|Ohio News Network (ONN)|
|Closed||August 31, 2012|
|Owned by||Dispatch Broadcast Group|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Slogan||Ohio's Channel for News, Weather and Sports|
|Website||ONNTV.com Now Redirects to WBNS Website|
|Time Warner Cable
(Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo)
|Cincinnati Bell FiOptics
|Available on other Ohio cable systems||Check local listings|
The Ohio News Network (ONN) is a radio service and former television and radio news network in the U.S. state of Ohio. Its studios and offices are co-located with sister station WBNS-TV, the CBS television affiliate for Columbus and central Ohio. ONN is owned by the Dispatch Broadcast Group, which is affiliated with The Columbus Dispatch, the Columbus daily newspaper. ONN provided statewide newscasts for affiliate stations during the day. It is distributed by Radio Sound Network, which is also owned and operated by the Dispatch Group. Radio Sound Network distributes various programming elements for radio stations, including live play-by-play broadcasts of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. ONN also operated a television channel from 1996 to 2012 in more than 1.8 million households statewide.
On July 25, 2012, ONN announced it would be ceasing operations due to changing consumer habits, effective August 31. ONN closed at 12:00 with the last programming being a farewell looking at the history of ONN. The network's radio operations, ONN Radio, have remained in service.
ONN is regularly awarded for its outstanding news and programs regionally and nationally. In 2009, ONN received nine awards in the Ohio Associated Press contest including: Outstanding Sports Operation; Best Regularly Scheduled Sports; and Best Anchor Mike Kallmeyer. ONN was the runner-up for Outstanding News Operation in Ohio. In 2008, ONN was presented the Emmy Award for Station Excellence in local programming to station managers Tom Griesdorn and Jason Pheister.
Former Television Channel Programming
With the slogan "Ohio's Channel", ONN features news relevant to the state. Daily newscasts include: Ohio This Morning, Ohio Today, Ohio Tonight, Ohio's 9 O'clock News, and Primetime Ohio. Regular segments include sports, weather, business, environmental, political, and health. A special in-depth report on a topic of statewide interest is featured each Thursday night during Ohio's 9 o'clock news. ONN's "Weather on the 10's" is a statewide weather update every 10 minutes.
Capital Square is the longest running political television program in Ohio. The show offers discussion of government in Ohio and Washington, D.C. Capitol Square regularly features the top newsmakers, who are questioned by moderator Jim Heath. Capital Square was once a Sunday fixture for WBNS-TV in the 1990s until it moved to ONN.
ONN also includes election updates throughout the state on major election days or for emergency voting that affects a large portion of the state.
ONN and The Ohio State University co-sponsor Ohio Means Business, a thirty-minute program showcasing companies and individuals in Ohio's business world. The program is hosted by ONN anchor Mike Kallmeyer. A new episode airs every other week.
ONN aired weekly Discover Ohio shows that profile great getaways and destinations across Ohio. The show is hosted by Mykkia Cameron, a former news reporter. The show was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2008.
To target younger viewers, the network airs The Brain Game each Thursday evening which features high school students in a quiz bowl setting. The show is sponsored by Westfield Insurance, an Ohio company. Mike Kallmeyer is the host. The show was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2009.
Ohio and Company features businesses from across the state in a brief highlight segment. Chef Tami is a weekly cooking show that features the antics of regional celebrity chef Tami Cecil from her Woodhaven Farm in Johnstown, Ohio.
Major League Soccer Columbus Crew matches were telecast on ONN from 2005-2011. Dwight Burgess was play-by-play commentator while Duncan Oughton was the most recent color commentator for all league matches. Katie Witham was the first sideline reporter, being replaced by Ashleigh Ignelzi when Katie's Cleveland Indians commitment took over. Beginning in 2010, select games were available in HDTV on Time Warner Cable in Columbus on HD Channel 1310 or 1311. Following the 2011 season, the Columbus Crew inked a deal with FOX Sports Ohio.
Many Ohio High School Athletic Association events, including hockey, football, and basketball were aired on ONN. ONN also aired weekly programming devoted to the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cincinnati Bearcats, and Miami Redhawks including live and tape delayed games.
ONN was one of the first TV networks to deliver live action sports video via Internet Protocol during the 2006-2007 school year for Miami Redhawks hockey. The team finished the 2008-2009 season at the Frozen Four with a 4-3 OT loss to Boston University in the championship.
ONN delivers the top statewide stories each day utilizing partnerships with news stations: WBNS in Columbus, WKBN in Youngstown, WEWS in Cleveland, WHIO in Dayton, WKRC in Cincinnati, WTOV in Steubenville/Wheeling, WTVG in Toledo, and WLIO in Lima. In addition, many ONN stories are seen daily on these stations.
ONN rebroadcasts local news programs during the afternoon in cooperation with its affiliates in other Ohio markets. In addition to local news produced by Dispatch sister station WBNS, ONN airs local newscasts from WEWS in Cleveland, WKRC in Cincinnati, and WTVG in Toledo. These broadcasts currently air on a slightly delayed basis.
ONN Radio provides statewide newscasts and sportscasts for affiliate stations during the day, anchored by staffers from WBNS-FM. Long form programming includes the seasonal High School Football Tonight and College Football Today, both hosted by WBNS-FM's Skip Mosic.
ONN Radio is distributed by Radio Sound Network, which is also owned and operated by the Dispatch Group. Radio Sound Network distributes various programming elements for radio stations, including live play-by-play broadcasts of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Notable former on-air staff
- Jim Heath – State House correspondent, moderator of Capitol Square
- Marjorie Vincent – anchor
- John Fortney- anchor
Three cable providers in the state of Ohio did not carry ONN at the time of ONN's closure:
- ONN ceases operations. Press release. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
- Michael Malone (26 July 2012). "Ohio Cable Net ONN to Cease". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 5 November 2012.