brands with generic names, created by studios to serve the studios."[9]

MoviesEdit

Grit's program schedule features an extensive library of films through multi-year program licensing agreements with several major film studios: Warner Bros. Pictures,[10] Universal Pictures,[11] Paramount Pictures [12] and Sony Pictures Entertainment.[13]

AffiliatesEdit

As of June 2016, Grit has current or pending affiliation agreements with television stations covering approximately 78% of the United States.[14]

When the network was first announced, Grit entered into an affiliation agreement with Univision Communications, which launched the network in 24 markets served by a station owned by the group or operated through local marketing agreements with Entravision Communications – giving Grit affiliates in 12 of the 20 largest U.S. television markets (including markets such as New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas-Fort Worth). The network immediately sought carriage on the digital subchannels of television stations owned by other broadcasting companies;[4] on June 17, 2014, Katz signed group deals to carry Grit on stations owned and/or operated by Raycom Media in 26 markets (Raycom was merged into Gray Television at the start of 2019).[15]

On July 17, 2014, Katz announced affiliation deals with the Cox Media Group to carry Grit on WFTV in Orlando and KMYT-TV in Tulsa; as well as KJWP in the Philadelphia market, and Citadel Communications-owned stations in Providence (WLNE-TV) and Lincoln (KLKN). It also expanded its affiliation deal with Univision Communications to add stations in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Phoenix to the network's originally announced Univision-owned charter affiliates.[16][17]

On October 9, 2014, the Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it would carry the network on stations it owns and/or operates in 47 markets.[18] The deal lasted for three years, and Sinclair dropped the network on their stations from February 2017 until the start of 2018 in preference for their co-owned network with MGM (and Grit's most direct competitor), Charge!.

On November 16, 2015, Katz announced an affiliation deal with Media General adding the network to five more markets.[19]

On June 15, 2016, Katz announced a more affiliation deal with Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Cordillera Communications's KATC-TV.[20]

List of affiliatesEdit

Starting December 8, 2018

City of license/market Station[21] Virtual
channel
Owner Launch date Notes †

AlabamaEdit

Birmingham WBRC 6.3 Gray Television August 18, 2014
Huntsville WAFF 48.3
Montgomery WSFA 12.3
Mobile-Pensacola-
Fort Walton Beach
WJTC 44.2 Deerfield Media January 1, 2015
Ozark (Dothan) WDFX-TV 34.3 Lockwood Broadcast Group August 18, 2014

ArizonaEdit

Phoenix KASW 61.3 Nexstar Media Group August 2016
KTVW-DT 33.3 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Tucson KOLD-TV 13.3 Gray Television

ArkansasEdit

Fayetteville KNWA-TV 51.3 Nexstar Media Group September 2016

CaliforniaEdit

Hanford (Fresno) KFTV-DT 21.4 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Ontario (Los Angeles) KFTR-DT 46.4
Vallejo (San Francisco
OaklandSan Jose)
KFSF-DT 66.4
MontereySalinas KMMD-CD 39.3 Caballero Television January 22, 2018
San Diego (San Diego) KFMB-TV 8.3 Tegna July 2016
Santa Maria (Santa Barbara) KCOY-TV 12.3 News-Press & Gazette Company March 30, 2018
Stockton (Sacramento) KTFK-DT 64.4 Univision Communications

ColoradoEdit

Sterling (Denver) KCDO-TV 3.1 E.W. Scripps Company

ConnecticutEdit

New Haven WCTX 59.2 Nexstar Media Group

DelawareEdit

Wilmington (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) WDPN-TV 2.3 Maranatha Broadcasting Company, Inc. August 18, 2014

FloridaEdit

Fort Myers WFTX 36.4 E.W. Scripps Company
Jacksonville WRCZ-LD 35.1 DTV America Corporation October 2, 2017
Hollywood (Miami) WAMI-DT 69.4 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Orlando WRDQ 27.4 Cox Media Group April 15, 2015
Panama City WPGX 28.3 Lockwood Broadcast Group August 18, 2014
TampaSt. Petersburg WFTS-TV 28.3 E. W. Scripps Company April 15, 2015
West Palm Beach WFLX 29.3 Gray Television
(operated by the E. W. Scripps Company)
August 18, 2014

