WRFD TheWord880-104.5 logo.png
Broadcast areaColumbus, Ohio
Frequency880 kHz
BrandingThe Word 880 AM 104.5 FM
FormatChristian radio
AffiliationsSalem Radio Network
First air date
September 27, 1947 (1947-09-27)
Call sign meaning
Rural Free Delivery
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID58630
Power23,000 watts (daytime)
6,100 watts (critical hours)
Transmitter coordinates
39°56′31″N 83°01′20″W / 39.94194°N 83.02222°W / 39.94194; -83.02222
Translator(s)104.5 W283CL (Columbus)
Public license information
WebcastListen live
Listen live (via Audacy)

WRFD (880 AM) is a radio station licensed to both Worthington and Columbus, Ohio, United States. WRFD is owned by Salem Media Group and is a sister station to conservative talk outlet WTOH (98.9 FM). The two stations share studios in the northwest portion of Columbus, and WRFD's transmitter is based near Cooper Stadium on the city's west side. WRFD can also be heard via translator station W283CL (104.5 FM), which launched in November 2016.


WRFD is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as a daytime-only station, and is required to sign-off at local sunset to protect WCBS in New York City, a 50,000-watt, clear-channel station on the same frequency. Despite the interruption of over-the-air service, WRFD offers programming 24 hours daily through its webstream.

WRFD began broadcasting September 14, 1947, with 5 KW power and was owned and operated by Peoples Broadcasting Company,[1] an affiliate of Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company (the present-day Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company; the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation was Nationwide's founding member). WRFD was originally aimed at the regional agricultural market (hence the use of RFD, or rural free delivery), and had its studios and transmitter located on East Powell Road in rural Delaware County, north of Columbus.

Advertisement for Peoples Broadcasting Corporation aka Nationwide Communications Corporation, later known as Nationwide Communications Corporation, a subsidiary of the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. (Note the Nationwide "eagle" logo inside the Peoples microphone logo)

WRFD held a construction permit for an FM station that actually was on the air for a period of time in the early 1950s; the license was turned in for financial considerations. In 1961 WRFD re-opened a sibling FM station, WRFD-FM, which became WNCI by 1967. WRFD was later sold to Buckeye Media in 1974, which later sold it to current owner Salem Communications in late 1981.

Since February 1, 1982, WRFD has operated with a Christian talk radio format. On air personalities at that time included Chuck Brown, Rick Dolezal, Boyce Lancaster, Bill DeWeese and Steve Lineberry. The station maintained a daily broadcast schedule of farm news and agribusiness information. In the late '90s, the farm program adopted the brand Ohio Farm Radio.

One widely known WRFD farm broadcaster was Ed Johnson, who hosted the program from 1967 until 1972. Leaving WRFD, he founded The Agri Broadcasting Network (ABN) which he owned and operated until his death in February 2001. The longest serving Farm Director at the station during the Salem Years was Joe Cornely, who broadcast daily farm news and information until 1998, when he joined the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation staff. He was followed by Darrin Johnston, who was replaced in 2002 by Andy Vance who left Salem Communications in 2005 to found the Buckeye Ag Radio Network, and later acquire Johnson's ABN Radio.

In 2005, Salem executives, with hopes of providing a more consistent programming schedule, decided to discontinue WRFD's agricultural programming.

Local programming

Local programming on WRFD includes Bob Burney Live on weekdays. On Saturdays, there is "Listen to Your Money," "Saving Face," and "Saturday Live," hosted by Columbus radio legend Tom Wiebell.


Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W283CL 104.5 Columbus, Ohio 152209 250 D 39°56′14″N 83°1′16″W / 39.93722°N 83.02111°W / 39.93722; -83.02111 (W251CT) FCC LMS


  1. ^ "Rural Ohio Station, WRFD, Now on Air" (PDF). Broadcasting. September 15, 1947. Retrieved 8 October 2014.


  1. ^ Nationwide Insurance and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation have had a long and close relationship; Nationwide having originally been created by the farm bureau to meet the insurance needs of farmers.