Ohio State IMG Sports Network

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Ohio State IMG Sports Network
Type Radio network
Country United States
Headquarters Columbus, Ohio
Broadcast area
Ohio
West Virginia (limited)
Owner IMG College
Affiliation Ohio State Buckeyes
RadiOhio, Inc.
Affiliates 68 (including 2 flagships)
Official website
OSU football affiliates
OSU basketball affiliates

The Ohio State IMG Sports Network is an American radio network consisting of 68 radio stations which carry coverage of Ohio State Buckeyes football and men's basketball. WBNS/Columbus (1460 AM) and sister station WBNS-FM/Columbus (97.1 FM) serve as the network's 2 flagship stations. The network also includes 66 affiliates in the U.S. states of Ohio and West Virginia: 40 AM stations, 3 of which extend their signals with low-power FM translators; and 26 full-power FM stations.[1][2][3] Paul Keels has served as play-by-play announcer for both football and men's basketball since 1998; former Ohio State offensive guard Jim Lachey currently serves as color analyst for football; and former Ohio State point guard Ron Stokes currently serves as color analyst for men's basketball.[4][5][6]

History[edit]

In 2009, Ohio State announced it had sold its athletic program's media rights to IMG College and RadiOhio, Inc. (member of the Dispatch Broadcasting Group and owner of longtime network flagships WBNS and WBNS-FM); the "lucrative multiyear deal" was reportedly worth $110 million, and scheduled to last through 2019. At the time of the announcement, athletic director Gene Smith said Ohio State athletics would be in a better position to confront the then-ongoing economic downturn, referencing an unexpected $1.2 million deficit.[7][8]

Programming[edit]

Besides gameday coverage, network programming includes: Buckeye Roundtable, a weekly discussion on Buckeyes football; The Urban Meyer Call-In Show, a weekly season-long update with the football head coach.[9][10]

Station list[edit]

Callsign Frequency Band City State Network status
WBNS 1460 AM Columbus Ohio Flagship
WBNS-FM 97.1 FM Columbus Ohio Flagship
WAKR 1590 AM Akron Ohio Network affiliate
WMTR-FM* 96.1 FM Archbold Ohio Network affiliate
WFUN 970 AM Ashtabula Ohio Network affiliate
WBLL 1390 AM Bellefontaine Ohio Network affiliate
WPKO-FM* 98.3 FM Bellefontaine Ohio Network affiliate
WBNO-FM 100.9 FM Bryan Ohio Network affiliate
WQCT 1520 AM Bryan Ohio Network affiliate
WBCO 1540 AM Bucyrus Ohio Network affiliate
WQEL 92.7 FM Bucyrus Ohio Network affiliate
WILE-FM 97.7 FM Cambridge Ohio Network affiliate
WHBC 1480 AM Canton Ohio Network affiliate
WCSM 1350 AM Celina Ohio Network affiliate
WCSM-FM 96.7 FM Celina Ohio Network affiliate
WBEX 1490 AM Chillicothe Ohio Network affiliate
W224BR 92.7 FM Chillicothe Ohio n/a (simulcasts WBEX)
WDJO 1480 AM Cincinnati Ohio Network affiliate
WKNR 850 AM Cleveland Ohio Network affiliate
WWGK 1540 AM Cleveland Ohio Network affiliate
WTNS-FM 99.3 FM Coshocton Ohio Network affiliate
WING 1410 AM Dayton Ohio Network affiliate
WDLR* 1550 AM Delaware Ohio Network affiliate
WJER 1450 AM Dover-New Philadelphia Ohio Network affiliate
WEOL 930 AM Elyria Ohio Network affiliate
WFIN 1330 AM Findlay Ohio Network affiliate
WFOB 1430 AM Fostoria Ohio Network affiliate
WOHF 92.1 FM Fremont Ohio Network affiliate
WSRW 1590 AM Hillsboro Ohio Network affiliate
WIRO 1230 AM Ironton Ohio Network affiliate
WYRO 98.7 FM Jackson Ohio Network affiliate
WTCR 1420 AM Kenova-Huntington West Virginia Network affiliate
WKTN* 95.3 FM Kenton Ohio Network affiliate
WLOH 1320 AM Lancaster Ohio Network affiliate
W257EQ 99.3 FM Logan Ohio n/a (simulcasts WLOH)
WIMA 1150 AM Lima Ohio Network affiliate
WMAN 1400 AM Mansfield Ohio Network affiliate
WMOA 1490 AM Marietta Ohio Network affiliate
WMRN 1490 AM Marion Ohio Network affiliate
WQTT* 1270 AM Marysville Ohio Network affiliate
WJAW-FM 100.9 FM McConnelsville Ohio Network affiliate
WYVK 92.1 FM Middleport Ohio Network affiliate
WKLM* 95.3 FM Millersburg Ohio Network affiliate
WMVO 1300 AM Mount Vernon Ohio Network affiliate
WNDH 103.1 FM Napoleon Ohio Network affiliate
WSEO* 107.7 FM Nelsonville Ohio Network affiliate
WCLT 1430 AM Newark Ohio Network affiliate
WLKR-FM 95.3 FM Norwalk Ohio Network affiliate
WABQ 1460 AM Painesville Ohio Network affiliate
WKSD 99.7 FM Paulding Ohio Network affiliate
WPTW 1570 AM Piqua Ohio Network affiliate
W251BC 98.1 FM Piqua Ohio n/a (simulcasts WPTW)
WNXT 1260 AM Portsmouth Ohio Affiliate
WZZZ* 107.5 FM Portsmouth Ohio Network affiliate
WLEC 1450 AM Sandusky Ohio Network affiliate
WMVR-FM 105.5 FM Sidney Ohio Network affiliate
WCDK* 106.3 FM Steubenville Ohio Network affiliate
WLQR 1470 AM Toledo Ohio Network affiliate
WTOD 106.5 FM Toledo Ohio Network affiliate
WBTC 1540 AM Uhrichsville Ohio Network affiliate
WYNT 95.9 FM Upper Sandusky Ohio Network affiliate
WERT 1220 AM Van Wert Ohio Network affiliate
WCHO** 1250 AM Washington Court House Ohio Network affiliate
WCHO-FM* 105.5 FM Washington Court House Ohio Network affiliate
WXIZ* 100.9 FM Waverly Ohio Network affiliate
WVLY* 1370 AM Wheeling West Virginia Network affiliate
WKVX 960 AM Wooster Ohio Network affiliate
WQKT 104.5 FM Wooster Ohio Network affiliate
WBBG* 106.1 FM Youngstown Ohio Network affiliate
WNIO 1390 AM Youngstown Ohio Network affiliate
WHIZ 1240 AM Zanesville Ohio Network affiliate
Gray background indicates low-power translator
* football only
** men's basketball only

