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WCBE is a broadcast service of Columbus City Schools

WCBE 90.5 FM is a catalyst for community — enriching lives by providing the best original, independent, & network programming, and by partnering with listeners and local organizations to grow and sustain our cultural and educational landscape.

WCBE has provided superior public radio programming for residents of Columbus and adjacent areas since 1956. The station currently serves the region from Marion in the north, to Chillicothe in the south, east to Zanesville and west to Springfield. WCBE estimates roughly 120,000 listeners tune weekly to our signal.

In 1970, WCBE 90.5 FM became one of the first charter member stations of National Public Radio (NPR). The station was originally established as an educational tool of Columbus City Schools, airing local shows one to five-and-a-half hours every weekday. Today, WCBE is an NPR affiliate, broadcasting twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

View a video created by local filmmaker, Seth Moherman, documenting an eye-catching overview of the station’s amazing 55 year transformation in a documentary titled, "This Is WCBE".
Station: WCBE FM
Frequency: 90.5 FM Columbus, 106.3 FM Newark
Watts: 12,000
Market: Columbus, OH
Owner: Columbus Board of Education


Our Newark frequency (formerly 106.7 FM) has been restored and is now 106.3 FM. Read more about it here.

2015 SAS Report