Cox Enterprises Inc. has agreed to repurchase the Dayton Daily News.

Cox Enterprises Inc. has agreed to repurchase the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and Journal-News from Apollo Global Management, the companies announced Monday.

That decision ensures the newspapers can continue seven-day a week publication, which was at risk after the Federal Communications Commission allowed Apollo to buy Cox’s TV stations only if it stopped publishing a daily newspaper in the Dayton market.

“This is the best possible outcome for the newspapers, and it means we will continue to publish a printed newspaper seven days a week, uninterrupted,” said Jana Collier, interim operations leader for the Ohio newspapers. “Our commitment to important local journalism has never waned, and we will continue to serve our communities going forward.”

Cox Enterprises was founded by James M. Cox, the former governor of Ohio who bought the Dayton Evening News in 1898 and renamed it the Dayton Daily News. Cox Enterprises owned the Dayton, Springfield and Butler County papers until December 2019. The current president and CEO of Cox Enterprises is Alex Taylor, great-grandson of Gov. Cox.

“We couldn’t be happier,” Taylor said Monday when asked about the sale. He said the Cox family has “a deep affinity for the Dayton Daily News and the superior news product it has produced for over a century,” as well as the Springfield News-Sun and Journal-News.

“Dayton, Ohio is a big part of the Cox DNA,” he said. “It’s where our family is from and where our company was founded,” said Taylor. “So it is with great excitement that we continue publishing these papers as we have for more than 100 years.”

Cox Enterprises is based in Atlanta but maintains deep ties locally. Before going to Atlanta in 2011, Taylor worked in Dayton and oversaw the integration of the local newspaper, television and radio stations. Since 2011, the Cox Foundation has donated more than $2.4 million to local causes, such as the downtown River Run Project and most recently tornado cleanup.

Local impact

The sale bucks a national trend toward media consolidation. Cox Enterprises once controlled a sprawling media empire, but today only owns the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Much of the multi-billion dollar company’s business today is in cable and support for the automotive industry.

Sandy Schwartz, president of Cox Automotive, visited the Dayton newsroom Monday and said Cox Enterprises made every decision — from selling the newspapers to keep them converged with WHIO-TV to buying them back to avoid going to three days a week — based on what they thought was best for the local community.

“We will invest in the newspapers but we want to support the community,” he said. “Our hope is to own this paper for a long, long, long time and to transition it into the new world because we believe in journalism and we believe in what it does for communities.”

Schwartz said there are no plans to eliminate local jobs. Dayton Daily News staff will stay in Dayton at 1611 S. Main Street but will move to a different floor of the building. Springfield News-Sun and Journal-News staff will stay at their current locations.

After the deal closes in coming weeks, the newspapers will operate separately and be owned by Cox Enterprises. WHIO-TV and the Ohio radio stations will be owned by Apollo, which is using the name Cox Media Group for its broadcast business.

“These newspapers are important assets to the communities they serve, and we are thrilled to have found a partner with a long and successful history of promoting freedom of the press and preserving print journalism,” said Cox Media Group CEO Kim Guthrie. “(Cox Enterprises) is the best possible partner for this sale to not only ensure continued daily print publication for the newspapers, but to also keep so many talented people doing what they do best — providing daily news coverage in our Ohio communities.”

News of the sale was well-received by people who had expressed concern about the newspapers’ fate. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley co-wrote an editorial in the USA Today in January expressing concern about Dayton losing a daily newspaper.

“Daytonians deserve in-depth local news coverage and I am so glad to see that the Dayton Daily News will continue to dig into important local stories every day,” Whaley said of the sale Monday. “Cox Enterprises has been a part of our community for many years, and going forward I hope they will work to find new, innovative ways to be responsive to Daytonians’ evolving need for thoughtful, comprehensive stories about everything going on in our community – good and bad.”

Ellis Jacobs is part of a local coalition of people who expressed concern about the Apollo deal’s impact on local journalism. He called the Cox Enterprises purchase “the best outcome that could have been hoped for under these circumstances.”

“I hope that Cox is in it for the long run because having a superb local newspaper is really important for the community,” he said.

