Media in Cincinnati
The Cincinnati metropolitan area is a medium-sized, three-state media market centered on Cincinnati, Ohio, slightly overlapping the Dayton media market to the north. The Cincinnati market is served by one daily newspaper, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and a variety of weekly and monthly print publications. The area is home to 12 television stations and numerous radio stations. The E. W. Scripps Company was founded in Cincinnati as a newspaper chain and remains there as a national television and radio broadcaster. The term "soap opera" originally referred to Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble, which created some of the first programs in this genre.
Newspapers and magazines
The Cincinnati Enquirer, a morning daily published by Gannett Company, is the sole remaining daily newspaper in Cincinnati. Its Northern Kentucky edition is called The Kentucky Enquirer. Cox Media Group's daily Journal-News competes with the Enquirer in Cincinnati's northern suburbs in Butler and Warren counties in Ohio. Until 2008, the Enquirer's main competitor in the market was The Cincinnati Post, the flagship newspaper of the E. W. Scripps Company, known as The Kentucky Post in Northern Kentucky.
Southwest Ohio has a long history of weekly community newspapers, beginning with The Western Star of Lebanon in 1807. Currently, Gannett publishes 16 titles in the Greater Cincinnati area as The Community Press and 10 titles in Northern Kentucky as The Community Recorder, while Cox publishes Today's Pulse in Butler and Warren counties.
Cincinnati's main alternative newspaper is Cincinnati CityBeat, a newsweekly published by SouthComm. Other specialty weekly newspapers include The Cincinnati Herald, published by Sesh Communications for the city's African-American community; The American Israelite, serving the Jewish community; the Cincinnati Business Courier, published by American City Business Journals; the Cincinnati edition of La Jornada Latina (The Spanish Journal), serving the region's Hispanic community; and the Messenger, published weekly or biweekly by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington.
College student newspapers include The News Record, published thrice-weekly at the University of Cincinnati; the Xavier Newswire, published weekly at Xavier University; The Northerner, published weekly at Northern Kentucky University; and The Miami Student, published biweekly at Miami University.
Cincinnati is a monthly lifestyle magazine published by Emmis Communications. The Catholic Telegraph is a monthly newspaper published by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Cincy and NKY are business-oriented magazines for Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, respectively.
The 15-county Cincinnati metropolitan area (including Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana) is the 36th largest local television market in the United States, with an estimated 868,900 television-viewing households and cable penetration at 56.5% as of January 2016[update].
The Cincinnati market is served by five full-power commercial television stations, four of which have full-time local news operations:
- WLWT channel 5 (affiliated with NBC and MeTV; owned by Hearst Television)
- WCPO-TV channel 9 (affiliated with ABC, Escape, and Laff; owned by the Cincinnati-based E. W. Scripps Company)
- WKRC-TV channel 12 (affiliated with CBS, The CW, and American Sports Network; owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
- WXIX-TV channel 19 (affiliated with Fox, Bounce TV, and Grit; owned by Gray Television)
- WSTR-TV channel 64 (affiliated with MyNetworkTV, Antenna TV, Comet, and GetTV; owned by Deerfield Media but operated by Sinclair under a local marketing agreement with WKRC)
Cincinnati-based Block Broadcasting owns two low-power stations with numerous digital subchannels:
- WOTH-CD channel 20 (affiliated with Movies!, Decades, Buzzr, Heroes & Icons, AMGTV, Newsmax TV, Tuff TV, and Evine)
- WBQC-LD channel 25 (affiliated with Cozi TV, This TV, Retro, Jewelry Television, Heartland, and SonLife)
The non-profit organization Public Media Connect owns PBS member stations WCET channel 48 and WPTO channel 14 (licensed to Oxford). These stations' digital subchannels carry Create, World, and The Ohio Channel programming. WPTO also carries a simulcast of sister station WPTD channel 16 in Dayton. Kentucky Educational Television, a state network, owns WCVN-TV channel 54 in Covington, as well as low-power translators W20CT-D in Augusta and W23DM-D in Falmouth.
WKOI-TV channel 43 is a full-power Christian station owned and operated by the Trinity Broadcasting Network from Milford Township, Butler County, Ohio (with a city of license of Richmond, Indiana). WDYC-LD channel 36 is a low-power Christian station affiliated with Daystar.
Cable television is provided by Time Warner Cable in Ohio and Northern Kentucky and by Comcast Cable in Southeast Indiana. Cincinnati Bell provides IPTV service under the FiOptics brand. Local cable-only channels include Fox Sports Ohio and Spectrum Sports. Waycross Community Media and the Intercommunity Cable Regulatory Commission (ICRC) operate public, educational, and government access channels on cable systems in Cincinnati.
Dayton television stations are also available over the air and on cable systems in Cincinnati's northern suburbs.
