K99.1FM, Dayton podcast finalists for prestigious Marconi awards

DAYTON, OHIO (July 19, 2019) – Country music station K99.1FM is again a finalist for a prestigious Marconi radio award — and a Dayton podcast is also a finalist in a new Marconi category this year, Best Radio Podcast of the Year.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have announced the finalists for the 2019 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. Two Cox Media Group Ohio products are nominees.

“This is such an honor for K99.1 FM, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. K99 is a true gem for the Dayton community and is beloved by its listeners. It has always put the community first, and it’s so rewarding to be recognized for that work,” said Vice President of Content Jana Collier.

K99.1FM has been nominated as Medium Market Station of the Year and is a past winner in this category and “What Had Happened Was…” is a first time nominee in a new category.

“Amelia has been a great innovator for Cox Media Group Ohio, so it’s no surprise that her local podcast would be nominated for NAB’s first-ever podcast award. Amelia is an incredibly versatile journalist who’s passionate about the Dayton community and about telling its stories. She’s so deserving of this award,” said Collier of “What Had Happened Was…” creator, Amelia Robinson.

Robinson was recently honored as the Society of Professional Journalists’ Best Columnist in Ohio, and she won second in the state for columnist from the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors.

WHKO is the Dayton Children’s Radiothon Station of the Year and has raised more than $4 million dollars for Dayton Children’s since 1998. The station also won the National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award in 2018 for outstanding community service and has been nominated for several Academy of Country Music Association awards.

For more information, contact Emily Broughton at emily.broughton@coxinc.com

James M. Cox Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant to the Hope Center for Families


DAYTON, OHIO (July 15, 2019) – The James M. Cox Foundation awarded the Omega Community Development Corporation a $50,000 grant for the construction of the Hope Center for Families. The center will be a hub in the Dayton community, providing unique services and a bridge to community resources that empower low-income individuals and families. The Hope Center pillars will focus on workplace development, health, and education.

The Hope Center for Families will be located on the 30-acre Harvard Campus in Northwest Dayton. It will empower low-income individuals and families of greater Dayton to achieve and sustain self-sufficiency with the life skills, work skills and character needed to succeed. Visit the website to find out more.

“Dayton is leveraging economic momentum as a catalyst to build the workforce of the future. The Hope Center’s mission is to mitigate the educational, economic and health disparities for low-income Dayton families and will provide a strong foundation to ensure that all our citizens can participate in this new economy. Cox is proud to help make this special place a reality,” said Cox Media Group Ohio Market Vice President, Rob Rohr.

The Center’s lease partners will include Dayton Children’s Hospital, Miami Valley Urban League, Mini University and Sinclair Community College.

“We are so grateful for this grant from the James M. Cox Foundation. The funds will be used to support the fundraising campaign for the Hope Center for Families,” said Vanessa Ward, President of the Omega Community Development Corporation. “With this gift, we will be closer to closing the fundraising gap and my hope is that we will be able to announce a groundbreaking in the near future.”

The Omega Community Development Corporation is a community-based, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that focuses on youth, family and economic development. With a track record of success in dealing with community-wide issues, such as joblessness, gun violence, illiteracy and education — Omega CDC aims to use its reach, resources and network of community partners to transform the face of poverty in Northwest Dayton.

Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company with a strong connection to Dayton. In 1898 James M. Cox purchased the Dayton Evening News (now the Dayton Daily News) and went on to grow the business from a single newspaper into Cox Enterprises, a global company with approximately 55,000 employees and $21 billion in revenue. The James M. Cox Foundation continues to honor his commitment to the community, focusing on communities in which Cox Enterprises and its subsidiaries operate businesses. Learn more about the foundation here.

About The James M. Cox Foundation
The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises’ founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates. James M. Cox was Ohio’s first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States. The Foundation concentrates its community support in several areas including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and health.