Ownership rule forced sale 

In 2018, Cox Enterprises put most of its media outlets up for sale, including those in Ohio — WHIO-TV, the Dayton Daily News, the Springfield News-Sun and the Journal-News plus K99.1 FM, WHIO Radio and WZLR. Those Ohio businesses have operated as one entity for a decade and were long owned by Cox.

When Cox agreed to sell its media outlets to Apollo Global Management last year, FCC rules allowed one company to own TV stations and newspapers in the same market.

But in September 2019, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the FCC’s rules were invalid, in effect prohibiting Apollo from owning WHIO-TV and the Dayton Daily News. In November, the FCC approved the Cox-Apollo sale, but it required Apollo to reduce the daily newspapers to three days or sell them.

David Sambur, co-lead partner of private equity at Apollo Global Management Inc., said “Apollo is committed to strengthening local media. When faced with the unfortunate requirements of an antiquated regulation, we would not accept an outcome that reduced local news coverage for the people of Dayton, Springfield and Butler County.”

Rob Rohr, who has served as publisher of the newspapers and market vice president of Cox Media Group Ohio, will stay with Cox Media Group and continue to lead WHIO-TV and the radio stations.

“I’m incredibly proud of the unique, multi-media business operation that our talented team built to serve our region over the last 10 years,” Rohr said. “As we look forward, we will carry the learnings and experiences we shared to support these businesses as they embark on separate but equally exciting and successful futures.

“We applaud the FCC for working with us and providing us the flexibility to find a stable, long-term buyer who is committed to providing the citizens of Ohio with award winning journalism.”

DISH customers could lose access to WHIO-TV Channel 7 programming.

WHIO-TV may be dropped by DISH within days.

As carriage has only been temporarily extended, Dayton viewers will lose live access to CBS programming and News Center 7 on DISH..

“We are simply seeking a fair deal, which adequately values the award-winning news, sports, entertainment, weather and traffic  programming that is paramount to our local viewers,” said Rob Rohr, WHIO-TV’s Vice President and General Manager.  “In fact, we are asking for far less than what DISH pays for national networks even though our ratings are much higher.  More importantly, those national networks offer no local news, provide no information about local school closings, have no local employees, and offer nowhere near the same high-quality, compelling programming that we provide,” continued Rohr.

WHIO-TV’s programming will remain available for viewers over the air, and this dispute will not affect customers of any other video provider.  “We have agreements with every other major cable and satellite distributor,” Rohr stated.

“It is unfortunate that DISH does not value our highly rated station and invaluable news coverage from News Center 7. Regardless, we will continue to offer the same high-quality programming as we always have, and we will continue to serve our community as we have done for decades.”

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K99.1FM raises over $344,165 for Dayton Children’s Hospital

DAYTON, OHIO (November 11, 2019) – On November sixth at six in the morning, Nancy Wilson and Nick Roberts began a three day live broadcast from the lobby of Dayton Children’s Hospital, kicking off the 22nd annual Cares for Kids Radiothon. This year raised a record $344,165, a record high for the event, bringing the cumulative total to over $4 million raised in the last two decades for critical children’s care.

“This community is the best. There’s no other that cares as much as the people in this area. After a horrible year of tragedy, they still stepped up to make this a record-breaking year for our local Children’s Hospital. I am humbled by their generosity,” said Cox Media Group Vice President of Marketing and Radio, Nick Roberts.

Program Director for the station, Nancy Wilson, hosted the event from 6 am to 6 pm from November 6-8 and was joined by an array of co-hosts. Local WHIO radio and TV personalities like Larry Hansgen and Letitia Perry joined in on the air, with past hospital patients going live to tell their stories.

This event is a partnership with Dayton Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network.

Dayton Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric hospital in the Dayton region, treating over 350,000 patients each year. All money collected stays in Dayton buying live saving equipment for the hospital.

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.

K99.1 FM is a country music radio station, “Dayton and Springfield’s Home for New Country.” The station is 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, contact Emily Broughton.

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

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


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 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, 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 including donating to the Dayton Foundation Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund.

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.