Monday, August 22, 2005

Journal Broadcasting Buys KM3

Emmis Communications is selling its TV operations in bits and pieces. Among the deals reported earlier today is the Journal Broadcast Group's purchase of Omaha's KMTV, along with stations in Fort Myers, FL and Tucson, AZ, for a total of $235 million.

This seems like especially bad news for those of us who despise the sight (and sound) of Travis Justice on our TVs: Journal radio stations Z-92 and Big Sports 590 feature the bloated blowhard on a regular basis, even going so far as to give him his own show on the latter.

The purchase also will bring Journal's former Omaha General Manager, Jim McKernan back into the fold. McKernan is currently KM3's GM and is the programming genius who thought what Omaha viewers really wanted was a daily dose of Justice's nasal musings on current events.

According to its website, Journal currently owns 38 radio stations (eight of them in Omaha) and 7 television outlets. It is the same outfit that, upon acquiring WOW radio, casually tossed aside those history-laden (and now unrecoverable) call letters in favor of the forgettable KXSP moniker. One can only imagine what they'll do with KM3.

Emmis Sells Nine TV Stations [TheStreet.com]

2 comments:

peterjenningsghost said...

McKernan was @#$% canned from Journal before landing at 3 and went on to fire many Ch. 3 employees who ended up at Journal...mmmm...me thinks the General had better watch his flank!

DarthSchrader said...

I think you all should evaluate your negative Travis Justice comments. They guy is a major talent. If he wasn't, would Channel 3rd put him on Sunday nights at 10:30 p.m.? That's peak viewing time, folks.

Easy to work with, pleasant, charismatic, willing to be a team player....wait....those are my notes for Dave Webber....sorry.

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