Bonneville International

Bonneville International

Bonneville International

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Bonneville International Corporation is a broadcasting company wholly owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS Church) through its for-profit arm, Deseret Management Corporation. It began as a radio and TV network in the Triad Center Broadcast House in Salt Lake City, Utah, Bonneville's name alludes to Benjamin Bonneville and the prehistoric Lake Bonneville that once covered much of modern-day Utah, which was named after him.

Bonneville owns about 10 radio stations and one NBC affiliate television station, in its home market, and operates a second non-affiliated TV station, also in its home market. Additionally, the Bonneville Communications division provides broadcast distribution services and PSA production services to non-profit organizations.

History

Bonneville International was formed with approval of the LDS First Presidency in 1964. It was formed to acquire KSL-AM-FM-TV, which had previously been subsidiaries of the Deseret News. Soon after its formation, Bonneville purchased KIRO-AM-FM-TV in Seattle. The LDS Church divested itself of these stations from 1995 to 1997, but reacquired KIRO-AM 10 years later. The company has also owned stations in New York City, Dallas, Kansas City, and Los Angeles at one point.

In 1980 it formed Bonneville Communications Corporation, primarily to broadcast LDS General Conferences.

Bonneville prided itself on "values-oriented programming" and community involvement, in line with first president Arch L....
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