|Peoples Broadcasting Corporation|
(Television and radio)
|Fate||Dissolved and defunct|
Jacor (now part of iHeartMedia)
Young Broadcasting (now part of Nexstar Media Group)
|Founded||1946 Columbus, Ohio, U.S.|
|Nationwide across the continental United States|
|Parent||Nationwide Insurance Company|
Nationwide Communications Inc., originally known as Peoples Broadcasting Corporation, was a media subsidiary of the Nationwide Insurance Company, which operated from 1946 until 1997. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Communications owned and operated a variety of radio and television stations across the United States until it sold off all its radio stations to Cincinnati-based Jacor for a reported $620 million, and its television stations to Young Broadcasting. The service division was spun off and became Nationwide Communications Services L.L.C. in 1998.
In 1946, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation first got into broadcasting through a radio service for farmers on WRFD, Columbus, Ohio, an AM radio station. The Ohio Farm Bureau was dedicated to serving farmers in Ohio, but as its other pursuits (chiefly the Farm Bureau Mutual Automobile Insurance Company) were increasingly made available to non-farmers, the Farm Bureau spun off these ventures into a separate corporation. WRFD continued to serve farmers, and indeed, still carries farm programming today under the ownership of Salem Media of Ohio. However, other Farm Bureau stations--most notably WRFD-FM, now known as WNCI--were transferred to this umbrella corporation, known today as the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company & Affiliated Companies. The group of stations became known as Nationwide Communications, after its parent company.
Nationwide Communications owned a total of five television stations, though none in its home market of Columbus, or Ohio. The first television station it owned was KVTV-TV (now KCAU-TV) in Sioux City, Iowa, which was sold in 1965 to purchase WATE-TV, Channel 6, Knoxville, Tennessee. The company's second purchase was WXEX-TV (now WRIC-TV), Channel 8, Petersburg, Virginia in 1968, its third station was WBAY-TV, Channel 2, Green Bay, Wisconsin, purchased in 1974, and its fourth station purchase was KITN (now WFTC), Channel 29, in Minneapolis in 1985. Three of the four stations were ABC affiliates (WXEX-TV switched from NBC to ABC in 1965, WATE-TV switched from NBC to ABC in 1979, and WBAY-TV switched from CBS to ABC in 1992); the fourth (KITN/WFTC) was an independent and later a Fox affiliate while under Nationwide's stewardship. Nationwide Communications sold all three of its ABC-affiliated television stations in 1993 to Young Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Adam Young, Incorporated, a TV station advertising representation firm; WFTC was sold to Clear Channel Communications the next year. In November 2013, Young merged with Media General, and then itself was merged with Nexstar Media Group in January 2017. WATE and WRIC are now under that company's ownership, while WBAY was spun-off to Gray Television.
In the early 1970s, Nationwide was awarded a license to operate a UHF television station in Columbus, Ohio, on channel 28, with the assigned call letters WNCI-TV. Nationwide, however, did not complete construction of the television station and its license and construction permit was allowed to lapse. The frequency allocation was ultimately awarded to Commercial Radio Institute, Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland, which began operation of WTTE. WTTE was the second station owned by the company now known as the Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Before ceasing operations, Nationwide Communications was the 16th largest radio group in the United States. Throughout its history, Nationwide owned and operated radio stations in Minnesota, Florida, Ohio, Nevada, Texas, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington and California.
Note: All call letters are listed in chronological order--from the left being the oldest to the right being the most recent--during the time a station was owned by Nationwide. Also, stations signed on and built by Nationwide directly are indicated with a spade (?).
|Market||Station||Frequency||Years Owned||Sold To||Now|
|Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN||KMJZ (AM) / KSGS||950||1995-1998||Jacor - 1998||Progressive talk KTNF, owned by JR Broadcasting|
|San Diego, CA - Tijuana, BCN||KCEO ||1000||1996-1997||North Country Broadcasting - 1997||Catholic talk, owned by Immaculate Heart Radio|
|Las Vegas - Henderson, NV||KMJJ / KZAP / KXNO ||1140||1985-1996||American Radio Systems - 1996||CBS Sports Radio O&O KXST, owned by Entercom|
|KSO / KGGO / KDMI||1460||1980s-1990s||Unknown||Sports talk KXNO, owned by iHeartMedia|
|Orlando, FL||WZKD ||950||1982-1983||New City Communications - 1983||Conservative talk WORL, owned by Salem Media Group|
|WBJW-AM ||1440||1982-1986||Alleluia Broadcasting - 1986||Spanish variety WPRD, owned by J & V Communications, Inc. |
Also repeats on WOTS 1220 in Kissimmee and WSDO 1400 in Sanford.
|Columbus, OH||WRFD ?||880||1947-1974||Buckeye Media - 1974||Christian talk, owned by Salem Media Group|
|WCOL / WFII||1230||1994-1998||Jacor - 1998||Urban adult contemporary WYTS, owned by IHeartMedia |
Also operates a low-power translator at 105.3 FM.
