Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. is an American television and radio broadcasting corporation based in St. Paul, Minnesota that was started by Stanley E. Hubbard.

The corporation has broadcast outlets scattered across Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, and New Mexico, though the flagship stations are KSTP radio, KSTP-FM and KSTP-TV, which serve the Twin Cities region of Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

History

KSTP has its origins in the Twin Cities radio station WAMD ("Where All Minneapolis Dances"), which started broadcasting live dance music from a local ballroom on February 13, 1925. It was the first radio station to be completely supported by income generated by advertisements. Hubbard Broadcasting now operates four radio stations as well as several television stations.

In 1928, WAMD merged with KFOY (Kind Friends of Yours) radio (first broadcast: March 12, 1924) in St. Paul to become KSTP, which was advertised as being operated by the National Battery Broadcasting Co. Ten years later, in 1938, Hubbard bought the first television camera available from RCA. Following the television blackout brought on by World War II, KSTP started television broadcasts in 1948.

KSTP is still Hubbard's flagship, although there are now three different stations that carry that name. KSTP broadcasts a sports radio format, and KSTP-FM broadcasts adult contemporary music; KSTP-TV is affiliated with ABC.

After the Federal Communications Commission relaxed rules about television station ownership, Hubbard bought a second television station in the Twin Cities. Originally affiliated with the Home Shopping Network when it started operations in 1994, KVBM was bought by Hubbard and became general-entertainment independent station KSTC-TV in 2000. It has been used as an alternate outlet for ABC network programming when KSTP-TV is broadcasting coverage of Viking football games or other special shows, including severe-weather coverage.

Aside from terrestrial broadcast stations, other current ventures include the film network ReelzChannel (launched in 2006), arts network Ovation, and the Hubbard Radio Network, which is used to distribute KSTP's local talk shows to subscribing radio stations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The cable channels are run through subsidiary company Hubbard Media Group.

In 1981, Hubbard Broadcasting started U.S. Satellite Broadcasting (USSB), and later was instrumental in the development and launching of the first digital satellite system for television in 1994. The new satellite could deliver 175 channels to a (at the time) tiny, 18 inch dish. USSB's development partner, Hughes Electronics (a General Motors subsidiary), launched their own subscription satellite service called DirecTV. The two services did not compete against each other (they carried different channels), and were often marketed together to subscribers by retailers and in advertisements until DirecTV's 1998 acquisition of USSB.

Hubbard Broadcasting also operated a 24 Hour News station titled All News Channel which featured longtime KSTP anchor Stan Turner. The news channel lasted from 1991 until it folded in September 2002.

Hubbard Broadcasting also owned the now-closed Bound to be Read bookstores in St. Paul, Albuquerque, and Key Largo.

As of October 2007, it is engaged in a fevered battle with NABET union repping employees of WNYT in Albany, New York.

On January 19, 2011, it was announced that Hubbard will purchase 17 radio stations in Cincinnati, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints subsidiary Bonneville International for $505 million.[2] The sale closed on April 29, 2011.[3]

On February 25, 2013, Hubbard announced that it would purchase MyNetworkTV station WNYA to form a duopoly with WNYT, pending FCC approval. No financial details were announced.[4]

On July 16, 2013, Hubbard announced that it had agreed to purchase 10 stations from Ohio-based Sandusky Radio for $85.5 million.[5]

Hubbard announced on November 13, 2014 that it would purchase the sixteen stations owned by Omni Broadcasting. The Omni stations are all located in central and northern Minnesota.[6]

Hubbard-owned stations

Stations are arranged in alphabetical order by state and city of license.

All of the assets are owned by the Stanley S. Hubbard Revocable Trust, and administered by Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.[7][8]

Note: Two boldface asterisks appearing following a station's call letters (**) indicates a station that was built and signed-on by Hubbard.

