Cox Media Group

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Cox Media Group, Inc.
FoundedDecember 2008 (2008-12)
Headquarters6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, ,
Key people
Kim Guthrie (President)
ParentCox Enterprises
(Transfer of ownership to Apollo Global Management pending)
DivisionsCox Newspapers
Cox Radio
Cox Television

Cox Media Group, Inc. (CMG) is an Atlanta-based media conglomerate owned by Cox Enterprises. The company primarily owns radio and television stations, as well as four daily newspapers.

In 2018, Cox announced the sale of its television stations to Apollo Global Management under the holding company Terrier Media (along with those of Northwest Broadcasting), with Cox retaining a minority stake. In 2019, it was announced that Apollo would also acquire Cox's radio stations and advertising businesses, and that the company would retain the Cox Media Group name.


In December 2008,[1] Cox Enterprises created Cox Media Group (CMG) by merging Cox Newspapers,[2] Cox Radio, and Cox Television into one integrated digital media company; the creation of Cox Media Group was a departure from grouping subsidiaries based solely on publishing medium.[3]

In August 2009, Cox Enterprises realigned its radio, television, newspaper/publishing, and digital assets into the same division.[4] Under the new structure, while the local brands remain independent, they share resources and some management. Dayton, Ohio, was considered the prototype for the media group, where radio, television, newspaper, and direct mail were all in the same market and were combined into a new building.[5] In other markets where the facilities aren't as close together, they do share some senior management; for example Houston & San Antonio Radio and the Austin American-Statesman newspaper all fall under the same regional vice president. In addition to the radio/TV stations and newspapers, Cox Media Group encompasses Cox Digital Solutions (digital sales for both Cox and non-Cox online and mobile properties), Cox Reps (national TV sales for station groups such as Gray and Gannett),,, and Valpak direct mail.[6]

CMG introduced a new group buying discount program called DealSwarm in October 2010.[7] DealSwarm provides online discounts at local businesses; the program is active in such Cox Media Group properties as Atlanta, Austin and Dayton.

In April 2013, CMG launched the online-only new site as a conservative media source, originally with the tagline “Red is the Center” and more recently “America’s News Feed.”[8] After initially-low audience numbers, the site expanded dramatically following more prominent use of social media and a more diverse range of stories.[8]

In July 2012, CMG announced its intention to sell its radio stations in smaller markets: Birmingham, Greenville, Hawaii, Louisville, Richmond, and Southern Connecticut, it also intends to spin off its smaller market television stations in El Paso, Johnstown, Reno, and Steubenville.[9] The company said it intended to focus on larger markets or smaller markets that could be clustered together with other CMG properties.

On February 12, 2013, CMG announced the sale of the Birmingham, Greenville, Hawaii, Louisville, and Richmond radio stations to SummitMedia, and the southern Connecticut stations to Connoisseur Media;[10] two weeks later, on February 25, the company announced the sale of the four television stations (and the local marketing agreement for a fifth) to Sinclair Broadcast Group.[11]

On July 24, 2018, Cox Enterprises announced that it was "exploring strategic options" for Cox Media Group's television stations, which the company said could involve "partnering or merging these stations into a larger TV company."[12] Cox Media Group's president, Kim Guthrie, subsequently clarified to trade publication Radio & Television Business Report that the company was solely seeking "a merger or partnership" and not an outright sale of the television stations.[13] On February 15, 2019, Cox announced that Apollo Global Management would acquire a majority interest in the CMG television stations, as well as the Dayton radio stations and Ohio newspapers (whose operations are integrated with WHIO-TV), forming a new company that will retain Cox Media Group's management and operating structure; Cox Enterprises will hold a minority stake in this company.[14][15] Cox's other radio stations, as well as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, are not included in the deal;[14] Cox had previously said that any deal involving the television stations would not include radio stations or newspapers.[12] In March 2019 filings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Apollo disclosed that the new company, tentatively named Terrier Media, would purchase the Cox stations for $3.1 billion (reduced by the value of Cox's equity stake in Terrier).[16]

On March 18, 2019, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that Cox Enterprises was "exploring options" for its radio stations. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution would not be included in any potential deal for the stations.[17] On June 26, 2019, Cox announced that the radio stations, as well as national advertising businesses CoxReps and Gamut, would also be acquired by the Apollo Global Management-backed company, which concurrently announced that it would retain the Cox Media Group name instead of Terrier Media; as they will no longer be grandfathered, the new company must divest a radio station each in the Orlando and Tampa Bay markets.[18]

Cox Newspapers[edit]

Current holdings[edit]

Former holdings[edit]

CMG formerly held the majority stake in the cable TV network Travel Channel but spun it off to Scripps in 2009.[19]

The following newspapers were at one time owned by subsidiary Cox Newspapers Inc. or CMG:

Daily newspapers[edit]

Weekly newspapers[edit]

Cox Radio[edit]

Cox Media Group owns, operates or provides sales and marketing services to 57 stations in 20 markets; this radio portfolio includes 71 FM stations and 15 AM stations.[20]

Cox Radio became a public company, majority owned by Cox Enterprises, in 1996. Around April 2009, Cox Enterprises proposed a US$69-million takeover offer of Cox Radio; the offer expired on May 1, 2009.[21] The offer was later raised to $4.80 a share, and the expiration was pushed to May 13.[22] The offer was accepted, and the acquisition was completed on June 1.[23]

Talk Shows[edit]

Cox Radio-owned radio stations[edit]

