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Cox Media Group

Updated: 2017-07-21T18:38Z
Cox Media Group
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia
Radio stations
Television stations
Cable networks
Regional sports network
ParentCox Enterprises
DivisionsCox Newspapers
Cox Radio
Cox Television

Cox Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company that also includes the direct marketing company Valpak[1] and the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps.[2] The company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations,[3] four metro newspapers,[4] more than a dozen non-daily publications and more than 100 digital services. Cox Media Group is headquartered at 6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Atlanta, Georgia.[5]

In December 2008,[6] Cox Enterprises created Cox Media Group (CMG) by merging Cox Newspapers,[7] Cox Radio, and Cox Television into one integrated digital media company. The creation of Cox Media Group was a departure from grouping subsidiaries based solely on publishing medium.[8]

In August 2009, Cox Enterprises realigned its radio, television, newspaper/publishing, and digital assets into the same division.[9] Under the new structure, while the local brands remain independent, they share resources and some management. Dayton, Ohio, was considered the prototype for the media group, where radio, television, newspaper, and direct mail were all in the same market and were combined into a new building.[10] In other markets where the facilities aren't as close together, they do share some senior management; for example Houston & San Antonio Radio and the Austin American-Statesman newspaper all fall under the same regional vice president. In addition to the radio/TV stations and newspapers, Cox Media Group encompasses Cox Digital Solutions (digital sales for both Cox and non-Cox online and mobile properties), Cox Reps (national TV sales for station groups such as Gray and Gannett),,, and Valpak direct mail.[11]

CMG introduced a new group buying discount program called DealSwarm in October 2010.[12] DealSwarm provides online discounts at local businesses. The program is active in such Cox Media Group properties as Atlanta, Austin and Dayton.

In April 2013, CMG launched the online-only new site as a conservative media source, originally with the tagline “Red is the Center” and more recently “America’s News Feed.”[13] After initially-low audience numbers, the site expanded dramatically following more prominent use of social media and a more diverse range of stories.[13]

In July, 2012 CMG announced its intention to sell its radio stations in smaller markets: Birmingham, Greenville, Hawaii, Louisville, Richmond, and Southern Connecticut. It also intends to spin off its smaller market television stations in El Paso, Johnstown, Reno, and Steubenville.[14] The company said it intended to focus on larger markets or smaller markets that could be clustered together with other CMG properties. On February 12, 2013, CMG announced the sale of the Birmingham, Greenville, Hawaii, Louisville, and Richmond radio stations to Summit Media, and the southern Connecticut stations to Connoisseur Media;[15] two weeks later, on February 25, the company announced the sale of the four television stations (and the local marketing agreement for a fifth) to Sinclair Broadcast Group.[16]

Cox Newspapers

Current holdings

Former holdings

CMG formerly held the majority stake in the cable TV network Travel Channel but spun it off to Scripps in 2009.[17] The following newspapers were at one time owned by subsidiary Cox Newspapers Inc. or CMG:

Daily newspapers

Weekly newspapers

Cox Radio

Cox Media Group owns, operates or provides sales and marketing services to 57 stations in 20 markets. This radio portfolio includes 71 FM stations and 15 AM stations.[18] Cox Radio became a public company, majority owned by Cox Enterprises, in 1996. Around April 2009, Cox Enterprises proposed a $69 million United States dollar takeover offer of Cox Radio. The offer expired on May 1, 2009.[19] The offer was later raised to $4.80 a share, and the expiration was pushed to May 13.[20] The offer was accepted, and the acquisition was completed on June 1.[21]

Talk Shows

Cox Radio-owned radio stations

  • Note: **—indicates a station built and signed on by Cox.
AM StationsFM Stations
MarketStationOwned SinceCurrent Format
JacksonvilleWAPE-FM-95.1Contemporary Hit Radio
WOKV-FM-104.5simulcasts WOKV (AM)
WJGL-96.9Classic Hits
WXXJ-102.9Alternative Rock
WEZI-106.5Urban AC
Miami - Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood, FLWEDR-99.1Urban Contemporary
WFLC-97.3Top 40
WFEZ-93.1Soft adult contemporary
WHQT-105.1Urban Adult Contemporary
OrlandoWCFB-94.51997Urban Adult Contemporary
WDBO-FM-96.5simulcasts WDBO
WMMO-98.9Adult Hits
Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater, FLWDUV-105.5Soft Adult Contemporary
WHPT-102.5Hot Talk
WPOI-101.5Contemporary Hit Radio
WWRM-94.9Adult Contemporary
WXGL-107.3Classic Hits
AtlantaWALR-FM-104.12000Urban Adult Contemporary
WSBB-FM-95.51999Simulcasts WSB (AM)
WSB-FM-98.5 **1948Adult Contemporary
WSRV-97.12000Classic Hits
Athens, GAWGMG-102.12008Adult Contemporary
WPUP-100.12008Contemporary Hit Radio
WXKT-103.72008Classic Rock
Nassau - Suffolk, NYWBAB-102.31998Classic Rock
WBLI-106.11998Contemporary Hit Radio
WHFM-95.3Classic Rock
Tulsa, OklahomaKJSR-103.31995Classic Rock
KRAV-FM-96.5Hot Adult contemporary
Dayton, OhioWHIO-FM-95.7simulcasts WHIO (AM)
WHKO-99.1 **1946Country music
WZLR-95.3Classic Hits
WHIO-1290 **1929News-Talk
Houston - Galveston, TXKHPT-106.92000Classic Rock
KGLK-107.52000Classic Rock
KKBQ-92.92000Country music
KTHT-97.12000Classic Country
San AntonioKCYY-100.3Country
KISS-FM-99.5Active Rock
KONO-FM-101.1Classic Hits
KTKX-106.7Classic Rock
KSMG-105.3Adult Top 40
KKYX-680Classic Country

