Cox Media Group

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Cox Media Group
Industry Media
Founded 2008
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Products Newspapers
Radio stations
Television stations
Parent Cox Enterprises

Cox Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company that also includes the direct marketing company Valpak[1] and the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps.[2] The company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations,[3] four metro newspapers,[4] more than a dozen non-daily publications and more than 100 digital services.

In December 2008,[5] Cox Enterprises created Cox Media Group (CMG) by merging Cox Newspapers,[6] Cox Radio and Cox Television into one integrated digital media company. The creation of Cox Media Group was a departure from grouping subsidiaries based solely on publishing medium.[7]

CMG introduced a new group buying discount program called DealSwarm in October 2010.[8] DealSwarm provides online discounts at local businesses. The program is active in such Cox Media Group properties as Atlanta, Austin and Dayton.

In April 2013, CMG launched the online-only new site as a conservative media source, originally with the tagline “Red is the Center” and more recently “America’s News Feed.”[9] After initially-low audience numbers, the site expanded dramatically following more prominent use of social media and a more diverse range of stories.[9]

In July, 2012 CMG announced its intention to sell its radio stations in smaller markets: Birmingham, Greenville, Hawaii, Louisville, Richmond, and Southern Connecticut. It also intends to spin off its smaller market television stations in El Paso, Johnstown, Reno, and Steubenville.[10] The company said it intended to focus on larger markets or smaller markets that could be clustered together with other CMG properties. On February 12, 2013, CMG announced the sale of the Birmingham, Greenville, Hawaii, Louisville, and Richmond radio stations to Summit Media, and the southern Connecticut stations to Connoisseur Media;[11] two weeks later, on February 25, the company announced the sale of the four television stations (and the local marketing agreement for a fifth) to Sinclair Broadcast Group.[12]

Cox newspapers[edit]

Current holdings[edit]

Former holdings[edit]

CMG formerly held the majority stake in the cable TV network Travel Channel but spun it off to Scripps in 2009.[13] The following newspapers were at one time owned by subsidiary Cox Newspapers Inc. or CMG:

Daily newspapers[edit]

Weekly newspapers[edit]

Cox-owned television stations[edit]

Stations are listed in alphabetical order by state and city of license.


  • (**) - Indicates a station built and signed on by Cox.


City of License / Market Station Channel
Owned Since Primary Affiliation
Jacksonville WFOX-TV 30 (32) 2012 Fox
WJAX-TV 1 47 (19) 2012 CBS
Orlando - Daytona Beach WFTV 9 (39) 1985 ABC
WRDQ 27 (27) 2001 Independent
Atlanta WSB-TV ** 2 (39) 1948 ABC
Boston WFXT 25 (31) 2014 Fox
Charlotte WSOC-TV 9 (34) 1959 ABC
WAXN-TV 64 (50) 2000 Independent
Dayton, Ohio WHIO-TV ** 7 (41) 1949 CBS
Tulsa, Oklahoma KOKI-TV 23 (22) 2012 Fox
KMYT-TV 41 (42) 2012 MyNetworkTV
Pittsburgh WPXI 11 (48) 1964 NBC
Memphis WHBQ-TV 13 (13) 2014 Fox
Seattle - Tacoma KIRO-TV 7 (39) 1997 CBS



City of License / market Station Channel
Years owned Current ownership status
Oakland - San Francisco - San Jose KTVU 2 (44) 1963–2014 Fox O&O owned by Fox Television Stations[14][15]
KICU-TV 36 (36) 2000–2014 Independent station owned by Fox Television Stations[14][15]
Miami - Fort Lauderdale WCKT **1 7 (7) 1956–1962 Fox affiliate, WSVN, owned by Sunbeam Television
Detroit WKBD-TV 50 (14) 1984–1993 The CW O&O owned by CBS Corporation
St. Louis KDNL-TV 30 (31) 1982–1989 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Reno, Nevada KRXI-TV 11 (44) 1995–2013 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KAME-TV 21 (20) 2 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Deerfield Media
(operated under an LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Steubenville, OH - Wheeling, W.V. WTOV-TV 9 (9) 2000–2013 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Johnstown - Altoona, PA WJAC-TV 6 (34) 2000–2013 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
El Paso KFOX-TV 14 (15) 1996–2013 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Tacoma - Seattle KSTW 11 (11) 1997 The CW O&O owned by CBS Corporation


  • 1 Co-owned with Knight Newspapers until 1962 in an equally-divided joint venture;
  • 2 Owned by Ellis Communications, Cox operated this station, along with sister-station KRXI-TV.

