History & Direction

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Rooted in Innovation

Cox Media Group Ohio is deeply rooted in innovation and is the historical cornerstone of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company with revenues of nearly $15 billion today.   CMG Ohio products boast positions at the forefront of media in the region and in Ohio.

CMG Ohio began in 1898, when James M. Cox purchased the Dayton Evening News, which eventually became the Dayton Daily News.  Cox's success with the newspaper led him into public service, becoming Ohio's first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the U.S.  Cox eventually focused his attention on growing his media business.  In 1935, Cox started Ohio's first radio station, WHIO, just as radio was gaining widespread popularity.  And in 1949, he began WHIO-TV, the first television station in the Miami Valley.  

In subsequent years under the Cox family leadership, the business expanded to include not only traditional media, but communications and automotive services.  Today, CMG Ohio is part of the Cox Media Group, Inc. subsidiary which consists of broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media.

Redefining the Industry

CMG Ohio honors James M. Cox’s legacy of innovation by continually redefining the media landscape.  Today, we lead the industry in media convergence - multi-platform collaboration among print, broadcast and digital outlets for the delivery of news, information and entertainment that matters most to our readers, listeners and viewers.  We deliver fully integrated marketing solutions through leading local brands in newspaper, television, radio, digital, commercial print & direct mail for our advertising clients.

Building on the foundation and talents of our people, we continue to innovate and deliver the products and services our customers need.  With continually expanding digital capabilities, we are able to reach more people in more ways than ever before – creating a converged media landscape with limitless possibilities.