K99.1FM raises $251,390 for Dayton Children’s Hospital.

November 24th, 2020 (DAYTON, OHIO) – K99.1FM Raises $251,390 for Dayton Children’s Hospital During Its 23rd Annual Cares for Kids Radiothon

The 23rd Annual K99.1FM Cares for Kids Radiothon raised $251,390 for Dayton Children’s Hospital. In the 23 years since its inception, a three-day live broadcast event raised over 5.1M dollars to secure life-saving equipment, supplies, expanded services, and an additional pediatric transport intensive care unit for the hospital.

“The caring hearts of the K99.1FM listeners in the Miami Valley, and beyond, never ceases to amaze me. In good times and bad, we can always count on our listeners, friends, and family to be there for each other and Dayton Children’s Hospital and for that, and many other things, we thank them from the bottom of our hearts,” said K99.1FM program director Nancy Wilson.

Nick Roberts, Director of Radio Operations for Cox Media Group Ohio said, “Nancy and Woody pour their hearts into this event. Nancy has been the cornerstone of this since the start 23 years ago, and raising over 5.1 Million is simply staggering. I am also grateful to everyone who donated during this unbelievable year.”

K99.1FM Cares for Kids Radiothon is a partnership with Dayton Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network.

Dayton Children’s Hospital is a pediatric acute care hospital located in Dayton, Ohio. The hospital provides comprehensive pediatric specialties and subspecialties to infants, children, teens, and young adults throughout western Ohio and the surrounding states, treating over 350,000 patients each year.

Children’s Miracle Network raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. You can learn more here.

K99.1FM is a country music radio station licensed to Dayton, Ohio, owned by Cox Media Group. K99.1FM has been nationally recognized as one of the top radio stations in America, winning the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi award.

For more information, please contact Niki Mayakova at ksenia.mayakova@cmg.com or visit http://k99online.com.

Cox Media Group’s GM/VP Rob Rohr wins national media award

September 22nd, 2020 (DAYTON, OHIO) – RBR+TVBR 2020 Fall Special Report Names Rob Rohr of Cox Media Group as a Top Local TV Leader.

The Radio+Television Business (RBR+TVBR) 2020 Fall Special Report recognized Rob Rohr, Vice President and General Manager of Cox Media Group Ohio, in its first Top 15 Local TV Leaders list. The list has been compiled by the industry peers who selected 15 honorees for their dynamic local leadership and applause-worthy accomplishments. The final Top 15 leaders have been determined by the RBR+TVBR readers, along with the research and the editorial evaluation.

“Thank you so much for this recognition,” says Rohr. “It is an honor to be listed among this group of talented and inspiring broadcasters. As we all know, broadcasting is a 365-days-a-year team sport, and I’m incredibly proud of the team here at CMG Ohio.”

Rob Rohr joined the company in 2000. Prior to becoming Vice President and General Manager of Cox Media Group Ohio, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of CMG Ohio, where he led a team responsible for producing and distributing news and information for award-winning local brands, including WHIO Channel 7, K99.1FM and WHIO AM and FM, and The Dayton Daily News (now owned by Cox Enterprises).

RBR+TVBR, based in Boca Raton, Florida, is independently owned and has been reporting on the business of broadcasting, offering financial and regulatory coverage each weekday to readers across the U.S. for over thirty years.

For more information, please contact Niki Mayakova at ksenia.mayakova@cmg.com or visit https://www.rbr.com/.

DISH Refuses to Carry WHIO-TV Channel 7 Despite Court Ruling

Dayton Viewers Will Lose Live Access to Local and CBS Programming on DISH

Dayton, Ohio — (July 22, 2020) – WHIO-TV Channel 7, the local CBS affiliate found on Channel 7426 for DISH customers, today announced that despite prolonged negotiations and a recent court ruling in WHIO-TV favor, DISH has blacked out Channel 7.

“During these times of uncertainty, it is more important than ever that our viewers know their trusted local stations are there for them, providing entertainment and the news and information they need to make decisions for their families. Cox Media Group stations take pride in being resources for our communities, and we will fight to continue to fulfill this responsibility,” said Rob Rohr, WHIO-TV’s Vice President and General Manager.

If you are currently affected by DISH’s decision to deprive you of local programming or worried about what DISH will do next, remember that you can make your voice heard! Call DISH today at 1-800-333-3474 and urge them to engage with Cox Media Group in good faith to get your local programming back on their service as quickly as possible and prevent further blackouts. Your access to quality local programming is at stake.


