Illusion of Choice: Local Media (Brainwashing Cartel) List for Top 200 US Markets

Independent TV journalism no longer exists. Almost every broadcast station in the US is owned by one of a handful of conglomerate media companies who coordinate content amongst all their properties. The narrative they desire can be spread even more thoroughly when they own more than one of the standard ABC / CBS / NBC / FOX in the same TV market, which happens frequently.

If you haven’t seen the infamous “Sinclair Threat to Democracy” video, it is the perfect example of how this works. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, the message is clear: content is carefully scripted and coordinated across many networks.

Now multiply that type of content by several media companies in 200+ TV markets in the United States, and you can see how the same message can penetrate every corner of the US in a short amount of time.

As you scroll through each market, pay attention to two things: how often you see the same companies pop up (such as Sinclair, Nexstar, EW Scripps, Gray, etc) and then how many markets have several stations operated by the same company. I will also distinguish here that several stations are owned by a smaller company, but are operated by a larger company through licensing agreements and special partnership contracts. I have included the operator because they are the ones handling the presentation of the content.

In 1975, the Church Committee Congressional investigation into the CIA revealed that they employed a large number of news reporters across various media formats to push certain stories. If you believe that has stopped, I have some oceanfront property in Arizona for you. The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 gave further opportunity for government agencies to interfere with the propagandizing of the news media.

The media itself is the “threat to our democracy” that Sinclair was trying to warn us about.

[1] New York City

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WABC-TV (7)
WCBS-TV (2)
WNBC-TV (4)
WNYW (5)
WPIX (11)
WWOR-TV (9)

[2] Los Angeles, CA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KABC-TV (2)
KCBS-TV (2)
KNBC (4)
KTTV (11)
KTLA (5)
KCOP-TV (13)

[3] Chicago, IL

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WLS-TV (7)
WBBM-TV (2)
WMAQ-TV (5)
WFLD (32)
WCIU (26)
WPWR-TV (50)

[4] Philadelphia, PA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WPVI-TV (6)
KYW-TV (3)
WCAU (10)
WTXF-TV (29)
WPSG (57)
WPHL-TV (17)

[5] Dallas, TX – Fort Worth, TX

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WFAA (8)
KTVT (11)
KXAS-TV (5)
KDFW (4)
KDAF (33)
KDFI (27)

[6] San Francisco, CA – Oakland, CA – San Jose, CA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KGO-TV (7)
KPIX-TV (5)
KNTV (11)
KTVU (2)
KBCW-TV (44)
KRON-TV (4)

[7] Atlanta, GA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WSB-TV (2)
WGCL-TV (46)
WXIA-TV (11)
WAGA-TV (5)
WUPA (69)
WATL (36)

[8] Houston, TX

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KTRK-TV (13)
KHOU (11)
KPRC-TV (2)
KRIV (26)
KIAH (39)
KTXH-TV (20)

[9] Washington, DC

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WJLA-TV (7)
WUSA (9)
WRC-TV (4)
WTTG (5)
WDCW (50)
WDCA (20)

[10] Boston, MA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WCVB-TV (5)
WMUR-TV (9)
WBZ (4)
WBTS-TV (15)
WFXT (25)
WLVI (56)
WSBK-TV (38)

[11] Phoenix, AZ

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KNXV-TV (15)
KPHO (5)
KNAZ-TV (2)
KPNX (12)
KSAZ-TV (10)
KASW (61)
KUTP (45)

[12] Seattle, WA – Tacoma, WA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KOMO-TV (4)
KIRO-TV (7)
KING-TV (5)
KCPQ (13)
KSTW (11)
KZJO (22)

[13] Tampa, FL – St. Petersburg, FL – Sarasota, FL

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WFTS-TV (28)
WWSB (40)
WTSP (10)
WFLA-TV (8)
WTVT (13)
WTOG (44)
WTTA (38)

