Mass media in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio is served by several newspapers, magazines, and television and radio stations.
Newspapers and magazines
Several weekly and daily newspapers serve Columbus and Central Ohio. The major daily newspaper in Columbus is The Columbus Dispatch; its erstwhile main competitor, The Columbus Citizen-Journal, ceased publication on December 31, 1985. There are also neighborhood/suburb specific papers, such as the Dispatch Printing Company's ThisWeek Community News, which serves 23 suburbs and Columbus, the Columbus Messenger, and the independently owned Short North Gazette. The Lantern and UWeekly serve the Ohio State University community. "Alternative" arts/culture/politics-oriented papers include Outlook Media's Outlook: Columbus (serving the city's LGBT community), and aLIVE (formerly the independent Columbus Alive and now owned by the Columbus Dispatch). The newest addition to the Columbus media scene is Live Local! Columbus, a free, quarterly magazine that focuses on local arts, culture, and events.
The Columbus Magazine, CityScene, (614) Magazine, and Columbus Monthly are the city's magazines. Online media publication ColumbusUnderground.com also serves the Columbus region as an independently owned alternative voice.
The city's business community is served by The Daily Reporter, central Ohio's only printed daily business and legal newspaper; Columbus Business First, a daily online/weekly print business publication that is part of the Charlotte-based American City Business Journals, and Columbus CEO, a monthly business magazine. Gongwer News Service, a daily independent political newsletter, provides extensive Statehouse coverage.
Columbus is the base for 12 television stations and is the 32nd largest television market as of September 24, 2016.
Warner Cable introduced its two-way interactive QUBE system in Columbus in December 1977, which consisted of specialty channels that would evolve into national networks Nickelodeon, MTV and The Movie Channel. QUBE also displayed one of the earliest uses of Pay-per-view and video on demand.
Columbus is home to the 36th largest radio market. The following box contains all of the radio stations in the area, as well as their current format:
|Frequency||Call letters||Format||Premiere date||City of license|
|610 AM||WTVN||News/Talk||NewsRadio 610 WTVN||Columbus|
|820 AM||WVSG||Religious||St. Gabriel Radio||Columbus|
|880 AM||WRFD||Christian Talk||AM 880 WRFD||Columbus-Worthington|
|920 AM||WMNI||Adult Standards||WMNI AM 920||Columbus|
|1230 AM||WYTS||Classic Hip Hop||Throwback 105.3||Columbus|
|1460 AM||WBNS||Sports Talk||1460 ESPN Columbus||Columbus|
|1550 AM||WDLR||Adult Contemporary||Local 1550||Delaware|
|1580 AM||WMYC||Classic Hits||My 92.9||Columbus|
|88.1 FM||WWGV||Religious||American Family Radio||Grove City|
|88.7 FM||WUFM||Christian Rock||RadioU||Columbus|
|89.7 FM||WOSU||Public Radio||89.7fm NPR News||Columbus|
|90.5 FM||WCBE||Public Radio||90.5 WCBE||Columbus|
|91.5 FM||WHKC||Christian Contemporary||91.5 FreedomFM||Columbus|
|92.3 FM||WCOL||Country||92.3 WCOL||Columbus|
|93.3 FM||WODC||Adult Hits||93.3 The Bus||Ashville|
|94.7 FM||WSNY||Adult Contemporary||Sunny 95||Columbus|
|95.5 FM||WXMG||Urban Adult Contemporary||Magic 95.5||Lancaster|
|96.3 FM||WLVQ||Classic Rock||Q-FM 96||Columbus|
|97.1 FM||WBNS||Sports Talk||97.1 The Fan||Columbus|
|97.5 FM||WOBN||College||97.5 The Wildcard||Westerville|
|97.9 FM||WNCI||CHR||97.9 WNCI||Columbus|
|98.3 FM||W252AY||Community||Columbus Community Radio 102.1/98.3||Columbus|
|98.9 FM||WTOH||Talk||98.9 The Answer||Upper Arlington|
|99.7 FM||WRKZ||Active Rock||99.7 The Blitz||Columbus|
|101.1 FM||WOSA||Classical||Classical 101fm||Grove City|
|101.7 FM||WNKO||Classic Hits||KOOL 101.7||New Albany|
|102.1 FM||WCRM-LP||Community||Columbus Community Radio 102.1/98.3||Columbus|
|102.1 FM||WCBX-LP||Jazz||Jazz 102.1||Columbus|
|103.1 FM||WVKO||Spanish Adult Contemporary||La Mega 103.1||Johnstown|
|103.5 FM||WNND||Classic Hits||Rewind 103.5/104.3||Pickerington|
|103.9 FM||WJKR||Variety Hits||103.9 Jack FM||Worthington|
|104.3 FM||WNNP||Classic Hits||Rewind 103.5/104.3||Richwood|
|104.9 FM||WCVO||Christian Contemporary||104.9 The River||Gahanna|
|105.3 FM||WYTS||Classic hip hop||Throwback 105.3||Columbus|
|105.7 FM||WXZX||Mainstream rock||105.7 The Brew||Hilliard|
|106.7 FM||WZCB||Hip Hop||106.7 The Beat||Dublin|
|107.1 FM||WJYD||Gospel||Joy 107.1||Circleville|
|107.5 / 106.3 FM||WCKX||Hip Hop||Power 107.5||Columbus|
|107.9 FM||WVMX||Hot Adult Contemporary||Mix 107.9||Westerville|
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