Cox-owned radio stations[edit]

Main article: Cox Radio
  • Note: **—indicates a station built and signed on by Cox.
AM Stations FM Stations
DMA# Market Station Owned Since Current Format
6. Houston - Galveston, TX KHPT-106.9 2000 Classic Hits
KGLK-107.5 2000 Classic Hits
KKBQ-FM-92.9 2000 Country music
KTHT-97.1 2000 Classic Country
7. Atlanta WALR-FM-104.1 2000 Urban Adult Contemporary
WSBB-FM-95.5 1999 Simulcasts WSB (AM)
WSB-FM-98.5 ** 1948 Adult Contemporary
WSRV-97.1 2000 Classic Hits
WTSH-FM-107.1 2014 Alternative
WSB-750 1939 News-Talk
Unranked Athens, GA WGMG-102.1 2008 Adult Contemporary
WNGC-106.1 2008 Country
WPUP-100.1 2008 Contemporary Hit Radio
WXKT-103.7 2008 Classic Rock
WGAU-1340 2008 News-Talk
WRFC-960 2008 Sports
12. Miami - Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood, FL WEDR-99.1 Urban Contemporary
WFLC-97.3 Top 40
WFEZ-93.1 Soft adult contemporary
WHQT-105.1 Urban Adult Contemporary
18. Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater, FL WDUV-105.5 Soft Adult Contemporary
WHPT-102.5 Classic Rock
WPOI-101.5 Contemporary Hit Radio
WSUN-FM-97.1 Modern Rock
WWRM-94.9 Adult Contemporary
WXGL-107.3 Classic Hits
19. Nassau - Suffolk, N.Y. WBAB-102.3 1998 Classic Rock
WBLI-106.1 1998 Contemporary Hit Radio
31. San Antonio KCYY-100.3 Country
KISS-FM-99.5 Active Rock
KONO-FM-101.1 Classic Hits
KTKX-106.7 FM Talk
KSMG-105.3 Hot Adult Top 40 Hits
KKYX-680 Classic Country
KONO-860 simulcasts KONO-FM
34. Orlando WCFB-94.5 1997 Urban Adult Contemporary
WDBO-FM-96.5 simulcasts WDBO
WMMO-98.9 Adult Hits
WPYO-95.3 CHR/Rhythmic
WWKA-92.3 Country
WDBO-580 Sports-Talk
46. Jacksonville WAPE-FM-95.1 Contemporary Hit radio
WOKV-FM-104.5 simulcasts WOKV (AM)
WJGL-96.9 Classic Hits
WXXJ-102.9 Alternative Rock
WHJX-106.5 Urban AC
WOKV-690 News-Talk
62. Dayton, Ohio WHIO-FM-95.7 simulcasts WHIO (AM)
WHKO-99.1 ** 1946 Country music
WZLR-95.3 Classic Hits
WHIO-1290 ** 1929 News-Talk
65. Tulsa, Oklahoma KJSR-103.3 1995 Classic Rock
KRMG-FM-102.3 News-Talk
KRAV-FM-96.5 Hot Adult contemporary
KWEN-95.5 Country
KRMG-740 News-Talk


  1. ^ Atlanta Business Chronicle (2008-08-13). "Cox to sell off several newspapers, Valpak operations - Atlanta Business Chronicle". Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Cox Radio Inc. Profile - The Business Journals". Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  4. ^ "Cox Newspapers, Inc. Profile - The Business Journals". Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  5. ^ Business First (2008-12-04). "Cox media units combining into Cox Media Group - Louisville - Business First". Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ [3][dead link]
  8. ^ "The DealSwarm Arrives in Atlanta, Austin, Dayton, Seattle with O". Cox Media Group. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  9. ^ a b O'Leary, Sean (September 15, 2014). "Cox Media Group cooks up America’s News Feed". Newspaper Association of America. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ Carlton, Bob (February 12, 2013). "Cox Media sells Kiss, Jamz, WZZK, other Birmingham radio stations to group that includes David DuBose". The Birmingham News. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  12. ^ Malone, Michael (February 25, 2013). "Sinclair to Acquire Five Cox Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Cox sells Travel Channel majority to Scripps". 
  14. ^ a b "Fox Acquires San Francisco TV Stations in Swap with Cox". Variety. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "KTVU becomes a Fox station". Retrieved 26 June 2014. 

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