THE VISION TO SERVE
We have a strong and influential leadership team that empowers each member of our company to grow, thrive and deliver positive impact to those around us. While our footprint is expanding, we remain committed to keeping news local and doing what we can to ensure our stations continue to remain fixtures in their communities. Connecting with communities will always remain central to our mission.
Gray Television's roots begin in January 1891 with the creation of the Albany Herald in Albany, Georgia. Over the next several decades, the company transformed in parallel to the ever-changing media landscape, expanding with additional newspaper acquisitions and later television stations to eventually became known as Gray Communications Systems. Between the early 1990s and today, the company was transformed through strategic acquisitions and subtle, yet critical transitions. During that period, Gray Television divested all the newspapers and television stations that it owned prior to 1993 other than WJHG. In their place, Gray Television acquired and, in some cases, built from scratch market-leading television stations focused on local communities. On January 2, 2019, Gray Television completed its acquisition of Raycom, transforming it from a small, regional broadcaster to a leading media company with nationwide scale.
The Herald Publishing Company was founded with the creation of the Albany Herald in Albany, Georgia.1897
James Harrison Gray, Sr. acquired the Herald Publishing Company.1947
The Company entered the television business when it constructed WALB-TV (Albany, GA) to complement its radio station, WALB(AM).1954
The Company acquired WJDM-TV (Panama City, FL) and changed the call letters to WJHG-TV to complement Mr. Gray's initials.1960
The Company changed its name to Gray Communications Systems, Inc. and launched an initial public stock offering . It also acquired KTVE-TV (Monroe, LA/El Dorado, AK).1967
Hugh E. Norton joined Gray's Board of Directors.1987
James H. Gray, Jr. resigned as President and surgeon William E. Mayher, III joined Gray's Board of Directors.1990
Barry Lewis, Richard L. Boger and Howell W. Newton joined Gray's Board of Directors, and James H. Gray, Jr. resigned from the Board.1991
John T. Williams named President and Chief Executive Officer.1992
Atlanta businessman J. Mack Robinson purchased control of Gray Communications Systems from the estate of James H. Gray, Sr.Mr. Robinson, Robert S. Prather, and Hilton H. Howell, Jr. joined Gray's Board of Directors.
The Albany Herald converted to a morning publication to serve better the needs of southwest Georgia.1993
The Company acquired daily newspapers The Rockdale Citizen (Conyers, GA) and The Newton Citizen (Newton County, GA), plus four weekly advertising shoppers and a weekly newspaper in southwest Georgia.
The Company acquired WKYT-TV (Lexington, KY) and WYMT-TV (Hazard, KY), at which time their General Manager, Ralph W. Gabbard, joined Gray as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.1994
The Company acquired daily newspaper the Gwinnett Post-Tribune (Lawrenceville, GA).
The Company moved to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), trading under the symbol GCS. In addition, Ralph W. Gabbard became the Company's President and CEO.1995
The Company acquired WCTV-TV (Tallahassee, FL) and WVLT (formerly WKXT) (Knoxville, TN), as well as satellite and production services and Porta Phone Paging services from John H. Phipps, Inc. It also purchased WRDW-TV (Augusta, GA) and sold KTVE-TV (Monroe, LA/El Dorado, AK).1996
Harriett J. Robinson joined the Board of Directors.
The Company acquired WITN-TV (Greenville-Washington-New Bern, NC). The Company also acquired Gulflink Communications, Inc., a satellite uplink service.1997
James C. Ryan, formerly CFO of Busse Broadcasting Corporation, named Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
The Company purchased Busse Broadcasting Corporation and its television stations, KOLN/KGIN-TV (Lincoln/Grand Island, NE) and WEAU-TV (Eau Claire, WI). The Company also sold WALB-TV (Albany, GA).1998
The Company acquired the Goshen News daily newspaper (Goshen, IN).
The Company merged with Bostick Broadcasting and its television stations, KWTX-TV (Waco, TX), KBTX-TV (Bryan-College Station, TX), and KXII-TV (Sherman, TX).1999
Mr. Robinson named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hilton H. Howell, Jr. named Vice Chairman, Robert S. Prather named President and Chief Operating Officer, and James C. Ryan named Senior Vice President.
The Company changed its name to Gray Television, Inc. Ray Deaver, who formerly oversaw KWTX-TV, KBTX-TV, and KXII-TV joined Gray's Board of Directors.
