KWWL will become part of Quincy’s Iowa cluster of NBC affiliates.
Quincy Newspaper Inc. announced today that it is adding to its portfolio of NBC affiliates, acquiring KWWL Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa, from Raycom Media. The price was not disclosed.
The deal strengthens the Oakley’s presence in Iowa. “We’ll be broadcasting more pigs and cornstalks than any station group in America,” said Ralph Oakley, VP and COO.
The group also owns KTIV, the NBC affiliate in Sioux City, Iowa; KTTC, the NBC affiliate in Rochester, Minn.-Mason City, Iowa; and WGEM, the NBC affiliate Quincy, Ill.-Hannibal, Mo.-Keobuk, Iowa. KWWL and KTIV were sister stations through 1989, when Quincy bought KTIV from the AFLAC Broadcast Group.
Elsewhere, Quincy owns NBC affiliates in Rockford, Ill., and Bluefield, W. Va.; ABC affiliates in Madison-La Crosse-Eau Claire, Wausau and Eagle River, Wisc., and a Fox affiliate in South Bend, Ind. It also operates a Fox affiliate in Rochester, Minn., under a shared services agreement.
Oakley said he does not anticipate additional buys in the immediate future unless the “perfect” station presents itself.