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City of license Columbus, Ohio
Broadcast area Columbus, Ohio
Branding 97.1 The Fan
Slogan Your #1 Source for Sports
Frequency 97.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1957
Format Sports
ERP 20,500 watts
HAAT 238 meters
Class B
Facility ID 54701
Transmitter coordinates 39°58′16.0″N 83°01′40.0″W / 39.971111°N 83.027778°W / 39.971111; -83.027778
Callsign meaning Wolfes' Banks News and Shoes
Owner RadiOhio Incorporated
(RadiOhio Incorporated)
Sister stations WBNS, WBNS-TV
Website 971thefan.com

WBNS-FM (97.1 FM, 97.1 The Fan) is a radio station in Columbus, Ohio airing a sports radio format. The station is locally-owned by RadiOhio Incorporated, a subsidiary of The Columbus Dispatch, along with WBNS (1460 AM) and WBNS-TV (channel 10). WBNS-FM's studios, offices and transmitter are located west of Downtown Columbus, near the confluence of the Olentangy and Scioto rivers.

WBNS-FM features a combination of local programming and ESPN Radio programming. Along with sister station WBNS (AM), it is the flagship home of the Ohio State Buckeyes football and basketball radio networks, as well as the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets. It is also the home of NFL football.


WBNS-FM transmission tower (right), next to the WBNS-TV tower.

The station debuted as WBNS-FM in 1957, and in 1970 began airing a music format. In 1979, an Easy Listening music format was adopted.

In 1991 the station moved from Easy Listening, to Oldies, and the station became "Oldies B-97.1". Almost ten years later, WBNS-FM moved to Modern AC as "The New 97.1", with a mix of pop alternative music.

Eventually, the station evolved with a Hot AC format as "97.1-More Music, More Variety." In August, 2005, the station adopted the Hot AC-friendly "Mix" name and became "Mix 97.1-80s, 90s, Now."

Conversion to sports format[edit]

On January 26, 2009, at 4 PM, the station began a simulcast of AM sister station WBNS ("1460 The Fan"), airing a sports format, as 97.1 The Fan. The final song played on Mix 97.1 was "Leave Out All The Rest" by Linkin Park. 97.1 The Fan debuted soon after, and featured a mock press conference featuring then-OSU head football coach Jim Tressel, which played over the top of an instrumental version of " Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani.

In 2010 the AM signal was branded 1460 ESPN Columbus, and carries the entire ESPN Sports network program line-up, except for occasional broadcasts of non-network play-by-play of Ohio State Women's basketball, Ohio State Hockey and Ohio State baseball. [1]

Local programming on WBNS-FM includes "Bishop & Rothman" with Beau Bishop and Anthony Rothman from Noon till 3:00pm, "Common Man and Company" with Mike Ricordati and Jonathan "T-Bone" Smith,from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, and "Carpenter and Hall" with former OSU and NFL linebacker Bobby Carpenter and Tim Hall, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Network programming on WBNS-FM includes ESPN's Mike and Mike in the morning from 6:00am to 10:00am, followed by Colin Cowherd from 10:00am till Noon.

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