Bahakel Communications

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Bahakel Communications
TypePrivate
IndustryMedia
Founded1953
HeadquartersCharlotte, North Carolina, USA
Key peopleBeverly Poston (President)
Jim Babb
(Chief Operating Officer)
ProductsTelevision
Radio
 
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Bahakel Communications
TypePrivate
IndustryMedia
Founded1953
HeadquartersCharlotte, North Carolina, USA
Key peopleBeverly Poston (President)
Jim Babb
(Chief Operating Officer)
ProductsTelevision
Radio

Bahakel Communications, Ltd. is an American communications company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, that is wholly owned and operated by the Bahakel family. The company was founded by Cy Bahakel in 1953, who ran it until his death on April 20, 2006 at the age of 87.

Bahakel's broadcasting properties include fourteen radio and television stations in Alabama, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The group's properties are primarily concentrated on the Southern United States for its television stations, and the Colorado Springs and Chattanooga areas for their radio properties.

Major assets[edit]

Notes:

1) Two boldface asterisks appearing following a station's call letters (**) indicate a station that was built and signed-on by Bahakel Communications;
2) Two boldface crosses appearing following a station's call letters (††) indicate a station that is owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting and operated by Bahakel via shared services agreement (SSA).

Television stations[edit]

City of license / MarketStationChannel TV (RF)Owned SincePrimary AffiliationNotes
Selma - Montgomery, AlabamaWAKA-TV8 (42)1985CBS
Me-TV (DT2)
WBMM22 (22)2011The CW (via The CW Plus)
ABC (DT2)
weather radar (DT3)
WNCF††32 (31)2011
(originally owned from 1964-1985)
ABC
The CW (DT2)
Charlotte, North CarolinaWCCB**18 (27)1964The CW
AntennaTV (DT2)
Me-TV (DT3)
Flagship station
Columbia, South CarolinaWOLO-TV25 (8)1964ABC
Weather (DT2)
Me-TV (DT3)
Myrtle Beach, South CarolinaWFXB18 (43)2006Fox
local weather (DT3)
Me-TV (DT4)
Jackson, TennesseeWBBJ-TV7 (43)1966ABC
CBS/Me-TV (DT3)

Radio stations[edit]

City of License/MarketStationOwned sinceCurrent formatNotes
Colorado Springs-Pueblo, ColoradoKILO 94.3 FM1984Active rock
KRXP 103.9 FM1999Alternative rockLicensed to Pueblo West, Colorado
Chattanooga, TennesseeWDEF 1370 AM1997Fox Sports Radio affiliate
WDEF-FM 92.3 FM1997Adult Contemporary
WDOD-FM 96.5 FMUnknownContemporary Hit Radio
WUUQ 97.3 fM2010Classic CountryLicensed to South Pittsburg, Tennessee

Former assets[edit]

Television stations[edit]

City of license / MarketStationChannel TV (RF)Years OwnedCurrent Ownership Status
Springfield - Decatur, IllinoisWRSP-TV55 (44)1982-2007Fox affiliate owned by GOCOM Media, LLC
Urbana - Champaign, IllinoisWCCU
(satellite of WRSP-TV)
27 (26)1982-2007Fox affiliate owned by GOCOM Media, LLC
Terre Haute, IndianaWAWV-TV38 (26)1978-2003ABC affiliate owned by Mission Broadcasting
(Operated under a SSA by Nexstar Broadcasting Group)
Greenwood - Greenville, MississippiWABG-TV6 (32)1959-2007ABC affiliate owned by Commonwealth Broadcasting
Fayetteville - Raleigh - Durham, North CarolinaWUVC-DT40 (38)1996-2003Univision owned-and-operated station (O&O)

Radio stations[edit]

AM StationsFM Stations
MarketStationYears ownedCurrent ownership
Greensboro, North CarolinaWPET 950 AMUnknown-2001Entercom Communications
WSMW 98.7 FMUnknown-2001
Waterloo-Cedar Rapids, IowaKFMW 107.9 FM1996-2012Woodward Communications
KOKZ 105.7 FMUnknown-2012
KWLO 1330 AM1996-2012
KXEL 1540 AM1958-2012