[14] Minneapolis, MN – St. Paul, MN

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KTSP-TV (5)
KSAX (42)
KRWF(43)
WCCO-TV (4)
KCCW-TV(12)
KARE (11)
WFTC (9.1)
KMSP (9.9)
KFTC (26.1)
WUCW (23)
WFTC (9.2)
KFTC (26.2)

[15] Detroit, MI

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WXYZ-TV (7)
WWJ-TV (62)
WDIV-TV (4)
WBJK (2)
WKBD-TV (50)
WMYD (20)

[16] Denver, CO

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KMGH-TV (7)
KCNC-TV (4)
KUSA (9)
KFCT (22)
KDVR (31)
KWGN-TV (2)
KTVD (22)

[17] Orlando, FL – Daytona Beach, FL – Melbourne, FL

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WFTV (9)
WKMG-TV (6)
WESH (2)
WOFL (35)
WKFC (18)
WRBW (65)

[18] Miami, FL – Fort Lauderdale, FL

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WPLG (10)
WFOR-TV (4)
WTVJ (6)
WSVN (7)
WSFL-TV (39)
WBFS-TV (33)

[19] Cleveland, OH – Akron, OH – Canton, OH

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WEWS-TV (5)
WOIO (19)
WKYC (3)
WJW (8)
WUAB (43)
WOIO (19.2)

[20] Sacramento, CA – Stockton, CA – Modesto, CA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KXTV (10)
KOVR (13)
KCRA-TV (3)
KTXL (40)
KMAX-TV (31)
KQCA (58)

[21] Portland, OR

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KATU (2)
KOIN (6)
KGW (8)
KPTV (12)
KRCW-TV (32)
KPDX (49)

[22] Charlotte, NC

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WSOC-TV (9)
WBTV (3)
WCNC-TV (36)
WJZY (46)
WCCB (18)
WMYT-TV (55)

[23] St. Louis, MO

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KDNL-TV (30)
KMOV (4)
KSDK (5)
KTVI (2)
KPLR-TV (11)
KMOV (4.3)

[24] Raleigh, NC – Durham, NC – Fayetteville, NC

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WTVD (11)
WNCN (17)
WRAL-TV (5)
WRAL-EX (39)
WRAZ (50)
WLFL-TV (22)
WRDC-TV (28)

[25] Indianapolis, IN

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WRTV (6)
WTTV (4)
WTTK (29)
WTHR (13)
WXIN (59)
WISH-TV (8)
WNDY-TV (23)

[26] Pittsburgh, PA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WTAE-TV (4)
KDKA-TV (2)
WPXI (11)
WPGH-TV (53)
WPCW (19)
WPNT (22)

[27] San Diego, CA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KGTV (10)
KFMB-TV (8)
KNSD (39)
KSWB-TV (69)
KFMB-DT2 (8.2)
KFMB-DT2 (8.2)

[28] Baltimore, MD

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WMAR-TV (2)
WJZ-TV (13)
WBAL (11)
WBFF (45)
WNUV (54)
WUTB (24)

[29] Nashville, TN

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WKRN-TV (2)
WTVF (5)
WSMV-TV (4)
WZTV (17)
WNAB (58)
WUXP-TV (30)

[30] Salt Lake City, UT

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KTVX (4)
KUTV (2)
KSL-TV (5)
KSTU (13)
KUCW (30)
KMYU (12)

[31] San Antonio, TX

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KSAT-TV (12)
KENS (5)
WOAI-TV (4)
KABB (29)
KMYS (35)
KCWX (2)Corridor Television

[32] Hartford, CT – New Haven, CT

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WTNH (8)
WFSB (3)
WVIT (30)
WTIC-TV (61)
WCCT-TV (20)
WCTX (59)

[33] Columbus, OH

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WSYX (6)
WBNS-TV (10)
WCMH-TV (4)
WSYX (6.3)
WWHO (53)
WSYX (6.2)

