DMA 68: DES MOINES, IA

Tegna Names David Loving GM In Des Moines

The former Univision executive takes over the station group’s Iowa ABC-CW duopoly of WOI-KCWI on March 2.

DMA 68

Nexstar Taps Johnson As Des Moines GM

The station group chooses Native Iowan Mary Ann Johnson to Lead its ABC-CW duo of WOI and KCWI.

Hearst, Scripps Share Cronkite Award

The station groups were cited for their “strong, clear, vocal leadership.” Other winners of the political journalism award, which is bestowed by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism,include include KUSA Denver (two awards); KXAN Austin, Texas; WXIA Atlanta; WOI Des Moines, Iowa; KMGH Denver; and KCET Los Angeles.

DMA 72 (DES MOINES, IA)

Did Two Hearst Stations Steal A Story from WOI?

Nexstar To Air Senate Debate In Iowa

Nexstar Broadcasting Group’ three television stations in Iowa will provide that state’s voters broadcast coverage of the one-hour debate between U.S. Senate candidates Joni Ernst (R) and current U.S. Representative Bruce Braley (D) on Oct. 16. Ernst and Braley are competing for the Iowa Senate seat that will be left vacant when long-time Senator Tom […]

DMA 72 (DES MOINES, IA)

WOI Sports Anchot Dave Zawilinski Leaving

DMAS 72, 99, 147 & 157

Nexstar, Mission Buying 5 Stations For $103M

Nexstar will acquire WOI Des Moines, Iowa; WHBF Rock Island, Ill., and KCAU Sioux City, Iowa, from Citadel Communications for $88 million and will operate them under a time brokerage agreement. Mission is buying WICZ and WBNP-LP Binghamton, N.Y., from Stainless Broadcasting for $15.25 million in a transaction structured as an asset purchase agreement.

DMA 72 (DES MOINES, IA)

WOI Sports Director John Walters Leaving

DMAS 53, 72, 100, 105 & 147

Live Well Adds Five Citadel Stations

These affiliates in Providence, Des Moines, Davenport, Lincoln and Sioux City bring the ABC diginet’s U.S. clearance to about 55%.

STATION ADVISORY

WOI Within Rights To Reject Colbert PAC Ad

Advertising from Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC was rejected by Citadel’s Des Moines, Iowa, ABC affiliate, based on its belief that these commercials would be confusing to Iowa voters. Are there legal issues with the station deciding not to run these ads? Not at all.

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.