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

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

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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

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 or contact Emily Broughton at


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:

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.

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



News Center 7 Now is Dayton’s Newest 24 Hour News Channel

(Dayton, Ohio) January 11, 2019 — WHIO-TV has launched a 24-hour channel with continuous news broadcasts.  You can now watch the live News Center 7 broadcasts or catch up on the most recent news 24 hours a day.  The important local breaking news for the Miami Valley, along with Storm Center 7’s forecast is available whenever you want to watch, regardless of the time or place.

News Center 7 Now is the name of the channel, and is available for free on the following platforms:

  • WHIO App on your iPhone or Android device.
  • Roku Devices or Roku TV’s
  • Amazon Fire TV devices or Amazon Fire TV’s
  • Android TV or Sony TV’s
  • Apple TV 4th generation

Watch on the big screen or watch on your mobile device.  It’s your choice.  “If you missed the evening newscast and wanted to catch up on the latest local news at 9PM, you can do that now” said WHIO-TV News Director Caryn Golden.  “News Center 7 is ready to give you important news and weather anytime and any place.”

WHIO-TV Channel 7 is Dayton, Ohio’s award-winning local news station and the nations #1 CBS affiliate.

Springfield News-Sun has a new look!

January 9, 2019 — Springfield, Ohio —, the #1 local news site designed for Clark and Champaign counties has debuted a brand new look.

The new look is clean, easy to read and puts you right in the center of Clark and Champaign counties’ news.  The changes were made based on feedback from the local audience. The new look is also perfect for smartphones and tablets.  It looks great on any device. It’s also faster, easier to find things you’re looking for and local.  We’re proud to feature in depth reporting relevant to the local community.

Subscribers still have full access to all the stories, deals ( and the digital e-paper (, and you can manage your account by clicking here (

We know that local news in our community is what you want most from the Springfield News-Sun, whether it is in the paper or on our website. We work hard to fulfill our commitment to you every day, and we welcome your feedback.

February Event to Feature Dayton’s #1 Home Show

DAYTON, OHIO (January 18, 2019) – The Ultimate Home Expo will be coming to the Dayton Mall from February 8-18.

This free event features all of the latest in home improvement, including hot tubs, lighting, and wall fixtures. It will also feature active weekend demonstrations with everything from live K-9 training to furniture building.

Popular local music artists will be live between weekend home demos and include Ashley Martin and Eric Thompson.

“We are incredibly excited to bring back the Home Expo in 2019. It is a community favorite and helps us to highlight many of the great businesses in our region,” said Emily Broughton, Marketing and Communications Manager for Cox Media Group Ohio.

To get your business involved call John Adams at 937-259-9753 or email him at

For more information about the event, check out their website at