[34] Kansas City, MO

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KMBC-TV (9)
KCTV (5)
KSHB-TV (41)
WDAF (4)
KCWE (29)
KSMO-TV (62)

[35] Greenville, SC – Spartanburg, SC – Asheville, NC – Anderson, NC

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WLOS (13)
WSPA-TV (7)
WYFF (4)
WHNS (21)
WYCW (62)
WMYA-TV (40)

[36] Cincinnati, OH

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WCPO-TV (9)
WKRC-TV (12)
WLWT (5)
WXIX-TV (19)
WKRC-DT2 (12,2)
WSTR-TV (64)

[37] Milwaukee, WI

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WISN-TV (12)
WDJT-TV (58)
WTMJ-TV (4)
WITI (6)
WVTV (18)
WVTV-DT2 (24)

[38] Austin, TX

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KVUE (24)
KEYE-TV (42)
KXAN-TV (36)
KTBC (7)
KNVA (54)
KBVO (14)

[39] West Palm Beach, FL – Fort Pierce, FL

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WPBF (25)
WPEC (12)
WPTV-TV (5)
WFLX (29)
WTVX (34)
WTCN-CD (43)

[40] Las Vegas, NV

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KTNV-TV (13)
KLAS-TV (8)
KSNV (3)
KVVU-TV (5)
KVCW (33)
KVCW (33.2)

[41] Grand Rapids, MI – Kalamazoo, MI – Battle Creek, MI

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WOTV (41)
WZZM (13)
WWMT (3)
WOOD-TV (8)
WXMI (17)
WWMT-DT2 (3.2)
WXSP-CD (15)

[42] Harrisburg, PA – Lancaster, PA – Lebanon, PA – York, PA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WHTM-TV (27)
WHP-TV (21)
WGAL (8)
WPMT (43)
WHP-DT3 (21.3)
WHP-DT2 (21.2)

[43] Jacksonville, FL

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WJXX (25)
WJAX-TV (47)
WTLV (12)
WFOX-TV (30)
WCWJ (17)
WFOX-TV (30.2)

[44] Oklahoma City, OK

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KOCO-TV (5)
KWTV-DT (9)
KFOR-TV (4)
KOKH-TV (25)
KOCB (34)
KSBI-TV (52)

[45] Birmingham, AL – Tuscaloosa, AL – Anniston, AL

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WBMA-LD (58)
WABM-DT2 (68.2)
WDBB-DT2 (17.2)
WGWW-DT2 (40.2)
WIAT (42)
WVTM-TV (13)
WBRC (6)
WTTO (21)
WDBB (17)
WABM (68)

[46] Norfolk, VA – Portsmouth, VA – Newport News, VA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WVEC (13)
WTKR (3)
WAVY-TV (10)
WVBT (43)
WGNT (27)
WTVZ-TV (33)

[47] Greensboro, NC – High Point, NC – Winston-Salem, NC

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WXLV-TV (45)
WFMY-TV (2)
WXII-TV (12)
WGHP (8)
WCWG (20)
WMYV (48)

[48] Albuquerque, NM – Santa Fe, NM

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KOAT-TV (7)
KRQE (13)
KBIM-TV (10)
KREZ-TV(6)
KOB (4)
KOBF (12)
KOBR(8)
KRQE-DT2 (13.2)
KBIM-DT2 (10.2)
KREZ-DT2 (6.2)
KWBQ (19)
KRWB-TV (21)
KASY (50)

[49] Louisville, KY

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WHAS-TV (11)
WLKY (32)
WAVE (3)
WDRB (41)
WBKI (58)
WBKI (58.3)

[50] New Orleans, LA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WGNO (26)
WWL-TV (4)
WDSU (6)
WVUE-DT (8)
WNOL-TV (38)
WUPL (54)