ViacomCBS and Cox Media Group renew affiliation agreements





Multi-Year Deal Continues Long-Standing Partnership in Five Markets Across the Country, Serving More Than 3 Million Households

NEW YORK, N.Y. – July 15, 2020 – ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC, VIACA) and Cox Media Group (“CMG”) today announced a multi-year deal that renews CBS Television Network affiliation agreements for five stations, including two top 50 market affiliates, KIRO-TV in Seattle, WA and WJAX-TV in Jacksonville, FL. The agreement for WJAX-TV was approved by the station’s licensee, Hoffman Communications, to whom CMG provides certain services for the operation of the station. The five markets combined reach nearly 3% of the U.S. and serve more than 3 million households. CMG is among the top ten largest operators of CBS affiliates. Earlier this year, in February 2020, ViacomCBS and CMG entered into a multi-year renewal of the affiliation agreements for CMG’s WXVT-LD located in Greenville/Greenwood, Mississippi.

CMG’s CBS affiliates will continue to be locally available to subscribers on CBS All Access, ViacomCBS’ subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, and widely distributed across vMVPD platforms.

“We are happy to continue our longtime partnership with Cox Media Group,” said Ray Hopkins, President, U.S. Networks Distribution, ViacomCBS. “Our agreement enables us to steadfastly serve CMG’s viewers and advertisers with industry leading entertainment, news and sports programming for years to come.”

“CBS has been our valued partner for many years, and we are very pleased to have renewed our affiliation,” said Cox Media Group CEO Dan York. “With our WHIO-TV Channel 7 in Dayton, OH leading the way as the #1 CBS affiliate in the country, we are proud to continue our relationship with CBS and strengthen it further in years to come. Our CMG stations’ award- winning journalism coupled with the strong programming on CBS is a winning combination.”

The agreements include renewals for these CBS affiliates: KIRO in Seattle-Tacoma, WA; WJAX in Jacksonville, FL; WHIO in Dayton, OH; KYMA in Yuma-El Centro, AZ; and KVIQ in Eureka, CA.


About ViacomCBS

ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, its portfolio includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, CBS All Access, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others. The company delivers the largest share of the U.S. television audience and boasts one of the industry’s most important and extensive libraries of TV and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, ViacomCBS provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions for partners on five continents.

For more information about ViacomCBS, please visit www.viacomcbs.com and follow @ViacomCBS on social platforms.

About Cox Media Group

Cox Media Group (CMG) is an industry-leading media company with dominant brands, award- winning content, and exceptional people. CMG provides valuable local content to diverse audiences in the communities in which it serves. The company’s operations include 33 market- leading television stations in 20 markets, 54 award-winning radio stations in 10 markets and numerous multi-platform streaming video and digital platforms. Cox Media Group’s portfolio includes affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and MyNetworkTV, as well as several valuable independent stations. Additionally, Cox Media Group operates the National Advertising Platform business of CoxReps; and offers a full suite of local and regional advertising services with Local Solutions. For more information about Cox Media Group and its businesses, please

visit www.coxmediagroup.com.


Media Contacts 

Bridget Darcey, ViacomCBS bridget.darcey@viacom.com

Michelle Miguelez, CMG CMGMediaRelations@cmg.com

Cox Media Group makes Juneteenth a company holiday.

(Dayton, Ohio) — June 17, 2020 — Cox Media Group, the parent company of WHIOK99 and EagleDayton, announced Tuesday that June 19th will be a paid company holiday. The 19th is a day set aside to mark the end of slavery, a celebration known as Juneteenth.

“Starting now, our company is designating Juneteenth (June 19th) as a CMG official annual, paid holiday – as a much-needed opportunity to reflect on the date’s historical importance in America and the critical work that lies ahead for making inclusion and equity a reality for all,” said CMG Chief Executive Officer Dan York. York was named CMG’s CEO on May 29th.

“On May 29, when I began an exciting, new chapter joining your team at CMG, I never could have predicted that during my first few days, the convergence of multiple crises – linked by increased national attention on racial injustice – would propel our company into action with immediate focus and urgency. The disproportionate impact that COVID-19 is having on black and brown communities and the protests demanding racial equity have made one thing perfectly clear: CMG should, can, and will do more to create a platform to drive real and meaningful change within our company,” said York.

The decision at CMG comes as Virginia and other states consider making Juneteenth a state holiday, as it is in Texas. There is also a movement to make the day a national holiday. Companies including Square and Nike also announced in recent days that June 19th will be a company holiday.