About Cox Media Group

Cox Media Group (CMG) is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company. The company’s operations include broadcast television stations, radio stations, daily newspapers and non-daily publications. Additionally, Cox Media Group operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxRepsGamut and Videa; and offers a full suite of local and regional advertising services through its Local Solutions and Ideabar businesses. For more information about Cox Media Group, please visit www.coxmediagroup.com.


James M Cox Foundation Donates to Tornado Relief Efforts

DAYTON, OH (June 23, 2019) – Cox Media Group Ohio and its media brands, including WHIO-TV, the Dayton Daily News and K99.1 FM, and 1290 and 95.7 WHIO have helped raise nearly $300,000 in the past month for tornado relief across the Dayton community.

It started with a partnership with the Dayton Foodbank. Thanks to viewers, listeners, and readers, they have raised more than $170,000 so far, just for the Foodbank.

In addition, the James M. Cox Foundation has generously donated $120,000 for the Dayton community. That money will be split equally between the Foodbank, the Dayton chapter of the American Red Cross and the Dayton Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund.

“In times of community need, I am so proud to work in the local media and for Cox Media Group, where our mission to inform and save lives goes hand-in-hand with our corporate values of helping the community be a better place for the future,” said Rob Rohr, market vice president for Cox Media Group Ohio. “We can have such an immediate and significant impact in helping our neighbors. It’s truly inspiring.”

Cox Media Group Ohio also worked with the Foodbank and other area companies and organizations to set up 8 mobile food distribution sites in the communities hardest hit by the tornadoes — Harrison Township, Old North Dayton, Brookville, Beavercreek and Trotwood. More than 100 employees manned those sites, helping to distribute food to thousands of impacted families.

“The Foodbank team is incredibly grateful for the support of Cox Media Group and its listeners, readers, and viewers,” said Michelle Riley, the chief executive officer of the Dayton Foodbank. “Thanks to your generosity, the Foodbank has held eight disaster relief Mobile Farmers’ Markets in areas most at need for emergency food assistance, as well as operated our drive-through food pantry every day throughout the month of June. With the support of Cox Media Group, we are dedicated to continuing to meet the increased food needs of our community for months to come. Thank you for making this important work possible.”

WHIO-TV, chief meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs, and Cheryl McHenry were the first to warn area residents of imminent tornado danger – on-air and with digital alerts. WHIO Radio, K99.1 FM and WZLR all went live simultaneously with storm warnings. The Dayton Daily News asked questions of accountability, dug deep into the issues and broke out damage by each community. Additionally, Dayton.com brought the community together with stories of survival and ways to help.

“We want to give a special thank you to all the people who watch Channel 7, read our newspapers, listen to our radio stations and visit our websites — those who joined us to raise these funds. This is a huge start, but there is more work to be done,” Rohr said. “Our brands will continue our diligence as the community recovers. It will take months, perhaps years, but we will be there all the way on this journey to recovery.”

You can continue to support the tornado recovery efforts by donating your time and money to the people and groups helping to rebuild our community:

  • CMGO will continue to accept donations through June 28 at www.whio.com/tornadorelief, www.daytondailynews.com/tornadorelief or any other Cox Media Group Ohio website.
  • The Dayton chapter of the American Red Cross has set up shelters throughout the region and provided debit cards for families in need to buy necessities.
  • The Dayton Foodbank has played an integral role in feeding our community for years, but specifically since the tornadoes hit. It has expanded hours and opened a drive-through food pantry, provided mobile food units in storm-damaged neighborhoods and worked with hundreds of food pantries and community groups to provide food for those in need.
  • The Dayton Foundation set up the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund. All funds raised by this account will be distributed to vetted nonprofit organizations that are helping others get back on their feet after catastrophic events, now and in the future.

For more information, contact Emily Broughton at Emily.Broughton@coxinc.com.


