An application of intent to operate KGMC-TV Channel 34 in Oklahoma
City has been filed with the Federal Communications Commission by the
Oklahoma Educational Television Authority Foundation, it was
The application was filed after a California broadcasting
company offered to provide an additional $1 million toward the
purchase of the station, with the offer contingent upon the company,
Pappas Telecasting Companies of Visalia, Calif., completing the
purchase of one of two other UHF stations in Oklahoma City.
The filing of the application with the federal commission and
the $1 million offer from Pappas Telecasting was revealed Wednesday
to the board of directors of the Oklahoma Educational Television
Authority by Bob Allen, executive director of the authority.
The $1 million offer had been confirmed Monday in the form of a
letter from Dennis J. Davis, senior executive vice-president and
chief financial officer of Pappas Telecasting, to the foundation's
board of trustees.
Officials with Pappas Telecasting Companies were unavailable for
further comment Wednesday.
Harry Pappas of Pappas Telecasting Companies is proposing a $30
million deal involving Oklahoma City's three independent television
stations - KOKH-TV Channel 25, KGMC-TV Channel 34 and KAUT-TV Channel
Pappas proposes acquiring KOKH-TV as a commercial station,
selling KAUT-TV to a religious organization and selling KGMC-TV to
the educational television authority, thereby making KOKH the only
commercial UHF station in Oklahoma City.
The deal would enable the Oklahoma Educational Television
Authority to have two educational television stations in the
Oklahoma City area. If acquired, KGMC would be used for repeating
many of KETA-TV Channel 13's normal programs in different time slots
and for airing an expanded offering of college telecourses, Allen
Cities receiving KGMC via cable extend from Blackwell in the
northern part of the state to Waurika in the southern part of the
state and from Cheyenne and Sayre in the western part of the state
to Bristow and Okemah in the east-central part of the state,
according to a map distributed to the board by Allen. Goodwell, in
the panhandle, also receives KGMC via cable.
Allen said owners of KGMC agreed to sell the station for $3.6
million, which is the amount of the station's debt. Pappas already
had agreed to provide $2.6 million toward the purchase and now has
agreed to provide the full amount.
Pappas proposed leasing space on the tower and room in the
building to the educational television authority for $1 a year for
25 years. …