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City of license Columbus, Ohio
Broadcast area Columbus, Ohio
Branding 97.1 The Fan
Frequency 97.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date June 1, 1979
Format Sports
ERP 20,500 watts
HAAT 238 meters
Class B
Facility ID 54701
Transmitter coordinates 39°58′16.0″N 83°01′40.0″W / 39.97111°N 83.02778°W / 39.97111; -83.02778
Callsign meaning Wolfes' Banks News and Shoes
Owner RadiOhio Incorporated

WBNS-FM (97.1 FM) is a radio station in Columbus, Ohio branded as "97.1 The Fan" that airs the ESPN Radio network along with local sports content such as the Ohio State Buckeyes Football and Basketball teams(See below). The station first aired an Easy Listening format from 1979-1991. In 1991, the station became Oldies as "B-97.1". In July, 2001, the station flipped to Modern AC as "The New 97.1", and ran commercial-free for several weeks. Eventually, the station evolved into a Hot AC as "97.1-More Music, More Variety." In August, 2005, the station adopted the Hot AC-friendly "Mix" name and became "Mix 97.1-80s, 90s, Now." On January 26, 2009, at 4 PM, the station began a simulcast of their AM sister station, 1460 The Fan WBNS.


The station broadcasts a sports talk format and carries ESPN talk programming. WBNS is also the radio flagship of the Ohio State Buckeyes radio network. It is also the Columbus radio home of the Cleveland Indians. Local programming on WBNS includes "The Big Show" with Bruce Hooley and former Ohio State Buckeye football players Chris Spielman and Kirk Herbstreit airs weekdays 1 pm-3 pm and "Common Man and The Torg" with Mike Ricordati and Scott "Torgy" Torgerson (The Common Man and The Torg) airs weekdays 3 pm-6 pm. Popular segments of the past included the "Airing of Grievances," in which participants would call in to rant for 20 seconds. Many of the participants, including seven-time winner "North Side Scott" would call in to ridicule the hosts as well as comment on sports topics of the day.


  • Mark Dantzer(2001-09 Afternoons)
  • Sue Leighton(2004-09 Middays)
  • Amy Dunn(2001-04 Nights; 2006-09 Weekends)
  • Buzz Fitzgerald(2004-09 Nights)
  • Robin Cole(2001-03 Middays)
  • Lisa Kick(2002-03 Mornings)
  • Paul Peterson(2001-04 Mornings)
  • Valorie Knight(2001-02 Mornings)
  • JT(2004-05 Mornings)-- John Thomas
  • Alan Kabel(2005-08 Mornings)
  • Charley Wasson(2008-09 Mornings)
  • Kate Burdett(2001-02; 2004-09 Mornings)
  • Matt Erhard(2004-08 Mornings)
  • David Greer(2002-09 Weekends)
  • Andrew Wright(2005-09 Weekends and Overnights M-F)
  • Angie Gear(2001-08 Traffic/Weekends)
  • Drew Hansen(2001 Swing Shift)
  • Jeff Ballentine(2001-06 Program Director)
  • Jay Taylor(2006-Present Program Director/Director of Operations)

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