JackFM Selects Skyview Networks and Local Radio Networks for Sales and Syndication Services

 

JackFM Selects Skyview Networks and Local Radio Networks for Sales and Syndication Services

Companies to provide Sparknet’s JackFM format with network sales, distribution and affiliate solutions

 

PHOENIX, Ariz. (August 7, 2019) Sparknet announced today its new exclusive partnership with Skyview Networks and Local Radio Networks (LRN) for their full package of syndication services.  As part of the agreement, Skyview Networks will become the exclusive network sales partner and satellite distribution provider for JackFM’s leading Adult Variety format, with its irreverent, scripted personality and “Playing What We Want”® music experience.  LRN will lead the affiliate relations initiative and provide its proprietary IP-based Radio Velocity Control (RVC) automation technology and its integrated satellite distribution.  The agreement between the parties will be effective January 1, 2020.

“This move will upgrade the product quality for our affiliate stations in every aspect of the JackFM listener experience.  This also puts us into a partnership aligned around innovation, growth and customer service,” said Garry Wall, President of Sparknet.

Leveraging the distribution power of Skyview Networks and LRN is a strategic move that will allow JackFM to increase its already significant footprint.  Powering the effort is Skyview Networks’ advanced satellite distribution platform which serves 5,700+ radio stations nationwide and LRN’s proprietary terrestrial distribution technology, which will increase the delivery options for local radio owners and operators joining the JackFM network.  The partnership also brings unique integration opportunities to Skyview Networks’ advertisers that are seeking creative campaigns that connect with the loyal audiences tuned into the JackFM format.

“We are proud to offer Sparknet, in partnership with LRN, our full-service solution for syndicating and monetizing its successful and popular JackFM music format.  This partnership brings together the synergies of three compelling audio companies experiencing unprecedented growth,” said Ken Thiele, CEO of Skyview Networks.  “I am impressed with the leadership strategy of LRN and believe in the opportunities we bring to the industry as partners for top content creators like Sparknet.”

Earlier this year, Skyview Networks and LRN entered into a collaborative partnership.  Steve Swick, CEO of LRN, stated, “The combined expertise and services of LRN and Skyview creates the most powerful 24/7 music format syndication solution for radio station owners, personalities and content creators.  JackFM is a proven audience-winner and a perfect addition to LRN’s lineup of quality 24/7 music formats.”

“I had worked for a decade with Garry and the JackFM format and know firsthand the quality of the product and incredible creative energy he and his team dedicate to its production,” noted Pat Crocker, Executive Vice President of LRN.  “We look forward to working with the Sparknet team to increase the already extensive footprint of the JackFM brand across the US.”

With its expanding reach and audience makeup, Skyview Networks will be pivotal in looking to build network audio sales.  “We are thrilled to welcome JackFM—a diverse format that entertains and engages its listeners—to the Skyview Networks partnership portfolio,” said Jeanne-Marie Condo, EVP/GM of Skyview Networks.  “In an ever-evolving audio industry, Skyview is constantly seeking opportunities to create value for our clients and JackFM offers programming solutions that are unmatched in the industry.  We are proud to call them a partner and look forward to building on their success.”

Skyview Networks is based in Scottsdale, Arizona with sales offices located throughout the United States, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Atlanta.  It services advertising clients on the network and regional level.

Radio stations that would like more information on the JackFM format may contact LRN’s Pat Crocker at 720-500-3810 and Pat@LocalRadioNetworks.net.

 

About Sparknet

Sparknet Communications is the owner and legal guardian of the iconic JackFM branded radio format.

JackFM is widely recognized for the trademarked “Playing What We Want” music experience delivered in a scripted, character driven format.  The JackFM brand entertains more than 9 million listeners every week in 62 markets throughout the United States.

 

About Local Radio Networks (www.localradionetworks.com)

Local Radio Networks (LRN) produces thirteen 24/7 music formats and is focused on providing local broadcasters with unprecedented localization and content control, national on-air talent, along with award-winning news from ABC News Radio.  LRN offers advanced dual delivery platforms via XDS satellite, from a partnership with Skyview Networks, or LRN’s proprietary Radio Velocity Control (RVC), which integrates seamlessly with most automation systems or can serve as a stand-alone automation option.  Skyview Networks is the exclusive national network ad sales representative for LRN.  Steve Swick is Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer.  Will Mashione is Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer.  LRN is headquartered in Angola, IN, with offices in Los Angeles, CA, Dallas, TX, and a state-of-the-art Programming and Operations Center in Denver, CO.

