AM station planning to shut down

This isn’t exactly a Bay Area story, but it shows how difficult times are in AM radio in many places. David Jackson of the Bay Area Radio Museum (see item below for the museum’s Hall of Fame) informs us that KMPH-AM 840 in Modesto will shut down on Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 9 a.m. It’s the sister station of San Francisco’s KTRB-AM 860. Both are owned by the Pappas family, whose television stations were sold off in bankruptcy proceedings. “As

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KTNC to remain Spanish, joins new network

KTNC-TV Channel 42 in Concord has changed ownership but will remain a Spanish language station. The station (along with its satellite in Mendocino County , KUNO Channel 8, Fort Bragg) were among the stations Pappas Telecasting lost in bankruptcy proceedings. The station has been acquired by a newly formed company, New World T.V. Group LLC, which is owned mostly by Fortress Capital Corp., Pappas’ largest creditor, and headed by Dan Sullivan and Bert Ellis. Ellis also owns KDOC-TV in Anaheim,

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KTRB-AM adds 40 hours of sports talk

KTRB-AM 860, a nearly two-year-old 50,000-watt talk station, is adding more than 40 hours a week of sports-talk programming produced in San Francisco. Starting today (Jan. 5), KTRB will air the syndicated “Sports Byline USA” hosted by Ron Barr from 7 to 10 p.m. The program originates from an office building at Broadway and Sansome Street and is heard on about 170 stations and the Armed Forces Radio Network. “It’s always nice to come home,” Barr said. “I think the

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Pappas to lose Channel 42 to creditor

The Bay Area’s KTNC-TV Channel 42 is among 10 television stations owned by Central Valley broadcasting titan Henry Pappas that will soon change hands as the result of a bankruptcy court auction. The successful bidder was Pappas’ largest creditor, Fortress Capital Corp., which will turn the stations over to a company called New World T.V. Group LLC, according to an e-mail bankruptcy trustee E. Roger Williams sent to employees of the stations. The e-mail was posted online by newspapertree.com in

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Pappas’s Channel 42 closer to auction block

Central Valley broadcast titan Henry Pappas may have to put 10 of his TV stations, including the Bay Area’s KTNC Channel 42, up for bankruptcy auction next week. A federal bankruptcy judge has signed off on the procedures to sell the assets owned by Pappas Telecasting Companies, according to the Fresno Bee. The only way any of the stations would not go on the auction block is if at least two qualified buyers submit bids by Thursday(Dec. 4), according to

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Pappas station goes dark

In the Bay Area, Pappas Telecasting Companies’ KTNC Channel 42 remains on the air but one of its sister stations has gone dark as the company works its way through Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Pappas’ CW affiliate in Yakima, Wash., KCWK-TV, abruptly signed off the evening of May 25, according to the Yakima Herald-Republic. While the station’s transmitter has been turned off, the CW Network is providing a feed to the local cable company.

Creditors force Pappas into Chapter 7

Creditors are forcing Harry J. Pappas, the head of Pappas Telecasting Companies, to file for Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy, a move that could result in a forced sale of his personal assets to repay debts, according to the AP and Fresno Bee. Pappas is chief executive and president of Pappas Telecasting, which operates 30 TV stations including KTNC Channel 42 in San Francisco. The stations have been for sale for several months. On Saturday, Pappas Telecasting put 13 of its

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Pappas may put TV stations on the market

KTNC Channel 42 may soon be up for sale along with 26 other TV stations owned by Pappas Telecasting of Visalia. Chairman and chief executive Harry Pappas says that after 40 years in broadcasting, “the time has come to simplify my life and spend more time with my family.” He’s hired Moelis & Company to explore options for selling the privately held company that includes network affiliates in several smaller markets. One of the Pappas assets that apparently is not

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Ch. 42 becomes a Spanish independent

Pappas Telecasting’s KTNC Channel 42 is dropping its affiliation with the Azteca network today and will become an independent, though still a Spanish-language station. Azteca will now be broadcast on one of KBWB-TV Channel 20’s digital multicast channels (20.4). As part of the transition to digital television, a single station can now provide multiple channels of separate programming simultaneously, free and over the air. Each separate program stream is called a multicast. The local Azteca feed will also be available

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Channel 42 to drop Azteca due to low ratings

Pappas Telecasting has terminated its affiliation agreement with Azteca America Network for KTNC-TV Channel 42 in the Bay Area and stations in Houston, Reno, Omaha and Sioux City. “Azteca America Network’s programming has not developed and ratings have not grown as we had expected,” CEO and chairman Harry Pappas said in a news release. Pappas hasn’t announced what it will air starting July 1 when it pulls the plug on Azteca, or whether the stations will remain Spanish. Visalia-based Pappas

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