GeorgiaEdit

Atlanta WGCL-TV 46.3 Meredith Corporation [14]
Augusta WFXG 54.3 Lockwood Broadcast Group August 18, 2014
Columbus WTVM 9.3 Gray Television
Savannah WTOC-TV 11.3 March 18, 2015

HawaiiEdit

Honolulu KHNL 13.3 Gray Television August 18, 2014

IdahoEdit

Boise KNIN 9.3 Gray Television March 2, 2017
Idaho Falls/Pocatello KPIF 15.3 Pocatello Channel 15, LLC October 2, 2017

IllinoisEdit

Champaign WCIA 3.4 Nexstar Media Group August 23, 2016
Joliet (Chicago) WGBO-DT 66.3 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Rockford WTVO 17.4 Nexstar Media Group September 1, 2016

IndianaEdit

Evansville WFIE 14.3 Gray Television October 28, 2014
Fort Wayne WISE-TV 33.3 Quincy Media May 1, 2019
Indianapolis WRTV 6.2 E. W. Scripps Company October 1, 2016
Terre Haute WAWV-TV 38.2 Nexstar Media Group August 23, 2016

IowaEdit

OttumwaKeokuk, IAKirksville, MO KYOU-TV 15.3 American Spirit Media
(operated by Gray Television)
August 18, 2014 Moved from 15.2, which joined NBC January 24, 2018

KansasEdit

Derby (Wichita) KDCU-DT 31.2 Entravision Communications Launched July 2, 2018
LawrenceKansas City, MO KMCI-TV 38.4 E. W. Scripps Company Launched April 15, 2015
Wichita KGPT-CD 26.3 Great Plains Television Network

KentuckyEdit

Bowling Green WCZU-LD 39.5 DTV America Corporation September 23, 2016
Louisville WAVE 3.2 Gray Television August 18, 2014
Newport (Cincinnati, Ohio) WXIX-TV 19.3 July 2015

LouisianaEdit

Baton Rouge WBXH-CD 39.3 Gray Television August 1, 2015
Lafayette KATC-TV 3.3 E. W. Scripps Company June 28, 2016
Lake Charles KPLC 7.4 Gray Television December 31, 2015 Moved to KPLC-TV DT4 when the CW was added in its old DT2 slot on August 31, 2017
Monroe/El Dorado KARD 14.3 Nexstar Media Group September 12, 2016
New Orleans WVUE-DT 8.3 Gray Television August 18, 2014
Shreveport KSLA 12.2 December 31, 2015

MaineEdit

Bangor WVII 7.3 Rockfleet Broadcasting

MarylandEdit

Salisbury WGDV-LD 32.6 Marquee Broadcasting October 2016

MassachusettsEdit

Marlborough (Boston) WUNI 66.4 Univision Communications
(operated by Entravision Communications)
April 1, 2017
New Bedford (Providence, Rhode Island) WLNE-TV 6.2 Standard Media August 18, 2014

MichiganEdit

Battle CreekKalamazooGrand Rapids WOTV 41.3 Nexstar Media Group January 2016
Lake CityCadillacTraverse City WMNN-LD 26.5 Freelancer Television Broadcasting early 2016 Replaced original Grit affiliate WPBN-DT3
Mount ClemensDetroit WADL 38.2 Adell Broadcasting Corporation July 15, 2015
Marquette WLUC-TV 6.3 Gray Television Group January 2014
Saginaw WAQP 49.6 TCT March 2021

MinnesotaEdit

Mankato-St. James K16CG-D 16.6 Cooperative Television
Minneapolis-St. Paul [KWJM] 15.3 HC2 Holdings
Redwood Falls K46FY-D 46.1 Redwood TV Improvement Corporation

MississippiEdit

Jackson WDBD 40.3 Gray Television October 2014

MissouriEdit

Cape GirardeauPaducah, KY KFVS-TV 12.3 Gray Television October 6, 2014
ColumbiaJefferson City KQFX-LD 22.3 News-Press & Gazette Company April 6, 2018
Joplin KODE-TV 12.2 Nexstar Media Group August 25, 2016
Springfield KOLR 10.3 August 20, 2016
St. Joseph KNPG-LD 21.5 News-Press & Gazette Company April 6, 2018