Network map(s)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ohio State Buckeyes football (September 13, 2014). "Gameday Program - Kent State: Ohio State Sports Radio Network" (PDF). OhioStateBuckeyes.com. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014. All Ohio State football games are broadcast by the Ohio State IMG Sports Network with WBNS Radio serving as the flagship station... 
  2. ^ Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball (2014). "2014-15 Men's Basketball Team Guide: Media Information" (PDF). OhioStateBuckeyes.com. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014. All Ohio State men's basketball games are broadcast by the Ohio State IMG Sports Network. 
  3. ^ Finnan, Bob (September 24, 2013). "Cleveland Indians announcer Tom Hamilton recovering from knee surgery, will return Friday". MorningJournal.com. The Morning Journal. Archived from the original on October 25, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014. WKNR-850 AM and KNR2-1540 AM have signed a multiyear agreement with the Ohio State IMG Radio Network. ... '... we are very happy ESPN Cleveland will continue as the home for Buckeyes' football and basketball,' Ohio State IMG Sports Marketing general manager Ray DeWeese said in a statement. 
  4. ^ Kiesewetter, John (December 8, 2009). "Paul Keels Joins Reds TV Team". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Cincinnati.com. Archived from the original on December 14, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2014. Fans may recognize him as the play by play voice for Ohio State football and basketball on WBNS Radio in Columbus, where he has been since 1998. 
  5. ^ Livingston, Bill (November 29, 2013). "Ohio State's Ryan Shazier displays the fierce qualities of college football's greatest rivalry, plus stunning speed". The Plain Dealer via Cleveland.com. Plain Dealer Publishing Co. and Northeast Ohio Media Group. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2014. Said Jim Lachey, the Ohio State radio network analyst... 
  6. ^ Blade staff (April 4, 2010). "10 questions with Ron Stokes". ToledoBlade.com. The Toledo Blade. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014. ... and for the last 13 seasons the Canton native has been the expert analyst on the radio broadcasts of Ohio State basketball working with play-by-play announcer Paul Keels. 
  7. ^ Price, Rita (March 30, 2009). "College athletics: OSU getting richest multimedia contract". The Columbus Dispatch via Dispatch.com. The Dispatch Printing Co. Archived from the original on October 25, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014. The Buckeyes' athletics program is the nation's biggest, and so is its deal: IMG College and RadiOhio will pay OSU $110 million over the next 10 years in the largest multimedia-rights guarantee in collegiate sports. ... RadiOhio is a member of the Dispatch Broadcast Group, which includes the Ohio State Radio Sports Network, WBNS-AM and WBNS-FM... 
  8. ^ Pramik, Mike (March 31, 2009). "OSU athletics deal is future-focused; Marketing pact won't fix this year's shortfall, officials say". The Columbus Dispatch. Dispatch Printing Co. p. 10C - Business. Once money starts flowing from the university's $110 million deal with IMG College and RadiOhio, the athletic department will be better positioned to weather the economic downturn, OSU athletics director Gene Smith said. ... 'At the time we started the process five months ago, we were not in the position to know we'd have the $1.2 million (deficit),' Smith said. 
  9. ^ "Readers say Price was player of the week". Chillicothe Gazette. ChillicotheGazette.com. September 19, 2014. Archived from the original on October 25, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014. Hosley was honored Monday by the Ohio State Radio Network and WBNS-FM (97.1) during the Buckeye Roundtable show in Chillicothe. 
  10. ^ Gerdeman, Tony (October 16, 2014). "Updates from the Oct. 16 Urban Meyer Call-In Show". TheOZone.net. O-Zone Communications, Inc. Archived from the original on October 25, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014. Urban Meyer sat down for his weekly one-hour call-in show on the Ohio State IMG Sports Network Thursday. 

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