The Bryon Allen train doesn’t seem to stop. As he continues to add to his growing empire of television stations and properties across the United States, the entrepreneurial comedian has just acquired seven more!
“I truly appreciate Gray and Quincy, two of the best broadcast groups in the business, working with us to acquire and transfer these amazing assets. Over the past year-and-a-half, we’ve invested close to $1 billion to acquire best-in-class, top-tier, broadcast network affiliates,” said Byron Allen, founder, chairman, and CEO of Allen Media Group in a written statement. “We plan to invest approximately ten billion dollars to acquire more ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX television stations over the next two years with the goal of being the largest broadcast television group in America. All of our media assets, including these broadcast television stations, will work in concert to amplify our free-streaming service, Local Now.”
The seven television stations are:
KVOA (NBC), Tucson, Arizona (Nielsen DMA Rank 64)
WKOW (ABC), Madison, Wisconsin (DMA 81)
WSIL / KPOB (ABC), Paducah, Kentucky– Harrisburg, Illinois (DMA 84)
KWWL (NBC), Cedar Rapids, Iowa (DMA 92)
WXOW / WQOW (ABC), La Crosse–Eau Claire, Wisconsin (DMA 129)
WAOW / WMOW (ABC), Wausau–Rhinelander, Wisconsin (DMA 136)
WREX (NBC), Rockford, Illinois (DMA 139)
“We are thrilled to facilitate the transfer of these fine Quincy television stations to Byron Allen and Allen Media Group, who we are confident will continue the strong commitments to journalism and localism that have distinguished these stations under Quincy’s outstanding stewardship,” said Gary’s Executive Chairman and CEO Hilton H. Howell.
In addition to these new network additions and the Weather Channel, the Allen Media Group owns a syndicated company and 16 power four (ABC-NBC-CBS-FOX) affiliate broadcast stations. Allen’s 24-hour networks include Comedy.TV, Recipe.TV, and JusticeCentral.TV.