Monday, March 25, 2013

Nexstar Looking to Purchase Shreveport Stations

Nexstar is looking to add more TV stations to its ownership list.  TV NewsCheck reports Nexstar has signed a lettler of intent to purchase 12 stations from Communications Corporation of America.  KMSS and KSHV in Shreveport would be a part of the deal.  Nexstar already owns KTAL/Channel 6 in the Shreveport market.  The article says both companies hope to make an official announcement by April 6.

Hat tip TV Spy

58 Comments:

At 7:43 PM, March 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are they going to own it outright or will it be part of Mission?

 
At 8:56 PM, March 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

News about Nexstar makes me want to punch kittens in the face. Hide ya kittens, hide ya wife.

 
At 10:26 PM, March 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That means there will be two more stations for the folks in LR to do station breaks and programming for.

Nothing like having a monopoly on all the stations in a town.

 
At 12:08 AM, March 26, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, after 4 offers in 13 years Nexstar is finally buying KMSS-KSHV? I guess the fourth time is the charm.

All you Com Corp employees better get resumes ready now. Nexstar has been planning on selling your building and moving you over to KTAL for years. Traffic, master control, and the business office will go to Little Rock. What's left will be merged, and a majority of you will be laid off.

 
At 10:00 AM, March 26, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess the rednecks in La. ran out of tax write-offs to keep KMSS/KSHV on their balance sheets. They've always had a crappy operation. Nexstar/Mission will close shop eventually on Jewella. So all you KMSS'ers are going to be out of jobs soon.

 
At 11:57 AM, March 26, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nexstar is buying all 12 of the remaining ComCorp stations including KMSS/KSHV.

 
At 10:33 AM, March 27, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The writing is on the wall people. Get out now before you get pushed out.

 
At 11:04 AM, March 27, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will they set it up like usual or will it be like in Little Rock where most of staff was kept?

 
At 11:37 AM, March 27, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure Nexstar will consolidate everything from their MC Hub in L.R. Technically speaking, KMSS / KSHV is a mess. I spoke to a former Chief Engr. who left and said it would collapse under it's own weight they way things are put together.
Com Corp never really put much money in the place, so I'd guess the Jewella location will be eventually shut down as far as a conventional TV station is concerned.

 
At 1:15 PM, March 27, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:37 AM

Yes, that's been the plan for years. MC, traffic, and the business office will move to KARK in LR. The rest will move over to KTAL. KTAL already has most of those positions filled so most KMSS/KSHV employee's will not be making the move. Wonder if they will start doing the 9:00 PM Fox News Louisiana live from KTAL?

 
At 2:29 PM, March 27, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm guessing it will stay the same coming out of Tyler-Longview but who knows? Could do what KTBS has been doing on KPXJ for years and just repeat their 6 0'clock. More mediocrity on more channels.

 
At 8:21 PM, March 27, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I bet that's what they do.

 
At 2:06 PM, March 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope they replace KTAL's promotion department with KMSS' promotions department. Unlike KTAL's promotions department, KMSS' promotions department actually produces promos. They don't flog off their responsibilities to another departments.

 
At 6:22 PM, March 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So does this mean "Dork-o-Vison" is coming to KMSS?

 
At 7:43 PM, March 28, 2013, Anonymous Magic 8 Ball said...

1:15 and 6:22
Signs point to yes.

 
At 8:28 PM, March 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh nooo...not more DORK-O-VISION!! :O

 
At 12:53 PM, March 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nexstar toured KMSS/KSHV Monday. Even fixed up the place is still a pit.

 
At 6:40 PM, March 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KMSS was a pit back when I worked there 15 years ago. You know that building is haunted right? Curtis, the master control supervisor and trainer, died there in the control room in 1999. Strange things started happening in the control room right after that. One year to the day before Curtis died, one of the ladies in the front office died. She died at home not in the building, but strange things started happening especially during the overnight shift, when both of them died.

 
At 8:47 PM, March 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KMSS/KSHV is housed in an old Kroger's Grocery Store location.
The original owners knew nothing about TV, thinking they could patch up some used equipment and make a go at being a legit station. They hired crooks to manage the place who stole what they could via "trade" and would leave. Another group bought the place and were basically absentee owners but had the same narrow vision of hiring unethical pricks to manage the place. Same basic deal... they robbed the corporation via trade deals and Lord knows what else.
Very little money was ever put in the physical plant and the broadcast ops were held together with spit and duct tape.
Some of the most despicable, unethical c___suckers I've ever come across have been the GMs and SMs at that place. Of course they kept making their money in spite of themselves. That's the sad state of KMSS and in TV in general.

 
At 10:14 PM, March 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are correct in every respect about the head knockers in broadcast. Trying to get every dime they can and no pay anything for your talents.

Get out now and find a job with a company that won't be sold every few years.