 

About Skyview Networks

Skyview Networks is a broadcast technology and national network sales solutions company serving over 5,000 radio stations reaching 113 million listeners weekly.  Skyview Networks provides services to ABC Radio, CBS Audio, professional and collegiate sports organizations and two state news networks.  Founded in 1995, Skyview is based in Scottsdale, Arizona and focuses on providing best-in-class services that include satellite and IP distribution, full network automation, inventory management systems and network audio sales.  For more information, visit skyviewnetworks.com and follow @SkyviewNetworks.

 

 

Media Contacts:

Skyview Networks:                                  Local Radio Networks:                                                                                 

Renee Smith                                                     Renee Cassis

480-503-8702                                                 RC Communications Marketing

renee@skyviewsat.com                                 646-808-6505

cassis2@msn.com

 

Omar Thompson

214-546-4718

omart@1ninemedia.com

Patrick Crocker Joins Local Radio Networks as EVP, 24/7 Music Formats, Following His Resignation from Westwood One

Crocker is Latest in Stream of Network Executives Moving to LRN

Angola, IN, June 19, 2019 – Seasoned 24/7 music format executive Patrick (Pat) Crocker is the latest in a stream of senior managers to join Local Radio Networks (LRN) following their depature from Westwood One. Crocker, who has been in radio and the 24/7 music format business for more than 30 years, joins LRN as Executive Vice President and will work closely with Chief Executive Officer Steve Swick. Crocker will concentrate on super-serving the needs of local radio owners and operators, help develop new revenue-generating products, and support LRN’s relationships with Skyview Networks and ABC Radio. LRN is known for providing small- and medium-market broadcasters with superior 24/7 music programming and technology that features maximum local control and localization.

”In the past year and a half, we have collectively amassed over 135 years of treasured time and talent along with critical expertise in 24/7 music formats,” observed Swick. ”With the addition of Pat to our growing team, we can further expand our services and are well on our way to attaining the leadership position within the 24/7 music format space. I am delighted to welcome Pat and enthusiastic about what lies ahead for LRN and our affiliated radio station partners.”

“LRN offers local broadcasters an exciting combination of strategic benefits that attracted me to the company,” said Crocker. “The opportunity to focus 100 percent on the small and medium market radio community, without other corporate and Wall Street distractions, is appealing and will allow me to deliver the products and services that local broadcasters need to compete and thrive in today’s environment. The association with Skyview Networks and ABC Radio is a powerhouse combination that makes it all-the-more enticing.  I’m looking forward to rejoining my former colleagues who have migrated to Local Radio Networks.”

Crocker is the sixth in a series of executives to exit Westwood One to join LRN in the past two years. Others who have made the move are: Matt Caldaronello, Chris Reeves, Chris Hatton, Jonathon Steele, Chad Seng,

Crocker has 30+ years of experience in radio sales and management across local, national, network, and syndication. He has spurred the growth of 24/7 music format affiliations at Jones Radio Networks, Dial Global, and Westwood One and overseen the consolidation of affiliate sales departments during several network mergers. Crocker began his career in media in St. Louis as a national ad sales representative and moved into local and national sales management at St. Louis iconic stations WIL-FM and KSHE-FM, as well as KALC-FM and KIMN-FM in Denver.

Pat Crocker can be reached at 720-500-3810 and Pat@LocalRadioNetworks.net.

About Local Radio Networks (www.localradionetworks.com)

Local Radio Networks (LRN) produces thirteen 24/7 music formats and is focused on providing local broadcasters with unprecedented localization and content control, national on-air talent, along with award-winning news from ABC News Radio. LRN offers advanced dual delivery platforms via XDS satellite, from a partnership with Skyview Networks, or LRN’s proprietary Radio Velocity Control (RVC), which integrates seamlessly with most automation systems or can serve as a stand-alone automation option. Skyview Networks is the exclusive national network ad sales representative for LRN. Steve Swick is Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer. Will Mashione is Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer. LRN is headquartered in Angola, IN, with offices in Los Angeles, CA, Dallas, TX, and a state-of-the-art Programming and Operations Center in Denver, CO.

Media Contact:

Renee Cassis | RC Communications Marketing

646-808-6505 | cassis2@msn.com

Matt Caldaronello Joins Local Radio Networks’ 24/7 Music Formats Following Resignation from Westwood One

Matt Caldaronello

Angola, IN – January 7, 2019 — Local Radio Networks (LRN) is proud to announce that Matt Caldaronello has joined its team of 24/7 music format experts as Vice President of Affiliate Sales. The announcement comes days after Caldaronello resigned from Cumulus Media’s Westwood One Network, where he was the #1 seller of 24/7 music format affiliations. The move occurs only 18 months after three former Westwood One executives joined LRN’s expanding team. More executive announcements are expected in the coming weeks, as LRN continues to grow and strengthen its position.  

