Cox Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company that also owns the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. The company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, four metro newspapers, more than a dozen non-daily publications and more than 100 digital services. Cox Media Group is headquartered at 6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Atlanta, Georgia. On July 24, 2018, Cox Media Group announced that it was "exploring strategic options" to divest the 14 television stations it owns.
|Cox Media Group, Inc.|
|Fate||Television stations to be acquired by Terrier Media|
|Headquarters||6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Road,|
|Kim Guthrie (President)|
Regional sports network
In December 2008, Cox Enterprises created Cox Media Group (CMG) by merging Cox Newspapers, 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.
In August 2009, Cox Enterprises realigned its radio, television, newspaper/publishing, and digital assets into the same division. 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. 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), Kudzu.com, Savings.com, and Valpak direct mail.
CMG introduced a new group buying discount program called DealSwarm in October 2010. 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 Rare.us as a conservative media source, originally with the tagline “Red is the Center” and more recently “America’s News Feed.” After initially-low audience numbers, the site expanded dramatically following more prominent use of social media and a more diverse range of stories.
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. 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; 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.
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." 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. 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. Cox's other radio stations, as well as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, are not included in the deal; Cox had previously said that any deal involving the television stations would not include radio stations or newspapers. In March 2019 filings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Apollo disclosed that the new company, named Terrier Media, would purchase the Cox stations for $3.1 billion (reduced by the value of Cox's equity stake in Terrier).
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.
The following newspapers were at one time owned by subsidiary Cox Newspapers Inc. or CMG:
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.
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. The offer was later raised to $4.80 a share, and the expiration was pushed to May 13. The offer was accepted, and the acquisition was completed on June 1.
|AM Stations||FM Stations|
|Market||Station||Owned Since||Current Format|
|Jacksonville||WAPE-FM-95.1||Contemporary Hit Radio|
|Miami - Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood, FL||WEDR-99.1||Urban Contemporary|
|WFEZ-93.1||Soft adult contemporary|
|WHQT-105.1||Urban Adult Contemporary|
|Orlando||WCFB-94.5||1997||Urban Adult Contemporary|
|Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater, FL||WDUV-105.5||Soft Adult Contemporary|
|WPOI-101.5||Contemporary Hit Radio|
|Atlanta||WALR-FM-104.1||2000||Urban Adult Contemporary|
|WSBB-FM-95.5||1999||Simulcasts WSB (AM)|
|WSB-FM-98.5 **||1948||Adult Contemporary|
|Athens, GA||WGMG-102.1||2008||Adult Contemporary|
|WPUP-100.1||2008||Contemporary Hit Radio|
|Nassau - Suffolk, NY||WBAB-102.3||1998||Classic Rock|
|WBLI-106.1||1998||Contemporary Hit Radio|
|Tulsa, Oklahoma||KJSR-103.3||1995||Classic Rock|
|KRAV-FM-96.5||Hot Adult contemporary|
|Dayton, Ohio||WHIO-FM-95.7||simulcasts WHIO (AM)|
|WHKO-99.1 **||1946||Country music|
|Houston - Galveston, TX||KHPT-106.9||2000||Classic Rock|
|KSMG-105.3||Adult Top 40|
Stations are listed in alphabetical order by state and city of license.
|City of License / Market||Station||Channel
|Owned Since||Primary Affiliation|
|WJAX-TV 1||47 (19)||2012||CBS|
|Orlando - Daytona Beach||WFTV||9 (39)||1985||ABC|
|Atlanta||WSB-TV **||2 (39)||1948||ABC|
|Dayton, Ohio||WHIO-TV **||7 (41)||1949||CBS|
|Tulsa, Oklahoma||KOKI-TV||23 (22)||2012||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)|
|KICU-TV||36 (36)||2000–2014||Independent station owned by Fox Television Stations|
|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 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)|
Cox Enterprises, Inc. is a privately held global conglomerate headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with approximately 55,000 employees and $21 billion in total revenue. Its major operating subsidiaries are Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group. The company's major national brands includeits brands include AutoTrader, Kelley Blue Book, Cox Homelife, Gamut and more. Through Cox Automotive, the company's international operations stretch across Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America. Cox previously owned Savings.com and Valpak before being sold to Platinum Equity. Cox Enterprises is currently led by Alexander C. Taylor, a fourth-generation Cox family member and great-grandson of founder James M. Cox. Its James M. Cox's grandson, James C. Kennedy and other members of the Cox family are on the company's board of directors.Dayton Daily News
The Dayton Daily News (DDN) is a daily newspaper published in Dayton, Ohio, United States. It is a product of Cox Media Group Ohio (CMG Ohio), an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company owned by parent company Cox Enterprises, which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. It is the flagship publication of Cox Media Group Ohio.Journal-News
