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May 02, 2012 11:30 am ET
Hilton H. Howell - Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Member of Executive Committee
Robert S. Prather - President, Chief Operating Officer, Director and Member of Executive Committee
James C. Ryan - Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
Bishop Cheen - Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Research Division
Marci Ryvicker - Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Research Division
Aaron Watts - Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division
Barry L. Lucas - Gabelli & Company, Inc.
Good day, everyone, and welcome to the Gray Television's First Quarter 2012 Earnings Release Conference Call. Today's call is being recorded. For opening remarks and introductions, I'd like to turn the call over to Mr. Hilton Howell. Please go ahead,.
Hilton H. Howell
Thank you, operator, and good morning, everyone. Welcome to the first quarter 2012 earnings call for Gray Television. As the operator mentioned, I am Hilton Howell, Vice Chairman and CEO of the company. I will make a few brief comments, followed by Bob Prather, our President and Chief Operating Officer; and then Jim Ryan, our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. They will all add on after this quarter's outstanding results. Questions will be answered at the conclusions of our comments.
Candidly, it was a fantastic quarter. Total revenues soared by 16% to $80.6 million from $69.7 million last year, a $10.9 million increase. Record-setting political advertising and retransmission consent revenue, coupled with strong growth and local advertising and Internet advertising, were behind this quarter's record-setting results. And what we see as a sign of things to come, Gray received $5 million in political advertising this quarter, a new record for first quarter political ad spends. To compare in 2011, for the first quarter, Gray received $1.4 million in political advertising, in 2010, we received $2.8 million and in 2009, we received $3.1 million.