Get After It Media
TypePrivate LLC
IndustryBroadcast television
Founded2008; 14 years ago (2008) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
FounderHenry Luken III
HeadquartersChattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
Area served
United States (Nationwide)
Key people
Joel Wertman
ProductsTelevision stations
Digital broadcast television networks
OwnerHenry Luken III
Number of employees
50 (2010)
Subsidiaries
Websitegetafteritmedia.com

Get After It Media, formerly known as Luken Communications and Reach High Media Group, is a privately owned American broadcast holding company, based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which owns or operates around 80 television stations in the United States and six digital television multicast networks.

History

Luken Communications was formed in 2008 by Henry Luken III, formerly president and CEO of Equity Media Holdings. Luken Communications agreed to purchase six TV stations from Equity Media for $17.5 million and paid a $5 million installment with the rest pending on regulatory approval. In June 2008, Equity sold to Luken Retro Television Network for $18.5 million and $8.05 million Equity warrants for $1.5 million.[1]

On January 4, 2009, a contract conflict between Equity and Luken Communications interrupted RTN programming on many of its affiliates with Luken alleging that Equity had left many obligations to RTN's creditors, including programming suppliers, unpaid. As a result, Luken restored a national feed of the network from its Chattanooga headquarters.[2] As a result of this dispute, Luken pulled out of a deal to purchase Equity's stations in southwestern Florida.

In June 2009, Luken and Seals Entertainment Company LLC launched the male-oriented digital multicast channel Tuff TV.[3] On March 22, 2011, Luken became part-owners of My Family TV in a joint venture with existing owner ValCom[4] (the network later rebranded as The Family Channel after ValCom and Luken Communications ended their partnership). In June 2011, Luken Communications announced the purchase of 78 low-power translator stations from the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council for $390,000; the purchase was made in order to expand coverage of its ten existing and planned digital multicast networks with hopes to eventually acquire 400 low-power stations.[5] In late summer 2011, Luken and Classic Media launched PBJ, featuring classic children's programs from the Classic Media library.[6] With Frost Cutlery's shopping network and outdoor shows, Luken launched in 2011 the Frost Great Outdoors network.[7]

On April 16, 2012, Luken Communications and Jim Owens Entertainment announced that the companies had teamed to relaunch The Nashville Network as a digital broadcast television network set for a late summer 2012 launch (TNN previously existed as a cable channel started by Gaylord Entertainment Company in 1983). The network was rebranded the next year as Heartland.

On June 21, 2013, an Arkansas jury awarded a $47.4 million verdict against Luken Communications for a claim of fraudulent transfer of the ownership of RTV six years prior. In order to appeal, Luken Communications filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a protection measure.[8] The appeal spanned more than a year but was ultimately successful, and in October 2014, the company announced it was emerging from bankruptcy protection and continued to grow and expand its network offerings.[9] In December 2014, Luken Communications launched a new digital network, Rev'n, with a focus on automotive enthusiasts.

In December 2019, Luken Communications rebranded as Reach High Media Group, as Joel Wertman had by then taken over as President and CEO of the company from Luken.[10] It again rebranded in early 2021 to Get After It Media, with Wertman remaining as President.[11]

Assets owned by Get After It Media

Digital multicast networks

Broadcast television stations

Notes: All stations are owned by Digital Networks, LLC. Many of these stations were former Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) translators, unless specified.