 
At 10:18 PM, March 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I know. I used to shop at that Kroger's before they moved that location to Pines & I-20 after they bought out Bestyet. When I was there most of the MCO's would go hide in the dungeon to smoke their crack and weed.

By despicable and unethical I take it you're referring to former GM's Joe Sugg and Mark Cummings? They were vampires who sucked the station dry. Under Joe, most of the trades with Ivan Smith, Kroger's, and everyone else, covered all Joe's personal "entertainment" and household expenses. I was there when Joe was ordered by corporate to get new office furniture. He complied. He got office furniture from Ivan Smith. All of that office furniture went from Ivan Smith to the station. Then from the station to Joe's house, and Eric, the chief eng's house. KAQY's GM was just as bad as Joe. I'm surprised the IRS didn't get involved. Now Mark was not nearly as bad, but he did his share of sucking up the trades. Mark also regularly pilfered the prize closet in the conference room instead of buying gifts for his boys.

 
At 12:48 PM, March 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KMSS sounds like the worst station ever. Thieving managers. Ghosts of dead employees. MCO's smoking crack and weed in the building. Not only do they have bad programming they also have a bad vide. Sounds like that place needs a audit, a exorcism, new management, and a new location.

 
At 1:35 PM, March 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody remember Art Lanham? He was the guy who allegedly stole the station out from the idiot owners at Southwest Multimedia in Houston during the bankruptcy. Despite his slick moves, he wound up paying almost a half-million in legal fees ton in an attempt to keep his loser son out of Angola for vehicular manslaughter. Turns out his kid had 2 strikes already on probation for dealing drugs and killed a guy at Fern & Ockley running a red light.

Lanham was a chain-smoking, highly self-medicated, paranoid, Bi-polar nutcase. He robbed the prize closet, leaving shitty premiums for Kid's Klub giveaways. When I was there he had us take pictures so he could buy personal ad-space as an "eligible bachelor" in the singles mag: "Alaska Male" We were wondering WTF was he advertising in Alaska Male for? One time he threw a pissy-fit when the March of Dimes came to "put him in jail" as a fundraiser and we caught it on tape. It was embarrassing to witness.
And don't get me started on Suggs. Religious nutcase. He went off on agency rep on morning and I thought this guy was going to rip him a new asshole. Agency contacted corporate and a little shit hit the fan. What a fucktard! His son was some mental defective idiot too. For a guy who was sooo religious, Suggs was such a shitheel. I can't help but think someone would wind up making him choke on his own junk.

 
At 7:06 PM, March 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:35 PM: Hooo boy! You brought up some bad memories about the former GMs at KMSS. And I had to laugh about the pot/crack smoking in the storage area. I saw Lanham's kid passed out on a couch in the storage area we called the dungeon on too many occasions. His dad made me wake him up and get him home a few times.
After KMSS got sold to White Knight/ComCorp. I thought things would improve. They did to a certain extent but Suggs was such a messed-up person. I do recall him being openly rude to clients and costing us business. I've seen some pieces of work in other places but those two guys really stood out among jerks in the TV biz for sure.

 
At 1:01 PM, March 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh man, I worked there almost 20 years ago, and would share stories, but I think it's all been covered.
Art Lanham was a real dick, and stuck his idiot son with our department for a while. If not for the employees working there, I'd say good riddance to KMSS.

 
At 10:20 PM, March 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can vouch for many of the KMSS comments about Lanham and Suggs. How these two wound up staying above ground during their tenure at KMSS was beyond me. There were a few decent people who worked there but eventually wised up and left. But it goes to show just how little corporate cared or was involved in really knowing the types of people running their enterprise. Guess birds of a feather rings true. Too bad because it could've been a better place. However it seems broadcasting operations seem to keep hiring the same assholes in perpetuity. I'm sure Lanham and Suggs wound up doing the same thing somewhere else. It's the way TV biz is unfortunately.

 
At 10:35 AM, April 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I see more posts on the Nexstar buying KMSS/KSHV deal and it feels like homecoming from former staffers there with horror stories from the past. I remember how bad KMSS used to smell from all the cigarette smoke, it stunk like a bad nightclub. I had some dealings with management and sales. There truly were some pretty effed-up people running the place. I remember a meeting in the GM's office and I mentioned I had asthma but he kept lighting up cigarette after cigarette. After his 4th one, I told my partner I had to leave. We only did things over the phone with KMSS after that. Sales people wouldn't last 3 months it seemed as our AE kept changing. They did encourage trade accounts but we really didn't want to go that route for what others have already mentioned previously. What a mess it was!

 
At 1:43 PM, April 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should have been there when we repainted and replaced that old gray carpet. It was gross and a huge pain. That carpet and tile was done on trade, but guess what? We kept bumping those spots and didn't give the guy his full value on his trade. Typical.