MontanaEdit

BillingsHardin KHMT 4.3 Nexstar Media Group September 2, 2016

NebraskaEdit

Lincoln KLKN 8.2 Citadel Communications August 18, 2014

New JerseyEdit

Paterson (New York City) WXTV-DT 41.4 Univision Communications August 18, 2014

New MexicoEdit

Albuquerque KWBQ 19.2 Tamer Media January 11, 2016
Roswell KRWB-TV 21.2

New YorkEdit

Binghamton WBNG-TV 12.5 Quincy Media 2019
Buffalo WKBW-TV 7.4 E. W. Scripps Company June 2017
Syracuse WSPX-TV 56.3 Ion Media Networks March 1, 2021
Utica WUTR 20.3 Mission Broadcasting
(operated by Nexstar Media Group)
September 3, 2016

North CarolinaEdit

Charlotte WBTV 3.4 Gray Television October 8, 2014
Greenville W35DW-D 45.1 DTV America Corporation Unknown Future
Wilmington WSFX-TV 26.3 American Spirit Media
(operated by Gray Television)
August 18, 2014

North DakotaEdit

Bismarck/Minot KNDB 26.3 BEK Sports Network, Inc August 2018
KNDM 24.3
Fargo/Valley City/Grand Forks KRDK-TV 4.6 (38) Major Market Broadcasting January 2015

OhioEdit

Cincinnati WXIX-TV 19.4 Gray Television July 2015
Cleveland WEWS-TV 5.2 E. W. Scripps Company April 14, 2017 Replaced Cozi TV[22][23]
Toledo WTOL 11.3 Tegna November 18, 2014

OklahomaEdit

Oklahoma City KSBI 52.4 Griffin Communications Launched October 1, 2018[24][25]
Tulsa KMYT-TV 41.3 Cox Media Group August 18, 2014
KTPX-TV 44.4 Ion Media (Subsidiary of E.W. Scripps Company) Replaced Ion Shop

PennsylvaniaEdit

Erie WFXP 66.3 Nexstar Media Group August 28, 2016
Johnstown/Altoona/State College WTAJ-TV 10.4 October 2017
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton WBRE-TV 28.3 August 27, 2016
Pittsburgh WPCW 19.3 CBS Corporation July 1, 2017

Puerto RicoEdit

Culebra W46EO-D 45.1 TV Red de Puerto Rico, Inc.

South CarolinaEdit

Charleston WCSC-TV 5.3 Gray Television December 31, 2015
Columbia WIS 10.2
Greenville WHNS 21.5 Meredith Corporation 2015
Myrtle Beach WMBF-TV 32.5 Gray Television August 18, 2014

TennesseeEdit

Chattanooga WDEF-TV 12.4 Morris Multimedia January 8, 2018
Knoxville WTNZ 43.3 Lockwood Broadcast Group August 18, 2014
Memphis WMC 5.3 Gray Television December 31, 2015
Nashville WKRN-TV 2.4 Nexstar Media Group 2017

TexasEdit

Abilene KRBC-TV 9.2 Nexstar Media Group August 25, 2016
Alvin (Houston) KFTH-DT 67.3 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Amarillo KCIT 14.2 Nexstar Media Group August 25, 2016 Replaced This TV
Austin KNVA 54.2 January 29, 2016[26]
Brownsville/Harlingen, Texas KGBT-TV 4.5 Sinclair Broadcast Group January 28, 2020[27]
DallasFort Worth KSTR-DT 49.3 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
KPXD 68.3 Ion Media (Subsidiary of E.W. Scripps Company) February 27, 2021 Replaced Ion Plus
Del Rio (San Antonio) KYVV-TV 28.1 Stryker Media LLC July 1, 2018
El Paso KINT-TV 26.2 Entravision Communications June 2018
Jacksonville (TylerLongview) KETK-TV 56.2 Nexstar Media Group
Laredo KXOF-CD 31.4 Entravision Communications July 23, 2018
Lubbock KCBD 11.3 Gray Television August 18, 2014
Midland-Odessa KMID 2.4 Nexstar Media Group September 2016
San Angelo KLST 8.3 August 25, 2016
San Antonio KWEX-DT 41.3 Univision Communications August 18, 2014
Wichita Falls KJTL 18.3 Nexstar Media Group September 1, 2016

