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Nexstar and Mission Broadcasting Buying Six Stations in Two Markets

nexstar_304Nexstar Broadcasting and Mission Broadcasting have announced a definitive agreement to acquire six television stations for $37.5 million.

In the deal, Nexstar will pay $33.5 million to buy WMBB (ABC) in Panama City, FL, and KREX (CBS), KREG (CBS), KREY (CBS) and KGJT (MyNetworkTV) in Grand Junction, CO, from Gray Television. Mission will pay $4 million for KFQX in Grand Junction, CO, from Excalibur Broadcasting. KREG and KREY are satellite stations of KREX.

Perry A. Sook, chairman, president and CEO of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., said in a statement. “The agreements to acquire stations in Grand Junction and Panama City mark our entrée into these markets and upon completing all announced transactions, we will own or provide services to multiple stations in 37 of the 56 markets where we will operate.”

Gray and Excalibur previously agreed to buy WMBB, KREX, KREG, KREY, and KFQX as part of a 20 station deal with Hoak Media and Parker Broadcasting and then sell them off because of FCC ownership restrictions.

The addition of the stations will bring Nexstar’s station total to 108 in 56 markets reaching approximately 16 percent of all US TV households.

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Colorado Stations Raise Money for Flood Victims

KUSA_donatinColorado radio and television outlets came together to raise over $1.1 million for victims of the recent Colorado floods.

On Wednesday, Rocky Mountain PBS station KRMA provided its studios for a Red Cross donation call center and live shots for local stations who also ran tickers on the bottom of their screens during the fundraiser to drive viewers to donate.

“It never ceases to amaze me the generous spirit of the Colorado people and its times like these that our western heritage really comes through – and we metaphorically circle the wagons,” Gino Greco, CEO of the American Red Cross of Colorado said in a statement.

Justin Sasso, president and CEO of the Colorado Broadcasters Association added, “Before the flood waters had fully receded broadcasters teamed together again and used the power of live, local radio and television to drive a fundraiser, yielding an unprecedented donation total, well beyond our expectations. You can bet that broadcasters will be there as these communities rebuild and get back to business as usual.  The level at which broadcasters connect with their audience is unparalleled.”

Meaghan Wallace Says Goodbye to KREX

Meaghan Wallace said goodbye to viewers of Grand Junction, CO, CBS affiliate KREX.

“This is my last day here at NewsChannel 5,” Wallace said on Friday morning. “I’m continuing my broadcast journalism career in Charleston, SC, in an area of the country I’ve never lived before. We’ll hope the humidity doesn’t eat me alive.”

Wallace was the morning anchor at KREX for three years. You can watch video of her goodbye after the jump. There’s no word which Charleston station she will be working for. Read more

KKCO Investigates Tooth Found in a Box of Ice Cream

“There was a foreign object in my ice cream,” Kenneth Smalley, a resident of Grand Junction, CO, informed local NBC-affiliate KKCO.  “All the sudden there was a chocolate chip that wasn’t melting.”

Smalley suspected that the object was a tooth so KKCO took it to a dentist for further inspection (video above).

While a dental hygienist backed up Smalley’s claim that it certainly looked like a tooth, Dr. John Poovey, a general dentist, concluded that it was “100 percent” not a tooth. Poovey guessed that it was just a piece of plastic. The verdict brought relief to Smalley, but perhaps disappointment to KKCO reporter Aaron Luna, who may have thought that he had a major consumer advocacy story on his hands.