Quincy Media

Quincy Media, Inc., formerly known as Quincy Newspapers, Inc., is a family-owned media company that originated in the newspapers of Quincy, Illinois. The company's history can be traced back to 1835, when the Bounty Land Register was one of four newspapers in Illinois. Over the next century, a number of mergers followed. The company moved into radio in 1947 and began television broadcasts in 1953.

It is owned by the Oakley and Lindsay families of Quincy.

Quincy Media, Inc.
FoundedJune 1, 1926
130 South Fifth Street, Quincy, Illinois, 62306-0906
Key people
Ralph M. Oakley
Number of employees


The corporation was formed in Quincy on June 1, 1926, as a publishing company upon the consolidation of the Quincy Herald, direct descendant of the Illinois Bounty Land Register first published in Quincy in 1835, and the Quincy Whig-Journal, descendant of the Quincy Whig founded in 1838.[1]

The Herald was purchased in September 1891 by three men from Rockford, Charles L. Miller, Hedley John Eaton and Edmund Botsford. Miller had earlier founded the Rockford Daily Register, that city's oldest newspaper. Subsequently, Miller brought to the Herald his brother-in-law and nephew, respectively, Aaron Burr Oakley and Ray M. Oakley, the first two generations of the Oakleys in the newspaper business in Quincy. Miller spent four years in Quincy, returning to Rockford in 1896 to join Harry M. Johnson in ownership of the Rockford Republic. He retired as editor of the Republic in 1913 and died in 1921. Hedley Eaton retired in 1913 and died in 1936. Eaton's son John Dewitt Eaton stayed with the paper as Advertising Manager until his retirement in 1955.

Two brothers from Decatur, Frank M. Lindsay, Sr. and Arthur O. Lindsay, Sr. bought the Quincy Whig in 1915, with Arthur Lindsay taking up residence in Quincy as president and manager. Frank Lindsay remained in Decatur with the Decatur Herald and formed an association with another Illinois newspaper family, the Schaubs. In 1920, the Lindsays consolidated the Whig and The Quincy Journal, founded in 1883.

QNI entered broadcasting in 1947, the year it started Quincy's first commercial FM station, WQDI. The following year QNI purchased Quincy Broadcasting Co. to operate WGEM, the city's second AM station. WQDI became WGEM-FM in 1953.

Quincy Media Corporate headquarters in Downtown Quincy

Quincy Broadcasting produced the Quincy region's first television broadcast on September 4, 1953, with the launch of WGEM-TV, the area's NBC affiliate. The building containing the ground floor studios of the WGEM stations was also the former home of the Tremont Hotel, and Quincy Media continues to operate it as the New Tremont Apartments, containing both long-term and extended stay accommodations.

In 1969, QNI and six other newspaper entities formed American Newspapers Inc., which bought The New Jersey Herald in Newton, New Jersey, converting the semi-weekly to a daily and Sunday publication in 1970. QNI acquired controlling interest in American Newspapers in 1980 and became sole owner in 1986.

Beginning in the 1970s, QNI began a major expansion into television. WSJV in Elkhart, Indiana (serving South Bend) was acquired in 1974; KROC-TV (renamed KTTC) in Rochester, Minnesota in 1976; WHIS-TV (renamed WVVA) in Bluefield, West Virginia in 1979; KTIV in Sioux City, Iowa in 1989; and WREX-TV in Rockford in 1995. All of the stations were also NBC affiliates at their acquisitions except for WSJV and WREX, which were ABC affiliates; however, in 1995, WSJV dropped ABC for Fox, and soon thereafter WREX joined NBC. Also in 1995, The Merchant, a weekly shopper in Quincy was purchased by the company.

In June 2001, QNI purchased from Shockley Communications five ABC affiliates in Wisconsin: WKOW-TV in Madison, WAOW-TV in Wausau; WYOW in Eagle River (a satellite of WAOW); WXOW-TV in La Crosse; and WQOW-TV in Eau Claire (a semi-satellite of WXOW). Also purchased from SCC at the time was ProVideo of Wisconsin, Inc. consisting of a component digital online suite and a fully integrated non-linear online suite in Madison, Wisconsin. Concurrent with the Shockley purchase, KTTC entered into a shared services agreement with KXLT-TV, the Fox affiliate in Rochester, Minnesota. KTTC provides all services for KXLT excluding sales, traffic, and programming.

On July 1, 2006 QNI purchased KWWL, the NBC affiliate in Waterloo, Iowa, from Raycom Media. In February 2009, QNI purchased Crandon, Wisconsin's WBIJ from the widow of the station's founder, with the intention to operate the station as a satellite station of WAOW;[2] QNI subsequently renamed the station WMOW to conform with its other Wisconsin properties.