DMA# City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Subchannels
11. Phoenix, Arizona K23PL-D 23 (38) Silent
13. Tampa, Florida WDNP-LD 36 (34) 36.1 Heartland
36.2 Retro TV
36.3 Rev'n
36.4 Action Channel
36.5 The Family Channel
15. Minneapolis, Minnesota KKTW-LD 19 (19) 19.1 Heartland
19.2 Retro TV
19.3 Rev'n
19.4 Action Channel
19.5 The Family Channel
19. Denver, Colorado KAVC-LD 48 (27) Silent
24. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina WDRH-LD 16 (16)
25. Indianapolis, Indiana WSWY-LD 21 (20)
29. Nashville, Tennessee WWHL-LD 32 (31)
31. San Antonio, Texas K24OJ-D 15 (24)
KRTX-LP 20 (20) 20.1 Heartland
20.2 Retro TV
20.3 Rev'n
20.4 Action Channel
20.5 The Family Channel
20.6 Shop LC
34. Kansas City, Missouri K26PI-D 15 (26) Silent
37. Spartanburg-Greenville, South Carolina WASV-LD 50 (36) 50.1 Heartland
50.2 Retro TV
50.3 Rev'n
50.4 Action Channel
50.5 The Family Channel
50.6 Shop LC
40. Las Vegas, Nevada KVGA-LD 51 (12) Silent
44. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma KWRW-LD 33 (34)
45. Birmingham, Alabama WSWH-LD 22 (22) 22.1 Heartland
22.2 Retro TV
22.3 Rev'n
22.4 Action Channel
22.5 The Family Channel
45. Albuquerque-Santa Fe, New Mexico K26PL-D 36 (26) Silent
K33OB-D 50 (33)
53. Buffalo, New York WBUO-LD 30 (30) 30.1 Retro TV
59. Little Rock, Arkansas WPYM-LD 38 (16) Silent
61. Tulsa, Oklahoma KTUO-LD 22 (23) 22.1 Heartland
22.2 Retro TV
22.3 Rev'n
22.4 Action Channel
22.5 The Family Channel
22.6 Revival Ministries
62. Knoxville, Tennessee WKXT-LD 61 (43) 61.1 Heartland
61.2 Retro TV
61.3 Rev'n
89. Des Moines, Iowa K31PO-D 44 (31) Silent
69. Green Bay, Wisconsin K18NQ-D 18 (18)
W21EF-D 8 (21)
70. Wichita, Kansas KSMI-LD1, 3 30 (30) 30.1 Heartland
30.2 Retro TV
30.3 Rev'n
30.4 Action Channel
30.5 The Family Channel
30.6 HSN
72. Omaha, Nebraska K36QD-D 21 (36) Silent
73. Flint, Michigan W30ET-D 30 (30)
74. Springfield, Missouri KSFZ-LD 41 (29)
75. Charleston-Huntington, West Virginia WHWV-LD 45 (21)
79. Huntsville-Decatur-Florence, Alabama WNAL-LD 27 (27)
84. Paducah, Kentucky-Cape Girardeau-
Harrisburg-Mt. Vernon, Illinois
K27OY-D 27 (27)
86. Shreveport, Louisiana K21OZ-D 30 (21)
88. Chattanooga, Tennessee WOOT-LD1, 2 6 (19) 6.1 Heartland
6.2 Retro TV
6.3 Rev'n
6.4 Action Channel
6.5 The Family Channel
6.6 HSN
91. Savannah, Georgia W31FE-D 23 (31) Silent
97. Baton Rouge, Louisiana WRUG-LD 50 (26)
103. Davenport, Iowa-Rock Island-Moline, Illinois W35DY-D 19 (35)
109. Sioux Falls, South Dakota KSXF-LD 56 (23)
114. Fargo-Valley City, North Dakota KFGX-LD 35 (35)
123. Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois WSIO-LD 51 (19)
127. Columbus, Georgia WXVK-LD 30 (34)
132. Chico-Redding, California K19FY-D 19 (19)
133. Columbus-Tupelo-West Point, Mississippi WLMS-LD 25 (25)
134. Medford-Klamath Falls, Oregon K58BG 58 (16)
136. Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin K18NQ-D 32 (18)
141. Minot-Bismarck-Dickinson, North Dakota K21GQ-D 21 (21)
K28QQ-D 40 (28)
149. Wichita Falls, Texas-Lawton, Oklahoma KTWM-LD 49 (16)
150. Rochester-Austin, Minnesota-Mason City, Iowa K27OW-D 40 (27)
158. Idaho Falls-Pocatello, Idaho KPTO-LD 41 (32)
169. Rapid City, South Dakota KRPC-LP 33 (33) 33.1 Heartland
33.2 Retro TV
33.3 Rev'n
33.4 Action Channel
33.5 The Family Channel
33.6 Shop LC
178. Scranton, Pennsylvania W32FP-D 59 (32) Silent
196. Greenwood/Greenville, Mississippi WPYM-LD1 38 (38)
203. Zanesville, Ohio WOOH-LD 29 (29) 29.1 Heartland
29.2 Retro TV
29.3 Rev'n
29.4 Action Channel
29.5 The Family Channel
29.6 Revival Ministries
209. North Platte, Nebraska K26CV-D 26 (26) Silent

References

  1. ^ Marich, Robert (June 26, 2008). "Equity Media Sells RTN to Ease Crunch". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  2. ^ Jessell, Harry A. (January 5, 2009). "Financial Dispute Disrupts RTN Diginet". tVNewsCheck. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  3. ^ "New TUFF TV Network Scheduled For Launch". April 29, 2009.
  4. ^ Frank, Judy (March 22, 2011). "Chattanooga's Luken Communications Enters Joint Venture With ValCom Entertainment Company". Chattanoogan. Retrieved March 30, 2011.
  5. ^ Jessell, Harry A. (June 16, 2011). "RTN Parent Buys 78 TV Translators". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  6. ^ "Luken, Classic Media To Debut New Network". TVNewsCheck. May 5, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  7. ^ Flessner, Dave (June 10, 2012). "Chattanooga businessman Henry Luken goes country". ChattanooganTimes Free Press. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  8. ^ Luken Communications files bankruptcy after Arkansas jury verdict against company, June 23, 2013
  9. ^ "Luken announces plan to exit bankruptcy". timesfreepress.com. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  10. ^ Courter, Barry (December 12, 2019). "Chattanooga-based television hub adds programming, national streaming access". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  11. ^ Miller, Mark K. (March 24, 2021). "Get After It Media To Launch 'It's Real Good TV' Streaming Platform". Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  12. ^ "Jim Owens Entertainment ends licensing deal with Luken". Radio-TV Business Report. October 31, 2013.
  13. ^ The Action Channel website
  14. ^ Marcucci, Carl (October 31, 2012). "Luken RTV affiliate losses not a big hit". Radio-TV Business Report. Streamline RBR, Inc. Retrieved February 18, 2015.