Done deal: KIVI, KNIN go to separate camps

KIVI and KNINThe Boise DMA has new television station owners – snapping up a pair of stations that used to be joined at the hip.

On April 1, EW Scripps formally closed on its deal to acquire Journal Communications’ broadcast assets, including KIVI-TV, KSAW-TV (Twin Falls), KTHI/107.1 K-Hits, KQXR/100.3 The X, KJOT/Rock 105.1 and KRVB/94.9 The River.

Not included in the deal was KNIN-TV Fox 9. You’ll remember in September, we walked through all the possible scenarios – as the FCC wasn’t going to allow Scripps to scoop up KNIN. I laid out five potential options – and the deal took door number four:

– Scripps keeps KIVI, sells KNIN with all programming intact to an outside owner and has little involvement in the station . (snip) (I)t’s conceivable that Scripps could continue to supply KNIN with news (or it could even come from one of the other two TV news providers in the market for the right price).

Alabama-based Raycom Media worked out a deal with the trustee for KNIN to buy the station, effective essentially immediately. Channel 6 and channel 9 will become separate stations with less and less to do with each other as time goes on. A lengthy and carefully-structured shared services agreement filed with the FCC lays out the ten-year deal – and even gets into detail like what portion of the big KIVI building in Nampa Raycom may use. Some of the particulars:

  • Raycom paid $14.5 MM. Journal purchased the station for $8 MM in 2008, before it was a Fox affiliate.
  • The stations will not share sales, programming, revenue or any other financial matters. KIVI and KNIN’s sales staff will be separate, will not be allowed to coordinate, will not be allowed to cross-sell and cannot go on calls together.
  • The two stations will not be able to work together on retransmission consent deals.
  • Scripps will deliver just less than 12-hours of news programming to Raycom each week for airing on KNIN: Two hours per day each weekday, and a total of two hours each weekend. The timeslots are the current 7am and 9pm newscasts.
  • KIVI & KNIN will have to handle promotion independently. You’ve possibly already noticed that promotions on the two stations for the most part no longer mention each other (though for now they look identical).
  • Scripps will handle technical & administrative services – i.e. master control.
  • The deal is for ten years – but can be pulled apart with notice by either side.
  • Raycom will hand over a check for $131,708.33 every month to Scripps for the news programming, technical services etc. That’s a cool $1,580,500 each year – with a 2.5% bump built in each year.
  • Raycom will establish a website for KNIN. Currently “IdahoOnYourSide.com” services both stations.
  • Right now, neither KNIN or KIVI are high definition in news. If Scripps decides to go HD someday, Raycom will give them some cash to get the upgrades done.

Bottom line: KNIN & KIVI will start to act separately in many ways – particularly in the sales area. Raycom is a big television station owner – and is competitive in many markets. Will this SSA last for ten full years, or will Raycom move to make the station even more independent? Time will tell.

Two quick sidenotes: In the past two years, every major station in the market has picked up a new owner – with Sinclair, Gannett/TEGNA, Scripps and Raycom entering the fray. Only independent KTRV’s Block Communications is unchanged.

In the Twin Falls market, a similar change is afoot – after Gray Television purchased CBS affiliate KMVT and FOX affiliate KSVT.

Don Day is the digital sales manager for channel 7, and used to run IdahoRadioNews.com. Now he tweets a lot.

2015 Rockie Awards: The Winners

For those who weren’t able to make it to this year’s Rockie Awards, we got our hands on the full list of winners. A few highlights:

Oliver Russell took home Best of Show for their Woodland Empire Ale Craft work.

Drake Cooper also took home their fair share of awards, as usual. In addition to their Rockies haul, the 18 Summers campaign also took Best of Show at the 2015 District XI American Advertising Awards.

The full list of winners can be found here.

Congratulations to all.

Tour De Smashed 2015

From our friends at the Boise Advertising Federation:

Ever wonder what the inside of DaviesMoore, Mitchell + Palmer, Foerstel, CLM or Wirestone look like? Here’s your chance to see all agencies and ride school buses again. Join us for Tour de Smashed III held on May 28th from 5pm – 11pm. Tickets are $25/person.

We’ve extended ticket sales! This is a Pre-paid event only and ticket sales will be closing on May 20th. There are 100 seats for the bus and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Wheels up on May 28th at 5pm in the parking lot of 9th and River Street (near Cottonwood Grille). Look for the yellow buses.

Drinks and snacks will be included on the buses, and please use good judgement to participate responsibly.

Tour De Smashed 2015

Job Opening: Art Director at Oliver Russell

Oliver Russell in Boise is looking to add a full-time or freelance Art Director to their team. From the job listing on their website:

You love design—branding, packaging, interactive, etc. And because you love design, you’re prolific. You know what the word “prolific” means because you read books. And because you read books, you know there’s a lot more to the world than just marketing. You’d like to devote your talent to promote people and products that make life a little more interesting and a lot more sustainable—because the clients you’re working on today are slowly crushing your soul.

We’re Oliver Russell, a Boise Certified B Corp. that builds brands for purpose-driven companies. We’re growing and looking for a great designer with at least a few years of experience and a solid portfolio of branding, packaging, interactive and illustration work. We offer good pay and benefits like health insurance, wellness allowance, matching IRA contributions, paid volunteer time, and four-day weekends over Memorial Day and Labor Day. As a bicycle-friendly business, we’ll pay you to leave your car at home. Not so coincidentally, we were just selected as “Best in World for Workers 2015” by B Lab, the nonprofit organization that certifies B Corporations.

This is a full-time position, but we’re open to freelancers too. If this sounds like your cup of tea, please send your resume and work samples to info@oliverrussell.com. Show us you’re good. Show us you get it.

Desired skills:

  • CS Suite, MS Office
  • Coding for email blasts
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Decent writing skills
  • Motion graphics a plus
  • Experience in categories of food & beverage, sustainable technology, health & well-being a plus

Compensation DOE.

And in related news, they are still looking to add a PR Professional to their staff.