Mass media in Columbus, Ohio

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Columbus, Ohio is served by several newspapers, magazines, and television and radio stations.


Newspapers and magazines

The Columbus Dispatch building Dispatch Building, Columbus.jpg
The Columbus Dispatch building

Several weekly and daily newspapers serve Columbus and Central Ohio. The major daily newspaper in Columbus is The Columbus Dispatch ; its erstwhile main competitor, The Columbus Citizen-Journal , ceased publication on December 31, 1985. There are also neighborhood/suburb specific papers, such as the Dispatch Printing Company's ThisWeek Community News, which serves 23 suburbs and Columbus, the Columbus Messenger , and the independently owned Short North Gazette. The Lantern and UWeekly serve the Ohio State University community. "Alternative" arts/culture/politics-oriented papers include Outlook Media's Outlook: Columbus (serving the city's LGBT community), and aLIVE (formerly the independent Columbus Alive and now owned by the Columbus Dispatch). The newest addition to the Columbus media scene is Live Local! Columbus, a free, quarterly magazine that focuses on local arts, culture, and events.

The Columbus Magazine, CityScene, (614) Magazine, and Columbus Monthly are the city's magazines. Online media publication Columbus Underground also serves the Columbus region as an independently owned alternative voice. The Confluence Cast, a Columbus-centric podcast hosted by Tim Fulton, is presented by Columbus Underground and focuses on the civics, lifestyle, entertainment, and people of the city.

The city's business community is served by The Daily Reporter, central Ohio's only printed daily business and legal newspaper; Columbus Business First, a daily online/weekly print business publication that is part of the Charlotte-based American City Business Journals, and Columbus CEO, a monthly business magazine. Gongwer News Service, a daily independent political newsletter, provides extensive Statehouse coverage.


Columbus is the base for 12 television stations and is the 32nd largest television market as of September 24, 2016. [1]

Warner Cable introduced its two-way interactive QUBE system in Columbus in December 1977, which consisted of specialty channels that would evolve into national networks Nickelodeon, [2] MTV and The Movie Channel. QUBE also displayed one of the earliest uses of Pay-per-view and video on demand. [3]


Columbus is home to the 36th largest radio market. [4] The following box contains all of the radio stations in the area, as well as their current format:

FrequencyCall lettersFormatPremiere dateCity of license
610 AM WTVN News/TalkNewsRadio 610 WTVNColumbus
820 AM WVSG ReligiousSt. Gabriel RadioColumbus
880 AM WRFD Christian TalkAM 880 WRFDColumbus-Worthington
920 AM WMNI Adult StandardsWMNI AM 920Columbus
1230 AM WYTS Classic Hip HopThrowback 105.3Columbus
1460 AM WBNS Sports Talk1460 ESPN ColumbusColumbus
1550 AM WQCD Classic hitsMy 92.9 Delaware
1580 AM WWCD Classic HitsMy 92.9Columbus
88.1 FM WWGV ReligiousAmerican Family Radio Grove City
88.7 FM WUFM Christian RockRadioUColumbus
89.7 FM WOSU Public Radio89.7fm NPR NewsColumbus
90.5 FM WCBE Public Radio90.5 WCBEColumbus
91.5 FM WHKC Christian Contemporary91.5 FreedomFMColumbus
92.3 FM WCOL Country92.3 WCOLColumbus
93.3 FM WODC Adult Hits93.3 The Bus Ashville
94.7 FM WSNY Adult ContemporarySunny 95Columbus
95.5 FM WXMG Urban Adult ContemporaryMagic 95.5 Lancaster
96.3 FM WLVQ Classic RockQ-FM 96Columbus
97.1 FM WBNS Sports Talk97.1 The FanColumbus
97.5 FM WOBN College97.5 The Wildcard Westerville
97.9 FM WNCI CHR97.9 WNCIColumbus
98.3 FM W252AY CommunityColumbus Community Radio 102.1/98.3Columbus
98.9 FM WTOH Talk98.9 The Answer Upper Arlington
99.7 FM WRKZ Active Rock99.7 The BlitzColumbus
100.3 FM WCLT CountryT-100 Newark
101.1 FM WOSA ClassicalClassical 101fm Grove City
101.7 FM WNKO Classic HitsKOOL 101.7 New Albany
102.1 FM WCRM-LP CommunityColumbus Community Radio 102.1/98.3Columbus
102.1 FM WCBX-LP JazzJazz 102.1Columbus
102.5 FM WWLG Regional MexicanLa Grande 102.5 Baltimore
103.1 FM WVKO Spanish Adult ContemporaryLa Mega 103.1 Johnstown
103.5 FM WNND Classic HitsRewind 103.5/104.3 Pickerington
103.9 FM WJKR Variety Hits103.9 Jack FM Worthington
104.3 FM WNNP Classic HitsRewind 103.5/104.3 Richwood
104.9 FM WCVO Christian Contemporary104.9 The River Gahanna
105.3 FM WYTS Classic hip hopThrowback 105.3Columbus
105.7 FM WXZX Mainstream rock105.7 The Brew Hilliard
106.7 FM WZCB Hip Hop106.7 The Beat Dublin
107.1 FM WJYD GospelJoy 107.1 Circleville
107.5 / 106.3 FM WCKX Hip HopPower 107.5Columbus
107.9 FM WVMX Hot Adult ContemporaryMix 107.9 Westerville

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