Lilly Broadcasting is a family-owned company that operates multiple television and radio stations, a cable network and digital platforms. Formed in 1999 by brothers Brian and Kevin Lilly, the company is headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania. Lilly Broadcasting’s goal is to inspire, innovate, entertain and inform through excellent programming and community service.
Brian and Kevin Lilly are the sons of veteran broadcaster George Lilly. Mr. Lilly has owned television stations since 1983 through SJL Broadcasting and Montecito Broadcast Group. Brian Lilly serves as the company Chief Executive Officer. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2018. He is a member of the WideOrbit Board of Directors. Kevin Lilly has served President of Lilly Broadcasting since 1999. A former banker, Kevin earned a Master’s Degree in business and broadcast administration.
John Christianson is the Chief Operating Officer of Lilly Broadcasting and General Manager of One Caribbean Television.
Christianson served as General Manager for WTVG, an ABC affiliate, from 2011 -2014. During his time in Toledo Christianson managed the WTVG, Live Well Network, and the local weather channel, as well as the Web and Digital Products.
Christianson has been news director of WSEE and general Manager for WSEE, WICU and WBEP. He has also been involved in creating and gaining distribution for One Caribbean Television a 24/7 lifestyles, entertainment network, throughout the Caribbean and North America.
The company operates WICU in Erie, Pennsylvania. WICU is an NBC affiliate. WICU-2 is a MeTV affiliate, WICU-3 is affiliated with ION. In partnership with SJL Broadcasting, Lilly Broadcasting oversees WSEE, a CBS affiliate in Erie. WSEE-2 is a CW affiliate and Erie News Now + operates on WSEE-3. In addition, users are served through the Erie News Now.com web site.
The company also owns WENY in Elmira, New York which began broadcasting in 1969. WENY is an ABC affiliate, WENY-2 is a CBS affiliate and WENY-3 is a CW affiliate serving the Twin Tiers region of New York. The station’s powerhouse line up of network programming is unique in the region. The station operates its web site through WENY.com and is active with information through social media platforms.
WZMQ in Marquette, Michigan was added to the Lilly Broadcasting group in 2017. WZMQ, Channel 19, is a MeTV affiliate and became the Upper Peninsula's CBS affiliate in January 2022. The station also started producing local news in 2022.
Lilly Broadcasting owns One Caribbean Television, a unique 24/7 news, sports and entertainment channel serving the Caribbean Community since 2008. One Caribbean Television is viewed on cable and satellite providers throughout the Caribbean in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenadines and Trinidad. One Caribbean is available on streaming services and domestically through RCN cable in New York City, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Lehigh Valley, PA.
Lilly Broadcasting also owns CBS Puerto Rico. WCVI is the CBS and ABC affiliate for the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company added ABC 7 in Guam in June 2023.
Lilly Broadcasting is proud to cover Washington D.C. by operating our own news bureau. The Lilly Broadcasting bureau is committed to reporting on locally-elected representatives and issues in Washington for the Lilly stations.
The company also operates full-time bureaus at the New York State Capitol in Albany and the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.