The Company purchased fourteen television stations from Benedek Broadcasting: WMTV-TV (Madison, WI), WOWT-TV (Omaha, NE), KKTV-TV (Colorado Springs, CO), KAKE-TV (Wichita, KS), WIBW-TV (Topeka, KS), WIFR-TV (Rockford, IL), WILX-TV (Lansing, MI), WTVY-TV (Dothan, AL), WBKO-TV (Bowling Green, KY), WTOK-TV (Meridian, MS), WSAW-TV (Wausau, WI), WTAP-TV (Parkersburg, WV), WVAW-TV (Charlottesville, VA) and WHSV-TV (Harrisonburg, VA). Concurrent with the Benedek acquisition, Gray acquired KOLO-TV (Reno, NV) from Smith Television Group2002
T.L. (Gene) Elder joined the Board of Directors2003
The Company launched start-up station WCAV-TV in Charlottesville, VA.2004
Former U.S. Senator and Georgia Governor Zell B. Miller joined from the Board of Directors.
The Company purchased KKCO-TV (Grand Junction, CO), WSWG (Albany, GA), and WSAZ-TV (Huntington, WV) in three separate transactions.In addition, the Company spun off its five daily newspapers and wireless messaging business into the newly formed Triple Crown Media.2005
The Company purchased WNDU-TV (South Bend, IN) from the University of Notre Dame.2006
Mr. Robinson resigned as Chief Executive Officer and continued as Chairman Emeritus. Hilton H. Howell, Jr. named Chief Executive Officer.2008
Governor Miller resigned from the Board of Directors.2011
Mr. Robinson did not stand for re-election to the Board. Robin R. Howell joined Board of Directors. Kevin P. Latek named General Counsel.
The Company constructed and launched new HD television stations WECP-TV (Panama City, FL), WSVF-TV (Harrisonburg, VA), WIYE-TV (Parkersburg, WV) and WOVA-TV (Parkersburg, WV).2012
Mr. Deaver resigned from the Board of Directors. Mr. Prather resigned from all positions with the Company. CEO Hilton Howell named President. Kevin Latek, Nick Waller, Bob Smith, and Jason Effinger named Senior Vice Presidents.
The Company acquired KSNB-TV (Lincoln, NE), and it constructed and launched new HD television stations WRGX-TV (Dothan, AL) and KNPL-TV (North Platte, NE).
The Company launched a new logo, website, and mission statement, establishing for itself a new brand of excellence and localism based on the strength of its employees.
The Company began providing sales and other services to KJCT-TV (Grand Junction, CO).
The Company purchased Yellowstone Television stations KGNS-TV (Laredo, TX), KGWN-TV/KSTF-TV and KCHY-LP (Cheyenne, WY) and KCWY-TV (Casper, WY).2013
The Company announced the passing of “Second Founder” J. Mack Robinson.
The Company purchased WQCW-TV (Charleston, WV) from Lockwood Broadcasting.
The Company purchased KEVN-TV/KIVV-TV (Rapid City, SD) from Mission TV, LLC.
The Company purchased the Hoak Media stations: KVLY-TV (Fargo-Valley City, ND); KSFY-TV/KABY-TV/ KPRY-TV (Sioux Falls, SD); KFYR-TV/ KMOT-TV, KUMV-TV/ KQCD-TV (Minot-Bismarck, ND); KALB-TV (Alexandria, LA); KNOE-TV (Monroe-El Dorado, LA); KNOP-TV and KIIT-LP (North Platte, NE).
The Company purchased the operations other than the FCC licensed assets of six stations: KHAS-TV (Lincoln-Hastings, NE) from Hoak Media; KNDX-TV/KXND-TV (Minot-Bismarck, ND) from Prime Cities Broadcasting; KJCT-TV (Grand Junction, CO) from Excalibur Broadcasting; and KXJB-TV (Fargo, ND) and KAQY-TV (Monroe, LA) from Parker Broadcasting. The Company terminated existing joint sales and services agreements with these stations and sold their licensed assets to Chang Media, Legacy Broadcasting, and MMB LLC.
The Company purchased WJRT-TV (Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, MI) and WTVG-TV (Toledo, OH) from SJL Holdings, LLC.
The Company renewed essentially all of its affiliation agreements with the ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and CW networks.
The Company renewed over 250 retransmission consent agreements at year-end with no disruptions to local viewers.2014
The Company announced the opening of its Washington D.C. News Bureau.
The Company and NBC enter into TV Everywhere Agreement, and the Company launches all of its CBS stations on the “CBS All Access” platform.
The Company purchased KMVT-TV and KSVT-TV (Twin Falls, ID) from Neuhoff Media.
The Company purchased WAGM-TV (Presque, ME) from NEPSK, Inc.