“Matt is one of network radio’s most highly respected affiliate sales and relations professionals,” commented Steve Swick, President and Chief Executive Officer of LRN, who made the announcement. “He is passionate about the 24/7 music format business and cares deeply about the radio station owners and operators who rely and depend on superior quality content and service, combined with local control. His long-term relationships will be an asset to the radio stations migrating to LRN. On behalf of our long-time Vice President of Affiliate Sales, Donna Halverson, and our entire team, I am delighted to welcome Matt.”

“Broadcasters are ready for a positive change,” stated Caldaronello. “LRN is dedicated exclusively to 24/7 music programming, which allows them to focus entirely on the needs of local broadcasters. LRN’s strategic relationships with ABC News Radio for award-winning news and with Skyview Networks for advanced XDS satellite delivery add more high-quality options for affiliates. I’m excited about the opportunities and new tools that I can now offer owners and operators, including maximum flexibility and control, along with quick turnaround solutions.”

Caldaronello has more than 20 years of network radio experience in 24/7 music formats. During his most recent role as Vice President of Affiliate Management for Westwood One, he oversaw approximately 800 station affiliations and was responsible for generating new affiliate business and renewals. He can be reached via email, matt@localradionetworks.com, at his Los Angeles office, 661-414-7535, or on mobile, 661-618-2684.

About Local Radio Networks (www.localradionetworks.com)

Local Radio Networks (LRN) produces thirteen 24/7 music formats and is focused on providing local broadcasters with unprecedented localization and content control, national on-air talent, along with award-winning news from ABC News Radio. LRN offers advanced dual delivery platforms via XDS satellite, from a partnership with Skyview Networks, or LRN’s proprietary Radio Velocity Control (RVC), which integrates seamlessly with most automation systems or can serve as a stand-alone automation option. Skyview Networks is the exclusive national network ad sales representative for LRN. Steve Swick is Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer. Will Mashione is Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer. LRN is headquartered in Angola, IN, with offices in Los Angeles, CA, Dallas, TX, and a state-of-the-art Programming and Operations Center in Denver, CO. 

Media Contact:

Renee Cassis | RC Communications Marketing

646-808-6505 | cassis2@msn.com

Local Radio Networks Shifts to Skyview Networks; In Conjunction with ABC Radio, Companies to Provide Network Sales, Distribution and Content Opportunities

Angola, IN – July 11, 2018 In a move that will change the paradigm of the 24/7 music format business for small and medium market stations, Local Radio Networks (LRN) is collaborating with Skyview Networks and ABC Radio to expand distribution, drive network sales revenue and power additional content.

As part of the agreement, Skyview Networks will provide its advanced satellite distribution platform for unprecedented reliability and flexibility and become the exclusive network sales partner for LRN’s industry-leading 24/7 music formats.  ABC Radio will provide its worldwide resources to drive additional programming opportunities to LRN and its affiliates.  The agreement between the parties is effective January 1, 2019.

Twelve expertly programmed 24/7 music formats including AC, Country, CHR, and Rock along with localization, major market talent, large libraries, and uncompressed audio are hallmarks of the LRN affiliate experience.  The satellite technology provided by Skyview Networks amplifies the delivery options local radio owners and operators have at their fingertips.

“This is really an exciting time for Local Radio Networks.  Launching this relationship with ABC Radio and Skyview Networks allows us to expand our 24/7 programming footprint and distribute our music formats with dual delivery platforms of cloud-based and now satellite delivery via XDS smart receivers to potentially thousands of stations, effortlessly and efficiently,” said Steve Swick, Chief Executive Officer, LRN.  “Steve Jones and ABC Radio bring some very special content opportunities to the table, as well.”

Continued Swick, “With the addition of Skyview Networks’ distribution and network sales expertise, we’re able to elevate our business across radio dials.  This transition reflects our commitment to deliver superior 24/7 music programming to small and medium market stations every day, while increasing the power and flexibility affiliates have locally.”

“We’re very pleased to welcome LRN to the Skyview family and deepen our relationship with ABC Radio.  Skyview is in a tremendous period of growth, which is a result of dynamic partnerships and investments,” said Ken Thiele, President of Skyview Networks.  “Our next-generation distribution technology allows us to provide the marketplace and local owners new and better 24/7 music formats from LRN, which is great news for the industry.”