Television stations

City of license / MarketStationChannel
TV (RF)
Owned SinceNetwork Affiliation
Austin - Rochester, MN - Mason City, IAKAAL6 (36)2001ABC
Duluth, MN - Superior, WIWDIO-DT10 (10)1987ABC
Hibbing, MinnesotaWIRT-DT
(satellite of WDIO-DT)
13 (13)1987ABC
St. Paul - MinneapolisKSTP-TV **5 (35)1948ABC
KSTC-TV45 (45)2000Independent
Alexandria, MinnesotaKSAX **
(satellite of KSTP-TV)
42 (42)1987ABC
Redwood Falls, MinnesotaKRWF **
(semi-satellite of KSTP-TV)
43 (27)1987ABC
Albuquerque - Santa FeKOB4 (26)1957NBC
Farmington, New MexicoKOBF
(satellite of KOB)
12 (12)1983NBC
Las Cruces, NM - El Paso, TXK42DJ42 (analog)1Azteca América
Roswell, New MexicoKOBR
(satellite of KOB)
8 (8)1985NBC
Albany - Schenectady - Troy, NYWNYT13 (12)1996NBC
Pittsfield, MAWNYA51 (13)2013MyNetworkTV
Rochester, New YorkWHEC-TV10 (10)1996NBC

Note:

Radio stations

AM StationsFM Stations
MarketStationOwned SinceCurrent Format
PhoenixKDUS-10602013Sports radio
KAZG-14402013Oldies
KDKB-93.32013Alternative rock
KUPD-97.92013Active rock
KSLX-FM-100.72013Classic rock
Washington, D.C.WBQH-10502011Regional Mexican
WFED-15002011Federal news/talk
WWFD-8202011Freeform
WTOP-FM-103.52011News
WTLP-103.9
(simulcasts WTOP-FM)
2011
WWWT-FM-107.7
(simulcasts WTOP-FM)
2011
ChicagoWDRV-97.12011Classic rock
WWDV-96.9
(simulcasts WDRV)
2011
WSHE-FM-100.32011Adult contemporary
WTMX-101.92011Hot Adult Contemporary
Alexandria, MinnesotaKULO-94.32015Oldies
KIKV-FM-100.72015Country
Bemidji, MinnesotaKBUN-14502015Sports radio
KKZY-95.52015Adult contemporary
KLLZ-FM-99.12015Classic rock
KBHP-101.12015Country
KBUN-FM-104.52015Sports radio
Brainerd-Baxter, MinnesotaKVBR-13402015Business news/talk
KLIZ-13802015Sports radio
KBLB-93.32015Country
KUAL-FM-103.52015Oldies
WJJY-FM-106.72015Adult contemporary
KLIZ-FM-107.52015Classic rock
Minneapolis - Saint PaulKSTP-1500 **1928Sports radio
KSTP-FM-94.5 **1966Hot adult contemporary
KTMY-107.12000Female-oriented Talk
Wadena-Staples, MinnesotaKWAD-9202015Classic country
KNSP-1430
(simulcasts KWAD)
2015
KKWS-105.92015Country
St. LouisWARH-106.52011Adult hits
WIL-FM-92.32011Country
WXOS-101.12011Sports radio
CincinnatiWKRQ-101.92011Adult Top 40
WREW-94.92011Rhythmic AC
WUBE-FM-105.12011Country
WYGY-97.32011Country Top 40
SeattleKIXI-8802013Adult standards
KKNW-11502013Brokered programming
KQMV-92.52013Contemporary hit radio
KVRQ-98.92013Mainstream rock
KRWM-106.92013Adult contemporary

Cable channels (through Hubbard Media Group division)

Former Hubbard-owned stations

Television stations

City of license / MarketStationChannel
TV (RF)
Years OwnedCurrent Ownership Status
St. Petersburg - TampaWTOG **44 (44)1968–1996The CW affiliate owned by CBS Corporation
Silver City, New MexicoKOBG-TV **
(satellite of KOB)
6 (12)2000–2011defunct, went dark in 2011
(replaced by KOB translator K12QW-D)

Hubbard also owned a partial stake in KWK-TV (later KMOX-TV, now KMOV), channel 4, in St. Louis during the mid-1950s.

Radio stations

AM StationsFM Station
MarketStation/
Frequency
Years ownedCurrent ownership
AlbuquerqueKOB-770
(now KKOB)
1957–1986owned by Cumulus Media
KOB-FM-93.3
(now KKOB-FM)
1957–1986owned by Cumulus Media
Winter Haven, FLWGTO-540
(now WFLF)
1964–1986owned by iHeartMedia
New Richmond, WIWIXK-15902000–2012owned by Hmong Radio Broadcast, LLC

Cable channels