About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group (CMG) is an industry-leading media company with dominant brands, award-winning content, and exceptional people. CMG provides valuable local content to diverse audiences in the communities in which it serves. The company’s operations include 33 market-leading television stations in 20 markets, 54 award-winning radio stations in 10 markets and numerous multi-platform streaming video and digital platforms. Cox Media Group’s portfolio includes affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and MyNetworkTV, as well as several valuable independent stations. Additionally, Cox Media Group operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps and Gamut; and offers a full suite of local and regional advertising services with Local Solutions. For more information about Cox Media Group and its businesses, please visit www.coxmediagroup.com.

Cox Media Group wins 2020 Communitas Award.

June 5th, 2020 (DAYTON, OHIO) – Cox Media Group Wins the 2020 Communitas Award in a Community Service and Corporate Social Responsibility Category

Communitas Awards has announced Cox Media Group as a 2020 winner in a Community Service and Corporate Social Responsibility category.

Communitas Awards recognizes exceptional businesses, organizations, and individuals that are unselfishly giving of themselves and their resources, and those that are changing how to do business to benefit their communities.

“This is a great honor for us to be a Communitas Awards Community Service and Corporate Social Responsibility award recipient. Cox Media Group has always been putting the needs of the community first, and it’s so rewarding to be recognized for this work. Our local community continues to bond together through these trying times, and Cox Media Group employees are honored that we can provide a voice to help so many in need,” said Market Vice President and General Manager Rob Rohr.

Communitas Awards started in 2010 as an outgrowth of the pro bono recognition program of the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (www.amcpros.com), a several-thousand-member group that honors creative achievement and fosters partnerships with charities and community organizations.

For more information, please contact Niki Mayakova at ksenia.mayakova@cmg.com or visit https://communitasawards.com/.


How to market through Covid-19.

Posted by Zuri Stanback on May 18, 2020

a woman sitting at home on mobile phone

At this very moment, the shopper landscape is changing in ways few marketers could have anticipated in the face of COVID-19. As consumers continue to adapt to social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantine procedures, they must adjust their everyday behavior.

And as they learn to navigate this new reality, retailers across all categories will need to do the same and adjust their marketing strategies accordingly. We’ve compiled a few strategies in collaboration with our certified CMG location data partner to help you navigate during these uncertain times.

Observe the Trends

There’s a lot retailers can do both to service their customers in the current retail climate and to prepare for the weeks and months to come. Arming yourself with vital data about consumer behavior, purchasing patterns, and foot traffic trends is at the top of the list. Using Visitation Data from a certified CMG Location Data Partner like GroundTruth, you can stay up-to-date on daily foot traffic changes to key verticals, such as Grocery, Warehouse/Club, Retail and Restaurants, and more.

foot traffic to businesses

Foot traffic shows the week of March 9th was the beginning of the major shift in consumer behavior due to the pandemic. Foot traffic to Warehouse/Club and Grocery stores peaked on March 14th 75% and 46% above average, respectively. By the end of that week, we started to see major declines in foot traffic to Restaurants and Retail locations as many retailers were mandated to shut their doors or switch to delivery/takeout only options.

Keep in Touch With Loyal Customers

GroundTruth’s data about consumers’ past visitation behaviors can be used to connect customers with the offers that are most relevant to them. For example, brands can reach their most loyal customers with location-based mobile ads that share store hours and product availability, the store location nearest to them, the distance to that store, and any timely information to keep them informed.

Target Customers via Mobile Screens

Another strategy for keeping your brand top of mind is using residential targeting to deliver relevant messaging and offers to mobile devices while consumers are at home. For a successful neighborhood targeting strategy, a mailing list or CRM is needed.

Address Inventory Concerns

One of the worries on consumers’ minds these days is whether they can still get the products they need. Many have already discovered first-hand that it can be difficult to find items like cough syrup, toilet paper, canned goods, and meat.

This means brands must find creative ways to maintain an ongoing dialogue with potential customers even when they aren’t physically in a retail store. This includes keeping them informed about product availability in-store, ordering online, delivery options, and the ability to pick up curbside or on-site.

Attract First-Time Customers

Because consumers are adjusting their approach to shopping, visiting different retail channels and trying new products when their favorites are unavailable, retailers have the opportunity to target first-time customers. You can use this time to build a positive association with your brand.

One way to do this is by conquesting major competitors’ audiences to introduce your brand to shoppers and let them know you’re stocking essential and in-demand products. Including a first-time customer offer in your ad can boost consideration. This approach will also help keep your brand top of mind, as many consumers are increasing their daily screen time to stay connected.

