ZUUS Country

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Zuus Country
TypeBroadcast television network
CountryUnited States
AvailabilityNationwide (available on OTA digital television and LPTV in two markets)
SloganIt's Your Country
OwnerZuus Media
Launch dateJanuary 7, 2009
Former namesArtists & Fans Network (2009)
American Music Video Network (2009–2010)
The Country Network (2010–2013)
Official websiteZuus Country
 
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Zuus Country
TypeBroadcast television network
CountryUnited States
AvailabilityNationwide (available on OTA digital television and LPTV in two markets)
SloganIt's Your Country
OwnerZuus Media
Launch dateJanuary 7, 2009
Former namesArtists & Fans Network (2009)
American Music Video Network (2009–2010)
The Country Network (2010–2013)
Official websiteZuus Country

Zuus Country is a American digital broadcast television network that is owned by Zuus Media. The network specializes in broadcasting country music videos, its playlist of videos extends from the 1980s through the present day. The network also airs occasional informercials in prime time and other high dollar day parts.

The network is headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida at 10 Fairway Drive, Suite 209. They occupy a bank of executive suites in the Fairway Executive Suites owned by Transatlantic Business Centers. The Zuus Country PD (Cary Rolfe, the former PD of The Country Network) resides in Nashville, TN with an executive office; however, Zuus Country rents studios on an as needed basis for production in Nashville, Tennessee and additional offices, again a bank of executive suites, are located at Times Square in New York City.

History[edit]

Former logo as The Country Network, used from February 15, 2010 to May 31, 2013.

The network first launched on January 7, 2009 as the Artists & Fans Network; the music video that inaugurated the network was the Kid Rock video "All Summer Long". AFN was first carried on satellite through DirecTV on channel 236.

In August 2009, after suffering from financial problems, Southern Venture Capital Group sold all the assets of the company to one of the founders, Warren Hansen, who then changed its name to the American Music Video Network, and rolled out the programming with a new look and feel. On February 15, 2010, the company was renamed The Country Network to represent its focus on country music. Around this time, The Country Network began to transition into a digital multicast network, carried over-the-air on broadcast television stations across the United States as well as the first broadcast network to simulcast to Roku, iPhone, iPad, web, and other OTT outlets.

On May 20, 2013, Zuus Media announced its acquisition of The Country Network. Zuus Media is owned by three of the original partners in The Country Network. Roger Hoss, Mark Carter, and Warren Hansen with other minor share holders to include an unknown interest by the members of Artists and Fans Network, Stephen, and other investors. On June 1, 2013, Zuus Media announced they purchased TCN but the owners, employees, and control persons of the TCN entity are the same majority owners of Zuus Media and they operate from the same offices, with the same employees, and same contracts, was re branded as Zuus Country.[1]

Affiliates[edit]

As of 2013, Zuus Country has the same affiliation agreements they acquired through TCN Country as originally negotiated by the former CEO Warren Hansen with television stations in over 41 television markets in 26 states, covering approximately 34 million over the air households an 18 million cable subscribers. ZUUS Country (at the time, still named The Country Network) signed a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group in August 2010 to be carried on digital subchannels of Sinclair stations in most of its media markets;[2] the network began airing on Sinclair owned and/or operated stations on October 10, 2010.

Current affiliates[edit]

CityStationChannel
TV[3] / RF
Owner

Alabama[edit]

Bessemer (Birmingham)WDBB17.2 (18)Cunningham Broadcasting
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Homewood (Birmingham)WTTO21.2 (28)Sinclair Broadcast Group
Mobile-Pensacola, FloridaWEAR-TV3.2 (17)

Arizona[edit]

PhoenixK38IZ-D38.4 (38)Adrian Quinones

California[edit]

FresnoKGPE47.2 (34)Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Sacramento, CaliforniaKCSO-LD33.3 (3)Sainte Partners II, L.P.
San Francisco, CaliforniaKFTL28.15 (3)Independent