“ABC Radio and Skyview welcome LRN. From a network sales perspective, we are experiencing heavy inventory demand and LRN’s music formats and market reach help deliver on the entertainment experiences brands are seeking,” said Jeanne-Marie Condo, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Skyview Networks.  “At Skyview one of our strengths is providing advertisers custom integrations.  LRN’s dynamic personalities really allow us to double-down and provide clients more of what they want.”

Earlier this year, LRN and ABC News Radio initiated their relationship with an arrangement to deliver ABC’s award-winning news to LRN affiliates.

Regarding the growing business relationship with LRN, Steve Jones, Vice President & General Manager, ABC Radio commented, “The 24/7 music format business is a storied part of ABC Radio’s heritage, so this is a natural extension of the ABC Radio brand.  We’re already providing an ABC News Radio option for LRN affiliates, so taking this next step in our relationship just makes sense.  Congratulations to Steve Swick on the growth of LRN and to Ken Thiele and the Skyview Networks team.  This demonstrates our shared commitment to moving our business forward.”

Radio stations that would like more information on LRN may contact Donna Halverson at 214-307-5087 or donna@localradionetworks.com, or Jim Ortega at 720-500-3810 and jim@localradionetworks.com.  ABC Radio will handle affiliate services for the news products. For ABC Radio affiliation information, contact Heidi Oringer at 212.456.5541 or heidi.b.oringer@abc.com.

About Local Radio Networks (www.localradionetworks.com)

Local Radio Networks, Inc. (LRN) is a Michigan limited liability company that provides 24/7 music radio programming to small and medium market stations, helping them reduce operating costs and maximize localized content. LRN’s cloud-based Radio Velocity Control (RVC) technology delivers maximum custom localization and station owner controls that integrate seamlessly into most existing playout systems or can be used for all 24/7 automation needs. Steve Swick is Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer. Will Mashione is Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer. Launched in 2015 with corporate headquarters in Angola, Indiana, LRN has expanded to offices in Dallas, TX, and operations and programming facility in Denver, CO.

About Skyview Networks

Skyview Networks is a broadcast technology and national network sales solutions company that provides services to ABC Radio, CBS News Radio, Local Radio Networks, professional and collegiate sports organizations and two state news networks. Founded in 1995, Skyview is based in Scottsdale, Arizona and focuses on providing best-in-class services that include satellite distribution, full network automation, inventory management systems and network audio sales. For more information, visit skyviewnetworks.com.

About ABC Radio 

ABC Radio syndicates America’s largest commercial radio news network, ABC News Radio, along with the ABC Radio Lifestyle and Entertainment network and ABC Radio Digital to over 1650 radio stations and multiple digital distributors. ABC Radio reaches more than 76-million listeners each week across broadcast and digital audio platforms. ABC Radio is part of the Disney ABC Television Group.  For more information: www.abcradio.com.

Media Contacts:

Skyview Networks:

Renee Smith

480-503-8702

renee@skyviewsat.com

Omar Thompson

214-546-4718

omart@1ninemedia.com

 

Local Radio Networks:

Renee Cassis

RC Communications Marketing

646-808-6505

cassis2@msn.com

ABC News Media Relations
Elizabeth Russo
212-456-7414
Elizabeth.russo@abc.com

Local Radio Networks (LRN) Debuts New 24/7 Music Format – “Superstar Country” in Tennessee and Illinois

Angola, IN – April 16, 2018 — Local Radio Networks (LRN) is proud to announce Superstar Country, its newest professionally programmed 24/7 music format with maximum localization and top country radio talent. Superstar Country features hits from the 80s through today, with a focus on the genuine country stars and icons from the 1990s through 2000s, such as George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, and more. Superstar Country also blends in current hits that are authentic to the true country sound.

Currently on WJDT, Rogersville, TN, and WIBV, Mt. Vernon, IL, Superstar Country targets a core 35-49 country radio audience, with a broad reach that resonates across the 25-54 demographic.

“We’ve rounded up the best national country radio talent and combined their voices with the most popular hits from the biggest country music stars, all with maximum localization,” observed Chris Reeves, Vice President of Programming for Local Radio Networks.