The 13-county Cincinnati metropolitan area (including Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana) is the 30th largest radio market in the United States, with an estimated 1.8 million listeners aged 12 and above as of September 2016[update]. Of the market's 22 metered radio stations, iHeartMedia owns seven, Cumulus Media owns five, Hubbard Broadcasting owns four, Radio One owns three, and Cincinnati Public Radio owns two.
|WKRC||550 AM||Talk||iHeartMedia||55KRC, "The Talk Station"|
|WLW||700 AM||News/Talk||iHeartMedia||"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||Religious||Sacred Heart Radio, Inc||"Greater Cincinnati's Catholic Radio Station"|
|WPFB||910 AM||Religious||Sacred Heart Radio, Inc||"Sacred Heart Radio"|
|WGRI||1050 AM||Gospel||Christian Broadcasting||"Inspiration 1050"|
|WCVX||1160 AM||Religious||Christian Broadcasting||"Christian Talk 1160"|
|WDBZ||1230 AM||Gospel||Radio One||"Cincinnati's Inspiration Station"|
|WCVG||1320 AM||Gospel||Great Lakes Radio||"Cincinnati's Voice of Gospel"|
|WSAI||1360 AM||Sports||iHeartMedia||"Fox Sports 1360"|
|WMOH||1450 AM||Talk||Vernon R. Baldwin, Inc.||"The Ticket"|
|WDJO||1480 AM||Oldies||Alchemy Broadcasting||"Cincinnati's Rock & Roll Oldies Station"|
|WCKY||1530 AM||Sports||iHeartMedia||"Cincinnati's ESPN 1530"|
|WCNW||1560 AM||Religious||Vernon R. Baldwin, Inc.||"Without Christ, Nothing Works"|
|WAIF||88.3 FM†||Variety||"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.
|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"|
|WYHH||89.7 FM||Christian||Bible Broadcasting Network, Inc.|
|WORI||90.1 FM||Christian Contemporary||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 Contemporary||Pillar of Fire||"Star 93.3"|
|WNNF||94.1 FM||Country||Cumulus||"Nash FM"|
|WREW||94.9 FM||Hot AC||Hubbard Radio||"Mix 94.9"|
|WVQC-LP||95.7 FM||Variety, community, non-profit||Media Bridges||"Radio Free Cincinnati"|
|WFTK||96.5 FM||Active rock||Cumulus Media Partners||"96 Rock" "Cincinnati's Pure Rock" plays pure rock from the grandfathered classics like Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica and AC/DC to the newer and harder rock like A Perfect Circle, Seether and Sevendust.|
|WYGY||97.3 FM||Country||Hubbard Radio||"The Wolf"|
|WOXY||97.7 FM||Regional Mexican||TSJ Media||"La Mega"|
|WRRM||98.5 FM||Adult Contemporary||Cumulus Media Partners||"Warm 98"|
|WHKO||99.1 FM||Country||Cox Radio||"K99.1"|
|WOSL||100.3 FM||Urban AC||Radio One||"100.3 R&B"|
|WIZF||101.1 FM||Hip-Hop||Radio One||"The Wiz"|
|WKRQ||101.9 FM||Top-40||Hubbard Radio||"Q 102"|
|WEBN||102.7 FM||Rock||iHeartMedia||"The lunatic fringe of American FM."|
|WGRR||103.5 FM||Classic Hits||Cumulus Media Partners||"Cincinnati's Greatest Hits"|
|WNLT||104.3 FM||Christian Contemporary||Vernon R. Baldwin, Inc.||K-Love|
|WUBE||105.1 FM||Country||Hubbard Radio||"B 105"|
|WNKN||105.9 FM||Classic Country||Grant County Broadcasters||"Classic Country and Country Legends"|
|WNKR||106.7 FM||Classic Country||Grant County Broadcasters||"Classic Country 106.7"|
|WKFS||107.1 FM||Top-40||iHeartMedia||"KISS 107 FM"|
Recent station reorganization
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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.
- On November 14, WMOJ flipped from Mojo 100.3 to WCFN FM 100 The Fan.
- On July 30, at noon WCFN changed its format to urban oldies, and then flipped into WOSL
- In 2014, There was a low powered radio station which was located in Richwood, KY and then defunct some time in 2014. In 2015, Class-X launched two radio station simulcasts of its own programming. 92.1 is launched in Covington, KY while the 105.5 station is launched in between Oakley, and Kenwood just near the highway.
- On December 18, 2014, A radio station named "102.3 The Beat" launched in that date as a radio translator of WEBN.
- In October 2017 WNKN 105.9 was sold to WNKR 106.7 a classic radio station in northern Kentucky. It reaches both Cincinnati and Dayton markets playing classic country music.
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- Cincinnati, OH on American Radio Map (Radiomap.us)
- Loveland Magazine, a community news website based in Loveland, Ohio