Cox Media Group Wins Eclipse Integrity Award

May 20, 2019(DAYTON, OHIO) – Cox Media Group won a Better Business Bureau Eclipse Integrity Award in the large business category on May 14th, 2019.

“On behalf of all of Cox Media Group’s employees and partners, we are incredibly proud to be recognized by the BBB as an Eclipse Integrity award recipient. Since James M. Cox founded the company 120 years ago, Dayton has been our home and our core values include integrity and trust. Today, we continue his mission to inform, inspire and engage with hundreds of thousands of people in our community every day. To do that job, all of our people know that earning our viewers, readers, listeners and advertisers trust is job number one,” said Market Vice President Rob Rohr.

The awards ceremony took place at Sinclair’s Ponitz Center and Cox won after being nominated from a large pool of candidates who submitted entries, based on their company’s integrity.

Cox Media Group has been a fixture in the Dayton community since 1898 and expressed to judges how their honesty and openness in both journalism and policy affect their high standards every day.

The Eclipse Integrity Awards have been hosted by the Better Business Bureau of Dayton and Miami Valley since 1994, honoring local businesses who demonstrate superior ethics and integrity in the marketplace.

For more information, contact Emily Broughton at emily.broughton@coxinc.com

CMGO Sweeps AP Awards

May 9th, 2019 (DAYTON, OHIO) – Numerous Cox Media Group Ohio employees walked away from the 2019 Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet with awards in hand.  Journalists with WHIO-TV, WHIO Radio, the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and Journal-News won more than 30 awards. In addition, former DDN investigative editor John Erickson was inducted into the Ohio APME Hall of Fame.

“Cox Media Group Ohio has so many amazing journalists, and it’s wonderful to see them getting the recognition they deserve. But none of these folks does this work for the recognition. They do it to make a difference in their communities. And that’s what we’re all working to do every day,” said Cox Vice President of Content, Jana Collier.

Award winners included:

  • 16 first-place winners:
    • WHIO-TV, Best Newscast
    • WHIO Radio, Best Spot News Coverage, Best Newscast and Best Digital Presence
    • Kirstie Zontini, Best Weathercast
    • Josh Sweigart and Jeremy Kelley, Best Investigative Reporting
    • Cory Frolik, Best News Writer
    • Kaitlin Schroeder, Best Business Writer
    • Emily Gay, Best Producer
    • Rick McCrabb, Best Columnist and Best Feature Writer
    • Bill Lackey, Best Photographer and Best News Photo
    • Nick Graham, Best Feature Photo
    • Matt Sanctis, Best Enterprise Reporting
    • Journal-News, Best Digital Project
  • 9 second-place winners:
    • WHIO-TV, Best Digital Presence
    • McCall Vrydaghs, Best Weathercast
    • Amelia Robinson, Best Editorial Writer
    • Tom Archdeacon, Best Sports Writer
    • Nick Graham, Best Photographer and Best Sports Photo
    • Bill Lackey, Best Feature Photo and Best Photo Story
    • Michael Pitman, Best News Writer
  • 7 third-place winners:
    • Dayton Daily News, Best Public Service
    • Mike Cooper, Best Public Service
    • Matt Sanctis, Best Investigative Reporting
    • Bill Lackey, Best Sports Photo and Best Feature Photo
    • Parker Perry, Best Spot News Coverage
    • Nick Graham, Best News Photo

For more information, contact Emily Broughton at emily.broughton@coxinc.com

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K99.1FM Wins National Children’s Miracle Network Station of the Year!

March 11th, 2019 (DAYTON, OHIO) – K99.1FM personalities will head to Orlando for Children’s Hospitals Week from March 19-22 to receive their award for Radio Station of the Year for their work with Children’s Miracle Network.

The station first started their work with the organization more than two decades ago with the K99.1FM Cares for Kids Radiothon, in partnership with Dayton Children’s hospital. Each year, station personalities Nancy Wilson and Frye Guy broadcast live from the hospital for three days straight, interviewing patients and caregivers and imploring listeners to donate. To date, this program has raised almost $4 million for vital children’s services at the hospital.

