Raycom Media's anticipated purchase of WWSB/Sarasota (DMA 11) and WTXL/Tallahassee (DMA 107) closed today, an acquisition which strengthens Raycom Media's southeastern footprint and national household reach. Both stations are ABC affiliates and had been owned by Calkins Media.
"These 2 operations exemplify the commitment to local news and community service that is ingrained in every Raycom Media station." said Pat LaPlatney, Raycom Media President and CEO. "We are pleased to bring their talented teams on board and look forward to continuing their tradition of dedication to their viewers and business partners."
"Raycom Media's Florida portfolio is significantly enhanced by our expansion into the vibrant Suncoast communities and the important State Capitol news center of Tallahassee," stated Don Richards, Raycom Media Group Vice President.
This acquisition expands Raycom Media's reach and presence in Florida. Raycom Media also owns FOX affiliates WFLX in West Palm Beach and WPGX in Panama City.
WWSB/Sarasota is the most watched local TV station on the Suncoast, producing 37 hours a week of local news, life style and community affair shows. WTXL/Tallahassee was the first station in Thomasville-Tallahassee Market to originate local news in high definition, and continues their commitment to the community with 24 hours a week of local news and community focused programming.