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Schurz Communications, Inc.
TypePrivate
IndustryBroadband, cloud services provider
Founded1872
FounderAlfred B. Miller and Elmer Crockett
SuccessorGray Television (television assets only)
Key people
Todd F. Schurz
(President and CEO)
Websitewww.schurz.com

Schurz Communications is a South Bend, Indiana-based broadband media group and cloud services provider.

History

The company was founded in 1872 by Alfred B. Miller and Elmer Crockett with the creation of the South Bend Tribune. Over the years the company has grown through the acquisition of other newspapers, media outlets, radio and television stations, digital companies, broadband operations and cloud services provider.[1]

In September 2015, Schurz announced it was selling its TV and radio stations to Gray Television.[2] Gray then resold Schurz's radio stations to three different buyers upon completion of its purchase of the Schurz broadcasting unit.[3]

In September 2016, The American News and Farm Forum, owned by Schurz, acquired The Public Opinion newspaper in Watertown, South Dakota from United Communications.[4]

In February 2018, the company acquired the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Online Tech. The compliant hybrid cloud provider serves nearly 500 clients across the Midwest with its network of seven data centers and full suite of hybrid cloud services.[5] In December of that year, Online Tech acquired the assets and products of IT provider Neverfail. The acquisition includes Neverfail’s five cloud nodes and assets in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.[6]

In January 2019, Schurz announced the sale of its publishing division to GateHouse Media for $30 million. This includes 20 regional papers and several special publications in Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania and South Dakota.[7][8]

In March 2019 Schurz Communications bought the city-owned local broadband company Burlington Telecom of Burlington, Vermont for a total of $30.8 million.[9]

Current properties

Schurz Communications' old logo
Schurz Communications' old logo

Broadband systems

Cloud Managed Services

Former properties

Newspapers

Radio

AM Station FM Station
City of license / Market Station Years owned Current ownership status
Lafayette, Indiana WASK 1450 1991–2016 A Sports radio station owned by Neuhoff Communications
WASK-FM 98.7 1995–2016 A Classic Hits station owned by Neuhoff Communications
WKHY 93.5 2005–2016 An Album-oriented Rock station owned by Neuhoff Communications
WKOA 105.3 1991–2016 A Country music station owned by Neuhoff Communications
WXXB 102.9 2005–2016 A Hot AC station owned by Neuhoff Communications
South Bend, Indiana WSBT 960 1922–2016 A sports talk station owned by Mid-West Family Broadcasting
WNSN 101.5 1962–2016 An Adult contemporary station owned by Mid-West Family Broadcasting
WZOC 94.3 2012–2016 1 A classic hits station owned by Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Benton Harbor, Michigan WHFB-FM 99.9 2012–2016 1 A Top 40 (CHR) station, WQLQ, owned by Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Rapid City, South Dakota KKLS 920 2006–2014 A classic hits station owned by HomeSlice Media Group
KKMK 93.9 2006–2016 A Hot AC station owned by HomeSlice Media Group
KOUT 98.7 2006–2016 A country music station owned by HomeSlice Media Group
KFXS 100.3 2006–2016 A Classic Rock station owned by HomeSlice Media Group
Sturgis, South Dakota KBHB 810 2006–2014 A Farm news/info station owned by HomeSlice Media Group
KRCS 93.1 2006–2016 A Top 40 (CHR) station owned by HomeSlice Media Group

Notes:

Television

City of license/market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years owned Current ownership status
Anchorage, Alaska KTUU-TV 2 (10) 2008–2016 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Augusta, Georgia WAGT 26 (30) 1980–2016 1 defunct, License cancelled in 2017.
(Intellectual unit and NBC programming transferred to a Gray-owned license and renamed WAGT-CD.)
South Bend, Indiana WSBT-TV ** 22 (22) 1952–2016 CBS affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Hutchinson/Wichita, Kansas KWCH-DT 12 (19) 2006–2016 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
KSCW-DT 33 (12) 2007–2016 The CW affiliate owned by Gray Television
KDCU-DT 31 (31) 2 Univision affiliate owned by Entravision Communications
Ensign, Kansas KBSD-DT
(Satellite of KWCH-DT)
6 (6) 2006–2016 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Goodland, Kansas KBSL-DT
(Satellite of KWCH-DT)
10 (10) 2006–2016 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Hays, Kansas KBSH-DT
(Satellite of KWCH-DT)
7 (7) 2006–2016 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Springfield, Missouri KYTV 3 (44) 1987–2016 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
K15CZ-D 15 (15) 3 2002–2016 ABC affiliate, KSPR-LD, owned by Gray Television
KSPR/KGHZ 33 (19) 3 2016–2017 4 defunct, License cancelled in 2017
Rapid City, South Dakota KOTA-TV 3 (2) 2014–2016 MeTV affiliate, KHME, owned by Gray Television
(Intellectual unit and ABC programming transferred to a Gray-owned license and renamed KOTA-TV.)
Lead, South Dakota KHSD-TV
(Satellite of KOTA-TV)
11 (10) 2014–2016 MeTV affiliate, KQME, owned by Gray Television
(Intellectual unit and ABC programming transferred to a Gray-owned license and renamed KHSD-TV.)
Scottsbluff, Nebraska KDUH-TV
(Satellite of KOTA-TV)
4 (7) 2014–2016 NBC affiliate, KNEP - Sidney, Nebraska, owned by Gray Television
(Satellite of KNOP-TV)
Sheridan, Wyoming KSGW-TV
(Satellite of KOTA-TV)
12 (13) 2014–2016 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Roanoke/Lynchburg, Virginia WDBJ 7 (18) 1969–2016 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television

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See also

References

  1. ^ "About". Schurz Communications Inc. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  2. ^ "Gray TV to Buy Schurz Communications". AdWeek. September 14, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  3. ^ "Gray Television Divesting Radio Stations From Schurz Acquisition". Broadcasting & Cable. November 2, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Perry, J. J. (2016-09-01). "SCI purchases Watertown, S.D., Public Opinion". Schurz Communications Inc. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  5. ^ Admin (2018-02-05). "Schurz Communications Inc. Acquires Leading Hybrid Cloud Provider Online Tech". Schurz Communications Inc. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  6. ^ Admin (2018-12-04). "Online Tech Acquires Neverfail's Global Cloud Infrastructure Business". Schurz Communications Inc. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  7. ^ Admin (2019-01-28). "Schurz Communications Announces Sale of Publishing Division as Part of Global Technology Growth Strategy". Schurz Communications Inc. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  8. ^ GateHouse Scoops Up 20 Local Newspapers In $30M Schurz Communications Deal, MediaPost, January 30, 2019, Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  9. ^ https://www.schurz.com/2019/03/schurz-communications-subsidiary-champlain-broadband-closes-on-transaction-to-acquire-burlington-telecom-in-vermont/