  • Note: **—indicates a station built and signed on by Cox.
AM Stations FM Stations
Market Station Owned Since Current Format
Jacksonville WAPE-FM-95.1 Contemporary Hit Radio
WOKV-FM-104.5 News-Talk
WJGL-96.9 Classic Hits
WEZI-102.9 Soft AC
WXXJ-106.5 Alternative Rock
WOKV-690 ESPN Radio
Miami - Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood, FL WEDR-99.1 Urban Contemporary
WFLC-97.3 Top 40
WFEZ-93.1 Soft adult contemporary
WHQT-105.1 Urban Adult Contemporary
Orlando WCFB-94.5 1997 Urban Adult Contemporary
WDBO-FM-96.5 News/Talk
WMMO-98.9 Classic Hits
WPYO-95.3 CHR/Rhythmic
WWKA-92.3 Country
WDBO-580 ESPN Radio
Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater, FL WDUV-105.5 Soft Adult Contemporary
WHPT-102.5 Hot Talk
WPOI-101.5 Contemporary Hit Radio
WSUN-97.1 Alternative
WWRM-94.9 Adult Contemporary
WXGL-107.3 Classic Hits
Atlanta WALR-FM-104.1 2000 Urban Adult Contemporary
WSBB-FM-95.5 1999 Simulcasts WSB (AM)
WSB-FM-98.5 ** 1948 Adult Contemporary
WSRV-97.1 2000 Classic Hits
WSB-750 1939 News-Talk
Athens, GA WGMG-102.1 2008 Adult Contemporary
WNGC-106.1 2008 Country
WPUP-100.1 2008 Contemporary Hit Radio
WXKT-103.7 2008 Classic Rock
WGAU-1340 2008 News-Talk
WRFC-960 2008 Sports
Nassau - Suffolk, NY WBAB-102.3 1998 Classic Rock
WBLI-106.1 1998 Contemporary Hit Radio
WHFM-95.3 Classic Rock
Tulsa, Oklahoma KJSR-103.3 1995 Classic Rock
KRMG-FM-102.3 News-Talk
KRAV-FM-96.5 Hot Adult contemporary
KWEN-95.5 Country
KRMG-740 News-Talk
Dayton, Ohio WHIO-FM-95.7 simulcasts WHIO (AM)
WHKO-99.1 ** 1946 Country music
WZLR-95.3 Classic Hits
WHIO-1290 ** 1929 News-Talk
Houston - Galveston, TX KHPT-106.9 2000 Classic Rock
KGLK-107.5 2000 Classic Rock
KKBQ-92.9 2000 Country music
KTHT-97.1 2000 Classic Country
San Antonio KCYY-100.3 Country
KISS-FM-99.5 Active Rock
KONO-FM-101.1 Classic Hits
KTKX-106.7 Classic Rock
KSMG-105.3 Adult Top 40
KKYX-680 Classic Country
KONO-860 Oldies

Cox Television[edit]

Cox Television-owned television stations[edit]

Stations are listed in alphabetical order by state and city of license.


  • (**) - Indicates a station built and signed on by Cox.
  • (††) - Indicates a station that was owned by Newport Television prior to its acquisition by Cox in 2012.
  • (ƒ) - Indicates a station that was acquired by Cox from Fox Television Stations in 2014.
  • (¤¤) - Indicates a station that was owned by Northwest Broadcasting prior to is acquisition by Cox in 2019.


City of License / Market Station Channel
Owned Since Primary Affiliation
Jacksonville WFOX-TV †† 30 (32) 2012 Fox
WJAX-TV ††1 47 (19) 2012 CBS
Orlando - Daytona Beach WFTV 9 (39) 1985 ABC
WRDQ 27 (27) 2001 Independent
Atlanta WSB-TV ** 2 (39) 1948 ABC
Boston WFXT ƒ 25 (31) 2014 Fox
Charlotte WSOC-TV 9 (34) 1959 ABC
WAXN-TV 64 (50) 2000 Independent
Dayton, Ohio WHIO-TV ** 7 (41) 1949 CBS
Tulsa, Oklahoma KOKI-TV †† 23 (22) 2012 Fox
KMYT-TV †† 41 (42) 2012 MyNetworkTV
Pittsburgh WPXI 11 (48) 1964 NBC
Memphis WHBQ-TV ƒ 13 (13) 2014 Fox
Seattle - Tacoma KIRO-TV 7 (39) 1997 CBS



City of License / market Station Channel
Years owned Current ownership status
Oakland - San Francisco - San Jose KTVU 2 (44) 1963–2014 Fox owned-and-operated (O&O)[24][25]
KICU-TV 36 (36) 2000–2014 Independent station owned by Fox Television Stations[24][25]
Miami - Fort Lauderdale WCKT ** 1 7 (7) 1956–1962 Fox affiliate, WSVN, owned by Sunbeam Television
Detroit WKBD-TV 50 (14) 1984–1993 The CW owned-and-operated (O&O)
St. Louis KDNL-TV 30 (31) 1982–1989 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Reno, Nevada KRXI-TV 11 (44) 1995–2013 2 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KAME-TV 21 (20) MyNetworkTV affiliate, KNSN-TV, owned by Deerfield Media
(operated under an SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Steubenville, OH - Wheeling, W.V. WTOV-TV 9 (9) 2000–2013 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Johnstown - Altoona, PA WJAC-TV 6 (34) 2000–2013 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
El Paso KFOX-TV 14 (15) 1996–2013 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Tacoma - Seattle KSTW 11 (11) 1997 The CW owned-and-operated (O&O)


  • 1 Co-owned with Knight Newspapers until 1962 in an equally-divided joint venture.
  • 2 KAME-TV owned by Ellis Communications, Cox operated this station, along with sister-station KRXI-TV.

Cox Television-owned cable channels[edit]


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