Media in Cincinnati
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Print and On-Line Newspapers
|Cincinnati Enquirer||Daily||Gannett Company||225,000 (daily) and 332,010 (Sundays)|
|CityBeat||Alternative newsweekly (free)||Lightborne Publishing Inc.||50,000|
|Cincinnati Herald||African-American||Sesh Communications, Inc.||16,000|
|Cincinnati Defender||African-American, online weekly|
|Loveland Magazine||On-Line Newspaper|
|Cincinnati Business Courier||Business||Bizjournals (American City Business Journals)|
|Cincinnati Magazine||Monthly||Emmis Communications||34,806|
|The Catholic Telegraph||Weekly, Catholic||Archdiocese of Cincinnati|
|The Spanish Journal||Weekly, Spanish||Spanish Journal Network|
Suburban newspapers include the Community Press chain in Ohio and the Community Recorder chain in Northern Kentucky, both owned by Gannett, which publishes the Enquirer. Daily newspapers in Hamilton and Middletown as well as weekly papers in Lebanon, Mason, Fairfield and Oxford are owned by Cox Publishing, which owns the Dayton Daily News. Daily news in the Loveland, Ohio area is published by the on-line newspaper Loveland Magazine.
|WLWT||Channel 5||NBC||Owned by Hearst Television|
|WCPO-TV||Channel 9||ABC||Owned by Scripps|
|WKRC-TV||Channel 12||CBS||Owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|WKRC-DT2||The CW Cincinnati||The CW||The CW Cincinnati runs on cable systems and on WKRC-TV's second digital subchannel (12.2).|
|WXIX||Channel 19||Fox||Owned by Raycom Media|
|WOTH-CD||Channel 20||Independent||Owned by Block Communications|
|WBQC-LD||Channel 25||Independent||Owned by Block Communications|
|WDYC-LD||Channel 36||Daystar||Owned by Word of God Fellowship|
|WCET||Channel 48||PBS||Owned by Public Media Connect|
|WCVN||Channel 54||KET/PBS||Owned by Kentucky Authority for Education Television|
|WSTR-TV||Channel 64||MyNetworkTV||Owned by Deerfield Media, but operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group under a local marketing agreement (LMA) with WKRC-TV.|
|WKRC||550 AM||Talk Radio||Clear Channel||55KRC, "The Talk Station"|
|WLW||700 AM||News Radio||Clear Channel||"The Big One," "The Nation's Station," and "Home of the Reds"
Serves as flagship station for the Cincinnati Reds Radio Network
|WNOP||740 AM||Christian||Sacred Heart Radio||"Greater Cincinnati's Catholic Radio Station"|
|WPFB||910 AM||NKU||Repeater of WNKU|
|WGRI||1050 AM||Urban Gospel||Christian Broadcasting||"Inspiration 1050"|
|WCVX||1160 AM||Christian Talk||Christian Broadcasting||"Christian Talk 1160"|
|WDBZ||1230 AM||Black Talk||Radio One||"The Buzz of Cincinnati"|
|WCVG||1320 AM||Gospel||Great Lakes Radio||"Cincinnati's Voice of Gospel"|
|WSAI||1360 AM||Sports Radio||Clear Channel||"Fox Sports 1360"|
|WMOH||1450 AM||Talk||Vernon R. Baldwin, Inc.||"The Ticket"|
|WDJO||1480 AM||Oldies||Alchemy Broadcasting|
|WCKY||1530 AM||Sports Radio||Clear Channel||"Cincinnati's ESPN 1530"|
|WCNW||1560 AM||Religious||Vernon R. Baldwin, Inc.|
|WAIF||88.3 FM†||Community Radio||"What Radio Was Meant To Be"
† Shares frequency with WJVS, operating all other times
|WJVS||88.3 FM‡||campus radio||"Joint Vocational School"
‡ Shares frequency with WAIF, operating Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the school year.
|WMKV||89.3 FM||Big Band/Adult Standards/Old Time||LifeSphere|
|WMWX||88.9 FM||Album Oriented Rock||Spryex Communications, Inc.||"The New Breed Of Rock"|
|WKCX||89.1 FM||Album Oriented Rock||Spryex Communications, Inc.||"The New Breed Of Rock"|
|WNKU||89.7 FM||Eclectic Music||NKU||"Best Public Radio in the Country"|
|WJYC||90.1 FM||Christian||Air 1|
|WGUC||90.9 FM||Classical||Cincinnati Public Radio||"Cincinnati's Classical Public Radio"|
|WVXU||91.7 FM||NPR; Public Radio||Cincinnati Public Radio||Mostly news and informational programming, some entertainment and music|
|WOFX||92.5 FM||Classic Rock||Cumulus||"The FOX"|
|WAKW||93.3 FM||Christian||Pillar of Fire||"Star 93.3"|
|WNNF||94.1 FM||Country||Cumulus||"Great Country 94.1"|
|WREW||94.9 FM||1980's||Hubbard Radio||"Rewind 94.9"|
|WVQC-LP||[95.7 FM No website]||Variety, community, non-profit||Media Bridges||"Radio Free Cincinnati"|
|WFTK||96.5 FM||Alternative Rock||Cumulus Media Partners||"96 Rock"|
|WYGY||97.3 FM||Modern Country||Hubbard Radio||"The Wolf"|
|WOXY||97.7 FM||Hispanic||TSJ Media||"La Mega"|
|WRRM||98.5 FM||Soft Rock||Cumulus Media Partners||"Warm 98"|
|WHKO||99.1 FM||Country||Cox Radio||"K99.1" -PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A DAYTON STATION THE REASON WHY IT'S HERE BECAUSE IT'S MODERATE IN THE CINCINNATI AREA|
|WOSL||100.3 FM||Urban Oldies||Radio One||"Old School 100.3"|
|WIZF||101.1 FM||Contemporary Urban/Hip-Hop||Radio One||"The Wiz"|
|WKRQ||101.9 FM||Top 40/Hot AC||Hubbard Radio||"Q 102"|
|WEBN||102.7 FM||Rock||Clear Channel||"The lunatic fringe of American FM."|
|WGRR||103.5 FM||Classic Hits/Oldies||Cumulus Media Partners||"Cincinnati's Greatest Hits"|
|WNLT||104.3 FM||Contemporary Christian||Vernon R. Baldwin, Inc.||K-Love|
|WUBE||105.1 FM||Country||Hubbard Radio||"B 105"|
|WNKN||105.9 FM||Simulcast of 89.7 FM||NKU|
|WKFS||107.1 FM||Top 40||Clear Channel||"KISS 107 FM"|
Recent station reorganization
Since late 2006, a number of trades and format changes have caused some confusion in the Cincinnati radio market.
