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Sinclair Group: chronology


This chronology is indicative only.

Context is provided by the broader communications and media timeline.

1971 Julian Sinclair Smith launches UHF television station WBFF-TV in Baltimore, Maryland

1978 Max Media broadcasting founded

1986 family founds Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG)

1991 buys WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1994 buys four stations

1995 goes public

1995 buys five more stations in four markets

1996 buys River City Broadcasting (television stations and 23 radio stations in 7 markets)

1997 pays US$52.5m for KLGT-TV from Lakeland Group Television

1997 alliance with Time-Warner television

1998 buys Heritage Broadcasting from Murdoch's News for US$630m

1998 buys Sullivan Broadcasting's WUTV and WUHF in Buffalo and Rochester

1998 buys tv stations from Guy Gannett Communications for US$310m (WGME-TV Portland, WICS-TV and WICD-TV Champaign - Springfield - Decatur, KGAN-TV Cedar Rapids, WGGB-TV Springfield and WTWC-TV Tallahassee)

1998 buys Max Media stations for US$252m

1998 sells WPTZ and WNNE to HMTF's Sunrise for US$72m

1998 sells radio stations WBBF, WBEE-FM, WQRV, and WKLX to Entercom for $126.5m

1999 sells WOKR-TV Rochester to The Ackerley Group

1999 sells three Norfolk radio stations to Petracom Media for US$23m

1999 takes 32% stake in television broadcast equipment manufacturer Acrodyne Communications

1999 sells 41 station radio chain to Entercom for US$821m

1999 takes 80% stake in G1440 e-business solutions and applications provider

1999 takes 16.5% stake in Synergy Brands, "developer of on-line consumer product companies"

2000 sells KPNT FM, KXOK FM, WVRV FM, WIL FM, WRTH FM and KIHT FM in St Louis to Emmis

2002 sells WTTK-TV in Kokomo to Tribune for $125m