Delivered October 31, 2019. Contributor: Teresa W.
To understand the history, size, executives, and general information about the Curtis Media Group, as well as detailed information about each of its three groups of brands.
Curtis Media Group
In 1967, Don Curtis received a permit to construct his first radio station, WCSL, in Cherryville, NC. He also purchased WEWO AM/FM in Laurinburg and WPXY in Greenville. In 1968, Curtis founded Cablevision and began purchasing cable franchises across the state. Throughout the 70s and 80s, the company continued to grow and expand.
In 1984, Curtis sold two of his radio stations to Durham Corporation. The deal made him the majority stockholder in the company and a corporate officer. In this capacity, he worked to turn the company from a deficit to $1.7 million in two years. In 1986, he changed the name of the company to Great American Media and continued to expand into additional, larger markets such as Raleigh-Durham and Morehead City-Atlantic Beach.
In 1991, he bought the radio division of Durham Life Broadcasting and changed the name of his company to Curtis Media Group. Prior to 1995, the FCC did not allow ownership of more than 5 stations in a market. Therefore, Curtis had to sell off some of the stations. However, in 1995, the FCC loosened the regulation, allowing up to 8 stations in a market. Curtis Media Group invested $18 million to purchase new stations in Raleigh, Durham, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Wilson, and Chapel Hill.
Today, the company owns over 57 AM and FM channels across North Carolina. It also owns several networks including North Carolina News Network, The Triangle Traffic Network, and Southern Farm Network, in addition to CC Sports Journal, ACCSports.com, and the David Glenn Radio Network. It is the one of the largest single shareholder companies in the United States.
Donald Curtis is founder, President and CEO of Curtis Media Group.
Trip Savery has served as President and COO of Curtis Media since 2013.