River City Broadcasting L.P. was a major television and radio station operator in mid-sized markets in the United States, based in St. Louis, Missouri.
The firm was formed in 1989 as a partnership between Barry Baker and Larry Marcus, both former executives of Koplar Communications in St. Louis. Through a series of acquisitions between 1989 and 1994, River City amassed eight television stations and 29 radio stations in a total of 15 medium-sized markets, but most notably, in 1994, it bought out three network affiliated stations that were owned by Continental Broadcasting, formerly Anchor Media, including KOVR, WLOS and WSYX. In the summer of 1994, River City and ABC reached an agreement to renew its existing contracts in Columbus and Asheville, while agreeing to affiliate its flagship at that time, and lame duck Fox affiliate KDNL-TV in St. Louis with ABC.
In May 1996, River City sold its stations to the Sinclair Broadcast Group for $1.2 billion.
The TV stations owned by River City are listed in the table below. The Radio stations owned by River City are as follows:
St. Louis, MO
New Orleans, LA
Los Angeles, CA
Stations are arranged alphabetically by state and by city of license.
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Years owned||Current ownership status|
|Sacramento - Stockton - Modesto||KOVR||13 (25)||1994–1997||CBS owned-and-operated (O&O)|
|Bloomington - Indianapolis||WTTV||4 (48)||1991–1997||CBS affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group|
(satellite of WTTV)
|29 (29)||1991–1997||CBS affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|Des Moines - Ames||KDSM-TV||17 (16)||1991–1997||Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|St. Louis||KDNL-TV||30 (31)||1989–1997||ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Columbus, Ohio||WSYX||6 (48)||1994–1997||ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Asheville - Greenville - Spartanburg||WLOS||13 (13)||1994–1997||Dual ABC/MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|WAXA **||40 (14)||1994–1997||Dabl affiliate, WMYA-TV, owned by Cunningham Broadcasting|
(Operated through a LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
|San Antonio||KABB||29 (30)||1989–1997||Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|