WOSU Acquisition was rare opportunity to expand service

| July 2, 2010 | 13 Comments

By now, many of you interested in public radio and WOSU in particular have heard of WOSU’s acquisition of 101.1 FM. If not, access the WOSU Press Release for more information. This is about listening to our membership and having the rare opportunity to find a way to serve their desires. We know the performing arts in this community are under stress, but we are convinced a strong, locally based, talent filled classical music station that is 24/7 will not only serve the needs of listeners, but bring more people to local performances and build a greater appreciation for all the performing arts in Columbus — from the Opera to the Symphony to the Ballet to the Jazz Orchestra. And, we’ll not just be premiering Classical 101 FM in Columbus soon, but also bringing online an all classical station, WOSB in Marion at 91.1 FM to serve the northern part of the Columbus market.

We also believe a journalistically sound local and NPR news station that is 24/7 on the FM band can serve this community with international, national, state and local news better than any other radio station in central Ohio. Of course, we are doing that already on WOSU AM, but now more people will have access to WOSU’s news and talk programming at 89.7 FM.

A passionate team of folks at WOSU, Ohio State and the community, along with advisors from well outside this community, from Denver to D.C., made this historic purchase possible.

WOSU radio came into existence in 1922 as one of the first educational radio stations in America. FM came on the air in 1949, even though there were few FM radios until the 1960s. WOSU added regional stations in an impressive partnership with four Ohio communities in the early 1990s…and now, in 2010, a new station is part of our network.

More to come about our programming plans soon. So far, the reaction from listeners has been extremely positive and, since we have a few months before the switch to all news and all classical, we have time to work through any concerns.

Finally, my deepest thanks go to our leadership at WOSU and to President Gee, Tom Katzenmeyer and Geoffrey Chatas at Ohio State, who so believed in our plan that they supported it from day one! We believe the greater Columbus community will support these efforts as well. As WOSU supporter and local performing artist, Christine Mortine says “This is Wonderful…Lucky Columbus.”

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  • Tom

    Gonna take the bluegrass music off of AM? I got a nice 1931 Philco Cathedral radio down here in SW Ohio and that will make it harder to find anything but talk talk talk on the AM band. I can maybe get modern pop music on there tuning around somewhere, but the radio seems to work best with that bluegrass music coming out of it! I have also listened to WOSU on some of my 1920s one tube wonder radios and headphones. But the Philco is easier!

  • Robert

    I radically disagree with the previous poster! The broadcasting of bluegrass music is similar to using WOSU’s time for reporting NASCAR races. To view bluegrass music (or NASCAR races) as the type of cultural heritage that WOSU should foster is a serious mistake. Please stop this!

  • Tom Rieland

    Once the FCC approves of the transaction, WOSU 89.7 will simulcast the 820 AM signal, so Bluegrass will be airing on Saturday and Sunday nights on 89.7 FM.

  • k

    thank you thank you for 24 hr classical once again!! i have been in mourning since the shift to NPR/9-4 music. i can hardly wait till you get up and running.

    any chance that pipe dreams, and with heart and voice will return as well?

    you have made my year with this news!

  • http://wosu.org tomrieland

    Responding to “K” — “Pipedreams” never left WOSU—it’s on Sunday nights at 10.
    The longtime host of “With Heart and Voice” died last year, so we dropped the program shortly thereafter. We continue to broadcast sacred music on “Musica Sacra with Christopher Purdy” Sunday nights at 8.
    Thanks for asking!

  • Daylilyfan

    Christopher Purdy was talking this up while MCing a Cafe Concert at the Lancaster Festival, but I wonder whether the signal from the new classical station will even reach Lancaster.

  • http://wosu.org tomrieland


    Lancaster is in the signal coverage area of 101.1FM, but its considered the fringe. Actually, it would be helpful if you just tuned your car radio to 101.1FM and let us know about the signal. Secondarily, you could tune in at home. You might have to adjust your antenna or move it a few feet higher at home. I live on the fringe of the signal, but get 101.1FM with a simple $6 bipolar antenna. The next level is to try an amplified antenna that costs about $25. I tried that and the signal boomed in once I moved the antenna around a bit. The other alternative is getting an HD Radio. With 89.7 FM, you can receive all-classical on HD2 channel. Hope this helps. We want to assure our classical listeners in Lancaster that we’ll do everything possible to help them get Classical 101.

  • Jason

    Love the radio station. I am a long time listener and love the classical format. I hope the classical music in HD will remain. I love the signal quality and sound quality of the HD format. Please make sure to keep broadcasting classical in HD.

  • http://www.wosu.org Tom Rieland

    Sorry for the delay in responding. Classical 101 will appear on the 89.7 FM HD Channel 2, just as classical music appears there presently. We hope we can get more listeners like you who love the quality of HD Radio !

  • Harold Highland

    We just bought an HD radio, but cannot find 89.7 HD Channel 2. How do we get to Channel 2?

  • Harold Highland

    Hello? Anyone there?

  • http://wosu.org tomrieland

    Mr. Highland,

    Happy holidays. I have several HD Radios and find they all work slightly differently.
    My suggestion is to tune into 89.7 FM, make sure it indicates that you have a digital signal (radios do this differently-some by having HD show up in text or a light goes on). Then simply click to tune from 89.7-1 to 89.7-2 and you are on channel 2 and Classical 101. Again, different radios do this in slightly different ways. I have a radio-osiphy and a Sony HD radio. Let us know if we can help.

  • Harold Highland

    Tom: it worked , thank you very much.