Best of Dayton Event Celebrates Second Year

January 16, 2017 (DAYTON, OHIO) – Cox Media Group will celebrate its second annual Best of Dayton event on January 17, 2018 from 6:00-10:00 pm. It will take place at Top of the Market in downtown Dayton and all attendees must be over 21 years old. This event is a party to celebrate nominees for the best food and entertainment offerings in Dayton in 2017, with all the winners being announced online on January 18.

“This truly is a fun “see and be seen” event – the perfect way to kick off 2018.  The event not only focuses on establishments and places but will also feature some amazing local entertainment,” said Karen Kelly Brown, Events and Promotions Manager at Cox Media Group.

The event theme is 1920’s prohibition and costumes are encouraged but not required. There will also be a VIP “speakeasy” on the top floor. The VIP area has already been sold out but some tickets may be eligible for an upgrade upon arrival. Finalists for Best of Dayton awards will be on site, highlighting their business offerings.

A portion of proceeds will be donated to Artemis Center, Dayton’s Domestic Violence Resource Agency. To buy tickets online, check out the event website here

WHIO host Brian Kilmeade latest book hits milestone

Kilmeade broadcasting his national talk show live from Dayton during a recent visit to the Miami Valley.

January 11, 2018 — (Dayton, OH) — WHIO mid-morning talk personality and Fox News “Fox and Friends” host Brian Kilmeade has hit a major milestone with his latest book Andrew Jackson and the miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny as it hit #1 on’s all time War of 1812 non-fiction books.  This makes Brian’s book the must read account of what really happened during the Battle of New Orleans. “Brian is one of the most important authors of our generation and we are honored that his show is now heard exclusively in Dayton live on WHIO Radio.” said Nick Roberts, VP of Marketing for Cox Media Group Dayton.

The book was also a top 5 New York Times Bestseller in December.

This is Brian’s fifth book with co-author Don Yaegar.

Brian can be heard live on WHIO radio each weekday from 9AM until Noon right after Miami Valley’s Morning News.  Brian’s show was recently extended from 9AM to Noon as an expansion of WHIO’s popular talk host. “I’m excited for this change that allows us to bring Brian’s excellent show to our station for three straight live hours in the morning here on WHIO,” said Jeremy Ratliff, program director of AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO. “Some of our listeners may recall that Brian visited the Miami Valley last year, including hosting his show from our studios one morning.”

The book can be purchased here.

WHIO-TV Channel 7 Live TV now available on many devices.

January 11, 2018 (Dayton, OH) —  WHIO-TV Channel 7, the #1 CBS affiliate in America is now available on many “over the top” paid TV services.  “Over the top” means receiving the TV signal using internet based services through your smart TV or other devices. For those who are considering using other methods to watch TV shows, WHIO is available on many of the services and platforms.  As of early January 2018, you can watch WHIO-TV on DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue, FuboTV, Hulu’s new live TV offering, and CBS All Access.

This means no matter what provider you use to watch important local weather and news information, WHIO-TV will be available when you need it. Most of these services are already built into smart TV’s, and available on the Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV devices.

We want our viewers to be able to access WHIO-TV’s live stream on whatever service they subscribe to.  It’s important for our audience to have access to live Storm Center 7 weather during severe weather events.  School and Business closings during the winter are also an important service.” said Nick Roberts, VP Marketing for Cox Ohio. “No matter if it’s over the air with an antenna, cable, or these new internet based services – we want our audience to watch us wherever they get their TV.”

WHIO-TV is also available free, with an over the air antenna at digital channel 7.1.

WHIO Channel 7 programming can be found live for subscribers to the CBS All Access app.’s School and Business closing and cancellation center is ACTIVE.

DAYTON, OHIO (January 2, 2018 ) — As the record breaking frigid cold hits the Miami Valley, the WHIO school and business cancellation center is now active.  This means the region has one location to get the list of everything delayed or closed.  The list is updated constantly and it’s advised that you check before heading out to be sure your event is still on. is the location to bookmark and check often.