On February 11, 2014, Quincy announced plans to acquire a number of small and mid-market stations from Granite Broadcasting, including WEEK-TV in Peoria, KBJR-TV in Superior, Wisconsin, KRII in Chisholm, Minnesota (a satellite of KBJR), and WBNG-TV in Binghamton, New York (the company's first CBS affiliate; WEEK and KBJR/KRII are NBC affiliates). As part of the deal, Quincy originally planned to purchase WPTA, the ABC affiliate in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from Malara Broadcast Group, and provide services to ABC affiliate WHOI and MyNetworkTV affiliate WAOE in Peoria, NBC affiliate WISE-TV in Fort Wayne, and CBS affiliate KDLH in Duluth, Minnesota.[3] In November 2014, the deal was reworked so that Quincy would acquire WISE and provide services to WPTA, retaining the arrangement between the stations established by Granite.[4] In July 2015, the deal was reworked yet again; Quincy would, yet again, acquire WPTA instead of WISE, and Malara's stations would be acquired by SagamoreHill Broadcasting. Quincy also proposed to wind down its shared services agreements with WISE and KDLH within nine months of the sale's completion: both stations would move their existing network affiliations to WPTA and KBJR, and become independently-operated stations airing The CW.[5] On September 15, 2015, the FCC approved the deal.[6]

In 2015, the company's flagship title dropped Quincy from its masthead and became simply the Herald-Whig. In 2016, the Herald-Whig and Quincy Media applied for a demolition permit for the historic Morgan-Wells House in Quincy for expansion of their offices. The NRHP-listed local landmark was the home of notable Quincy residents and institutions for over a century, now demolished.[7]

In January 2016, the company changed its name to Quincy Media.[8]

On May 21, 2018, it was announced that Quincy Media would acquire KDLH outright for $792,557 and WISE for $952,884. While the FCC normally prohibits one company from owning two television licenses in the same market when both are among the top four rated stations, Quincy submitted a filing saying that during the November 2017 "sweeps" period KBJR-TV was the top ranked station while KDLH placed fifth, and that WPTA was the second ranked station while WISE-TV placed fifth. The sale was completed on August 1.[9][10]

On August 29, 2018, Quincy Media's stations were pulled from Dish Network after failing to reach a new retransmission fee agreement.[11] On October 12, Quincy Media reached a new agreement with Dish Network to continue carrying Quincy Media stations.[12]

On October 29, 2018, Quincy announced it would be acquiring KVOA in Tucson, Arizona, from Cordillera Communications for $70 million.[13][14][15] Two days later, on October 31, Quincy announced that it would be acquiring WSIL-TV in Harrisburg, Illinois and KPOB, Poplar Bluff, MO, from Mel Wheeler, Inc. for $24.5 million.[16][17]



Radio stations

Television stations

Quincy Newspapers Inc logo
Quincy Newspapers Logo until 2012.
  • (**) – Indicates a station built and signed on by Quincy.
  • (††) – Indicates a station owned by Shockley Communications prior to its acquisition by Quincy in 2001.
  • (¤¤) – Indicates a station acquired by Quincy from Granite Broadcasting in 2015.
City of license / Market Station Channel
Owned since Network affiliation
Harrisburg - Carbondale, Illinois WSIL-TV 3 (34) 2019 ABC
H&I (DT2)
Poplar Bluff, Missouri KPOB-TV
(Satellite of WSIL)
15 (15) 2019 ABC
H&I (DT2)
Peoria, Illinois WEEK-TV ¤¤ 25 (25) 2015 NBC
The CW (DT3)
Quincy, Illinois WGEM-TV ** 10 (10) 1953 NBC
The CW (DT2)
Fox (DT3)
MeTV (DT4)
Rockford, Illinois WREX 13 (13) 1995 NBC
The CW (DT2)
MeTV (DT3)
Elkhart - South Bend, Indiana WSJV 28 (28) 1974 H&I
Fort Wayne, Indiana WPTA ¤¤ 21 (24) 2015 ABC
MyNetworkTV (DT3)
WISE-TV ¤¤ 33 (34) 2018 The CW
Sioux City, Iowa KTIV 4 (41) 1989 NBC
The CW (DT2)
MeTV (DT3)
Waterloo - Cedar Rapids, Iowa KWWL 7 (7) 2006 NBC
The CW (DT2)
MeTV (DT3)
Duluth, Minnesota - Superior, Wisconsin KBJR-TV ¤¤ 6 (19) 2015 NBC
H&I/MyNetworkTV (DT3)
KDLH ¤¤ 3 (33) 2018 The CW
Chisholm, Minnesota KRII-TV
(Satellite of KBJR)
11 (11) 2015 NBC
H&I/MyNetworkTV (DT3)
Rochester, Minnesota KTTC 10 (10) 1976 NBC
The CW (DT2)
KXLT-TV 47 (46) 1 Fox
MeTV (DT2)
Binghamton, New York WBNG-TV ¤¤ 12 (7) 2015 CBS
The CW (DT2)
Bluefield - Beckley, West Virginia WVVA 6 (46) 1979 NBC
The CW (DT2)
MeTV (DT3)
La Crosse, Wisconsin WXOW †† 19 (48) 2001 ABC
The CW (DT2)
Decades (DT3)
Eau Claire, Wisconsin WQOW ††
(Semi-satellite of WXOW)
18 (25) 2001 ABC
The CW (DT2)
Decades (DT3)
Madison, Wisconsin WKOW †† 27 (26) 2001 ABC
MeTV (DT2)
Decades (DT3)
Wausau, Wisconsin WAOW †† 9 (9) 2001 ABC
The CW (DT2)
Decades (DT3)
Crandon, Wisconsin WMOW ††
(Satellite of WAOW)
4 (12) 2010 The CW
Decades (DT3)
Eagle River, Wisconsin WYOW ††
(Satellite of WAOW)
34 (28) 2001 ABC
The CW (DT2)
Decades (DT3)