Cox Media Group Local Solutions Can Help

Until we can put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us, it’s important to get creative and focus on strategies that will help shift your business into the current landscape and out the other side for the benefit of both customers and the community at large.​ Cox Media Group Local Solutions can help you transition your marketing game plan to facilitate growth in this uncertain atmosphere. Contact us.

Want to learn more about strategies for staying connected with your customers during COVID-19? We take a deeper dive with our trusted data partner in this free white paper, How to Stay Connected to Your Customers During COVID-19.” – Download your copy today!

K99.1FM’s Nancy Wilson wins national award.


May 13, 2020 — (Dayton, OH) — Nancy Wilson of K99.1FM (WHKO) was announced as a winner of the 45th annual Gracie Award presented by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF).  The list of honorees included such nationally known personalities as Amy Poehler, Natasha Lyonne, Tamron Hall, Naomi Watts, Norah O’Donnell along with 100 others.

The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, and interactive media. Honorees are selected in national, local and student markets, including both commercial and non-commercial outlets. This year’s honorees represent the substance and ethos of women’s storytelling and journalism at its best.  Their work during this global state of affairs – full of innovation, courage and endurance – serves as inspiration today for the journalists of tomorrow.

“Nancy defines what’s right in the media industry.  She cares most about the community through charity efforts, helping people any way she can and entertains the market hosting the top morning show in the region.  She literally does hundreds of charitable appearances every year donating countless hours of work.  She’s never turned any organization down that’s asked for her help.  This isn’t just for the past couple of years, this has been consistent for decades.” said Nick Roberts, an executive at the radio station.

Some of the honorees have recorded special messages of thanks and appreciation:

Becky Brooks, Executive Director, The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation stated, “Our leadership is proud to honor the best of the best who embody the spirit and intention of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s Gracie Awards. We want to thank those on the front lines telling the important stories still impacting our world. It is our distinguished honor to recognize the reporters, hosts, producers and media executives who are working to ensure the public is informed. We know everyone in media has been impacted in some way, and we continue to salute this outstanding list of honorees for their award-winning passion, energy and perseverance.”

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WHIO-TV wins Edward R. Murrow awards.

WHIO-TV Wins 2 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

May 12, 2020 (DAYTON, OH) — The Radio Television News Directors Association, RTDNA, has awarded WHIO-TV two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for coverage of the Oregon District Mass Shooting and aftermath of the Memorial Day tornadoes.

The entire News Center 7 team of anchors, reporters, photojournalists, producers, editors, Breaking News Team, digital team and managers received a Regional Murrow Award for their more than 16 hours of continuous Oregon District Mass Shooting breaking news coverage.

In addition, WHIO-TV News Anchor James Brown and Photojournalist Michael Burianek’s special Making A Difference: Helping Strangers, which profiled the kindness of strangers following the Memorial Day tornadoes, received a Regional Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

“This community and our staff endured so much in 2019. It was a year of local news that impacted all of us, none like any of us have experienced,” said Caryn Golden, WHIO-TV News Director. “The events of 2019 reinforces to me why local news is so important to a community. There’s no greater responsibility than helping to save the lives of our neighbors, and informing them of what’s impacting our community, and help them navigate through it. I’m incredibly proud of this team and this recognition is well deserved.”

The Murrow Awards are the embodiment of the values, principles and standards set forth by Edward R. Murrow, a journalism pioneer who set the standards for the highest quality of broadcast journalism. Of the awards given to journalists, the Murrow Awards are among the most respected journalism awards in the world. Murrow Award winning stories put public interest above all else, provide a catalyst for public discussion, and adhere to the RTDNA Code of Ethics.

“The Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize stories that uphold highest ethical and quality standards while delivering value and impact to our viewers,” “said Rob Rohr, WHIO-TV Vice Present and General Manager. “I am extremely proud of the work of our journalists do every day at WHIO to cover the most important stories of our region at a level that has been recognized as among the best in our field.”

WHIO-TV’s two winning Regional Murrow Awards, for Breaking News Coverage and Excellence in Writing, now automatically advance to national judging, and are under consideration for National Murrow Awards.

News Center 7’s RTDNA wins follow the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Association, Ohio APME, honoring WHIO-TV with 16 awards for excellence, including 9 first place finishes, in March. These include General Excellence; Best Spot News: Oregon District Mass Shooting; Best Continuing Coverage: Memorial Day Tornadoes and Best Digital Presence: whio.com.

