WBNS-FM

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WBNS-FM
FanLogo-WBNS-FM-Columbus-Ohio.png
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
Affiliations Columbus Blue Jackets
NFL on Westwood One
Ohio State IMG Sports Network
Owner Dispatch Broadcast Group
(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 the Dispatch Broadcast Group, 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 FM flagship of the Ohio State IMG Sports Network,[1] the exclusive flagship for the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets,[2] and the Columbus affiliate for the NFL on Westwood One.

History[edit]

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.

Local programming on WBNS-FM includes "Carpenter & Rothman" with former OSU and NFL linebacker Bobby Carpenter 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 "Buckeye Xtra" With Tim Hall, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.[3]

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