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Lincoln Financial Media was a subsidiary of
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that owned
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radio
stations in the
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United States
. The division was formed in 2006 following the company's acquisition of Jefferson-Pilot's television and radio operations, which were renamed Lincoln Financial Media. The group, at the time of its closure, owned 14 radio stations in
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Miami, Florida
,
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,
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Denver, Colorado
, and
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Atlanta, Georgia
. It also owned WBT, WBT-FM, and WLNK (FM) in Charlotte, North Carolina and
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, the
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CBS
affiliate in Charlotte;
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, the CBS affiliate in
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Charleston, South Carolina
and
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, the
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affiliate in
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. All three of the aforementioned TV stations are now owned by successor company
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.


History

The media company began in 1945 as Jefferson Standard Broadcasting Company, Inc., which became Jefferson-Pilot Communications in 1968. The company was a media-centered division of the Jefferson Standard Insurance Company of
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North Carolina
, which later merged with Pilot Life Insurance Company to form Jefferson-Pilot. Jefferson-Pilot owned WBT-AM- FM and
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, all of which are based in
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Charlotte, North Carolina
. In 1962, the company conceived Jefferson Productions (later Jefferson Pilot Teleproductions, later
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), a production arm that produced television programs and commercials, but later chose to produce
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sports programming only by the 1980s. It was originally intended to produce promos and local television shows for WBTV but had since grown to produce nationally syndicated talk shows and variety shows; and mainly commercials for major companies that aired nationwide.BT Memories-Jefferson Productions
/ref> For further information, see the section " Lincoln Financial Sports" at the end of this article. In April 2006, the Jefferson-Pilot Corporation merged with the
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; taking the media and sports broadcasting division with it, Jefferson-Pilot Communications became Lincoln Financial Media. In June 2007, the company publicly announced it would explore a sale of this division, and hired
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to assess its strategic options. On November 12, 2007,
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announced that it would acquire Lincoln Financial Media's three television stations, along with the Lincoln Financial Sports division (which was folded into
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, then into
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) for $583 million. The acquisition was completed in April 2008. On December 8, 2014, Entercom (rebranded
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as of March 30, 2021) announced its intent to acquire the remainder of Lincoln Financial Media for $110 million and
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. To comply with ownership limits, Entercom was to divest one of its existing stations in Denver. Later, Entercom announced it would swap four of its stations in Denver to Bonneville International in exchange for KSWD in Los Angeles. The merger was completed on July 17 and Bonneville and Entercom began operating their new clusters under time-brokerage agreements that same day.


Former stations

This list also contains stations that were owned by Lincoln Financial Media's predecessor Jefferson-Pilot Communications, before its merger in 2006.


Television

Note: * (**) – ''Indicates that it was built and signed on by Lincoln Financial Media's predecessor Jefferson-Pilot''.


Radio


Lincoln Financial Sports

Lincoln Financial Sports, originally
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Teleproductions (later
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), produced and syndicated college sports events of the
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, and co-produced
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sporting events with
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. It also produced telecasts of pre-season games of the
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Carolina Panthers
of the
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, and in the 1980s, syndicated coverage of the
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NASCAR
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races at
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. On November 12, 2007, Lincoln Financial Group announced the sale of this division to
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. The group would later operate under the
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banner as of January 1, 2008.


References


External links


Lincoln Financial Group site
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