Columbus, Indianapolis Station Owner Dies

The owner of WBNS in Columbus and WTHR in Indianapolis has died.

John Wolfe whose family owned the Columbus Dispatch for over 100 years before selling it has died. 

Wolfe died Friday afternoon at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center. H

He had cancer for two years. He was 72.

“He always put community before personal interests and community before politics,” said Michael B. Coleman, who left Columbus City Hall last year as the city’s longest-serving mayor.

“He believed in Columbus unlike anyone else I’ve known. He believed in Columbus and its people,” Coleman said about Wolfe, whose family still owns WBNS-10TV in Columbus, WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, radio stations, agricultural and commercial properties.

“John was very shy – never liked the spotlight – and was most comfortable being in the background,” Curtin said. “John never took the health of the city – economically or culturally – for granted. He knew that it took constant nurturing from a lot of people, and he was always comfortable not being out front on those things.”

H/T Columbus Dispatch