Florida[edit]

JacksonvilleWTLV12.2 (13)Gannett Company
TallahasseeWTWC-TV40.3 (40)Sinclair Broadcast Group

Idaho[edit]

BoiseKZAK-LD49.3 (49)Cocola Broadcasting

Illinois[edit]

Champaign-SpringfieldWICS20.2 (42)Sinclair Broadcast Group
Bloomington (Peoria)WYZZ-TV43.3 (28)Sinclair Broadcast Group
(operated by Nexstar Broadcasting Group)

Iowa[edit]

Cedar RapidsKFXA28.2 (27)Second Generation of Iowa, LLC
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Des MoinesKDSM-TV17.3 (16)Sinclair Broadcast Group

Kansas[edit]

TopekaKSQA12.1 (12)Barbara Wade (51%)
Cooper-Fowler Media (49%)
Hutchinson (Wichita)KMTW36.2 (35)Deerfield Media
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Kentucky[edit]

PaducahWDKA49.3 (49)WDKA Acquisition Corporation
(operated through LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Maryland[edit]

BaltimoreWBFF45.3 (46)Sinclair Broadcast Group

Massachusetts[edit]

Cambridge (Boston)WLVI56.2 (41)Sunbeam Television

Michigan[edit]

FlintWSMH66.3 (16)Sinclair Broadcast Group

Minnesota[edit]

Minneapolis-Saint PaulWUCW23.3 (22)Sinclair Broadcast Group

Missouri[edit]

St. LouisKDNL-TV30.3 (31)Sinclair Broadcast Group

Nevada[edit]

Las VegasKVCW33.3 (29)Sinclair Broadcast Group

North Carolina[edit]

Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High PointWXLV-TV45.2 (29)Sinclair Broadcast Group
RaleighWLFL22.2 (27)

New York[edit]

AlbanyWXXA-TV23.2 (7)Shield Media
(operated by Media General under SSA)
BuffaloWUTV29.2 (14)Sinclair Broadcast Group
SyracuseWSYT68.2 (19)Sinclair Broadcast Group
(sale to Cunningham Broadcasting pending; will remain operated by Sinclair thereafter)

Oklahoma[edit]

Oklahoma CityKOKH-TV25.2 (24)Sinclair Broadcast Group
TulsaKMYT-TV41.2 (42)Cox Media Group

Pennsylvania[edit]

PittsburghWPGH-TV53.2 (43)Sinclair Broadcast Group

South Carolina[edit]

CharlestonWMMP36.3 (36)Sinclair Broadcast Group
Greenville-AndersonWMYA-TV40.3 (14)

Texas[edit]

HoustonKBPX-LD46.1 (46)Ion Media Networks
San AntonioKABB29.2 (30)Sinclair Broadcast Group

Tennessee[edit]

NashvilleWNAB58.2 (23)Tennessee Broadcasting, LLC
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Utah[edit]

Odgen (Salt Lake City)KUCW30.2 (48)Nexstar Broadcasting Group

Virginia[edit]

NorfolkWTVZ-TV33.3 (33)Sinclair Broadcast Group

West Virginia[edit]

Charleston-HuntingtonWVAH-TV11.2 (19)Cunningham Broadcasting
(operated through LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Wisconsin[edit]

MadisonWMSN-TV47.3 (49)Sinclair Broadcast Group
MilwaukeeWCGV-TV24.2 (25)

Former affiliates[edit]

CityStationChannel
TV / RF
Notes
Augusta, GeorgiaWRDW-TV12.3 / (12)Replaced by Antenna TV.
Belmont-CharlotteWJZY46.4 / (47)Subchannel was removed on July 1, 2013.
Baton RougeWLFT-CA30.3Replaced by TV Scout.
Troy-MontgomeryWIYC48.1 / (48)Replaced with WeatherNation TV, then Cozi TV.

References[edit]

Organizational information for TCN Country

External links[edit]