|Richmond, VA||WLEE ||1480||1968-1981||Unknown||Defunct and off the air, frequency now occupied by |
Regional Mexican WTOX owned by TBLC Holdings, LLC
|Market||Station||Frequency||Years Owned||Sold To||Now|
|Dallas - Fort Worth, TX||KEGL||97.1||1996-1998||Jacor - 1998||Mainstream rock, owned by IHeartMedia|
|KDMX||102.9||1991-1998||Jacor - 1998||Hot adult contemporary, owned by iHeartMedia|
|Houston - Galveston, TX||KLEF||94.5||1970s and/or 1980s||Entercom - 1988||Alternative rock KTBZ-FM, owned by iHeartMedia|
|Seattle - Tacoma, WA - Vancouver, BC||KISW||99.9||1987-1996||Entercom - 1996||Mainstream rock, still owned by Entercom|
|Phoenix, AZ||KCHT / KHTC / KGLQ ||96.9||1995-1998||Jacor - 1998||Hot adult contemporary KMXP, owned by iHeartMedia|
|KZZP-FM / KVRY ||104.7||1985-1998||Jacor - 1998||Contemporary hit radio and Top 40 KZZP, owned by iHeartMedia|
|Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN||KMJZ (FM)||104.1||1995-1998||Jacor - 1998||Adult hits KZJK, owned by Entercom|
|San Diego, CA - Tijuana, BCN||KFSD-FM / KXGL||94.1||1996-1998||Jacor - 1998||Hot adult contemporary KMYI, owned by iHeartMedia|
|KUPR / KMCG ||95.7||1996-1998||Jacor - 1998||Urban contemporary KSSX, owned by iHeartMedia|
|Baltimore, MD||WPOC ||93.1||1974-1998||Jacor - 1998||Country music, owned by iHeartMedia|
|Sacramento, CA||KZAP / KNCI ||98.5||1985-1994||EZ Sacramento - 1994||Active rock KRXQ, owned by Entercom|
|Las Vegas - Henderson, NV||KLUC-FM ||98.5||1985-1995||American Radio Systems - 1995||Contemporary hit radio and Top 40, owned by Entercom|
|Orlando, FL||WBJW-FM ||105.1||1982-1996||Chancellor Media - 1996||Hot adult contemporary WOMX-FM, owned by Entercom|
|Cleveland, OH||WNCR / WKSW / WGAR-FM||99.5||1970-1998||Jacor - 1998||Country music, owned by iHeartMedia|
|WMMS||100.7||1996-1998||Jacor - 1998||Active rock and hot talk, owned by iHeartMedia |
Also operates a low-power translator at 99.1 FM.
|WMJI||105.1||1997-1998||Jacor - 1998||Classic hits, owned by iHeartMedia|
|San Jose, CA||KWSS ||94.5||1985-1991||Shamrock Broadcasting - 1991||Classic hits KBAY, owned by Alpha Media|
|Columbus, OH||WRFD-FM / WNCI ?||97.9||1961-1998||Jacor - 1998||Contemporary hit radio and Top 40, owned by iHeartMedia|
|Greensboro - Winston-Salem - High Point, NC||WKZL ||107.5||1981-1991||HAPA, Inc. - 1991||Mainstream Top 40, owned by Dick Broadcasting|
|Tucson, AZ||KRQQ ||93.7||1985-1993||Prism Radio Networks, L.P. - 1993||Top 40, owned by iHeartMedia|
Note: All call letters are listed in chronological order--from the left being the oldest to the right being the most recent--during the time a station was owned by Nationwide. Also, stations signed on and built by Nationwide directly are indicated with a diamond (?).
|Market||Station||Years Owned||Sold To||Now|
|Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN||KITN-TV 29||1985-1993||Clear Channel Communications - 1993||MyNetworkTV O&O WFTC, owned by Fox Television Stations |
Also operates a full-power satellite station, KFTC channel 29 in Bemidji, along with several translator stations across central and eastern Minnesota.
|Columbus, OH||WNCI-TV 28||1970s||Never made it to air||Defunct and off the air, frequency now occupied by Fox network affiliate WTTE |
WTTE is owned by Cunningham Broadcasting and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group.
|Richmond - Petersburg, VA||WXEX-TV / WRIC-TV 8||1967-1994||Young Broadcasting - 1994||ABC network affiliate, owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|Knoxville, TN||WATE-TV 6||1965-1994||Young Broadcasting - 1994||ABC network affiliate, owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|Green Bay - Appleton, WI||WBAY-TV 2||1974-1994||Young Broadcasting - 1994||ABC network affiliate, owned by Gray Television|
|Sioux City, IA||KVTV 9 ?||1953-1965||Forward Communications - 1965||ABC network affiliate KCAU-TV, owned by Nexstar Media Group |
Also operates a low-power translator, KCAU-LD on channel 30.