Yeah, we did have a revolving door of employees. We ran adds for AE and MCO openings none stop for about 5 or 6 years. Promotions was really bad as well. It was crazy.

Art Lanham and Joe Sugg. UGH!!! Those are two people I never want to see again. I started working when I was 16 and those guys are the two worst managers I have encountered in my entire working career. I remember Joe had a huge issue with those psychic barter spots, so the MCO's had to edit them out. That messed up all the formats so traffic had to reformat every show.

And those sons their's were something else. I think it was in 1995-96 or 1996-97 when Brandon Lanham's legal problems started. First was a burglary charge. Then came the vehicular homicide, and a DWI followed after that. I think there was something else after that but it's been to long. Then Chris Sugg was arrested on a DWI and concealed weapons charge in 2000 or 2001. Looking at the dad's it's now surprise these boys ended up like they did. Chris got Joe to hire about 6 or 7 frat brothers of his. Only two of them worked out long term.

Remember when the tower was struck by lightning and we were of the air forever? Good times.

 
At 10:08 AM, April 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They say never wish anything bad on anybody but if there were ever 2 guys you'd like to see get gang-banged by a group of Zombie-bikers, Lanham and Suggs would be it. Two of the most ego-maniacal, idiots who ever occupied space. What a waste of air.

 
At 11:16 AM, April 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A former KMSS co-worker told me you were talking about the crazy things Art and Joe used to do, and this brings me back 20 years. Most of my memories of KMSS at that time are bad, but that's the way it was. It was a horrible station run by horrible people. I feel sorry for my few surviving former co-workers who are still there and have to put up with this crap day after day.

 
At 11:59 AM, April 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back to the original post: Nexstar buying KMSS/KSHV. A colleague who works at a national level at a TV buying rep firm told me that it's pretty common knowledge in the industry that Nexstar is a "slash & burn company". They are running fast & furious ahead of debt management and their goal is "cash-flow business". It's almost like a pyramid scheme to acquire other properties to show how much money they can bring in on a quarterly basis. As long as they keep debt service in check, they look good as far as profits are concerned. It's a matter of time before things start to unravel and sell-offs occur. So anyone with plans on working with Nexstar should realize this is going to be a bumpy ride and you'll be used like some cheap dime-store hamster....run like crazy in the wheel until your heart explodes or they cut you loose. The only people who will win will be those with management/performance bonuses. Other staffers: Prepared to be screwed over time and again.

 
At 1:16 PM, April 03, 2013, Anonymous Former Broadcaster said...

Spot on 11:59. I am one of hundreds of people run over by the Nexstar train. Because of the current state, and future of the industry, I chose to take the opportunity to get out of broadcasting. It took me over a year to realize how bad the industry has become. When I was with Nexstar I had headaches every day. I have only had 2 headaches since I left Nexstar. Now I am in a great job with amazing benefits. I wish I had made this move years ago. I highly recommend all of you do the same before Terry Bush calls you into the conference room to talk to you about your severance package.

 
At 7:01 PM, April 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best thing to do is start looking now and line up a different job outside of TV because staff positions will be eliminated eventually. Those that get to stay on will have to take on other responsibilities for less pay. Better to wise up to the realities of the bloodsuckers of management and get a job with better prospects and pay. TV staffers will be treated worse than Dominoes Pizza Drivers. You're not in Show Biz, you're in whore-biz...and cheap whores at that.

 
At 10:36 PM, April 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to see how this Nexstar/Mission buyout of KMSS/KSHV will go down, just look at the KLRT threads in the archives over the past three or four months. We were told up front our jobs were safe. Then after the merger was complete, and Nexstar/Mission took over, they got rid of about 30 of us. They WILL do the same thing with KMSS/KHSV and all the other ComCorp stations as they have done with the rest of us.

You better listen to Former Broadcaster 1:16 PM. I had the exact same experience, and let me tell you. It's not fun.

 
At 10:42 PM, April 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A wise former TV guy I know put it this way:
"How do you know a TV executive is lying?"
ANSWER: His/Her lips are moving.
"How do you know a TV GM or CEO is lying?"
ANSWER: His/Her heart is beating. They've been dead inside a long time ago.
After what I've experienced her first-hand, I'd have to agree. I'm outta here.

 
At 11:43 PM, April 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good, at least we have gotten through to one person. The rest of you have fair warning.

 
At 11:30 AM, April 04, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not that they'd care but I wonder if Nexstar is going to run a thorough due-diligence /audit of KMSS/KSHV's books for barter/trade accounts. If they do, it won't take a master CPA to see "red-flags". I'd say there's more than questionable practices to review. But then again, it's almost considered apropos for TV execs to look the other way. Something about "honor among thieves" I guess. Take a close look at the managers Nexstar.