The Company purchased KOSA-TV (Odessa, TX) from Investment Company of America.
The Company purchased the operations other than the FCC licensed assets of WFXS-TV (Wausau-Rhinelander, WI) and KVTV-TV (Laredo, TX) from Davis Television, LLC and Eagle Creek Television, respectively.
The Company announced the election of Beth Neuhoff to its Board of Directors.
The Company announced that it would directly represent essentially all of its television stations in national sales, ending its long-standing national ad rep relationships as of the first of the new year.
The Company purchased KCRG-TV (Cedar Rapids, IA) from The Gazette Company.
The Company announced its purchase of all of the television and radio stations owned by Schurz Communications, Inc. The Company subsequently announced the divestiture of all the radio stations and certain television stations to facilitate regulatory approvals.
The Company selected by TVNewsCheck as "2016 Station Group of the Year".2015
The Company announced the promotion of its five Senior Vice Presidents to new roles as Executive Vice Presidents.
The Company closed on the swap of KAKE-TV (Wichita, KS) for WBXX-TV (Knoxville, TN).
The Company announced the passing of its Chairman since 1993, Dr. Billy Mayher, III.
The Company closed its acquisition of television stations from Schurz Communications, Inc. and related station acquisitions and divestitures with other counter-parties.
The Company made a $3 million strategic equity investment in Syncbak, a technology company that replicates over-the-air broadcasts for delivery over-the-top (OTT) of the Internet.
The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) selected KWTX-TV (CBS) in Waco, Texas, and KOLO-TV (ABC) in Reno, Nevada, to receive two of the three annual Service to America Awards.
The Company reached an agreement with Withers Broadcasting Company to acquire WDTV (CBS) and WVFX (FOX/CW) in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
Gray reached an agreement with Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. to acquire two television stations that Nexstar will divest upon its merger with Media General, Inc.: WBAY (ABC), in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and KWQC (NBC) in Davenport, Iowa, both previously owned and operated by Media General.
The Board of Directors unanimously voted to expand the Board by one seat and elected Luis A. Garcia as a Director to fill that position.
The Board of Directors unanimously voted to expand the Board by one seat and elected Richard B. Hare as a Director to fill that position.
Fortune Magazine announced that Gray Television ranked 77th in its ranking of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in the World for 2016.
The Company announced that KSFY-TV will begin broadcasting from its new downtown state-of-the-art Sioux Falls Studio.2016
The Company announced that it anticipated receiving $90,824,000 in proceeds resulting from the Federal Communications Commission’s reverse auction for broadcast spectrum.
The Company reached an agreement with Diversified Communications to acquire WABI (CBS/CW) in Bangor, Maine and WCJB (ABC/CW) in Gainesville, Florida.
The Company reached an agreement with Mt. Mansfield Television, Inc. to acquire WCAX (CBS) in Burlington, Vermont-Plattsburgh, New York.
Fortune Magazine announced that Gray Television ranked 96th in its ranking of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in the World for 2017.
The Company announced that it was recognized with the Ad Council’s 2017 Crystal Bell Award at Forward 2017, the Television Bureau of Advertising’s (TVB) annual leadership conference in New York City.
The Company announced that it had reached a multi-year deal that renews station affiliation agreements covering all 32 markets in which Gray own and operates its 39 CBS-affiliate television stations.
The Company announced record-setting audience rankings during the November 2017 sweeps period conducted by the Nielsen Company.2017
The Company wins 19 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism.
The National Association of Broadcasting Educational Foundation chose Gray's WJRT (ABC) in Flint, Michigan, as the winner of its 2018 Service to Community Award in the Media Market category and WCTV (CBS) in Tallahassee, Florida, as the winner in the Small Market category. They also named three other Gray stations as finalists for these prestigious awards.
The Company agrees to acquire KDLT-TV in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Gray names Bob Smith as Chief Operating Officer and Nick Waller as its Chief Administrative Officer.
The Company breaks ground on new WRDW-TV Station facility in Georgia.
The Company partners with Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communications to create a "Producer Incubator Lab."
The Company opens newly remodeled 20,000 sq. ft. facility for KEVN and KOTA Stations in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Gray consummated its transformative transaction with Raycom Media, Inc., including the divestitures of nine television stations in overlap markets. The transaction completes Gray's transformation from a small, regional broadcaster to a leading media company with nationwide scale based on high-quality stations with exceptional talent in attractive markets. (January 2nd, 2019)2018
Gray closes on its acquisition of Raycom Media, Inc. and all required divestitures. The acquisition of Raycom completes Gray’s transformation from a small, regional broadcaster to a leading media company with nationwide scale based on high-quality stations with exceptional talent in attractive markets.