UtahEdit

Provo (Salt Lake City) KUCW 30.3 Nexstar Media Group September 2, 2016

VermontEdit

Burlington WVNY 22.3 Nexstar Media Group August 23, 2016

VirginiaEdit

Arlington (Washington, D.C.) WFDC-DT 14.3 Univision Communications
(operated by Entravision Communications
August 18, 2014
Ashland (Richmond) WUPV 65.3 Gray Television
Crozet (Charlottesville) WUDJ-LD 31.3 HC2 Holdings January 6, 2020

WashingtonEdit

Tacoma-Seattle KSTW 11.3 CBS Corporation 2017
Vancouver (Portland, Oregon) KPDX 49.4 Meredith Corporation February 2017

West VirginiaEdit

Huntington-Charleston WOWK-TV 13.4 Nexstar Media Group October 2017

WisconsinEdit

Green Bay WACY-TV 32.2 E. W. Scripps Company August 11, 2015
La Crosse WLAX 25.4 Nexstar Media Group August 30, 2016
Madison WIFS 57.8 Byrne Acquisition Group, LLC April 30, 2018
Milwaukee WTMJ-TV 4.4 E. W. Scripps Company March 2018 moved to WTMJ from WCGV-DT3 (24.3), which left the air January 8, 2018[28]
Wausau WJFW-TV 12.3 Rockfleet Broadcasting

Former affiliatesEdit

Market Station Channel Current owner Years of affiliation Notes
Fort Smith
(Arkansas)
KFLU-LD 20.2 HC2 Holdings 2015-2016 Replaced by Court TV
Lewiston
(Idaho)
KLEW-TV 3.3 Sinclair Broadcasting Group 2015-2018 Replaced by Stadium
Baltimore
(Maryland)
WUTB 24.2 Deerfield Media 2014-2017
Boston
(Massachusetts)
WWJE-DT 50.4 Univision Communications
Bay City
(Michigan)
WBSF 46.3 Cunningham Broadcasting 2015-2017 Replaced by Charge!
Midland
(Michigan)
WFKB-LD 38.1 HC2 Holdings 2014-2020 Went off the air
Jefferson City
(Missouri)
KRCG 13.3 Sinclair Broadcasting Group 2015-2017 Replaced by Charge!
Kansas City
(Missouri)
KMCI 38.4 E.W. Scripps Company 2015-2020 Replaced by Court TV
Reno
(Nevada)
KRXI-TV 11.3 Sinclair Broadcasting Group 2014-2018 Replaced by Antenna TV
Buffalo
(New York City)
WUTV 29.3 2014-2017 Replaced by Charge!
Rochester
(New York City)
WHAM 13.3 Deerfield Media 2015-2017
Syracuse
(New York City)
WTVH 5.2 Sinclair Broadcasting Group
Cleveland
(Ohio)
WUAB 43.3 Gray Television 2014-2018
Columbus
(Ohio)
WWHO 53.2 Sinclair Broadcasting Group 2015-2017 Replaced by Charge!
Dayton
(Ohio)
WKEF 22.3/22.4 Replaced by TBD
Lancaster
(Pennsylvania)
WXBU 15.1 Howard Stirk Holdings 2016-2017 Replaced by Comet and TBD
Nashville
(Tennessee)
WNAB 58.3 Sinclair Broadcasting Group 2015-2017 Replaced by Charge!
Beaumont
(Texas)
KDFM 6.3 2014-2018 Replaced by Charge! and Fox
Brownsville
(Texas)
KVEO-TV 23.4 Nexstar Media Group 2014-2020
Norfolk
(Virginia)
WTVZ-TV 33.3/33.4 Sinclair Broadcasting Group 2014-2017 Replaced by Comet and TBD
Yakima
(Washington)
KIMA-TV 29.3 2015-2018 Replaced by Stadium
Tri-Cities
(Washington)
KEPR-TV 19.3 2015-2018 Replaced by Stadium
Charleston
(West Virginia)
WCHS-TV 8.3 2015-2017 Replaced by Charge!
Madison
(Wisconsin)
WMSN-TV 47.3 2014-2017
Saginaw
(Michigan)
WFKB-LD 38.1 HC2 Holdings 2019-2020 Station off the air

ReferencesEdit

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