The Nexstar Media Group is TVNewsCheck’s Station Group of the Year for 2019. When it closed on its merger with Tribune last month, Nexstar Media Group became the nation’s largest station group by most measures. It operates in 115 markets in 43 states covering 63% of TV households — from Los Angeles (DMA 2) to San Angelo, Texas (DMA 195). But with the FCC blocking its path into new markets, it will have to find new ways to grow.
With little more than a love of broadcasting and burning entrepreneurial ambition, Perry Sook went forth from small-town Pennsylvania radio to build the largest TV station group in the land: Nexstar Media Group, TVNewsCheck’s Station Group of the Year.
Led by Perry Sook, Nexstar has been from its inception in 1996 a voracious consolidator. When it closes on Tribune Media later this year, it will operate 216 stations in 118 markets covering 63% of U.S. TV homes, the most allowed under current FCC rules.