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WOSU-FM logo.png
CityColumbus, Ohio
Broadcast areaColumbus, Ohio
Frequency89.7 (MHz)
(HD Radio)
Branding89.7fm NPR News
SloganMaking the World relevant ... To You
OwnerThe Ohio State University
First air date
December 13, 1949
Call sign meaning
W-"Ohio State University"
Technical information
Facility ID66191
ERP40,000 watts
HAAT168.2 meters
Transmitter coordinates
40°01′02.6″N 83°01′11.7″W / 40.017389°N 83.019917°W / 40.017389; -83.019917
Repeater(s)W202CE 89.3 Coshocton
WebcastListen Live

WOSU (89.7 FM) — branded 89.7fm NPR News — is a National Public Radio news and talk radio station licensed to Columbus, Ohio and serving the Columbus metro area. It is owned by The Ohio State University. The station has multiple repeaters throughout the U.S. state of Ohio, making the station a multiple transmitter station.


WOSU-FM signed on for the first time on December 13, 1949. It initially simulcast its AM sister from sign-on until 6:45 pm, then broadcast separate programming until signing off at 7:30 pm. In 1950, the broadcast day was extended to 9:15 pm. It began 24-hour operation in 1960, and began airing a fully separate schedule on October 1, 1968. The station broadcast an all-classical format from 1980 until 2008.

It was the first station in Columbus to broadcast using HD Radio, beginning on April 5, 2004, at 3:30 p.m. It was also the first station in the United States to begin full-time multicast broadcasting when its HD-2 channel debuted on October 15, 2004.

WOSU's HD Radio Channels on a SPARC Radio with PSD.
WOSU's HD Radio Channels on a SPARC Radio with PSD.

From January 14, 2008, WOSU-FM switched to a mixed news/classical format, introducing NPR news magazines during morning and evening drive-times along with several popular NPR weekend programs such as Weekend Edition, Car Talk, and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, plus This American Life from Public Radio International. Many of these programs were simulcast with its AM sister station WOSU-AM. The station now features a 24-hour-a-day classical music service on its HD-2 HD Radio stream as well as on its web site.

Format change

WOSU-FM's Transmitter near the Ohio State Campus
WOSU-FM's Transmitter near the Ohio State Campus

In Fall 2010, The Ohio State University purchased commercial station WWCD; that station was soon given new call letters – WOSA – and switched to a full-time classical music station. WOSU-FM then began simulcasting the NPR news and talk format on WOSU-AM, though the FM station was now branded as the main station. WOSU also converted four of its satellite stations, WOSB in Marion, WOSE in Coshocton, WOSP in Portsmouth and WOSV in Mansfield, to repeaters of WOSA. In particular, WOSB and WOSV serve areas north of Columbus that are not served well by the new 101.1 frequency.[1]


WOSU-FM's signal is repeated on W202CE 89.3 FM in Coshocton.[2]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "FCC FM Query for W202CE".

External links

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