Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: January 5, 2011

We had one historic occasion on December 15th with the sign-on of Classical 101 and now we have another tomorrow, January 6th, as we provide the first all day NPR/Local News station on FM in Columbus history. 89.7 FM will provide our all news service with simulcast, for the time being, on WOSU AM 820.

Unprecedented in the country, WOSU is also providing, as of tomorrow, a new network of five FM stations with an all-classical music service.

Classical 101 in Columbus will begin feeding 24/7 classical programming to our stations in Marion/Delaware, Mansfield, Coshocton and Portsmouth, providing the sole classical music service for those communities. Classical music radio has proven to enhance the success of local performing arts organizations and improve the quality of life or as some call it, the “cultural economy” of a region.

If you have a question or issue related to our new station programming or technical issues contact WOSU Audience Services. You might first look at our website for information at http://www.wosu.org/radiofaqs/ or you can email classical101@wosu.org or call us at 292-9678.

For more information, read the press release (PDF) about the programming changes.


  • Terisilver

    I started out as an intern at WOSU 820. My last radio airdate was on 820 (December 20, 2008). Irony. But t’s a new dcay and I’m ready for 89.7 (again) … can you use an anchor? :)))) Really …

  • Terisilver

    Make that, a new day. LOL

  • donald138

    I would like to congratulate WOSU about its programming decisions regarding the switch to the FM dial for both classical programming and all news and interview programs.

    Also, I really appreciate having the BBC World News America. It is interesting to get a somewhat different perspective on the news. I found it entertaining that the BBC program spent an entire show reporting on the sentencing of Michael Jackson’s doctor.

  • Bob Batina

    B-o-o-o-o-o ! I am sad to see WOSU am go to 89.7 fm. I listened to Bluegrass Ramble on my 60 year old Crosley floor radio for a long time. Nothing sounds as good as old time radio on an old time radio. Sure, I can pick it up on my Japanese fm radio, but it will never be the same.

  • Debra

    What was the name of the classical piece used as a theme song for “In the Bookstall?