WOSU-FM City of license Columbus, Ohio Broadcast area Columbus, Ohio Branding 89.7fm NPR News Slogan Making the World relevant ... To You Frequency 89.7 (MHz)
(also on HD Radio)
Repeaters WOSU 820 Columbus
W208AT 89.5 Coshocton
First air date December 13, 1949 Format NPR/News/Talk ERP 20,000 watts HAAT 142 meters Class B Facility ID 66191 Callsign meaning W-"Ohio State University" Owner The Ohio State University Sister stations WOSU, WOSU-TV/WPBO, WOSA Webcast Listen Live Website WOSU.org
WOSU-FM (89.7 FM) — branded 89.7fm NPR News — is a National Public Radio news and talk radio station licensed to Columbus, Ohio and serving the Columbus metro area. It is owned by Ohio State University. The station has multiple repeaters throughout the U.S. state of Ohio, making the station a multiple transmitter station.
WOSU-FM signed on for the first time on December 13, 1949. It initially simulcast its AM sister from sign-on until 6:45 pm, then broadcast separate programming until signing off at 7:30 pm. In 1950, the broadcast day was extended to 9:15 pm. It began 24-hour operation in 1960, and began airing a fully separate schedule on October 1, 1968. The station broadcast an all-classical format from 1980 until 2008.
It was the first station in Columbus to broadcast using HD Radio, beginning on April 5, 2004, at 3:30 p.m. It was also the first station in the United States to begin full-time multicast broadcasting when its HD-2 channel debuted on October 15, 2004.
From January 14, 2008, WOSU-FM switched to a mixed news/classical format, introducing NPR news magazines during morning and evening drive-times along with several popular NPR weekend programs such as Weekend Edition, Car Talk, and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, plus This American Life from Public Radio International. Many of these programs were simulcast with its AM sister station WOSU-AM. The station now features a 24 hour a day classical music service on its HD-2 HD Radio stream as well as on its web site.
2010 Format Change
In Fall 2010, Ohio State University purchased commercial station WWCD. That station was given new call letters - WOSA - and switched to a full-time classical music station. WOSU-FM switched to a full-time NPR news/talk format, simulcasting with WOSU-AM, though the FM station is now branded as the main station WOSU also converted three of its repeater stations: WOSB in Marion, WOSE in Coshocton, WOSP in Portsmouth and WOSV in Mansfield to repeaters of WOSA. In particular, WOSB and WOSV serve areas north of Columbus that are not served well by the new 101.1 frequency. 
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