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Ohio News Network


Ohio News Network

For the parody newspaper, see Onion News Network.
Ohio News Network (ONN)
File:Ohio News Network Logo.jpg
Launched 1996
Closed August 31, 2012
Owned by Dispatch Broadcast Group
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Ohio's Channel for News, Weather and Sports
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Ohio
Headquarters Columbus, Ohio
Sister channel(s) WBNS-TV
Website Time Warner Cable
Channel 362
AT&T U-verse
(Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo)
Channel 233
Channel 14
Insight Communications
Channel 58
Cincinnati Bell FiOptics
Channel 253
Available on other Ohio cable systems Check local listings

The Ohio News Network (ONN) is a radio service and former television and radio news network in the U.S. state of Ohio. Its studios and offices are co-located with sister station WBNS-TV, the CBS television affiliate for Columbus and central Ohio. ONN is owned by the Dispatch Broadcast Group, which is affiliated with The Columbus Dispatch, the Columbus daily newspaper. ONN provides statewide newscasts for affiliate stations during the day. It is distributed by Radio Sound Network, which is also owned and operated by the Dispatch Group. Radio Sound Network distributes various programming elements for radio stations, including live play-by-play broadcasts of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. ONN also operated a television channel from 1996 to 2012 in more than 1.8 million households statewide.

On July 25, 2012, ONN announced it would be ceasing operations due to changing consumer habits, effective August 31.[1] ONN closed at 12:00 with the last programing being a farewell looking at the history of ONN. The network's radio operations, ONN Radio, will remain in service.[2]


ONN is regularly awarded for its outstanding news and programs regionally and nationally. In 2009, ONN received nine awards in the Ohio Associated Press contest including: Outstanding Sports Operation; Best Regularly Scheduled Sports; and Best Anchor Mike Kallmeyer. ONN was the runner-up for Outstanding News Operation in Ohio.[3] In 2008, ONN was presented the Emmy Award for Station Excellence in local programming.[4]

Former Television Channel Programming

News programming

With the slogan "Ohio's Channel", ONN features news relevant to the state. Daily newscasts include: Ohio This Morning, Ohio Today, Ohio Tonight, Ohio's 9 O'clock News, and Primetime Ohio. Regular segments include sports, weather, business, environmental, political, and health. A special in-depth report on a topic of statewide interest is featured each Thursday night during Ohio's 9 o'clock news. ONN's "Weather on the 10's" is a statewide weather update every 10 minutes.

Capital Square is the longest running political television program in Ohio. The show offers discussion of government in Ohio and Washington, D.C. Capitol Square regularly features the top newsmakers, who are questioned by moderator Jim Heath. Capital Square was once a Sunday fixture for WBNS-TV in the 1990s until it moved to ONN.

ONN also includes election updates throughout the state on major election days or for emergency voting that affects a large portion of the state.

Non-news programming

ONN and The Ohio State University co-sponsor Ohio Means Business, a thirty minute program showcasing companies and individuals in Ohio's business world. The program is hosted by ONN anchor Mike Kallmeyer. A new episode airs every other week.

ONN airs weekly Discover Ohio shows that profile great getaways and destinations across Ohio. The show is hosted by Mykkia Cameron, a former news reporter. The show was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2008.[5]

To target younger viewers, the network airs The Brain Game each Thursday evening which features high school students in a quiz bowl setting. The show is sponsored by Westfield Insurance, an Ohio company. Mike Kallmeyer is the host. The show was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2009.[6]

Ohio and Company features businesses from across the state in a brief highlight segment. Chef Tami is a weekly cooking show that features the antics of regional celebrity chef Tami Cecil from her Woodhaven Farm[7] in Johnstown, Ohio.

Sports programming

Major League Soccer Columbus Crew matches were telecast on ONN from 2005-2011. Dwight Burgess was play-by-play commentator while Duncan Oughton was the most recent color commentator for all league matches. Katie Witham was the first sideline reporter, being replaced by Ashleigh Ignelzi when Katie's Cleveland Indians commitment took over. Beginning in 2010, select games were available in HDTV on Time Warner Cable in Columbus on HD Channel 1310 or 1311. Following the 2011 season, the Columbus Crew inked a deal with FOX Sports Ohio.

Many Ohio High School Athletic Association events, including hockey, football, and basketball were aired on ONN. ONN also aired weekly programming devoted to the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cincinnati Bearcats, and Miami Redhawks including live and tape delayed games.

