The Cincinnati Times-Star

The Cincinnati Times-Star

The Cincinnati Times-Star Building
Type Defunct
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Taft family
Editor Charles Phelps Taft
Founded June 15, 1880
Language English
Ceased publication August 3, 1958
Headquarters Cincinnati Times-Star Building
Cincinnati, Ohio
City Cincinnati, Ohio
Country United States
OCLC number 17937796

The Cincinnati Times-Star was an afternoon daily newspaper in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, from 1880 to 1958. The Northern Kentucky edition was known as The Kentucky Times-Star,[1] and a Sunday edition was known as The Sunday Times-Star. The Times-Star was owned by the Taft family and originally edited by Charles Phelps Taft. The Taft family's investments in news media would later grow into Taft Broadcasting, a conglomerate that owned radio, television, and entertainment properties nationwide.


The Star of January 2, 1875

The Times-Star first published on June 15, 1880, after the merger of The Times (founded April 25, 1840, as Spirit of the Times) and The Cincinnati Daily Star (founded in 1872 as The Evening Star). Charles Phelps Taft had purchased both papers the previous year.[2] Peter Rawson Taft II was publisher.

The Times-Star strongly supported political boss George B. Cox, to the embarrassment of Charles Phelps Taft's half-brother, progressive reformer and future President William Howard Taft.

On November 23, 1895, the Times-Star ran an editorial proposing a contest to choose a flag for the City of Cincinnati, offering a $50 prize.[3][4] On January 24, 1896, the commission awarded the $50 to influential illustrator Emil Rothengatter for the design that is in use today.[3]

The newspaper's offices were originally located on Sixth and Walnut streets.[5] On January 1, 1933, the Times-Star moved into the 16-story Cincinnati Times-Star Building on Broadway.

In 1939, the Times-Star purchased WKRC radio from CBS[6][7] and subsequently became an affiliate and shareholder of the Mutual Broadcasting System through subsidiary Radio Cincinnati.[8]

In 1952, a Washington, D.C.–based trust decided to sell The Cincinnati Enquirer to Charles Phelps Taft, but Enquirer employees pooled their assets and obtained loans to outbid him.

On August 3, 1958, the Times-Star was sold to Scripps-Howard Newspapers, owners of The Cincinnati Post, which by then had also purchased the Enquirer. Hulbert Taft Jr. was reportedly the only family member who opposed the sale.[9][2] Radio Cincinnati was reorganized as Taft Broadcasting. The Post moved into the Times-Star Building and published under the name The Cincinnati Post and Times-Star until December 31, 1974, when it reverted to The Cincinnati Post.

Notable former employees



  1. "About Kentucky times-star. (Cincinnati, Ohio) 1???-1958". Chronicling America. National Digital Newspaper Program. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  2. 1 2 "A Complete History of Our Building...". Hamilton County Court of Domestic Relations. July 26, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  3. 1 2 Purcell, John M.; Croft, James A.; Monahan, Rich (2003). American City Flags: 150 Flags from Akron to Yonkers (PDF). 1. North American Vexillological Association. pp. 77–78. ISBN 0974772801.
  4. Shotwell, John Brough (1902). A history of the schools of Cincinnati. The School Life Company. p. 606 via Google Books. In 1897 the Times Star Co., by offering a prize of $50, had Mayor Caldwell receive designs for a city flag. ... The flag was never officially adopted, being voted down in the Board of Legislature as undemocratic. Nevertheless, the flag is popular and is universally used.
  5. Hurter, Jerry (December 1984). "Hulbert Taft's Missing Editorial". Cincinnati Magazine. p. 56. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  6. "Times-Star buys WKRC, Cincinnati." Broadcasting - Broadcast Advertising, September 1, 1939, pg. 34.
  7. "WKRC's transfer approved by FCC." Broadcasting - Broadcast Advertising, December 1, 1939, pg. 36.
  8. Robinson, Thomas Porter (1979) [1943]. Radio Networks and the Federal Government. New York: Arno Press. p. 29. ISBN 0-405-11772-8.
  9. "The Press: Death of the Times-Star". Time. August 4, 1958. Retrieved November 17, 2014.

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