|Branding||NewsRadio 1490 WMRN|
|Format||News talk information|
Fox News Radio
Cincinnati Bengals Radio Network
Cleveland Cavaliers Radio Network
Cleveland Guardians Radio Network
Columbus Blue Jackets Radio Network
Ohio State Sports Network
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|Webcast||Listen live (via iHeartRadio)|
WMRN (1490 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a news talk information format. Licensed to Marion, Ohio, United States, ("MRN" stands for Marion Radio News) the station serves the Mid-Ohio area. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc., through licensee iHM Licenses, LLC, and features programming from Fox News Radio and Premiere Networks.
The station was launched December 23, 1940. As the first station to broadcast from Marion, WMRN has traditionally been viewed as Marion County's "home" radio station.
In May 1953, WMRN's owners launched an FM sister station WMRN-FM which played "Beautiful Music" format until its format was converted to Country & Western on April 1, 1981. Clear Channel Communications separated the AM operations from the FM station, and then sold WMRN-AM to its current owner.
As of summer 2019, WMRN's schedule consists primarily of talk programming syndicated by Premiere Networks. Following the June 2019 retirement of longtime local host Jeff Ruth, WMRN airs virtually no locally produced regularly-scheduled programming, save for local news bulletins.
All programming syndicated by Premiere Networks and aired live unless otherwise noted. National news bulletins from Fox News Radio air at the top of each hour, with local news bulletins airing at the top and bottom of each hour.
Note that live sports programming preempts the regularly-scheduled programming listed above on the terrestrial broadcast. Regularly-scheduled programming airs on the streamed broadcast due to blackout restrictions imposed by the National Football League, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, and the NCAA.
Note: In the event of scheduling conflicts, Ohio State football and Cincinnati Bengals football take precedence over Cleveland Guardians games in September.