The Company opens a significantly remodeled, state-of-the-art facility for KNOE-TV (CBS, ABC) in Monroe, Louisiana.
Chairman & CEO, Hilton H. Howell, Jr., along with several other executives, rang the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange to commemorate the Company’s acquisition of Raycom Media, Inc.
The Company reaches an agreement with United Television to acquire WWNY-TV (CBS) and WNYF-TV (FOX) in Watertown, New York (DMA 178) and KEYC-TV (CBS/FOX) in Mankato, Minnesota (DMA 199).
Gray announces that it has entered into agreements with the ABC network, CBS network and NBC network that extend the terms of the affiliation agreements for all ABC, CBS and NBC affiliated stations acquired in the Raycom Merger as well as the ABC affiliations for all of the legacy Gray stations.
The Company announces that Greta Van Susteren has joined Gray as Chief National Political Analyst.
The Company agrees to acquire WVIR (NBC) in Charlottesville, Virginia, and to divest television stations WCAV (CBS/FOX) and WVAW (ABC) in that market.
Gray Television’s InvestigateTV receives two first place National Headliner Awards. InvestigateTV was launched in 2018 and provides innovative, original journalism from a dedicated investigative team and key partners.
The Company wins 57 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism in 23 Markets.
Gray reaches a Joint Venture Agreement with Opry Entertainment Group (Ryman Hospitality Properties) to create a premium content broadcast and OTT service focused on the Country Lifestyle.
Gray Television’s WVUE (FOX, New Orleans, Louisiana) receives three Sigma Delta Chi Awards from The Society of Professional Journalists.
Six Gray Stations honored with Service to America Finalists and Winners by the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation, including the second consecutive Small Market Winner award for WCTV, Gray’s CBS affiliate in Tallahassee, Florida.
Gray Television reaches a multi-year deal with Fox Television Network that renews station affiliation agreements covering all of its Fox affiliated stations across 21 markets.
The Company launches a syndicated Weekend Political Show “Full Court Press” with Greta Van Susteren.
Gray Television’s Chairman and CEO, Hilton H. Howell, Jr. is named Broadcast & Cable’s Broadcaster of the Year (2019).
The Company closes the acquisition of KDLT-TV (NBC, Sioux Falls, South Dakota).
The Company closes the sale of WCAV-TV (CBS/FOX) and WVAW (ABC) and the purchase of WVIR-TV (NBC), all in Charlottesville, Virginia. Gray now owns nine of the top ten ranked NBC affiliates in the country.
The Company revives the daily tradition of airing the National Anthem by its stations each morning.2019
On January 1, Circle officially launches. Circle is a Country lifestyle network joint venture with partner Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties.
The Company acquires minority ownership interest in TEGNA’s Premion, a leading OTT advertising business, and becomes a a reseller of Premion’s services in its local markets.
The Company launches “Full Court Press Now” a late night newscast providing the latest developments on COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Company’s television stations create an online Local Business Directory for thousands of local companies who remain open for business.
The Company announced the promotion of seven Vice Presidents to Senior Vice President, thirteen individuals to Vice President and six additional individuals to new officer positions.
The Company announced that the “Singing For Their Supper” telethon raised over one million dollars for local food banks through its broadcast one afternoon across 50 of its markets.
Gray’s television stations raise $12.6 million in donations benefiting local residents and local organizations in need during March and April 2020.
The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards a combined 49 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards for excellence in journalism to 21 of Gray’s local stations.
NAB’s Leadership Foundation selects two Gray stations as national winners in their categories and three Gray stations as finalists in its coveted Service to America Awards competition.
RTDNA selects four Gray stations as National Edward R. Murrow winners for excellence in journalism.
Gray launches its first NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0) station in Tallahassee, Florida.
Google’s GNI Innovation Challenge selects Gray as the only broadcast to receive funding by supporting a multi-platform journalism project focused on health disparities called “Bridging the Great Health Divide – Mississippi Delta and Appalachia.”2020
Gray expands its Washington DC news team by adding senior journalist Jon Decker as Senior National Editor.
Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company and Gray’s Tupelo Honey announce the formation of a media partnership to produce the unscripted series “INSPIRED: Heroes of Change.”
Gray announces its acquisition of Quincy Media, Inc. for $925 million.
Gray, The Grand Ole Opry and Circle Network partner for live Opry broadcasts to raise money for Feeding America.
Gray announces the initiation of a quarterly cash dividend, the first since the Great Recession.
