Ray Cole Among Iowa Character Award Honorees

The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University will recognize 12 Iowa individuals and groups with awards for exceptional character. The 2019 Iowa Character Awards ceremony will be held Friday, July 26, at The Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa. The Ray Center annually honors Iowans who show the Six Pillars […]

DMAS 53 & 111

McDermott In The Station Game With WLNE, KLKN

Deb McDermott’s new Standard Media is buying the Providence, R.I., and Lincoln, Neb., ABC affiliates from Phil Lombardo for $83 million and she says she’s looking for more.

RETRANS | DMA 52

Dish Signs Deal To Keep WLNE Providence

Dish has reached a multi-year agreement with Citadel Communications for carriage of the ABC affiliate in Providence, R.I. The two sides had been working on a new agreement since late August when the old pact expired. Dish and Citadel signed a handful of temporary agreements to avoid a blackout.

DMA 52: PROVIDENCE, RI

Dish Extends Agreement For WLNE Providence

DMA 52: PROVIDENCE, RI

Dish Offers Free Antennas In Retrans Dispute

Dish said Wednesday it could lose the signal for ABC affiliate WLNE Providence, R.I., due to a dispute with its owner, Citadel Communications, over carriage fees.

Lombardo, Cole Cut Back, But Far From Out

While Phil Lombardo (left) and Ray Cole may be selling most of their Citadel Communications, they’ve still got work to do — running and improving WLNE Providence, R.I., and KLKN Lincoln, Neb., and perhaps using the two to grow another group.

TECH ONE ON ONE

Citadel: From Zero To Full HD Newscasts

Dan Ackerman, Citadel Communications’ director of engineering, explains what his company did to move its four stations (now five) from analog in 2009 to digital with full HD news operations by last September. He also talks about IP backpacks, his low-power solution to VHF reception problems and complying with the new loudness rules.

TECH SPOTLIGHT

Syncbak Moving Forward With OTT Platform

CEO Jack Perry says in addition to developing the platform that stations will be able to use to deliver their programming via broadband to interconnected TV sets, tablets and smart phones in their markets, his company is also lining up national programming to supplement whatever programming the participating stations choose to put on the platform. Preliminary testing on stations is slotted for next month, with the goal of a commercial rollout by January’s CES.

DMA 53

Citadel Closes On WLNE Providence

The acquisition of ABC affiliate WLNE Providence, R.I., by Citadel Communications LLC was finalized Wednesday. Philip J. Lombardo, owner and CEO of Citadel, said in a statement: “The Federal Communications Commission approved the license transfer quickly and we are thrilled to take ownership. We are already in the process of converting the station to high-definition, a $1 million investment.” HD broadcast master control and production rooms are under construction, and plans are in the works to modify existing sets for local newscasts. The station hopes to be broadcasting in full HD by September.

DMA 73

Russ Hamilton Tapped To Be WOI GM

Citadel Communications named Russ Hamilton vice president and general manager of its Des Moines, Iowa, ABC affiliate. Hamilton succeeds Ray Cole, president and chief operating officer of parent company Citadel, who had also been serving as GM of the station. Cole said WOI needed a full-time general manager after Citadel purchased a station in Providence, R.I., in March.

DMA 53

Ex-Owner Appeals WLNE Providence Sale

Kevin O’Brien still hasn’t given up on winning back control of the Providence, R.I., ABC affiliate. He will appeal the March 22 sale of the station in a court auction to the Rhode Island Supreme Court, according to his attorney. Citadel Communications took over management of WLNE on Sunday after buying the station at auction in a deal valued at $5.8 million, including $4 million in cash. The FCC must still approve the transaction.

DMA 53

Citadel Hires Ex-Boston GSM To Run WLNE

Chris Tzianabos, who was general sales manager of Fox-owned WXFT for nine years,  will take command of the ABC affiliate in Providence, R.I., on May 1. With bid of $4 million, Citadel bought the financially troubled station at auction last month. It will operate the station under an LMA until it closes on the purchase sometime this summer.

DMA 53

WLNE Providence Issues Round Of Layoffs

As many as nine staffers were sent packing on Friday and Saturday at the Rhode Island ABC affiliate that was recently acquired by Citadel Communications, including chief engineer Jim Brown and assignment editor Neil Remiesiewicz.

DMA 53

Steve Doerr Out As WLNE Providence GM

VP-General Manager Steve Doerr will leave the Providence, R.I., ABC affiliate at the end of this month. Doerr told the staff that after discussions with the new owner, Citadel Broadcasting, he would be stepping down.

DMA 53

Former Providence Mayor To Bid For WLNE

Former Providence Mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr. said his investment group plans to submit a counter-bid to the $4-million offer for WLNE, from Citadel Communications.

DMA 53

Citadel Named Top Bidder For WLNE

Others interested in bidding for the Providence, R.I., ABC affiliate have until March 18 to submit offers.