According to the book Knoxville’s WNOX, Scripps Howard owned WNOX-AM from 1935 to 1982. The historic call letters will once again come under the Scripps banner in 2015. The original WNOX was 990 on the AM dial. Over the years, the call letters moved to 99.1 FM, 100.3 FM and 93.1 FM, where they currently reside.
It was announced late Wednesday that Journal Communications is merging its television and radio stations, including 93.1 WNOX, into The E.W. Scripps Company. Scripps sends its newspapers to the new Journal Media Group. Employees of the Knoxville News Sentinel will go from working for Scripps to working for Journal. My colleagues and I at Classic Hits 93.1, Star 102.1, Hot 104.5 and Q100.3 will go from being Journal employees to being Scripps employees.
In addition to WNOX, Scripps Howard used to own radio stations in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Memphis, Portland, and San Antonio. All of them were sold off years ago. The merger with Journal will give E.W. Scripps radio stations in Boise, Knoxville, Milwaukee, Omaha, Springfield (Missouri), Tucson, Tulsa, and Wichita.