Journal-News is a daily newspaper published by Cox Media Group in Liberty Township, Butler County, Ohio, United States. It formed in 2013 from the merger of the Hamilton JournalNews in Hamilton and The Middletown Journal in Middletown. Journal-News is intended to be a full-size daily newspaper with minimal coverage of Cincinnati and Dayton. It shares staff and resources with sister publications Today's Pulse and the Dayton Daily News and competes with The Cincinnati Enquirer.KJSR
KJSR (103.3 FM, "103.3 The Eagle") is an American radio station licensed to serve the community of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The station is owned by Cox Media Group and the broadcast license is held by Cox Radio, broadcasting a classic rock format. Its studios are located in South Tulsa and the transmitter is in southeast Tulsa County near Coweta, Oklahoma.KWEN
KWEN (95.5 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The station is owned by Cox Media Group and airs a country music radio format. The studios and offices are on Memorial Drive in Tulsa. The transmitter is on Route 97 in Sand Springs.Kudzu.com
Kudzu.com was an online directory that aggregated user reviews and ratings on local businesses, merchants, and service providers. Kudzu.com was established by Cox Enterprises in 2005, and later owned and operated by Cox Media Group. The site closed on November 30, 2018.Newport Television
Newport Television, LLC was a television station holding company founded by Providence Equity Partners and Sandy DiPasquale in 2007 to acquire the television stations owned by Clear Channel Communications.Palm Beach Daily News
The Palm Beach Daily News is a daily newspaper in Florida, serving the town of Palm Beach in Palm Beach County in South Florida. It is also known as "The Shiny Sheet" because of its heavy, slick newsprint stock. It was founded in 1897 as the Lake Worth Daily News, and it covers the social affairs of the wealthy residents on the island of Palm Beach itself. Owned by Cox Enterprises, it has been a sister publication of The Palm Beach Post since 1948, when Florida newspaper owner John Perry, owner of The Post, bought the Daily News as well. Cox acquired all of Perry's properties in the Palm Beaches in 1969.
On October 31, 2017, Cox Media Group announced its plans to sell the Palm Beach Daily News and Palm Beach Post. In 2018, it was announced that GateHouse Media would buy the newspapers for $49.25 million, with the deal closed in May.Right This Minute
Right This Minute (alternatively abbreviated as RTM) is an American syndicated television program that debuted on September 12, 2011. Produced by MagicDust Television in conjunction with television station groups Cox Media Group, Raycom Media and the E.W. Scripps Company, it is a daily half-hour program that features both serious and offbeat viral videos plus interviews and stories behind the videos presented by a team of hosts. Full episodes of the show are also available on the show’s website, RightThisMinute.com.WDBO (AM)
WDBO (580 AM) — branded ESPN 580 — is a radio station broadcasting a sports radio format. Licensed to Orlando, Florida, United States, the station is owned by Cox Media Group. Its studios are located in Orlando and the transmitter tower is in Lockhart.WFOX-TV
WFOX-TV, virtual channel 30 (UHF digital channel 32), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Jacksonville, Florida, United States. The station is owned by the Cox Media Group subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, which also operates CBS affiliate WJAX-TV (channel 47) under joint sales and shared services agreements with owner Hoffman Communications. The two stations share studios on Central Parkway and transmitter facilities on Hogan Road, both in Jacksonville's Southside section.
On cable, WFOX-TV is available on channel 10 on Comcast Xfinity and channel 13 in most outlying areas of the market.WFXT
WFXT, virtual channel 25 (UHF digital channel 31), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The station is owned by the Cox Media Group subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises. WFXT's studios are located on Fox Drive (near the Boston-Providence Turnpike) in Dedham, and its transmitter is located on Cabot Street in Needham. It is one of six Boston television stations that are available in Canada through satellite provider Bell TV and cable provider EastLink. WFXT is the largest Fox affiliate by market size that is not owned and operated by the network, although it was previously owned by Fox on two occasions (1987–1990 and 1995–2014).WGMG
WGMG (102.1 FM) is a radio station broadcasting an Adult Contemporary format. Licensed to Crawford, Georgia, United States, with studios in Athens, Georgia. The station is owned by Cox Radio, Inc.
Magic 102-1 was the flagship station for Southern Broadcasting Companies. The station was the home of The University of Georgia Lady Dogs Basketball. As of January 2008 WGMG along with sister stations WNGC, WPUP, WRFC, WGAU and WXKT (Washington, GA) were sold to Cox Radio/Cox Media Group in Atlanta.WHBQ-TV
WHBQ-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 13, is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Memphis, Tennessee, United States. The station is owned by the Cox Media Group subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises. WHBQ-TV's studios are located on South Highland Street (near the campus of the University of Memphis) in southeastern Memphis, and its transmitter is located north of I-40 in eastern Memphis.WHIO-FM
WHIO-FM (95.7 MHz) is an FM radio station licensed to Pleasant Hill, Ohio and serving the Dayton metropolitan area. The station is owned by Cox Media Group and it simulcasts AM sister station AM 1290 WHIO. After a local news morning show weekdays, the stations air nationally syndicated talk programs, including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Brian Kilmeade and Clark Howard.