Former Quincy station

City of License / Market Station Channel
Years owned Current ownership status
Peoria, Illinois WHOI 19 (19) 1 Comet TV owned-and-operated (O&O)


  1. ^ Townsend, Britni (December 2001). "A "Bounty-full" Beginning: The Quincy Herald-Whig". Archived from the original on March 17, 2005. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  2. ^ "Quincy Takes WBIJ for $1.55 Million". TelevisionBroadcast.com. February 13, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-02-18. Retrieved February 14, 2009.
  3. ^ "Quincy Buying Stations From Granite, Malara". TVNewsCheck. February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "Amendment to Agreements and Description of Transaction (KBJR-TV)" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 24, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "Amended Description of Agreements, Description of Transaction, and Request for Temporary Waiver". Quincy Newspapers, Inc. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  6. ^ Letter CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 15 September 2015
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-02-24. Retrieved 2017-07-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ KTIV's parent company changes its name to Quincy Media Inc., WGEM-TV, 8 January 2016, Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  10. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Quincy Stations Dumped By DISH In Latest Retrans Feud". Radio & Television Business Report. 2018-09-04. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  12. ^ "DISH Resolves Its Latest Retrans Fee Feud | Radio & Television Business Report". Radio & Television Business Report. 2018-10-16. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  13. ^ Cordillera announces sale of stations to Scripps, Quincy, Cordillera Communications, Retrieved 29 October, 2018.
  14. ^ Quincy Media, Inc. to acquire KVOA-TV, Quincy Media, Retrieved 29 October, 2018.
  15. ^ Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 13 November, 2018.
  16. ^ Quincy Media, Inc. acquires fourth station in Illinois, Quincy Media, Retrieved 31 October, 2018.
  17. ^ Application For Consent to Assigment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 1 November, 2018.

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KTIV is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Sioux City, Iowa, United States. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on UHF channel 14 (or virtual channel 4 via PSIP) from a transmitter near Hinton, Iowa. Owned by Quincy Media, KTIV maintains studio facilities on Signal Hill Drive in Sioux City.

KTIV also carries The CW, which replaced The WB network in September 2006, on its 4.2 digital subchannel, and on June 6, 2013, the station launched a third digital subchannel on 4.3, identifying locally as MeTV Siouxland.

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WGEM-FM (105.1 FM; "News/Talk 105") is a radio station in Quincy, Illinois broadcasting a news/talk format. The station is owned by Quincy Media.


WMOW is the dual CW/ABC-affiliated television station for North-Central Wisconsin's Northern Highland that is licensed to Crandon. It broadcasts a 720p high definition digital signal on VHF channel 12 (or virtual channel 4.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter just east of downtown. Owned by Quincy Media, the station can also be seen on Charter channel 8 and in HD on digital channel 610. Besides the transmitter, WMOW does not maintain any physical presence locally in Crandon.


WREX, virtual and VHF digital channel 13, is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Rockford, Illinois, United States. Owned by Quincy Media, it is the market's only full-powered VHF station and is Rockford's second oldest television station. WREX's studios and transmitter are located on Auburn Road west of Rockford.


WSIL-TV is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Harrisburg, Illinois, United States, serving Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri, and the Purchase area of Western Kentucky. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 34 (or virtual channel 3 via PSIP) from a transmitter in Creal Springs, Illinois. Owned by Quincy Media, the station has studios on Country Aire Drive (IL 13) in Carterville.

WSIL operates a full-time satellite, KPOB-TV (channel 15) in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. This station airs a high definition digital signal on virtual and UHF channel 15 from a transmitter in the city along US 60/US 67. WSIL does not maintain any offices in Poplar Bluff. WSIL can also be seen on a digital translator, K10KM-D (channel 10), in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.


WVVA, virtual channel 6 (UHF digital channel 46), is a dual NBC/CW+-affiliated television station licensed to Bluefield, West Virginia, United States and serving the Bluefield–Beckley–Oak Hill television market, which also covers portions of southwestern Virginia. The station is owned by Quincy Media. WVVA's studios are located on U.S. Route 460 in Bluefield, and its transmitter is located atop East River Mountain, near the West Virginia–Virginia border.

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