Zolo Media to Acquire KOHD-TV
Sister company to BendBroadband gains ABC affiliate and expands Zolo Media’s reach in Central Oregon
Bend, Oregon – July 26, 2013 – Zolo Media, part of the network of BendBroadband companies, announced that it will acquire KOHD-TV, the ABC affiliated television station serving Central Oregon. Zolo Media is purchasing the station from Chambers Communications, based in Eugene.
Under Zolo Media, KOHD will continue to provide the same content and regional coverage including the KEZI Eugene station news.
“Both the Tykeson and the Chambers families have operated broadcast and cable television companies in Oregon for the past 50 years. We are pleased to add KOHD-ABC to our Central Oregon operations and build on the good work of Chambers Communications,” said Amy Tykeson, CEO of BendBroadband. “When we purchased KBNZ-CBS in 2010, we made investments that would allow us to manage multiple channels and expand. With two broadcast stations, Zolo Media gains efficiency, and more importantly, we continue to serve Central Oregonians with the high quality ABC Network programming that has made KOHD a popular broadcast channel.”
“We know that KOHD viewers will be in good hands with Zolo Media and BendBroadband. By transferring KOHD over to a local, family-owned company with a long heritage of serving Central Oregon, we can focus our energies on our primary markets in Eugene and Medford,” said Scott Chambers, CEO of Chambers Communications.
All of KOHD’s employees will join the Zolo Media staff. Zolo Media will move its media operations into the KOHD building on September 1 and will operate the station under a local marketing agreement until final FCC approval.
“The acquisition of KOHD adds to the growing portfolio of Zolo Media,” said Tim Olson, Vice President and General Manager of Zolo Media. “As a full power station, KOHD complements KBNZ-LP and our targeted cable networks’ reach in the Central Oregon community.”
KOHD is available on BendBroadband channels 9 and 609 HD and is available over the air on channel 55.1.
Customer questions concerning the KOHD acquisition should be directed to Zolo Media representatives at 541.388.7714.
About Zolo Media
Zolo Media, a sister company to BendBroadband, operates KBNZ-LP CBS affiliate, COTV11 and offers multiple video advertising and viewing options for Central Oregonians. Zolo provides targeted advertising solutions through a combination of local content, cable television networks and broadcast television programming, as well as web and video on demand. Zolo Media places television advertising on BendBroadband and Crestview cable networks, and offers creative services for advertisers. Original local programming produced by Zolo includes coverage of high school sports on COTV11, and weekday lifestyle show, “myWindow” on KBNZ-CBS for Central Oregon.
BendBroadband is a family-owned, local company serving Central Oregon since 1955. A leader in the cable and broadband sectors, the company offers an extensive range of broadband, fiber connectivity, cable television and telephone services for commercial and residential customers. Central Oregon facilities include more than 2000 miles of fiber and coax infrastructure. Services include metropolitan optical Ethernet, T-1/PRI and hosted PBX services. High-speed Internet options provide speeds up to 100 Mbps, with 1 GigE offerings available. In 2011, the company opened the BendBroadband Vault, a Tier III, SSAE 16, LEED Gold, Energy Star certified datacenter with hosted storage for primary site and disaster recovery needs, equipment colocation and managed services. BendBroadband was among the first companies in the United States to convert to a 100% digital video signal and offers a spectrum of video services, including multi-room DVR and TV Everywhere service to tablets and mobile devices. BendBroadband focuses its corporate contributions and sponsorship efforts on youth, and by supporting an array of arts and entertainment in Central Oregon. In the community, BendBroadband provides extensive local sports coverage, civic programming and local features created and produced by Zolo Media.
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