Cox Media Group Company History Timeline


On August 15, 1898, James M. Cox purchased the Dayton Evening News (now the Dayton Daily News) and on August 22, the first issue of the Dayton Daily News was publshed under Cox's ownership.

In 1898, at the age of 28, Cox borrowed $26,000 from friends and family and purchased the Dayton Evening News (now the Dayton Daily News). He added a women’s society editor and increased the Associated Press service to include national, international and sports news.


In 1920, Cox was the Democratic presidential nominee and chose Franklin D. Roosevelt as his running mate.

Though they lost the 1920 election, both made their marks as Roosevelt later became president and Governor Cox focused his energy on growing his newspapers.


Cox often said that he had printers’ ink in his blood, and 1923 marked the beginning of his company’s vigorous growth.


WHIO, the first Cox radio station and first station in Ohio’s Miami Valley, went on air in Dayton on February 9, 1935.


That appeals strongly to me.” He later called purchasing The Journal “the rounding out of a dream." Pictured, The front page of The Journal from December 18, 1939, with a telegraph from Franklin D. Roosevelt welcoming Cox to Atlanta.


The first television station in Ohio's Miami Valley, WHIO-TV in Dayton, went on air on February 23, 1949.


Governor Cox purchased The Atlanta Constitution in 1950, just a few days before his 80th birthday.


James Middleton Cox died Tuesday, July 15, 1957, at his Trailsend home near Dayton, Ohio.


In 1964 Cox's broadcasting and cable businesses became Cox Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and opened for trading on the New York Stock Exchange.


Cox purchased Manheim Auto Auction, a small operation in Manheim, Pa., in 1968.


By 1971 CCC had become the second-largest company in the cable TV industry.


In 1982, to reflect the growth of the cable industry and to underscore the importance of transforming broadcasting, Cox Broadcasting Corporation changed its name to Cox Communications, Inc.


In 1985, Cox Enterprises, Inc. purchased Cox Communications for $75 per share.

1997 launched in 1997 as a majority-owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises.


In 2005, Manheim announced the opening of offices in China, with one in Shanghai and one in Beijing.


In 2007, Chairman Jim Kennedy formalized the company’s sustainability efforts through Cox Conserves.


In August 2009, Cox Enterprises realigned its radio, television, newspaper/publishing, and digital assets into the same division.


In July 2012, CMG announced its intention to sell its radio stations in smaller markets: Birmingham, Greenville, Hawaii, Louisville, Richmond, and Southern Connecticut.


In 2013, the fund was renamed the Cox Employee Relief Fund (CERF) to reflect the expansion of the Fund to include costs for injury or illness and loss of a family member.


In 2014, Cox Enterprises brought all of its automotive-related businesses — including Manheim,, Kelley Blue Book, vAuto and NextGear Capital — together under the newly created Cox Automotive subsidiary.


Jan.1, 2018, marked the beginning of a new era when Alex Taylor, a fourth-generation Cox family member, took over as president and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises.


In March 2019 filings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Apollo disclosed that the new company, tentatively named Terrier Media, would purchase the Cox stations for $3.1 billion (reduced by the value of Cox's equity stake in Terrier).

Cox Enterprises completed the sale of Cox Media Group (CMG) to affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. in December 2019.

Cox announced the closing of the acquisition on December 17, 2019.


31, 2020 Anne Cox Chambers, daughter of Governor James M. Cox and Cox Enterprises board member, passed away peacefully in her Atlanta home at the age of 100.


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