 
At 12:54 PM, April 04, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's for sure Paula and Susan will not make the cut. Nexstar/Mission never keep the GM and SM of stations they take over.

 
At 5:42 PM, April 04, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, that's how they roll.

Here is what Nexstar/Mission has been planning since their last attempted buy out two years ago. Paula, Susan, and Dale will be fired. Traffic, master control, and the business office will move to KARK in Little Rock. Sales, promotions, and production will be moved to KTAL. Not everyone in those departments will be making the move to North Market. After that, the property will be sold off.

 
At 7:33 PM, April 04, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seriously doubt they own the property. It's a dump of a former shopping ctr that used to be a Kroger's and a cheap-o furniture store. Probably had negotiated a fixed lease for years. So there's not much in the way of hard-assets that anyone would want anyway. Most of the gear in the place is junk. The only decent stuff is the transmitter site when they had to replace it a few years back when the tower got fried.

 
At 8:41 PM, April 04, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, that is factually incorrect. According to the Caddo Parish Tax Accessors Office the KMSS building is owned by this company.
TWCS L.L.C.
700 Saint John Street Suite 300
Lafayette, LA 70501.
That address is also ComCorp's home office.

 
At 1:51 PM, April 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they can it into a flea market or something.

 
At 2:06 PM, April 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or Nexstar could sell it to a church to house their sanctuary and broadcast ministry.

 
At 9:14 PM, April 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe there's a preacher-sucker out there to take that bet.

 
At 11:03 PM, April 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are plenty.

 
At 12:40 PM, April 06, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:42 PM is correct. That was Nexstar/Mission's plan for KMSS/KSHV at that time. From what I've been told by several sources, those plans are still in affect. If you have any doubts, just look at what Nexstar/Mission did when they took over KLRT in Little Rock a few months ago. My advice is don't go out and buy a new car or house. The layoffs are coming.

 
At 9:17 PM, April 06, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like one strategy will be to get your 6 months of unemployment and
work the system until you find a new gig. You might even be able to get re-training assistance from the state if you meet certain qualifications.

 
At 10:10 AM, April 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The maximum amount of severance Nexstar pays out is 12 weeks. You do not get a dime of unemployment for the first 12 weeks until all that severance money is gone. So in six months you will only get a unemployment check for the last 12 weeks.

Re-training assistance? Don't count on it the Jindal is getting rid of everything in this state.

 
At 3:58 PM, April 07, 2013, Blogger Debora Fowler said...

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At 4:06 PM, April 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Markets where there are no current Nexstar stations, do they keep the current GM,GSM and LSM of the stations they are purchasing?

 
At 4:12 PM, April 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No they don't.

 
At 4:21 PM, April 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto, generally speaking a new owner (who has b'cast experience) fires the GM, LSM, NSM and often the Biz Mgr too because they either find some "funny numbers" in the station's books when they do an audit and/or they simply like to put their own people in place so as to avoid any undiscovered issues from continuing.
It makes for a "clean-start" and often makes sense. There will probably be a short-transition but all-in-all folks either leave or get sacked. Only exception might be technical folks who know where the switches are to keep the place up and running until their chief engr comes in and takes them on the hub. Then they'll get tossed out too!

 
At 4:25 PM, April 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. The only time in my broadcast experience when a new owner kept most of the managers in place was when KMSS was sold to ComCorp/WhiteKnight.
The GM left but the other managers were kept. This was considered to be a really dumb-a**ed move on the part of ComCorp as they really didn't bother with keeping too close an eye on how things were being "managed". No telling how much "alleged stealing" took place under their watch.

 
At 12:49 PM, April 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly. Nexstar has more then enough of their own people to replace the ComCorp/White Knight managers.

 
At 6:17 PM, April 10, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More consolidation on the way from Nexstar/Mission. Wonder if they'll repeat Little Rock news on KMSS/KSHV. Like that makes much sense.
Or right...Dork-o-vision... now I get it.

 
At 4:07 PM, April 11, 2013, Anonymous The Borg said...

You will assimilate.

 
At 2:33 PM, April 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really can't recall the last time I watched one of KMSS 33 9pm newscasts. I do recall they had some little hottie on there for awhile and then she left. The news stories were mostly VO-SOT and most of the time the video looked like crap. Never did hear anything about ratings. Let's face it: KMSS Fox 33 sucks pretty much. Nexstar will probably just re-run their newscasts and sell combo / trombo ad packages but ratings? Naah...it will still be Dork-O-Vision.

 
At 10:18 AM, April 15, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

News @9:00 is a stupid idea. For real networks with three hours of primetime programming, the 9:00PM-10:00PM hour is the highest paying hour for local avals. If all goes as Nexstar has already planed, KTAL will air a live 30 minute newscast for KMSS. If you have any doubts, check out what they are doing with FoxPeacock in Little Rock.

 

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