Nexstar acquired WMBD, a CBS affiliate located in Peoria, in January 2001, after operating the station from 1999 under a Time Brokerage Agreement. Later in 2001, Nexstar entered into a Joint Operating Agreement with Sinclair Broadcasting, and now operates WYZZ, the Fox affiliate serving the area. The consolidation of the two operations has led to significant improvement in revenues and profits. WMBD and WYZZ focus on special projects and inventory management to improve revenue share. WMBD was able to enhance its coverage of Bloomington, Illinois by utilizing the former WYZZ facility. WMBD’s syndicated programming includes Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Law & Order, Martha Stewart and Inside Edition, as well as offering Illinois State basketball. The station serves the area with both an analog and digital signal.
Peoria / Bloomington, IL is in the 122nd largest DMA in the United States, with a population of approximately 564,839 and 248,110 television households, as reported by Nielsen Media.
Cable/ADS penetration in the market is estimated to be 88% (49% wired, 39% ADS). The Peoria-Bloomington market is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 2.7% through 2011. The largest employers in this market are Caterpillar, State Farm Insurance, and OSF St. Francis.
Source: TVB, BIA Financial Network Market Report 3rd Edition.
Station Contact Information3131 North University Street Peoria, IL 61604 P: (309) 688-3131 F: (309) 686-8666
Kevin Harlan, VP & General Manager
TBA, Director of Sales
Jeff Mulligan, News Director