Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: July 22, 2010

A little over five years ago, WOSU 89.7 became the first radio station in Columbus to begin broadcasting in digital. What is called HD Radio had come to Columbus. Since that time, the number of area stations broadcasting in digital has grown and several have expanded their channel capacity. The list below is as inclusive as I could find of the digital stations in Columbus. HD Radio has run into many roadblocks, but I’m one who believes it still has a great future. I listen to HD radio throughout my home and look forward to having the service standard on my next car purchase. It is a free service, unlike satellite radio, and as more listeners tune in, more stations will invest in new programming.
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WOSU is proud to provide quality choices in HD programming in crystal clear digital including our 89.7 FM main channel (soon to be all NPR News), an all-classical station at 89.7-2 (soon to be Classical 101), and a Triple A music format station, Capital City Radio at 89.7-3. Even my teenagers think its cool that WOSU is carrying Cap City Radio!

HD Radio Stations via www.ibiquity.com website – the BOLD stations are the extra stations you get with HD Radio:

Columbus, OH 104.9 WCVO-HD FM Contemp Christian Voice
Columbus, OH 610 WTVN-HD AM Nws/Tlk/Spt Clear Channel
Columbus, OH 94.7 WSNY-HD FM Lite Rock Saga
Columbus, OH 92.3 WCOL-HD FM Country Clear Channel
Columbus, OH 92.3-2 WCOL-HD2 FM New Country Clear Channel
Columbus, OH 1230 WYTS-HD AM Talk Clear Channel
Columbus, OH 107.5 WCKX-HD FM Urban Radio One Inc.
Columbus, OH 106.7 WCGX-HD FM Alternative Clear Channel
Columbus, OH 106.7-2 WCGX-HD2 FM Classic Alternative Clear Channel
Columbus, OH 97.9 WNCI-HD FM CHR Clear Channel
Columbus, OH 97.9-2 WNCI-HD2 FM tha block Clear Channel
Columbus, OH 93.3 WLZT-HD FM AC Clear Channel
Columbus, OH 93.3-2 WLZT-HD2 FM Talk – WTVN-AM Clear Channel
Columbus, OH 97.1 WBNS-HD FM Sports/ESPN Radio
Columbus, OH 97.1-2 WBNS-HD2 FM 1460 The Fan .
Columbus, OH 103.5 WJZA-HD FM Smooth Jazz Saga
Columbus, OH 106.3 WJYD-HD FM Gospel Radio One Inc.
Columbus, OH 105.7 WBWR-HD FM Rock Clear Channel
Columbus, OH 105.7-2 WBWR-HD2 FM Full Metal Racket Clear Channel
Columbus, OH 107.1 WNKK-HD FM Country Wilks Broadcast Group
Columbus, OH 107.1-2 WNKK-HD2 FM 90’s Alternative
Columbus, OH 820 WOSU-HD AM News/Talk The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 89.7 WOSU-HD FM News/Clscl
Columbus, OH 89.7-2 WOSU-HD2 FM All Classical
Columbus, OH 89.7-3 WOSU-HD3 FM AAA – Capital City Radio

Columbus, OH 100.3 WCLT-HD FM Country WCLT Radio, Inc.
Columbus, OH 98.9 WXMG-HD FM R&B Oldies Radio One Inc.

More to come!


  • tigersgrowl

    I never knew about that. Had I known, I would have listened to local radio because my data is capped within the first week due to all the 3G radio I listen to. This will be a great help however, I use the Kyrocera Event (don’t laugh, it was only $20 and I got a mortgage) with the Virgin Mobile service using the Sprint network. I contacted Virgin just now, we’ll have to see if they give me the run around as expected with most phone companies or not. If they do, I won’t give up there, I will consult the blogs and forums. If there is a way, I will find it.

    • Jessie

      @tigersgrowl, I also have Virgin Mobile and they use the Sprint network. I will call them also, but I would really appreciate if you post your updates.

  • Yoga Bear

    “I want my FM Radio! Unlock the FM chip in all smartphones you sell so I can get important emergency information when data networks are unavailable and reduce the amount of data I use each month.

    Thank you. I have a HTC one m7 I have looked and the phone has a FM chip and I have Verizon I have called there tech support and they told me all I need to do is find a radio app, you can’t find one that will work without the net, theses company’s just lies to get you off the phone, so I called HTC by the way Verizon told me not to do that, so me being one not to do what I’m told lol I called any ways, HTC told me that they will be updating to lollipop in a few months and then they’re going to come out with the update that send you a FM radio to your phone that they have been working on it for several months without any support from Verizon Wireless so they’ve taken it on their self to go ahead and make a program to turn on the FM chip so that it will work so that we can have free FM radio on our smartphones, we will see. I’ll give them two months if they don’t do it I’m calling back.

    • Joseph Ogidan

      I had a Nokia phone back in 2008 that had a radio. All I needed to activate it was my head phone, and it worked perfectly well.

  • jeremiah stansbury

    please its our rite we paid for the phone why cant we have fm radio it wont cost you any thing to keep the public informed

  • callthemanufacture

    you’re provider has nothing to do with this they do not make the phones so be sure to call the manufacture the provider does not have a way to unlock this so don’t blame them and give more information on fm chips besides call your provider

    • Irwin Busk

      You are very incorrect. The provider orders the phone with their preferred software load, and with certain features and applications locked. The carrier can provide an “unlock” code, but is not required to by law. many will do so, if you are near the end of your contract.

  • sm spfld ma

    Radio is not a right. I’m all for the chip being activated but come on. npr is using you to push their agenda and getting this activated. It’s a scarf tactic. We all got text messages from the weather service when the tornado was on its way to western ma. Say you did have a radio on the phone then; how many people would put the radio on? I Google the tornado then and got the info I needed. Don’t be fools: you’re bejng used by public radio cronies to get more people to listen to PUBLIC RADIO. It’s a cheap marketing initiative.

    • Mrpockets

      If you are all about activating the chip then why are you urging people not to ask for it? Sure it’s an agenda. Everyone has an agenda. For all we know, you could hold a bunch of stock in Pandora and are pushing your own agenda by trying to make people feel stupid for wanting access to something that they’ve always had. That’s what you sound like to me.

  • Floyd Durham

    I just contacted Virgin and they claimed to have no knowledge of any of this. I was told that basically it probably not real and that just because it says so on the internet it doesn’t mean anything. They don’t want people using it then they loose money for data use….Like the owner of Virgin needs more money..lol