WHIO-TV is the #1 CBS affiliate in the country. The station is part of CMG, Cox Media Group, and employs 89 people in content and sales in the Dayton, Ohio area, led by General Manager Rob Rohr and News Director Caryn Golden.

Social media advertising has changed.

Posted by Ginger Gatewood on April 27, 2020

By this point, we’re sure that you’ve been receiving thousands of emails, LinkedIn InMail articles, and Facebook posts regarding advertising efficiency during this coronavirus pandemic. Some advertising outlets are spelling the end of the world as we know it, and many others are suggesting that advertising is even more powerful in the wake of unprecedented national lockdowns.

Neither is exactly true. Sure, advertising has completely changed during this friction-filled timeline. How could it not? However, our conversation shouldn’t just be about efficiency. It should be about an overarching strategy, focused on delivering relevant, ROI positive results.

How can you shift your advertising focus to best suit the current global situation? What strategies should you use to ensure that your campaigns reach people with meaningful content over the coming week and months? Advertising has always been (and will always be) about delivering relevancy. Obviously, relevancy currently centers around COVID-19. The question is: how do you leverage that relevancy without leaning too hard into a pandemic?

Businesses can digitally engage with customers more than ever before because people are in their homes and looking at their screens more than ever. This is the perfect time to utilize various social media platforms to expand your brand awareness and drive customers to your website.

Social Distancing vs Physical Distancing:

As you have probably seen in the news, most countries (including the U.S.) are recommending that everyone practice social distancing. However, what they really mean is that you need to physically distance yourself from other people. That doesn’t mean that you can’t be sociable. In fact, thanks to social media, many people are socializing more now than they did before the pandemic; they are just doing it virtually.

Since the virus entered the country in January of this year, social media usage has dramatically increased. According to Statista, as the pandemic continues, the number of people who use social media platforms will continue to rise.

Here is a look at how much growth some of the major players are expecting to see:

  • Facebook is expected to have a 63% increase
  • Instagram is expected to have a 43% increase
  • Pinterest is expected to have a 32% increase
  • LinkedIn is expected to have a 15% increase

The numbers present a pretty clear story: social media platforms are becoming more popular than ever. Opportunity awaits and your business must utilize these platforms in order to stay connected with your customers. Make sure to use these sites often so that your customers know that your company is still open and that even though they need to practice physical distancing, they can still interact and do business with you.

Social Media Best Practices During These Changing Times

It feels like COVID-19 came into our country almost instantly and changed life as we know it. It’s times like these that have us all rethinking lots of things, but the focus here is social advertising practices and strategies. Here are some strategies to consider and implement across your social campaigns:

Send the RIGHT Message and Keep Your Presence Current

  • When you utilize social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn, it is important that you are sending the right message to your customers. Make sure that your message is empathetic and caring. Let your customers know that your company is still here to help and support them through this difficult and scary time.
  • Also, if you do operate an essential business, like a grocery store or gas station, and customers are able to still physically walk into your place of business, be sure to update your new hours and any special restrictions you may be observing. The more communicative you can be, the better.
  • It’s very important to embed your content and ads with empathy and sensitivity. This cannot be overstated.

Avoid Trigger Words

  • You can talk about social distancing. You can talk about health. However, you should try to avoid specifically mentioning the coronavirus or COVID-19. For starters, people are getting tired of hearing about it.
  • Facebook is starting to crack-down on a lot of posts and ads that make any claims about COVID-19. If you do mention the virus, don’t make yourself out to look like an expert on the topic. New information and misinformation are filling up the internet as is. It’s best to avoid adding to the noise. You don’t have to talk about the coronavirus to understand the way it is changing how we communicate with each other.

Change Up Your Creative

  • It’s not business as usual. Remember all those great ads you came up with at the end of the year? You probably need to replace them.
  • You need to audit your ads. Plenty of brands have ads centered around typical springtime activities that aren’t happening right now.
  • Remove creative that mentions traveling to other places and events for more than 10 people.

In the end, this is a unique and difficult time for everyone, and many companies are trying to navigate their way through these uncharted territories alone. The main thing to remember is that social media is a great tool to stay connected to your target audience and ensure you build strong relationships that outlast the pandemic.

You still need the right game plan to succeed on social media. Do you need help restructuring your campaigns to fit the current narrative? Are you looking to deliver critical value to consumers during this time? At Cox Media Group Local Solutions, we’re connecting with our clients to help them navigate the complex landscape of social media ads during “social” distancing. We’re here and willing to walk you through best practices, lend a supportive hand when you need us and facilitate growth for your business. Contact Us Today.