Gray’s Emmy award winning production company, Tupelo Honey, celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Gray leads fundraising round for Texas-based Envy Gaming.
Gray sells divestiture stations from the Quincy Media transaction to Allen Media for $380 million to facilitate its acquisition of Quincy Media.
Gray announces its acquisition of Meredith Corporation’s Local Media Group for $2.7 billion.
Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards 57 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism to 26 Gray stations.
Gray and Meredith amend purchase agreement to increase purchase price to $2.825 billion and make certain other changes favorable to Gray.
Gray forms a new sales and sponsorship entity called Gray Sports + Entertainment Sales.
Gray’s Raycom Sports launches Origin Sports Network on the Roku Channel in Canada and XUMO in the United States.
Gray announces sale of WJRT-TV (ABC) in Flint, Michigan to Allen Media for $70 million to facilitate its acquisition of Meredith Corporation.
Gray completes its acquisition of Quincy Media and its sale of ten Quincy stations to Allen Media.
Gray honored with eight National Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism by RTDNA.
Gray partners with the Salvation Army to produce and broadcast “Lift Up Louisiana” to raise money for Hurricane Ida relief efforts.
Gray purchases Third Rail Studios in Doraville, Georgia.
Gray and ViacomCBS announces multi-year agreement to renew all 47 of Gray’s CBS affiliations.
Gray closes on acquisition of previously announced Meredith Corporation’s Local Media Group.
Gray announces significant expansion to National Investigative Team.
Gray announces that legendary news anchor and journalist Monica Kaufman Pearson has joined its Atlanta television stations, CBS46 and Peachtree TV.
Gray partners with the Salvation Army to produce and broadcast “Heal the Heartland” to raise money for relief efforts around the massive Midwest tornado.2021
On March 6, 2022, Gray released its first Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report.
The report, which covers calendar year 2022, describes Gray’s progress in many areas with focuses on our people, social impact, sustainable business operations, and responsible business practices.
"Content, communities, and culture define Gray Television," explained Gray Executive Chairman and CEO Hilton H. Howell, Jr. "The hallmark of our business is delivering unbiased news and information, supporting our local communities, and fostering strong culture everywhere we operate. Through our first ESG Report, we illustrate how these long-standing commitments align with and support accepted frameworks through which responsible companies enhance the well-being of all stakeholders."
The ESG Report explains Gray's commitment to corporate governance and media ethics beginning with Board committee oversight of our ESG practices and procedures. It also highlights the company's investments in necessary local journalism, award-winning investigative projects, community support, employee development, and expanding diversity in content, employment, and opportunities.
With the support of the Board of Directors, Gray looks forward to expanding on the progress captured in this first report as we continue to improve our content, strengthen our commitment to our local communities, and foster a strong culture in every workplace.
Click to view full report: Gray Television 2022 ESG Report
Assembly Atlanta – Assembly Studios Construction
The Assembly Atlanta development is a 135-acre mixed-use real estate complex centered around the studio industry in Doraville, Georgia. The signature component of Assembly Atlanta development is the 43-acre Assembly Studios complex featuring soundstages, productions offices, warehouse and mill buildings, studio bungalows, event space, and parking decks. We are committed to working hard to reduce the construction's impact on the environment. During the construction of the Assembly Studios complex, we have taken the following actions to reduce environmental impact, and even improve the property:
- Recycled 88 acres of concrete and existing structure on the site when we purchased the property. Concrete was crushed on site and reused as Graded Aggregate Base (GAB) under the roadways and new structure slabs. No concrete was hauled off site or shipped to landfills.
- Recycled all the steel and rebar previously on the site.
Elected to bring all storm water structures above ground instead of underground in vaults allowing for a healthier and more natural flow of the water.
- This eliminated the need to use additional of concrete, plastics and metal structures and minimizes the amount of maintenance and repairs that are typical of an underground system. Keeping the water above ground provides the opportunity to use above ground water structure as an amenity for the development in the public park and other uses for the property.
Assembly Atlanta – Assembly Studios Operations
Currently, Third Rail Studios and upon completion of the Assembly Studio complex, Assembly Atlanta has or will implement the following actions as part of our commitment to the environment:
- Collaborate with our long-term tenant to monitor in real time critical infrastructure, HVAC, and power systems to reduce waste.
- Require all tenants to utilize studio driven green initiatives across all their productions.
- Install LED lighting technology across studio complex.
- Utilize solar powered trailers and fuel-efficient vehicles where possible to reduce carbon footprint.
- Implement a robust recycling program.
- Electric car charging stations.
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