WBNS (AM)

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WBNS
WBNS (AM) logo
City of license Columbus, Ohio
Broadcast area Columbus, Ohio
Branding 1460 ESPN Columbus
Slogan ESPN Columbus
Frequency 1460 (kHz)
First air date 1922
Format Sports Talk
Power 5,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 54901
Callsign meaning Wolfes Banks News and Shoes
Affiliations Cleveland Indians Radio Network
ESPN Radio
Ohio State IMG Sports Network
Owner Dispatch Broadcast Group
(RadiOhio Incorporated)
Sister stations WBNS-FM, WBNS-TV
Website espncolumbus.com

WBNS (1460 AM) — branded 1460 ESPN Columbus — is a radio station that broadcasts from Columbus, Ohio. The station currently broadcasts a sports talk format and carries ESPN Radio programming. It is locally-owned by the Dispatch Broadcast Group, a subsidiary of The Columbus Dispatch, along with WBNS-FM (97.1 MHz.) and WBNS-TV (channel 10). WBNS' studios and officesare located west of Downtown Columbus, near the confluence of the Olentangy and Scioto rivers; its transmitter tower is located in East Columbus.

The station was founded in 1922 as WCAH. The Dispatch bought the station in 1929 and changed the calls to WBNS. The call letters stand for Wolfe Banks, News and Shoes--the businesses controlled by the Wolfe family, owners of the Dispatch (the N, or "News," in the calls) then as now. WBNS is also the AM flagship of the Ohio State IMG Sports Network.[1]

As of February 2011 the station ceased its simulcast of WBNS-FM ("97.1 The Fan") and began offering additional ESPN network programming and announced plans to create original local content such as an MMA show called "Ground & Pound", as well as a coach's show for the local MLS team, the Columbus Crew. On January 5th, 2012 it was announced that the station would carry Cleveland Indians broadcasts in Columbus for the 2012 season, marking the return of the Indians after their absence from the Columbus market for the 2011 season.[2]

WBNS is one of five stations remaining in the U.S. to broadcast from a Blaw-Knox tower, a tower with a distinctive diamond-shaped cantilever design.

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Coordinates: 39°57′06″N 82°54′23″W / 39.95167°N 82.90639°W / 39.95167; -82.90639