In addition, WHIO Radio will be covering the cold weather on Miami Valley’s Morning News as we detail school closings and temperatures at the bus stops. “For the safety of your children, it’s important to know what’s going on with the cold weather so as usual we plan on updating the weather every 6 minutes on WHIO Radio,” said Jeremy Ratliff,  Program Director for WHIO.  Jeremy also explained how Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini will be in the studio on TV during News Center 7 daybreak starting at 4:25AM and WHIO Radio live throughout the morning to help people get through the cold snap of 2018.


WHIO-TV is on Channel 7, WHIO Radio is on AM1290 and News 95.7FM.  All of these brands are Cox Media Group properties.

Brian Kilmeade Starting this Week on WHIO Radio

DAYTON, OHIO(December 21, 2017) – Fox News host Brian Kilmeade can now be heard live from 9am-noon on AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO.

“Brian Kilmeade is one of the biggest forces to hit the news/talk format in years.  His powerful mix of breaking news and live newsmaker interviews make the show difficult to turn off,” said Cox Media Group’s Vice President of Marketing, Nick Roberts.

Kilmeade’s show was previously broadcast on WHIO Radio live from 9-10am and as a prerecorded segment from 8-11pm.

“I’m excited for this change that allows us to bring Brian’s excellent show to our station for three straight live hours in the morning here on WHIO,” said Jeremy Ratliff, program director of AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO.

Kilmeade is a co-host of Fox and Friends, an author, and the host of “The Brian Kilmeade Show” on Fox News Talk. Brian is a New York Times best-selling author and recently released his fifth book, titled Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans. He has hosted his nationally syndicated radio show since 2006. Listeners can also hear him on WHIO Radio Sunday Nights at 7 p.m.


Todd Hollst Taking over as Host on Eagle Morning Zoo

DAYTON, OHIO (December 16, 2017) – Cox Media Group is excited to announce that Dayton radio veteran Todd Hollst will be the new host of The Eagle Morning Zoo on 95.3 and 101.1 FM, starting on January 4, 2018.

Todd has decades of radio experience in the Dayton Market, including stints at Z-93, The Edge, as a producer on the Late Afternoon Kent Voss show on WHIO-AM, and has had a number of successful behind-the-scenes positions.

Todd is devoted to the Eagle and launched the Saturday Night 80’s Request Party in the summer of 2017. Beginning in 2018, Eagle afternoon-drive personality Fred Tomlinson will become the new host of the request party.

“In the time I’ve been at The Eagle, I’ve gotten to know our listeners through events and social media and they’re just the best. They have so much passion for the music and the station overall-it’s remarkable. It became clear to me early on, this is THEIR station and I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given to help the station evolve,” said Todd.

Hollst grew up in Beavercreek and now lives in Xenia. “It’s my childhood dream coming to fruition–hosting a show in my hometown playing the music I love and talking about the things our community cares about. I love Dayton–it’s my hometown,” he added.

The Eagle plays classic hits and is one of the only stations in America to play Commercial Free Weekends. “On the New Eagle Morning Zoo people can expect a focus on the music, sprinkled in with details on local events, funny stories, interviews and whatever else is relevant to our listeners. My approach is to keep it simple. Keep in listenable,” Hollst said.

Listeners can enjoy Todd on 95.3 or 101.1 FM. Find more info or listen online at


MeTV WHIO Classic Television one of the top MeTV affiliates in the country

DAYTON, OHIO (December 1, 2017) — Since launching in December 2015, MeTV WHIO Classic Television has remained one of the highest-rated MeTV affiliates in the country.  The station’s family friendly programming delivers “super-sized” audiences as compared to many programs on WDTN, WKEF, WRGT and WBDT.

MeTV beats competitors in head-to-head competition all day long and their #1 hit “M*A*S*H”-airing at 7:30pm-broadcasts to 10,000 households each day. It continues to outperform newscasts produced by other broadcast channels in the Dayton area.

About MeTV WHIO Classic Television

MeTV WHIO Classic Television is broadcast on digital 7.2 and has quickly risen to be one of the top MeTV affiliates in the country. It is part of the Cox Media Group Ohio brand.


