Wichita Channel 10, 12 Under New Ownership
Wichita’s KAKE-TV, Channel 10, is set to be taken over Lockwood Broadcast at the end of the month. The station was formerly owned by Gray Television.
Lockwood, a Richmond VA. based parent company, brings Wichita’s channel 10 not only a change in ownership, but also a change in management. Lockwood has named Neal Davis general manager of the station, according to a company release.
Davis currently serves as general manager of Lockwood’s broadcast stations in Knoxville, Tenn. He has been a general manager at stations in Raleigh, N.C., and Peoria/Bloomington, Ill as well, after beginning his career with a position in sales management.
Gray Television is trading KAKE for Lockwood’s WBXX as well as $11.2 million in cash. Gray will remain the owner of KWCH-TV, Channel 12.
Gray recently acquired Wichita’s KWCH Channel 12, which was formerly owned by Schurz communication. Unable to operate two stations in the same market, Gray sold KAKE, maintaining ownership of KWCH, the stronger station.