Seattle-area Media Ownership

BIG PLAYERS (arranged by overall earnings)

Disney Burbank, CA [2003 sales $27 billion]

• KKDZ 1250 AM (children’s)
[also owns: ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN, A&E, Lifetime, Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax Film Corp., US Weekly, Discover Magazine, Hyperion Books, 10 TV stations, 49 other radio stations, and other interests (list)]

Viacom New York [2001 sales $23.22 billion]

• KSTW-TV (UPN 11)
• KBKS 106.1 FM ("KISS 106.1" adult contemporary)
• KMPS 94.1 FM (country)
• KJAQ 96.5 FM (‘Jack FM’)
• KPTK 1090 AM (Air America Radio)
• KYPT 96.5 FM (‘The Point’)
• KZOK 102.5 FM (classic rock)
[also owns: Infinity Radio (total 180 stations), CBS Television Network, MTV and BET Networks, Paramount Parks, Pictures, Television and Home Entertainment, CBS Enterprises, United Paramount Network (UPN), Showtime Networks, Viacom Television Stations Group, Comedy Central, Blockbuster Video, Viacom Plus, Viacom Outdoor, and Simon & Schuster among other interests (list)]

Comcast Philadelphia [2003 sales $18.35 billion]

• many local cable TV/broadband Internet franchises
[Nation's largest cable provider. also owns: cable TV/broadband franchises across the country, QVC, and other interests (list)]

Clear Channel San Antonio [2001 sales $7.97 billion]

• KUBE 93.3 FM (‘Seattle's #1 Hits’)
• KJR 95.7 FM ('Super Hits of the 60s and 70s’)
• KFNK 104.9 FM (‘Funky Monkey’)
• KNBQ FM (Country)
• KHHO 8450 AM (‘Fox Sports’)
• KJR 950 AM (sports)
[also owns: 37 TV stations including KVOS (Bellingham), and 1177 radio stations nationwide, plus another 250 or so radio stations overseas, and a national billboard/outdoor advertising operation, among other interests (list)]

Tribune Broadcasting Chicago [2001 sales $5.25 billion]

• KCPQ-TV (Fox Q-13)
• KTWB-TV (WB 22)
[also owns: 15 newspapers including the Chicago Tribune and the Hartford Courant, 26 total TV stations, 1 radio station and other interests (list)]

Cox Broadcasting Atlanta [2001 sales $4.07 billion]

[also owns: 14 more tv stations and 82 radio stations nationwide, as well as the Atlanta Constitution, over 17 daily and 30 weekly newspapers and magazines and other interests (list)]

Hearst Corporation New York [2001 sales $4 billion]

• Seattle Post-Intelligencer
[also owns: A&E, ESPN, Lifetime Network, 11 more daily papers, many national magazines and commercial websites, and the King Features Syndicate, among other broadcasting, publishing, distribution and other interests (list)]

Belo, Inc. Dallas [2001 sales $1.37 billion]

• Northwest Cable News
[also owns: 21 total tv stations, 6 cable channels, 5 newspapers including the Dallas Morning News and the Providence Journal (RI) (list)]

Seattle Times Company Seattle [2001 sales $388 million]

• Seattle Times
[also owns: seven additional newspapers in Washington and Maine, and related websites. Knight-Ridder, Inc. (, San Jose, CA) is a minority (49%) shareholder. Knight-Ridder owns over 36 daily newspapers, along with other periodicals, broadcasting and Internet interests.]

Entercom Communications Philadelphia [2001 sales $332.9 million]

• KISW 99.9 FM (‘The Rock’)
• KKWF 100.7 FM (Country)
• KMTT 103.7 FM (‘The Mountain’)
• KNDD 107.7 FM (‘The End’)
[also owns: over 90 more radio stations nationwide (list)]

Bonneville International Salt Lake City

• KBSG 97.3 FM (oldies)
• KIRO 720 AM (News/talk/sports)
• KTTH 770 AM (Right-wing talk)
[also owns: over 30 more radio stations adn one TV station nationwide (list)]

Salem Radio Camarillo, CA [2002 revenues $166 million]

• KGNW 820 AM (religious)
• KLFE 1590 AM (religious)
• KKOL 1300 AM (right-wing talk)
• KKMO 1360 AM (‘Radio Sol’)
• KTFH 1680 AM (international, ‘The Bridge’)
[The country's largest owner of Christian-formatted radio stations and broadcast networks, with a total of 104 radio stations nationally; plus Salem Radio Network, which owns three radio networks and several syndicated Christian programs.]

Fisher Broadcasting Seattle [2001 sales $162 million]

• KOMO 1000 AM (news)
• KPLZ 101.5 FM (‘Star 101.5’)
• KVI 570 AM (right-wing talk)
[also owns: 10 more TV stations and 25 more radio stations in the Northwest and the Southeast, among other interests]

Multicultural Radio Broadcasting New York

• KXPA 1540AM (multilingual)
[also owns 33 other radio stations as well as television and print outlets]

Village Voice Media Phoenix, AZ

• Seattle Weekly
[also owns: the Village Voice, LA Weekly, SF Weekly, Dallas Observer, several other large-market weekly papers, and the Ruxton advertising group]

ion Media Networks

[formerly Paxson Communications. Also owns over 50 TV stations nationwide]

Sandusky Radio Bellevue, WA

• KWJZ 98.9 FM (‘Smooth Jazz’)
• KLSY 92.5 FM ('Seattle’s Best Mix')
• KIXI 880 AM (oldies)
• KRWM 106.9 FM (106.9)
• KKNW 1105 AM (Alternative Talk)

Broadstripe Chesterfield, MO

• Central Seattle cable TV/broadband Internet franchise
[also owns: cable TV/broadband franchises in four states]


Beethoven Seattle

• KING 98.1 FM (classical)

Index Newspapers Seattle

• The Stranger
[also owns the Portland Mercury. Chicago Reader, Inc. (Chicago) is a minority partner.]

Kris Bennett Broadcasting Seattle

• KRIZ 1420 AM (Solid Gold Soul)
• KYIZ 1620 AM (gospel)
• KZIZ 1560 AM (daytime only, hip hop/urban)
• Seattle Medium
[also owns Portland Medium Newspaper.]

Clay Huntington Lakewood, WA

• KLAY 1180 AM (news/talk)

Crista Ministries Seattle

• KCMS 105.3 FM (religious)
• KCIS 630 AM (religious)

Sacred Heart Radio Kirkland, WA

• KBLE 1050 AM (religious)

Family Radio familyradio.comKirkland, WA

• KARR 1460 AM (religious)


Bellevue Community College Bellevue, WA

• KBCS 91.3 FM (A World of Music and Ideas)

Mercer Island School District Mercer Island, WA

• KMIH 104.5 FM (Mercer Island High School, ‘Mix of Tomorrow's Hits’)

Seattle Public Schools Seattle

• KNHC 89.5 FM (Nathan Hale High School, ‘Seattle's Hottest’)

University of Washington (Seattle)

• KUOW 94.9 FM (NPR)
• KEXP 90.3 FM (‘Where the Music Matters’)

Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma

• KPLU 88.5 FM (Jazz/NPR)

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