Mass media in Columbus, Ohio

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Columbus, Ohio is served by several newspapers, magazines, and television and radio stations.

Newspapers and magazines[edit]

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 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.[1]

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,[2] MTV and The Movie Channel. QUBE also displayed one of the earliest uses of Pay-per-view and video on demand.[3]


Columbus is home to the 36th largest radio market.[4] 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
100.3 FM WCLT Country T-100 Newark
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
102.5 FM WWCD Alternative CD102.5 Baltimore
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


  1. ^ "What People Watch, Listen To and Buy". Retrieved Oct 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "Nick History". Viacom. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved September 25, 2007.
  3. ^ "iTV | Warner's Qube". Media Visions. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  4. ^ Arbitron Radio Market Rankings: Spring 2010, Arbitron, Spring 2010, Retrieved May 2, 2010