- On July 14, 2006, WIZF ("The Wiz") moved from 100.9 FM to 101.1 FM.
- On September 2, 2006, the intellectual property of WMOJ ("Mojo 94.9") was sold from Cumulus Media to Radio One, whose focus is on the African American market. Radio One moved the station format and call letters to 100.3 FM and shifted the format from Rhythmic Oldies to Urban AC. 100.3 had been moved into the Cincinnati market from its former home in Connersville, Indiana.
- Entercom Communications purchased the stations operated by CBS Radio (WGRR "Oldies 103.5", WAQZ "97.3 Everything Alternative", WUBE "B-105", and WKRQ "Q-102").
- Entercom traded WGRR to Cumulus Media, while Cumulus gave the frequency 94.9 FM and "The Star" format to Entercom.
- Cumulus moved the WPRV-FM call letters to 96.5 FM, and the format was changed to "SuperTalk", Cincinnati's only FM talk station. Call letters were soon changed to WFTK.
- On November 9, 2006, Entercom killed WAQZ 97.3 and launched an adult alternative format called "The Sound" on 94.9. Call letters were soon changed to WSWD.
- Entercom placed the WYGY call letters on 97.3 FM and relaunched a country format as "The Wolf". It is aimed at a younger demographic, as to not compete with Entercom's other country station, WUBE.
- In early 2007, Entercom is planning on trading all 4 of its Cincinnati stations to Bonneville International, in exchange for Bonneville's 3 stations in San Francisco.
- On November 30, 2007, Entercom officially became the holder of the licenses for the former CBS Radio-owned stations.
- On December 14, 2007, Cumulus FM Talker WFTK launched its new format as Active Rock "96 Rock - Cincinnati’s Pure Rock", replacing "SuperTalk". The Two Angry Guys, Richard Skinner and Tom Gamble will remain in mornings.
- On February 13, 2008, Clear Channel was ordered by the US Department of Justice to sell two of its Cincinnati radio stations before it could proceed with a planned acquisition by Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners. Clear Channel chose to trade WOFX and WNNF to Cumulus in exchange for stations in Green Bay, Wisconsin. As part of the swap, Cumulus retained the right to repurchase the Green Bay stations from Clear Channel within a five-year period.
- On March 14, 2008, Bonneville and Entercom closed on the multi-station trade which had been announced over a year before.
- On November 7, 2008, Bonneville swapped frequencies with two of their stations, moving WYGY "The Wolf" to 94.9 FM and WSWD "The Sound" to 97.3 FM.
- On January 2009, Cumulus shifted WFTK from active rock to alternative rock.
- On May 21, 2009, Bonneville moved WYGY "The Wolf" back to 97.3 FM, and launched a new station "Rewind 94.9" at 94.9 FM. "The Sound" was moved to a digital sideband at 94.9 HD2 and also continues to broadcast online.
- In June, Radio 94.1 was rebranded Frequency 94.1.
- At 5:00 p.m. on December 6, 2010, WMOJ-FM returned to their jammin' oldies roots, with an upbeat lineup including Michael Jackson, Prince, Aretha Franklin and KC and the Sunshine Band, launching with Michael Jackson's "Rock With You".
- In January 2011, WRRM softened their playlist, playing more 70s songs.
- On May 20, 2011, WNNF shifted from AAA "Frequency" to an 80s/90s heavy Hot AC format as "Journey 94-1", after stunting with an imaginary "wheel of formats", including an urban AC "Storm" that would have been competition for rhythmic oldie WMOJ-FM.
- On August 2, 2011, WRRM added songs by artists such as Adele, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, OneRepublic, Pink, and The Script to their playlist, despite sister station Journey also playing these artists.
- In August 2011, WMKV began simulcasting on 89.9 FM in Butler County.
- On September 6, WREW began re-introducing 2000s product, all while still playing 70s.
- On January 1, at noon, without any warning, WNNF flipped from Journey 94.1 to Great Country 94.1.
- On February 15, WNNF, then known as Great Country 94.1, brought radio veteran Amanda Orlando on for middays.
- On May 2, WYGY shifted from modern country to country variety with the slogan "Greatest Country from the 90s and more: 97.3 the Wolf".
- On August 27, WLW and WKFS announced they bought 100.7 and 106.3 as a radio translator.
- On September 5, WNNF, then known as Great Country 94.1, hired radio veteran Mike Scott for afternoons.
- On November 10, WNNF, then known as Great Country 94.1, hired radio personality Lisa Manning for middays.
- The following are online media outlets, including new aggregators, in the Cincinnati area:
- Kiesewetter, John. "Radio station switches to rock". Cincinnati Enquirer. November 9, 2006.
- Entercom trades radio stations. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Friday, January 19, 2007.
- Clear Channel ordered to sell stations in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Business Courier. February 14, 2008.