|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|
|Callsign meaning||Wolfes' Banks News and Shoes|
|Owner||Dispatch Broadcast Group
|Sister stations||WBNS, WBNS-TV|
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 features a combination of local programming and ESPN Radio programming. Along with sister station WBNS (AM), it is the flagship station for the Ohio State Buckeyes football and basketball radio networks, as well as the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets. It also carries other sports play-by-play such as some NFL football games.
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 became "Oldies B-97.1". In July, 2001, the station flipped to Modern AC as "The New 97.1", and ran commercial-free for several weeks.
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
On January 26, 2009, the station began a simulcast of AM sister station WBNS ("1460 The Fan"), airing a sports format. The final song played under the "Mix 97.1" banner was Linkin Park's "Leave Out All the Rest".
The AM 1460 signal occasionally broadcasts alternative sports programming, such as network play-by-play of national sports events, under the on-air name "1460 ESPN Columbus". 
Local programming on WBNS includes "Bishop & Rothman" with Beau Bishop and Anthony Rothman, "Common Man and Company" with Mike Ricordati and Jonathan "T-Bone" Smith, and "Carpenter and Hall" with former OSU and NFL player Bobby Carpenter and Tim Hall.
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