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Heartland Media Buys Family Owned Station in Tupelo

wtva logoWTVA, the Tupelo, Miss. NBC and ABC affiliate which has been owned by the Spain family for 57 years, has been sold to Heartland Media.

“We are excited about the opportunity to continue the excellent television service that have been provided for the past 57 years by the Spain family,” Bob Prather, president and CEO of Heartland said in a statement.

Heartland owns WKTV, the NBC affiliate in Utica, NY, and ABC affiliates KEZI in Eugene, KDRV in Medford and KDKF in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Prather is the former president and CEO of Gray Television, Inc. According to the release, “Under Prather’s leadership, Gray undertook an aggressive growth strategy in building a 41 station group, with the largest station in Knoxville, Tennessee (market 51).”

Until the transaction is approved by the FCC, WTVA, Inc. will continue to run the station.

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Steve McMurray Named GM of WKTV in Utica

steve mcmurraySteve McMurray has been promoted to general manager at WKTV, the NBC affiliate in Utica, N.Y. The sale of WKTV to former Gray Television executive Bob Prather was completed yesterday.

“We were convinced from our first meetings regarding the acquisition of WKTV that Steve was the right person to be General Manager,” Prather, the president and CEO of Heartland Media, said in a statement. “With his background and knowledge of both the station and the community, we are confident he has the ability to implement the improvements planned.”

McMurray, currently the station’s news director and station manager, has worked at WKTV since 2002. He first joined the station as an assignment manager and was named news director in 2004 and station manager in 2012.

WKTV’s former general manager was Steve Doerr, who also had oversight of Smith Media’s stations in Burlington. WKTV was Smith Media’s last remaining station.

Gray Television President Bob Prather Resigns

Bob Prather has resigned from his post as president and chief operating officer of Gray Television.

“I want to thank Bob Prather for his service to the Company.  As we continue to move ahead, I am looking forward to continuing to work closely with our corporate leadership team, as well as all the other members of Gray’s outstanding operational leadership team at our television stations,” Gray CEO Hilton H. Howell, Jr. said in a statement. “This is an exciting and dynamic time in the television broadcasting industry, and after our record year in 2012 we continue to be on track for a very solid year in 2013.”

Howell has been appointed to serve as president of Gray Television.

Gray Television Buys KSNB in Lincoln, Nebraska Announces Relaunch

Gray Television has announced it is buying independent station KSNB in Lincoln, NE, from Colins Broadcasting for $1.25 million.

“We are excited by the opportunity to expand our investment in Central Nebraska,” said Bob Prather president and chief operating officer of Gray Television. “This new station provides further evidence of Gray’s long commitment to serving dynamic markets and the valued residents and businesses in those communities.”

Gray, which already owns Lincoln CBS affiliate KOLN, plans to add MyNetworkTV programming to the independent station. They also announced plans to relaunch KSNB as 10/11 Central Nebraska featuring the area’s first high definition newscasts at 5:30 and 9:00 p.m.

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WKYT General Manager Wayne Martin to Retire

Wayne Martin, the general manager of Lexington CBS affiliate WKYT, announced he will retire at the end of the year.

Martin’s retirement caps a 25-year career in television, the past 19 of them as WKYT’s GM. He joined the Gray Television station in 1993.

“Wayne represents the best of what we expect out of our managers, being an excellent professional manager and devoted to his community and his station,” Gray Television COO Bob Prather said in a statement. “We want all of our television stations to be part of the fabric of the community, and Wayne has clearly made sure that WKYT is an important part of the fabric of the Lexington market viewing area.”

Gray Television Signs CBS Affiliation Agreements for Three Stations

Gray Television, the owner of more CBS-affiliates than any other group operator, announced today that is has signed affiliation agreements with CBS for three of its stations: WECP in Panama City, FL; WSVF in Harrisonburg, VA; and WIYE in Parkersburg, WV.

“We welcome this exciting opportunity to expand our long-standing successful partnership with CBS with these new affiliation agreements,” Bob Prather, Gray’s president and COO, said in a statement.  “We highly value the quality entertainment, news, and sports programming the network provides to our viewers and advertisers.”

Gray currently operates 36 stations, 17 of which broadcast CBS programming.