Flinn Broadcasting

Flinn Broadcasting  (Website) is a privately owned radio broadcasting company located in Memphis Tennessee.  They own and operate about 29 medium and small market radio stations scattered around the United States, with the majority of them in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.

History

George S Flinn, Jr. is the founder and sole owner of Flinn Broadcasting.  He also sits on the boards of several non-profit entities that hold non-commercial radio and TV licenses.

With his medical practice being his primary occupation, Dr Flinn started dabbling in radio in the Memphis area in 1978 when he acquired an oldies station WGSO.  He sold that and bought WHBQ in 1982 when the RKO chain was being broken up by the U.S. Justice Department.   Over time, he acquired more stations

In the 1990s, he hired several experienced radio people to run the stations, which many had viewed up to that point as just being a hobby.

Youtube has a 30 minute interview with Dr Flinn here, if you want to get a sense of who he is and how he thinks.  (Dr Flinn is doing the interview)

Major Stations – top 25 markets

None of Flinn Broadcasting’s stations are in a major market.  Most of them are in Memphis and Little Rock, Arkansas.    The remainder are standalone stations in small markets, several of which are carrying K-Love Contemporary Christian Music.

Ownership

George Flinn is a native of Memphis and got his undergraduate degree was in electrical engineering, and then he went on to become a medical doctor specializing in radiology.  He went to work at the National Institute of Health and served in the U.S. Navy.

Dr. Flinn operates 8 radiology clinics in the Memphis area, and was elected to the Shelby County (TN) Board of Commissioners in 2004, and was reelected in 2006.

His son, [George] Shea Flinn III was elected to the Memphis City Council in 2007, and works as the general counsel for Flinn Broadcasting.

Management

Dr Flinn and his son manage the business, but appears each of the stations is mostly managed locally by the local station manager.    The company is privately held, and there is very little publicly available information.   Several of the stations are LMA’ed to other companies, so it’s possible they are more owned for tax reasons than an interest in running them.

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