WHIO-TV #1 station every single hour of the day in November

DAYTON, OHIO(November 30, 2017) News Center 7 was rated the top newscast in Dayton in the November sweeps, according to Nielson Media research. Additionally, WHIO-TV grew its audience by:

  • 11% at 4:30am
  • 8% at 5:00am
  • 4% at 5:30am
  • 5% at noon
  • 1% at 5:00 pm

“Our multi-media newsroom is laser focused on giving the people of the Miami Valley the news, weather and information they count on every single day. I am so proud of our team and their commitment to the communities we serve, it’s their hard work and talent that enables us to have these incredible ratings,” said Market Vice President Rob Rohr.

From early morning to late night, more viewers depended on News Center 7 for breaking news and weather than any other station.  Other impressive statistics from the research study were:

  • From 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. News Center 7 delivered an impressive 77 percent of the available local news viewers which is MORE THAN FOUR TIMES the nearest competitor.
  • WHIO-TV has 38,000 households watching, while the nearest competitor has 8,000.
  • News Center 7 at Noon remains one of the highest-rated newscasts in the country, delivering to 72,000 households each day, PLUS it grew five percent year-over-year!
  • From 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., News Center 7 delivered 75 percent of available news viewers, delivering 70,000 households, which is 55,000 MORE than the nearest competitor.
  • At 11:00 p.m., News Center 7 delivered 69 percent of available news viewers, broadcasting to 51,000 households and exceeding the closest competitor by 37,000.

“We never take for granted that our viewers trust us to be fair and accurate and to report the news in context.  This is a critical need in our country right now and we see it not only as our duty, but as a key reason for our success,” said David Bennallack, Senior Managing Director of Content.

About Cox Media Group Ohio

Cox Media Group Ohio (CMG Ohio) is a fully integrated media enterprise that includes print and online products for the Dayton Daily News, Journal-NewsSpringfield News-Sun daily newspapers, and The Oxford Press and The Today’s Pulse weekly newspapers. It also encompasses targeted print and online products such as, Skywrighter, DaytonB2B, SpringfieldB2B and broadcast properties that include WHIO-TV(a CBS affiliate), WHIO 7.2(Dayton’s MeTV affiliate), WHIO News 95.7FM/AM 1290, K99.1FM and WZLR 95.3/101.1 The Eagle.

Cox Media Group to light building with red light for World AIDS Day

DAYTON, OHIO(November 30, 2017) – Cox Media Group will be “Lighting up RED” for World AIDS Day on December 1st. The building will illuminate itself in red light to support this great cause and those fighting this disease both locally and abroad.

The Equitas Health Associate Board has partnered with numerous Dayton businesses to light up their buildings with red light and spread awareness for this disease.

“We are proud to join many organizations around town to light up and show our support at Cox Media Group. ” said Nick Roberts, Vice President of Marketing at Cox.“

World AIDS Day was created to spread awareness for the AIDS epidemic and place emphasis on testing and preventing the spread of HIV. The Center for Disease Controls recommends getting tested at least once in a lifetime, and annually for people at high risk. For more info, visit

Channel 7 gives away dream trip to see Ellen Show Live

DAYTON, OHIO(November 28, 2017) — WHIO Channel 7 and K99.1 FM are excited to announce that Tana Flickinger of Dayton has won the trip to Ellen’s “15 Days of Giveaways.” This contest was a combined effort between both TV and radio stations and one of their most popular giveaways to date. All contestants entered by watching for a daily keyword during the Ellen show and then calling K99.1 FM the following morning during a cue to call.

“Thanks to K99.1 and Ellen Degeneres, we get to mark one thing off our bucket list-5 days and a wake up until we leave for LA to go to the Ellen show! ” said Flickinger, upon winning the trip for two.

The trip included round trip air fare for two, four days and three nights hotel stay in LA, and two tickets to The Ellen DeGeneres Show during her holiday “15 Days of Giveaways” programming. WHIO Channel 7 and K99.1 encourage viewers and listeners to stay tuned for upcoming contests in the future.