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Gray Television and Excalibur Broadcasting to Acquire 15 Stations For $335M

Gray Television and Excalibur Broadcasting have agreed to acquire 15 stations from Hoak Media and Parker Broadcasting for $335 million.

The 20 stations that Gray and Excalibur will acquire from Hoak and Parker are KSFY, KABY and KPRY in Sioux Falls, S.D.; KVLY and KXJB in Fargo, N.D.; KNOE and KAQY in Monroe, La.; KFYR, KMOT, KUMV and KQCD in Minot, N.D.; WMBB in Panama City, Fla.; KALB in Alexandria, La.; KREX, KREY, KFQX and KREG in Grand Junction, Co.; KNOP and KIIT in North Platte, Neb.; and KHAS in Lincoln, Neb.

Due to FCC ownership requirements, Gray will sell Hoak’s stations station in Panama City, Fla. and four stations in Grand Junction, Co., bringing the total number of stations acquired to 15.

Excalibur has also agreed to acquire two more stations from Prime Cities Broadcasting, KNDX and KXND in Minot, N.D., for $7.5 million.

Gray will provide back-office services and limited programming to the Excalibur stations in Lincoln, Fargo, Minot and Monroe through a shared services agreement.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the Hoak, Parker and Prime Cities television stations into the Gray community,” Gray President and CEO Hilton Howell said in a statement. “These transactions will yield impressive synergies, many of which are unique to Gray given how well the stations’ locations, operations and culture complement our own.”

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The Story Behind KNOP’s Will Ferrell Super Bowl Ad

KNOP general manager Lewys Carlini had one thought when he first watched the now-famous Will Ferrell Super Bowl ad for Old Milwaukee: why’d it cut off?

“I had to watch it two or three times to make sure there wasn’t a technical problem,” Carlini told TVSpy today.  He even called the agency that placed the commercial to double-check that it was indeed supposed to cut off just as Ferrell starts saying “Old Milwaukee.”

Carlini personally reviewed all of the ads that were set to run during Sunday’s Super Bowl to make sure they were appropriate for air. Read more

KNOP Airs Will Ferrell Super Bowl Commercial, GM Calls it ‘Odd’

KNOP in North Platte, Nebraska has a unique distinction: it was the only station in the country to air an Old Milwaukee commercial featuring Will Ferrell during Sunday’s Super Bowl.

After airing on KNOP, in the second-smallest market in the country, the ad went viral on Monday, edging out actual Super Bowl ads as the topic of watercooler conversation.

Back in North Platte, KNOP general manger Lewys Carlini thinks the whole thing is a bit strange.

“We found it interesting and odd that they would pick KNOP in North Platte, the second smallest market in the nation, for one spot to run and that’s all that ran,” Carlini said on Monday, “and for it hitting their hopes that it would go viral, and apparently it did.” Read more