Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: November 30, 2011

Effective December 9, 2011, WOSU Public Media will no longer broadcast its NPR and local news programming schedule on 820 AM, which has been duplicated over the past year on 89.7 FM in central Ohio.

Listeners should switch over to 89.7FM to continue receiving the quality news programming they have come to expect such as All Sides with Ann Fisher and national programming like NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Talk of the Nation. WOSU 89.7 was recently voted the Best Radio News Operation in Ohio by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.

The sale of the AM station by WOSU is part of the station’s plan to build listenership on the FM dial that began in December 2010 with the purchase of 101.1 FM and the launch of Classical 101, which allowed WOSU’s 89.7 FM to shift to an all-day NPR and local news station.

In the public radio world, AM listening has declined considerably over the past 20 years. In fact, a new study found that only 3 percent of listeners access public radio on the AM dial in America.  WOSU AM was also hampered by a FCC rule that forced the station to go to low power from dusk to dawn.  Still, this sale is a sentimental time around the stations.  WOSU AM dates back to 1922 and was one of the pioneer educational radio stations of its time.  It has been a great asset to central Ohio.

Please MAKE THE SWITCH to 89.7 FM, which has the same NPR and local news programming you’ve enjoyed on WOSU AM for years!

  • 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?