• Fresno’s KAIL sold for $3 million
• New owners won’t make any changes until the FCC OKs the deal.
• TV station was UPN affiliate from 1995-2006
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KAIL (Channel 7.1) has been sold by Tel-America North Corporation to Aperio Communications LLC for $3 million.
The new owners won’t make any changes until the Federal Communications Commission gives the deal a final approval. That decision could be made anytime in the next 30-90 days.
Joshua Castro is listed as the Aperio Communications manager on the FCC filing.
He’s the grandson of Chester Smith, who owned several TV and radio stations in the central San Joaquin Valley. Smith died in August 2014.
“I grew up in Modesto and love television. I am excited to be part of the Fresno market,” Castro said.
“When KAIL came up for sale it was a great opportunity. It has wonderful programming that the people of Fresno love.”
KAIL is the first station to be purchased by Aperio Communications LLC, which was formed four months ago.
Castro expects KAIL to be the first of many stations the company acquires.
Bob Jenkins, program director at KAIL, said station management had no comment regarding the change of owners.
KAIL went on the air in 1961, originally broadcasting on the UHF channel 53. In 2009, KAIL moved to VHF Channel 7.
The new owners are taking over a station that airs three digital channels.
The 7.1 slot is the home for MyNetworkTV,, while 7.2 is Cozi TV and 7.3 is home to Bounce.
Most of KAIL’s broadcast history has been as an independent station, but it was a UPN affiliate from 1995-2006.
KAIL would become a MyNetworkTV affiliate after UPN and the WB Networks merged to become the CW Network.