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For the FM radio station in Marion, Ohio, United States, see WMRN-FM.
City Marion, Ohio
Broadcast area Mid-Ohio
Branding NewsRadio 1490 WMRN
Slogan Where Marion comes to talk
Frequency 1490 kHz
First air date 1940
Format News Talk Information
Power 1,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
Class C
Facility ID 40169
Transmitter coordinates 40°36′50.00″N 83°7′47.00″W / 40.6138889°N 83.1297222°W / 40.6138889; -83.1297222
Callsign meaning Marion, OH[1]
Affiliations Cincinnati Bengals Radio Network
Cleveland Indians Radio Network
Fox News Radio
Fox Sports Radio
Ohio State IMG Sports Network
Premiere Networks
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
(Citicasters Licenses, Inc.)
Webcast [1]
Website wmrn.com

WMRN (1490 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format. Licensed to Marion, Ohio, United States, ("MRN" stands for Marion Radio News) the station serves the Mid-Ohio area. The station is currently owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. and licensed as Citicasters Licenses, L.P. and features programming from Fox News Radio, Fox Sports Radio and Premiere Radio Networks.[2]

former logo

The station was launched December 23, 1940. As the first station to broadcast from Marion, WMRN has traditionally been viewed as Marion County's "home" radio station.

In May 1953, WMRN's owners launched an FM sister station WMRN-FM which played "Beautiful Music" format until its format was converted to Country & Western in the mid to late 1970s. Clear Channel Communications separated the AM operations from the FM station, and then sold WMRN-AM to its current owner. The station's "Tradio" program (a item "swap" show where residents offer up goods for sale or trade) remains popular with local residents.


  1. ^ "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web. 
  2. ^ "WMRN Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 

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