“Nancy and Frye have spent countless hours over 20 years of dedication to Dayton Children’s Hospital. Serving the community has always been their first priority so it’s no surprise they would be honored for such a tremendous award,” said Vice President of Marketing and Radio at Cox Media Group, Nick Roberts.

Tune in to watch a Live-athon of the ceremony Wednesday, March 20, at 8:00 p.m. (EST): The exciting, live event will feature appearances by various celebrities and of course, the Champions; 10 kids who represent the 10 million kids treated annually at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Catch the action at Facebook.com/CMNHospitals

For more information about how Dayton Children’s works with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, visit here

This is one of several awards and nominations that K99.1FM received over the past few years.  The station has been recognized nationally as one of the most influential country radio stations in North America.

To learn more about K99.1FM, visit www.k99online.com or contact Emily Broughton at emily.broughton@coxinc.com


Cox Media Group Ohio Properties nominated for prestigious AP awards.

(Dayton, OH) — March 5, 2019 — Investigations and reporting by Cox Media Group Ohio news properties were named finalists in the 2019 Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Association contest. The contest honors the best daily journalism work by newspapers, TV and radio stations from across the state.

Finalists for the Dayton Daily News include:

  • Best business writer: Kaitlin Schroeder
  • Best columnist: Amelia Robinson
  • Best sports writer: Tom Archdeacon
  • Best news writer: Cornelius Frolik
  • Best public service: Dayton Daily News, “The Path Forward”
  • Best investigative reporting: Josh Sweigart and Jeremy Kelley, “Teacher Misconduct” (Nearly 600 teachers disciplined; 125 had licenses revoked last year in Ohio)
  • Best full-page design: Dayton Daily News epaper

“Our team is working very hard every day to produce in-depth investigations and local news and reporting that our readers can’t get anywhere else and it is good to see their work recognized as some of the best in Ohio,” said Editor Jim Bebbington.

Finalists for the Springfield News-Sun include:

  • Best spot-news coverage: Parker Perry
  • Best enterprise reporting for housing and downtown development coverage, as well as for best investigative reporting for “EF Hutton.”: Matt Sanctis
  • Best producer: Emily Gay
  • Best weathercast: McCall Vrydaghs and Kirstie Zontini
  • Best newscast and best digital presence.

Finalists for the Journal-News of Butler and Warren Counties include:

  • Best writer: Rick McCrabb
  • Best photographer and best news photo, best feature photo and best sports photo: Nick Graham
  • Best news writer: Michael D. Pitman
  • Best digital project, “Americana.”

 Finalists for WHIO AM-FM Radio include:

  • Best spot news coverage for “School Violence”
  • Best newscast and best digital presence.

Winners in each category will be announced at the annual Ohio APME awards banquet May 4 in Columbus.

WHIO-TV Celebrates 70 years in Dayton

(Dayton, Ohio) February 23, 2019 — WHIO-TV Channel 7 celebrated 70 years in Dayton as the Miami Valley’s most-watched television station. Originally on Channel 13, WHIO-TV was not the first station to be granted an FCC license to begin broadcasting but was the first station to actually get on the air in the Miami Valley on February 23, 1949. WHIO is also one of the longest-running CBS affiliates in America, dating back to when the network began to transmit programming across the country.

WHIO moved to channel 7 in 1952 following the release of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Sixth Report and Order, which reorganized VHF channel assignments throughout much of Ohio and the Midwest. The studio locations spent 61 years at the original location of 1414 Wilmington Ave in Dayton before moving to the Cox Media Group broadcast and media center at 1611 South Main Street. The current location is also home to other media properties including the Dayton Daily News, WHIO AM-FM Radio, and K99.1FM Radio among others. WHIO-TV began broadcasting its newscasts in a 16:9 widescreen standard definition format on April 1, 2007; it was the first Ohio station outside of Cleveland to switch to the new screen resolution.

