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The Tribune Broadcasting Company is a group of radio and television stations located throughout the United States which are owned and operated by the Tribune Company, a media conglomerate based in Chicago, Illinois.



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 television station in Chicago, in April 1948. Two months later, the Tribune 's then-sister newspaper in New York City, the Daily News, established its own television station, WPIX.

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

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

From January 1995 to September 2006, Tribune Broadcasting was a partner in The WB Television Network, along with the Warner Bros. division of Time Warner. Tribune held an initial 12.5 percent ownership in the network at its launch and later increased its stake to 22 percent, and most of Tribune's television properties were The WB affiliates. On January 24, 2006, Warner Bros. announced that The WB Network would merge with the CBS-owned United Paramount Network, forming a new programming service called The CW Television Network. All but three of Tribune's The WB affiliates became affiliates of The CW on September 18, 2006, through ten-year agreements (the exceptions were in Philadelphia, Seattle, and Atlanta, due to The CW affiliating with CBS-owned stations in those markets). Tribune does not have an ownership interest in The CW, and in 2008 its The CW stations dropped network references in favor of stronger local references. Tribune has no plans to do so with its Fox and MyNetworkTV affiliates.

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 and 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 third quarter of 2008.[1]

On December 8, 2008 Tribune announced that it is voluntarily restructuring its 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 its media businesses during the restructuring, including publishing its newspapers and running its television stations and interactive properties without interruption, and has sufficient cash to do so.[2]

On February 4, 2009 Tribune Broadcasting announced it is combining both WGN-TV and Chicagoland Television into one news powerhouse.[3]

Tribune Entertainment

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

Tribune-owned stations


Television stations

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

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

Radio station

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

Former Tribune-owned stations

Television stations

DMA# City of license/Market Station Channel
Years owned Current Status
7. Cambridge - Boston, MA WLVI-TV 56 / 41 1994–2006 The 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 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Gannett Company
57. Schenectady - Albany - Troy, NY WEWB/WCWN 45 / 43 1999–2006 The 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)

Radio stations

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


  1. ^ Tribune Company (2007-12-20). "Tribune and Local TV to Form Broadcast Management Company". Press release. Retrieved 2007-12-21. "Tribune Company and Local TV have entered into a letter of intent to create a third-party broadcast management company which will provide shared services to all of the stations Local TV and Tribune Company own, respectively."  
  2. ^ Tribune Company (2008-12-08). "Tribune Company to Voluntarily Restructure Debt Under Chapter 11". Press release. Retrieved 2008-12-08. "Tribune Company to Voluntarily Restructure Debt Under Chapter 11. Publishing, Interactive and Broadcasting Businesses to Continue Operations. Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field Not Part of Chapter 11 Filing; Monetization Efforts to Continue"  
  3. ^ Tribune Broadcasting Combines WGN, CLTV, Mediaweek, February 4, 2009


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