Nick Houser

Chief Content Director - Digital Media

Nick Houser leads the digital media team and oversees all things digital, including,, digital content, the WOSU Public Media Mobile App, social media, enewsletters, podcasts and on-demand video.

Nick has extensive experience in the journalism, digital and communications fields. He came from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business where he served as web content manager and before that he was the college’s public relations coordinator.

Prior to joining Ohio State, he was an Associated Press Society of Ohio award-winning journalist at the Xenia Daily Gazette, The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria and the Delaware Gazette. Nick holds a Bachelor Degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University.

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The Coast Guard says the cost of launching a response boat is about $4,500, while a helicopter search can cost $16,000 an hour -- costs that could be added to restitution paid by someone convicted of making a false distress call.
Brian Bull / WCPN

The Coast Guard says the number of false distress calls it's receiving from the Great Lakes has tripled this year.

Several Ohio government websites were hacked on Sunday morning by a group that denounced President Donald Trump and supports the Islamic State. 

The hacker calling itself Team System Dz replaced the websites' content with an anti-government message.

Columbus Blue Jackets playing at Nationwide Arena
Tanner Gronowski / Instagram

The Columbus Blue Jackets traded forward Brandon Saad back to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for top young forward Artemi Panarin in a blockbuster draft day trade on Friday. 

2016 was a memorable year for Classical 101 and the arts in Columbus, check out the stories from our blog over the past year. 

It’s been exciting and unpredictable year for news in Columbus and Ohio. As we bid farewell to 2016, we wanted to take a look back at the most viewed news stories on the WOSU site throughout the year.

Take a look at how Ohio is voting county-by-county as the votes are announced.


Keep track of the vote tallies for the Presidential race, Ohio's Congressional makeup in Washington, Ohio General Assembly and two Ohio Supreme Court contested races.

Follow along the results of other local races, such as the Franklin County Prosecutor on WOSU Liveblog: Election Night Results.

Ohio Presidential Voting Results

The presidential election has been the focus for more than a year, however what will Congress look like when the nation's 45th president takes off in January.

Keep track with the Congressional Balance of Power Widget.


Presidential Big Board

Nov 8, 2016

See how every state is voting in one spot with the Presidential Big Board. Results will be updated automatically as polls in each state close.

Is That True? Fact Check It. NPR

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Graphic of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and word bubbles

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Cynthia Ravitsky in her car.
Nick Houser / WOSU News

Can public radio save a life? Maybe so. Just ask Cynthia Ravitsky of Westerville.

PBS NewsHour and NPR present 2016 Democratic National Convention - July 25-28, 2016
PBS NewsHour

Join PBS NewsHour and NPR for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Live joint coverage is underway and a full, automatically updating story about the convention will be available below the video player.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
PBS Newshour

Watch Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff moderate the PBS NewsHour Democratic Debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders starting at 9pm. 

Columbus Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus
Columbus Symphony Orchestra

It is a little more than a week until Christmas. Leading up to Christmas  and New Year's Day, Classical 101 has a full lineup of local and global specials on the schedule. 

Pug reading a book
Provided photo

In celebration of National Dog Day, we wanted to share some of the four legged friends of WOSU staffers and volunteers.

Artificial Intelligence
geralt / Pixabay

Computers that can not only analyze our language but fully comprehend it, learn it, and act on it. A field of AI research called Deep Learning is evolving as we speak and hopes to make that fiction a reality.

Violinists Siwoo Kim and Alicia Hui and violist John Stulz perform in the Classical 101 studio in advance of the VIVO Music Festival
Thomas Bradley / WOSU

Musicians from Columbus' newest classical music offering - the VIVO Music Festival - joined Classical 101's Jennifer Hambrick live in the Classical 101 studios.

Painting of a dog at a piano
Wikimedia Commons

Classical 101 celebrates our favorite furry friends during National Dog Day on Wednesday, August 26. Join the fun!  We’ll have 13 hours dedicated to honoring classical music’s canine companions.

Anna Vinnitskaya
Columbus Symphony Orchestra

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra Masterworks season comes to its end with two monumental works for orchestra. Join Classical 101 and host Christopher Purdy for the broadcast of the season finale at 1pm on Sunday, June 7. 

A new episode of Reveal, is on 89.7 NPR News at 7pm Friday.

Jennifer Zmuda

BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang will join Boyce Lancaster on Classical 101 this Thursday at 9:00am to talk about the new BalletMet production of Cinderella, set to Prokofiev’s music.

Billie Bibow talks at the Newark Think Tank of Poverty
Tom Borgerding / WOSU News

As Ohio considers early release for some inmates convicted of non-violent felonies, a pair of state lawmakers has introduced a bill to improve odds of them getting work. In Newark, a non-profit is actively backing the proposed legislation as a means to combat poverty and help ex-felons from returning to prison.

Clayton Luckie in court
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

A judge has denied a former Ohio lawmaker’s second request for early release from prison.

Tommy Thompson
U.S. Marshal's Office

A deep-sea treasure hunter who spent years as a fugitive has returned to Ohio to face the investors he’s accused of bilking out of millions of dollars in gold.

A judge in Ohio will handle the criminal contempt charge filed against Tommy Thompson after he went missing in the midst of demands he appear in court.

Federal court documents said the 62-year-old Thompson and his longtime companion, Alison Antekeier were in the state Wednesday. The two had been held in Florida where they were apprehended in January.

Friedemann Wuettke playing a guitar
Courtesy of the artist

The next Fretworks program this Saturday at 7 pm, will feature a guitar concerto by Haydn, sort of… Franz Joseph Haydn never actually wrote a guitar concerto, but German guitarist Friedemann Wuettke took it upon himself to make an arrangement of the String Quartet, Op. 2, No. 2 for guitar and strings. He’ll be the soloist with the New Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

In a move that is sure to set off a new round of debate over how the U.S. should fight ISIS, the Obama administration has sent Congress a request for formal authorization to use military force against the extremist group.

It’s always nice to look back on seasons past and relive many special musical moments. Each Sunday afternoon during November and December, join Classical 101 and Boyce Lancaster for a new season of recorded performances by Columbus’ ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (PMCO). PMCO’s 35th season was the debut of only the second Music Director in ProMusica history—David Danzmayr. Plan now to join Boyce Lancaster for great music, old and new, from ProMusica’s anniversary season, every Sunday from 1–3pm on Classical 101.

Join us for an Independence Day celebration on Classical 101 for Fourth of July music. Listen to American music and selections inspired by our nation's birthday. Symphony at 7 with John Rittmeyer will be all-American with Star-Spangled Symphony, American Suite and Song of the Liberty Bell. Get the perfect accompaniment to the fireworks on your radio, computer or the WOSU mobile app. Have a happy and safe holiday!

Join WOSU Public Media, Classical 101 and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra for a day of musical activities, crafts and a free performance open to the Columbus community. Youth and Family takes place Saturday, May 10 from 12:30-4 p.m at WOSU@COSI. A concert with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and local youth will take place at 3 p.m. Also, come say hi to your favorite Classical 101 hosts. Join us for this great event.