Ideastream Public Media & WKSU: Overview
Effective October 1, 2021 Ideastream Public Media and WKSU public radio entered into a public service operating agreement to create one of Northeast Ohio’s largest news organizations, building on decades of award-winning journalism from two of the region’s leaders in news and information. On that date, Ideastream Public Media began operating WKSU. Kent State University retained FCC licensing for WKSU and its repeater stations.
This exciting development allows us to provide more programming, expand journalism for the entire region, and build on our established business models to become even more sustainable. Under the new operating agreement, the audience served by Ideastream Public Media’s news and information programming will increase from 2.4 million to 3.6 million and serve 22 counties throughout Northeast Ohio.
Under the agreement, a phased approach to transition will occur. Both WKSU and WCPN will continue to operate as separate NPR news and information stations for the time being, while staffs come together to develop plans for combining newsroom resources and operations.
In 2022, WKSU will become the sole NPR news and information station in Northeast Ohio and Ideastream Public Media will commit its 104.9 FM signal (currently WCLV) as a repeater station that extends the WKSU coverage. As part of these plans, Ideastream Public Media’s classical service (WCLV) will move to 90.3 FM, making classical music available to a significantly larger listening area.