Market-leading television stations,
focused on community, high-quality journalism
Cordillera owns and operates television stations and digital news platforms in 11 geographically diverse small- and medium-sized markets, serving more than 2.3 million U.S. households.
Our Stations, Our Communities
Whether it’s in the bluegrass of Kentucky, the Big Sky of Montana or the deserts of Arizona, each station celebrates and embraces what makes its community “home.” In doing so, the stations have become essential members of the communities they serve.
Formed in 1986 as a subsidiary of Evening Post Industries, family-owned Cordillera Communications is based in St. Paul, Minn., and is led by veteran broadcaster Terry Hurley. Cordillera owns and operates television stations in 11 geographically diverse small- and medium-sized markets, serving more than 2.3 million U.S. households.
Cordillera’s stations are market leaders, consistently ranking first or second in total viewership. Seven of its stations are NBC affiliates, seven are CBS and one is ABC. All of the stations also broadcast on secondary digital channels, nine of which are affiliates of The CW. In addition to The CW, stations carry robust programming from a variety of sources, including Telemundo, WeatherNation, MeTV and Cozi TV.
Cordillera demonstrates a strong commitment to public service. Its stations produce more than 250 hours of local news and information every week. Stations support many community initiatives, including Season of Hope on the Central Coast of California and Your Healthy Family in Colorado Springs.
Journalistic excellence has been a cornerstone for Cordillera stations, resulting in numerous Emmy, Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards. This sincere commitment to journalism has earned Cordillera stations an unmatched level of trust within their communities and from their viewers.
Our Leadership Team
Terry Hurley is a 35-year broadcast veteran and has led Cordillera Communications since 2000. Previously, Hurley was Senior Vice President for Benedek Broadcasting Corporation, President/General Manager of KDLH/Duluth, MN, and held various sales and management positions after beginning his career in Minneapolis in 1981. Hurley has served on the CBS Affiliate Board, NBC Affiliate Board, and on the NAB Small Market Advisory Committee.
Vice President, Engineering and Technology
Sean Franklin had nearly 25 years of service at the company’s WLEX/Lexington, KY before joining the corporate team in 2015. Past positions at LEX18 include Production Manager, Creative Services Director, and Operations Manager.
Vice President, Director of Sales
Steve Chase was previously Director of Sales at KOAA-TV, the Cordillera-owned NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs, CO. In addition, he has held sales and marketing positions with Comcast Spotlight, Frank N. Magid Associates, Novartis, and Mediacom. Chase, a native of Marshalltown, IA, is a graduate of the University of Iowa. Chase oversees all aspects of broadcast sales within the Cordillera group, including negotiations, systems, and talent development.
Director of Operations
Bo Ebeling joined the company in 2016, and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Ebeling works in the areas of operations, research, television programming, contract negotiations, third-party relationships, retransmission consent, and regulatory compliance.
As part of Cordillera’s commitment to being the media leader on all platforms in our communities, the company’s digital division, Informed Interactive, develops and operates digital sales and content enterprises for all the stations.
Clear Night Group
Clear Night Group is a marketing services holding company and a subsidiary of Evening Post Industries. Like its parent company’s reputation in the publishing and broadcasting space, CNG’s goal is simple: to be a global leader and innovator in marketing communications. CNG owns four marketing services firms, all based in the Twin Cities, Minn.: GdB, GdB Pitch, Ackmann & Dickenson and Modern Climate.
Our Partner Leadership Team
President - Informed Interactive
Jay Small has led Informed Interactive, our digital division, and its predecessor Cordillera Interactive since early 2010. With 28 years in local media and 18 years in interactive leadership, Small previously held senior digital posts at The E.W. Scripps Co., Belo Corp., Thomson Consumer Electronics, The Indianapolis Star and Evantage Consulting. He has also served over the years as an independent interactive strategy consultant. Small earned an MBA from Kennesaw State University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He is based at Informed headquarters in Saint Paul, MN.
Vice President, Sales - Informed Interactive
David Buonfiglio joined the company in early 2010 to lead digital sales for Cordillera TV stations. Since then, he has led development of our mobile services for small/medium businesses, and he now serves as chairman of our sales leadership committee. Prior to joining us, he served as President of Barrington Interactive, and Vice President/Sales for Internet Broadcasting. Buonfiglio builds local interactive sales teams for the future by structuring product lines and training in SEM, SEO, social media, mobile marketing, reputation management, targeted display advertising and email marketing. Since 2000, he has achieved regular revenue growth at least triple the national average. He is based at Informed headquarters in Saint Paul, MN.
Vice President, Content Strategy - Informed Interactive
When graduating from college, Toby Collodora’s father sent her a note he had clipped out of the newspaper. It told of big growth for this “Internet thing” and the job opportunities in this new space, at a time when traditional media jobs were shrinking. “Yeah, yeah,” she thought, as she put the clipping on the corner of her desk and continued to apply for newscast producer jobs. As it turns out, Collodora never produced a single television newscast after college. She joined WCCO-TV in the Twin Cities as a Web Producer and hasn’t left the digital world. Eventually, she became the Digital Content Manager and helped merge WCCO’s television and radio websites. As social media and mobile emerged, she helped establish WCCO’s presence in those spaces.
President - Clear Night Group
John Hyduke, a veteran of the marketing and media industry with more than two decades of experience, leads Clear Night Group. Hyduke helped build the Flint Group of agencies into a respected communications company with more than 200 employees across North America. The Hibbing, Minn. native’s experience in company management, mergers & acquisitions and business development; as well as his time in the publishing and broadcast industries, makes him uniquely qualified to build, integrate and grow the CNG portfolio. Since joining CNG at its infancy in December 2012, Hyduke has met with firms across the country to define and develop a way to effectively bring together a network of agencies to exceed the increasingly complex marketing needs of clients.