Cox Television

Cox Television-owned television stations

Stations are listed in alphabetical order by state and city of license.


  • (**) - Indicates a station built and signed on by Cox.


City of License / MarketStationChannel
Owned SincePrimary Affiliation
JacksonvilleWFOX-TV30 (32)2012Fox
WJAX-TV 147 (19)2012CBS
Orlando - Daytona BeachWFTV9 (39)1985ABC
WRDQ27 (27)2001Independent
AtlantaWSB-TV **2 (39)1948ABC
BostonWFXT25 (31)2014Fox
CharlotteWSOC-TV9 (34)1959ABC
WAXN-TV64 (50)2000Independent
Dayton, OhioWHIO-TV **7 (41)1949CBS
Tulsa, OklahomaKOKI-TV23 (22)2012Fox
KMYT-TV41 (42)2012MyNetworkTV
PittsburghWPXI11 (48)1964NBC
PCNC **various 21994Independent
MemphisWHBQ-TV13 (13)2014Fox
Seattle - TacomaKIRO-TV7 (39)1997CBS


  • 1 Through a shared services agreement, Cox operates WJAX-TV, owned by Bayshore Television, LLC.
  • 2 Local news cable channel, airs on various different channels. Co-owned with Comcast.


City of License / marketStationChannel
Years ownedCurrent ownership status
Oakland - San Francisco - San JoseKTVU2 (44)1963–2014Fox owned-and-operated (O&O)[22][23]
KICU-TV36 (36)2000–2014Independent station owned by Fox Television Stations[22][23]
Miami - Fort LauderdaleWCKT ** 17 (7)1956–1962Fox affiliate, WSVN, owned by Sunbeam Television
DetroitWKBD-TV50 (14)1984–1993The CW owned-and-operated (O&O)
St. LouisKDNL-TV30 (31)1982–1989ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Reno, NevadaKRXI-TV11 (44)1995–2013 2Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KAME-TV21 (20)MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Deerfield Media
(operated under an SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Steubenville, OH - Wheeling, W.V.WTOV-TV9 (9)2000–2013NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Johnstown - Altoona, PAWJAC-TV6 (34)2000–2013NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
El PasoKFOX-TV14 (15)1996–2013Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Tacoma - SeattleKSTW11 (11)1997The CW owned-and-operated (O&O)


  • 1 Co-owned with Knight Newspapers until 1962 in an equally-divided joint venture.
  • 2 KAME-TV owned by Ellis Communications, Cox operated this station, along with sister-station KRXI-TV.

Cox Television-owned cable channels


  1. ^ Atlanta Business Chronicle (2008-08-13). "Cox to sell off several newspapers, Valpak operations - Atlanta Business Chronicle". Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  2. ^ Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Cox Radio Inc. Profile - The Business Journals". Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  4. ^ "Cox Newspapers, Inc. Profile - The Business Journals". Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  5. ^ "Contact Us." Cox Radio. Retrieved on September 23, 2009.
  6. ^ Business First (2008-12-04). "Cox media units combining into Cox Media Group - Louisville - Business First". Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  7. ^ Archived from the original on June 14, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  12. ^ "The DealSwarm Arrives in Atlanta, Austin, Dayton, Seattle with O". Cox Media Group. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  13. ^ a b O'Leary, Sean (September 15, 2014). "Cox Media Group cooks up America’s News Feed". Newspaper Association of America. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
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  15. ^ Carlton, Bob (February 12, 2013). "Cox Media sells Kiss, Jamz, WZZK, other Birmingham radio stations to group that includes David DuBose". The Birmingham News. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ Malone, Michael (February 25, 2013). "Sinclair to Acquire Five Cox Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Cox sells Travel Channel majority to Scripps". 
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  19. ^ "Cox Radio offer extended." Dayton Business Journal. Monday April 20, 2009. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  20. ^ "Cox Radio Gains On Higher Buyout Offer." Radio and Records. Thursday April 30, 2009. Retrieved on May 7, 2009.
  21. ^ Cox Radio now part of Cox Enterprises
  22. ^ a b "Fox Acquires San Francisco TV Stations in Swap with Cox". Variety. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  23. ^ a b "KTVU becomes a Fox station". Retrieved 26 June 2014. 

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