[51] Memphis, TN

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WATN-TV (24)
WREG-TV (3)
WMC-TV (5)
WHBQ-TV (13)
WLMT (30)
KPMF-LD (26)

[52] Providence, RI – New Bedford, MA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WLNE-TV (6)
WPRI-TV (12)
WJAR (10)
WNAC-TV (64)
WNAC-DT2 (64.2)
WPRI-TV (12.2)

[53] Buffalo, NY

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WKBW-TV (7)
WIVB-TV (4)
WGRZ (2)
WUTV (29)
WNLO (23)
WNYO-TV (49)

[54] Fort Myers, FL – Naples, FL

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WZVN-TV (26)Waterman Broadcasting
WINK-TV (11)Fort Myers Broadcast Co
WBBH-TV (20)Waterman Broadcasting
WFTX-TV (36)
WXCW (46)Fort Myers Broadcast Co
WINK-TV (11.2)Fort Myers Broadcast Co

[55] Fresno, CA – Visalia, CA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KFSN-TV (30)
KGPE (47)
KSEE (24)
KMPH-TV (26)
KFRE-TV (59)
KAIL (7)

[56] Richmond, VA – Petersburg, VA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WRIC-TV (8)
WTVR-TV (6)
WWBT (12)
WRLH-TV (35)
WUPV (65)
WRLH-TV (35.2)

[57] Mobile, AL – Pensacola, FL – Fort Walton Beach, FL

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WEAR-TV (3)
WKRG-TV (5)
WPMI-TV (15)
WALA-TV (10)
WFNA (55)
WFGX (35)

[58] Wilkes-Barre, PA – Scranton, PA – Hazleton, PA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WNEP-TV (16)
WYOU (22)
WBRE-TV (28)
WOLF-TV (56)
WSWB (38)
WQMY (53)

[59] Little Rock, AR – Pine Bluff, AR

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KATV (30)
KTHV (11)
KARK-TV (24)
KLRT-TV-TV (16)
KASN-TV (38)
KARZ-TV (42)

[60] Albany, NY – Schenectady, NY – Troy, NY

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WTEN (10)
WRGB (6)
WNYT (13)
WXXA (23)
WCWN (45)
WNYA (7)

[61] Tulsa, OK

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KTUL (8)
KOTV-DT (6)
KJRH-TV (2)
KOKI-TV (23)
KQCW-DT (19)
KMYT-TV (7)

[62] Knoxville, TN

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WATE-TV (6)
WVLT-TV (8)
WBIR-TV (10)
WTNZ (43)
WBXX-TV (20)
WVLT-TV (8.2)

[63] Lexington, KY

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WTVQ-DT (36)
WKYT-TV (27)
WYMT-TV (57)
WLEX-TV (18)
WDKY-TV (56)
WKYT-DT2 (27.2)
WTVQ-DT2 (36.2)

[64] Tucson, AZ – Sierra Vista, AZ

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KGUN-TV (9)
KOLD-TV (13)
KVOA (4)
KMSB (11)
KWBA-TV (58)
KTTU (18)

[65] Dayton, OH

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
WKEF (22)
WHIO-TV (7)
WDTN (2)
WRGT-TV (45)
WBTD (26)
WRGT-TV (45.2)

[66] Spokane, WA

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KXLY-TV (4)
KLEW-TV (3)
KREM (2)
KHQ-TV (6)
KAYU-TV-TV (28)
KSKN (22)
KAYU-TV (28.2)

[67] Honolulu, HI

STATIONLOCAL CALL SIGNPRIMARY OPERATOR
KITV (4)
KHVO (13)
KMAU (12)
KGMB-TV (5)
KOGG (13.2)
KHNL (13)
KHBC (2)
KOGG (13)
KHON-TV (2)
KHAW (11)
KAII (7)
KHON-DT2 (2.2)
KHAW-DT2 (11.2)
KAII-DT2 (7.2)
KHII-TV (9)
KGMD (9)
KGMV (3)