The Chicago-based group will pay $9 million for the KAZA Los Angeles. The station is licensed to Avalon, Calif., but broadcasts from Mount Wilson. At the same time, Weigel has agreed to pay $3.75 for KNLC St. Louis from New Life Evangelistic Center.
Weigel Moving Into Los Angeles, St. Louis
Weigel Broadcasting, a small group with an independent station in the third largest TV market (Chicago), is moving into the second largest (Los Angeles) with the purchase of KAZA for $9 million, according to an FCC filing.
“Nothing firm yet,” Weigel’s Neal Sabin said in an email when asked about plans for KAZA. “We have four networks [MeTV, Decades, H&I, Movies!]. All are cleared in the market at this time, so there are options we can explore once we own the station.”
This summer, Weigel has also purchased, pending FCC approval, KNLC St. Louis from New Life Evangelistic Center for $3.75 million and KCSG Salt Lake City from West American Finance Corp. for $1.1 million.
In addition to independent WCIU and companion low powers in Chicago, Weigel owns CBS affiliate WDJT and two LPTVs in Milwaukee, a low-power ABC-CW duopoly in South Bend, Ind., and an independent LPTV in Rockford, Ill.
Weigel sold its fourth Milwaukee outlet, independent WMLW, in the incentive auction, but will keep the station alive on a subchannel of low-power WBME there.
KAZA is licensed to Avalon, Calif., but broadcasts from Mount Wilson with most of the other Los Angeles stations.
Weigel is owned by Norman Shapiro and Fred Bishop.
The owner of KAZA is Dennis Davis of Malibu, Calif. He has no other broadcast interests.
KAZA is not going off the air. Venture Technologies will host the station on its low-power KHTV Los Angeles under a sharing agreement and handle programming and sales under a local marketing agreement.