WHIO has been the primary source of news and information during critical historical events including the Xenia Tornado on April 3, 1974. The F5 tornado killed 33 and injured more than 1300 others making it one of the deadliest weather events in US history. WHIO-TV was also critical to the Blizzard of 1978, where over 12 inches of snow hit the region in one day making it the highest single-day snowfall on record.

Channel 7 also included the careers of great broadcasters and journalists including Don Wayne, Gil Whitney, Phil Donahue, Jim Baldridge and hundreds of others. Early local personalities included Joe Rockhold, as children’s show host “Uncle Orrie” in the 1950s and 1960s.

WHIO-TV Vice President and General Manager Rob Rohr commented, “The legacy and history of service to the community speaks for itself. As we continue to honor the legacy of the past, our current and future mission is to provide the community with outstanding local news and weather coverage.”

Today, News Center 7 is the only local station with a local weather radar. Jana Collier, Vice President of Content said, “Our local radar is very important to the community. It’s a full two minutes faster than any other weather radars which is critical in occasions of severe weather. ”

As part of the 70th celebration, WHIO-TV aired a special station retrospective which aired on Thursday, February 21st at 7:00 PM. The program, along with extended interviews, pictures, and video can also be seen on the WHIO news streaming app available on Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire.

More information on WHIO’s history can be found at the following link: https://www.whio.com/news/special-reports/whio-marks-years-the-soul-broadcasting-public-service/diq7NO0aDO3Kqc0YxKr3ZL/

WHIO-TV is a media product of Cox Media Group.


K99.1FM Nominated for 2019 ACM award

February 2, 2019 — (Nashville, TN) — K99.1FM WHKO radio in Dayton has been nominated for Medium Market station of the year.   “This is one of the highest honors you can receive in the country music industry,” says Nancy Wilson, morning show host and Program Director of K99.1FM.  “We are so excited to represent the Miami Valley as one of the influencers in country music.”

The Radio Awards are given out during the annual Radio Winners Reception which will be held on Saturday, April 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the day prior to the ACM Awards live telecast from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 8 p.m. ET on the CBS Television Network. The full list of 54th ACM Awards nominations will be announced in the coming weeks.  Tickets for the event in Las Vegas are available for purchase starting at $408.75 and can be found at AXS Tickets.

The show will be broadcast on WHIO-TV Channel 7, Dayton’s CBS affiliate.  WHIO-TV and WHKO radio are both owned and operated by Cox Media Group.

For more information, contact Emily Broughton at emily.broughton@coxinc.com

K99.1FM Raises over $300,000 for Dayton Children’s Hospital during annual Radiothon

January 14, 2019 (DAYTON, OHIO) – K99.1FM partnered with Dayton Children’s Hospital to host a three-day Radiothon from November 7-9, raising over $300,000.

This was the 21st year for the K99.1FM Cares for Kids Radiothon, with Nancy Wilson and Frye Guy live broadcasting the event from the hospital lobby and asking for donations for sick children in the Dayton area.

Donations from this event have supported vital services and supplies for area sick children since its inception in 1998. To date, the Cares for Kids Radiothon has raised over $4 million dollars.

“K99.1FM is honored to be part of the Cares for Kids Radiothon for Dayton Children’s Hospital for over 21 years now!  Frye and I love nothing more than telling our listeners about this amazing place.  Kids get better here.  And our listeners have purchased so much life-saving equipment over the years with their donations.  We are proud to spread the word…and the love! “ said Nancy Wilson, Programming Director.

Sponsors included McAfee Heating & AirJoseph Airport Toyota & HyundaiFrickersShumsky, and Flying Ace Express Car WashAAA Miami ValleyA1 Able Pest Doctors, and Day Air Credit Union.

For more information contact Emily Broughton at emily.broughton@coxinc.com