ONN was one of the first TV networks to deliver live action sports video via Internet Protocol during the 2006-2007 school year for Miami Redhawks hockey.[8] The team finished the 2008-2009 season at the Frozen Four with a 4-3 OT loss to Boston University in the championship.


ONN delivers the top statewide stories each day utilizing partnerships with news stations: WBNS in Columbus, WKBN in Youngstown, WEWS in Cleveland, WHIO in Dayton, WKRC in Cincinnati, WTOV in Steubenville/Wheeling, WTVG in Toledo, and WLIO in Lima. In addition, many ONN stories are seen daily on these stations.

ONN rebroadcasts local news programs during the afternoon in cooperation with its affiliates in other Ohio markets. In addition to local news produced by Dispatch sister station WBNS, ONN airs local newscasts from WEWS in Cleveland, WKRC in Cincinnati, and WTVG in Toledo. These broadcasts currently air on a slightly delayed basis.


ONN Radio provides statewide newscasts for affiliate stations during the day. It is distributed by Radio Sound Network, which is also owned and operated by the Dispatch Group. Radio Sound Network distributes various programming elements for radio stations, including live play-by-play broadcasts of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

News team

Former on-air staff[9]


  • Denise Alex - weekend evenings
  • Sandra Cole - weeknights
  • Mike Kallmeyer - weeknights, also host of Brain Game and Ohio Means Business
  • Arica Robbins - weekday mornings
  • Lisa Smith - weekend mornings

DopplerNet Weather

  • Erin Carroll - meteorologist; weekend afternoons
  • Ross Ellet - meteorologist; weekday mornings
  • Eric Elwell (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weekday afternoons and evenings (now weekend meteorologist at WBNS in Columbus, OH)
  • Harrison Hove (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend evenings

Sports team

  • Beau Bishop - sports director; weekday evenings
  • Gregg Miller - sports director; weekend evenings
  • Dom Tiberi - sports director; fill-in, also sports reporter
  • David Wilkinson - sports director; fill-in, also sports reporter


  • Denise Alex - general assignment reporter
  • Jim Heath - State House correspondent, moderator of Capitol Square
  • Cristin Severance - Cleveland Bureau reporter
  • Lot Tan - Cincinnati Bureau reporter
  • Anthony Bailey - meteorologist (now meteorologist at KBAK-TV in Bakersfield, CA)
  • John Butte - founder/general manager (retired after stint as general manager of WEWS-TV in Cleveland, OH)
  • Dave Chudowsky - sports anchor (now sports reporter at WKYC-TV in Cleveland, OH)
  • Dan DeCrow - sports anchor
  • Jennifer Dugan - weekend anchor/weekday reporter
  • Melissa Fields - anchor
  • John Fortney - anchor (now news director/anchor at WTAP in Parkersburg, WV)
  • Angela Gardner - Statehouse Bureau chief/creator of Capitol Square
  • Claire Gilkey - reporter
  • Eleanor Hayes - weeknight anchor
  • Tiffani Helberg - weekend anchor (now reporter at WFOR-TV in Miami/Fort Lauderdale)
  • Lisa Kick - reporter
  • Debora Knapp - morning anchor (now anchor at KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon)
  • Doug Lessells - sports anchor
  • Gina Wheeler Martin - reporter (now anchor in Little Rock, AR)
  • Brian McIntyre - NE Ohio reporter (now deceased)
  • Jason Mauk - political reporter (works for the Ohio State Senate Republicans)
  • John McClelland - anchor
  • DaKysha Moore - reporter
  • Mike Raymond - weekday morning anchor (now freelance reporter/producer in Cleveland, OH)
  • Marjorie Vincent - anchor
  • Dan Weist - Statehouse reporter
  • Heather Weber - meteorologist
  • Tom Walker - Washington Bureau chief (retired)


  • Tom Griesdorn - president and general manager
  • Greg Fisher - news director
  • Leeza Glazier - assistant news director
  • Frank Willson - director of marketing
  • Barb Geller - communications manager
  • Vince Jones - operations manager
  • Chuck DeVendra - director of sales
  • Holly Beardsley - sales manager

Cable carriage

Only two cable providers in the state of Ohio did not carry ONN at the time of ONN's closure:


External links

  • ONN Radio website, featuring on-demand audio
  • Sourcewatch
  • Dispatch Broadcast Group
  • Siemens VNR as seen on ONN
  • Original Siemens VNR
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