The Ohio State University at Mansfield

Local Mansfield Rotary Club Hosts, A Conversation with Tom Rieland of WOSU Public Media

August 25, 2020

The Rotary Club of Mansfield, in partnership with The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Richland County, hosted a special Zoom meeting on August 18, 2020 with guest speaker Tom Rieland, general manager of WOSU Public Media and author of Sparks Flew: WOSU’s Century on the Air. The event was free and open to the public.

During this virtual meeting and Q&A session moderated by Ohio State Mansfield Dean Norman Jones, Rieland shared the 100 Year History of WOSU and the future of Public Media.

“If you look at the first educational radio stations to take to the air in 1922 it really looks like a Big 10 schedule, said Rieland. “Public radio as we know it today was invented and nurtured through the 1920s by primarily land-grant stations throughout the Midwest.