The WHIO-FM call letters were formerly used on 99.1 FM when it had a beautiful music radio format before becoming country music station WHKO "K99.1FM." The studios and offices are located at 1611 South Main Street in Dayton at the Cox Media Group Building. In July 2011, the station changed its "community of license" from Piqua, Ohio to Pleasant Hill, Ohio. This change was reportedly necessitated by FCC requirements that the station's main studio be located within 25 miles of its community of license. However that rule was eliminated by the FCC in October 2017. With the move of Cox Media Group facilities to the South Main Street location, Piqua no longer met that requirement, but Pleasant Hill does. The transmitter site is northwest of Piqua.WHKO
WHKO (99.1 FM, "K99.1") is a country music radio station licensed to Dayton, Ohio. The station is owned by Cox Media Group. With its 50,000 watt signal, and broadcast tower at 1,000 feet, WHKO is one of the strongest FM stations in the Southwestern Ohio area, and used to make mention of this during on-air promos. Its studios are co-located with the Dayton Daily News, WHIO-AM-FM-TV and two more radio stations in the Cox Media Center building near downtown Dayton. WHKO has a transmitter in Dayton's westside.
K99.1FM employs a New Country format and has historically played more music and fewer commercials than most radio stations in the Dayton/Cincinnati radio market. With a strong signal and a commitment to playing more music than the competition, WHKO has a long history of being near the top of the Dayton Arbitron ratings since it began its country format in March 1989. K99.1FM also shows up regularly in the Cincinnati Nielsen ratings, as its signal comes in clear throughout the greater Cincinnati market as well.WRFC (AM)
WRFC (960 AM) is a sports radio station affiliated with ESPN Radio and licensed to Athens, Georgia, United States. Owned by Cox Media Group, the television and radio subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, the station is sister to radio stations WNGC, WGAU, WGMG, WPUP, WXKT, and the WSB family of stations. WRFC has studios in downtown Athens, while its transmitter is located off O'Conner Boulevard in North Valley, northwest of Athens.WTSH-FM
WTSH-FM 107.1, branded as La Raza 102.3/107.1, is an FM radio station in northwest Georgia, and reaching into northwest metro Atlanta, Georgia. Originally assigned to Rockmart, its city of license is now Aragon, west-northwest of Atlanta, and east of Rockmart. The broadcast licensee is Woman's World Broadcasting and operated by Rome Radio Partners, LLC. From June 23, 2014 to September 24, 2018, it was operated by Cox Media Group via a local marketing agreement (LMA). The station's supposed main studio is located on John Davenport Drive in Rome, Georgia.
On June 9, 2014, Women's World Broadcasting announced it would turn over operation of country music "South 107" to Cox Media Group via an LMA. On June 22 of that year, WTSH ended its country format after over 25 years and began stunting with a liner redirecting listeners to WSRM FM as "South 93.5". On June 23, Cox Media Group started to assume control of 107.1 via its LMA. Upon Cox taking over at midnight, 107.1 then flipped to alternative rock as X107.1, similar to the then-recently launched "X107.3" in Orlando, Florida. The first song on X107.1 was Fever by The Black Keys. Despite mostly covering outside of the Atlanta metro area (even with the "translator" station's coverage included), it identifies itself entirely as an Atlanta station during on-air promos. The station ID includes all three stations at the top of each hour: "WTSH-FM Aragon, W296BB Jonesboro, WSB-FM HD3 Atlanta".
Just over a year later, on June 29, 2015, WTSH went back to their heritage country format, simulcasting WNGC as 106.1/107.1 Your Georgia Country. The change comes as X107.1 failed to gain any traction up against WRDA/WRDG generating only a 0.5 share in the May 2015 Nielsen Audio ratings.The LMA and the "translator" station allow Cox to circumvent restrictions on the excessive concentration of media ownership in the Atlanta media market. Since the "translator" station is not attributable under the FCC rules, and the main station's official service contour does not overlap Cox's WSRV FM 97.1 to the northeast or that of Cox's WALR-FM 104.1 to the southwest, it allows Cox to exceed the cap through technicalities and loopholes. Locally, Cox also owns WSB AM 750 and its simulcast on WSBB-FM 95.5, as well as WSB-FM 98.5, WSB-TV 39 (2.1 and 2.2), and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.WZLR
WZLR (95.3 FM), known as "95-3 and 101-1 The Eagle," is a radio station broadcasting a 1980s classic hits format. Licensed to Xenia, Ohio, United States, it serves the Dayton area. According to the Federal Communications Commission's website, the station has transmitted at 6,000 watts since 1998. Its studios are co-located with the Dayton Daily News, WHIO-AM-FM-TV and two more radio stations in the Cox Media Center building near downtown Dayton. WZLR has a transmitter in Xenia and translator on the WHIO-TV tower in Germantown, Ohio. The station is currently owned by Cox Media Group.
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|Cox Target Media|