Hosts of LRN’s Superstar Country include:

  • Craig “Catfish” Hunter, previous Jones Radio Network and local Denver, Atlanta, San Jose, and Tampa on-air personality, will be the afternoon drive host
  • Maria “ChaCha” Chavez, former Westwood One Radio Networks and longtime Denver on-air host, will take on midday duties
  • Jenny D, previous Westwood One Radio Networks local Denver on-air talent, will be the evening host

With the addition of Superstar Country, LRN now offers thirteen 24/7 music formats. Stations interested in learning more about LRN’s 24/7 music formats may contact Donna Halverson at 214-307-5087 and donna@localradionetworks.com,or Jim Ortega at 720-500-3810 and jim@localradionetworks.com.

LRN’s cloud-based Radio Velocity Control (RVC) technology delivers maximum custom localization and station owner controls that integrates seamlessly into most existing playout systems or can be used for all 24/7 automation needs.

About Local Radio Networks (www.localradionetworks.com)

Local Radio Networks, Inc. is a Michigan limited liability company that provides 24/7 Music radio programming to small and medium market stations, helping them reduce operating costs and maximize localized content and control. Steve Swick is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer. Will Mashione is Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer.

Media Contact:

Renee Cassis | RC Communications Marketing

646-808-6505 | cassis2@msn.com

Major Market On-Air Talent Join Local Radio Networks Across Its 24/7 Music Formats

New Talent Include Cara Carriveau, Catfish Hunter, Gregg Stone, and More

Angola, IN – April 2, 2018 — Following nine months of super-charged growth across operations, programming, affiliate sales, and office space, Local Radio Networks has expanded its on-air team with 15 additional major market and network talent across its 24/7 Music Formats.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for small and medium market stations across the country to have nationally recognized, major market, super talent on the air,” stated Steve Swick, Chief Executive Officer of Local Radio Networks. “When combined with LRN’s maximum localization and control features, along with seamless integration capabilities, our affiliates are well-positioned to competitively take their markets.”

“We’ve assembled the highest quality on-air talent for LRN’s 24/7 Music Formats,” added Chris Reeves, Vice President of Programming for Local Radio Networks. “We’re excited to welcome them, and we’re looking forward to announcing more Music Formats soon.”

The new LRN talent are:

  • Cara Carriveau– Formerly of WLUP and WSHE, Chicago, takes on midday host duties for Classic Rock
  • Craig “Catfish” Hunter– Previous Jones Radio Network and local Denver, Atlanta, San Jose, and Tampa talent will be the afternoon host on a new, soon-to-be-announced Music Format
  • Gregg Stone– Former Westwood One Radio Networks and longtime local Denver on-air talent joins Classic Rock
  • Ryan “Tall Guy” Chase– Former Westwood One Radio Networks and longtime local Denver talent hosts afternoons on Classic Hits
  • Michael Gifford–  Previous Jones and Westwood One Radio Networks host and local Denver talent joins AC
  • John Gleason– Previous Jones and Westwood One Radio Networks host and local Denver talent takes on evening duties for Classic Country
  • Tim Jeffreys– 25 years on the air in San Francisco/San Jose, and most recently Program Director of KFOX, San Francisco, joins Classic Hits
  • Maria “ChaCha” Chavez– Former Westwood One Radio Networks and longtime Denver talent will be the midday host on a new, soon-to-be-announced Music Format
  • Andrew “Jaye” Cannon– Former Jones Radio Networks host is the evening talent on Mainstream AC
  • Jenny D– Previous Westwood One Radio Networks and local Denver talent will be the evening host on a new, soon-to-be-announced Music Format
  • Dennis Harrington– Former Jones and Westwood One Radio Networks host and local Denver talent will handle overnights on a new, soon-to-be-announced Music Format
  • Chad Blake– Former Jones and Westwood One Radio Network talent joins Classic Country
  • John Glenn– Former Waitt Radio Networks host and country radio Program Director joins Mainstream Country
  • Ray Michaels– Former CBS, Orlando, talent and Operations Manager/Program Director at numerous Florida radio clusters hosts middays on Classic Hits
  • Robb Rose– Currently with WSHE, Chicago, joins Mainstream Country

Stations interested in learning more about LRN’s 24/7 Music Formats may contact Donna Halverson at 214-307-5087 and donna@localradionetworks.com,or Jim Ortega at 720-500-3810 and jim@localradionetworks.com.

LRN’s cloud-based Radio Velocity Control (RVC) technology delivers maximum custom localization and station owner controls that integrates seamlessly into most existing playout systems or can be used for all 24/7 automation needs.

About Local Radio Networks (www.localradionetworks.com)

Local Radio Networks, Inc. is a Michigan limited liability company that provides 24/7 music radio programming to small and medium market stations, helping them reduce operating costs and maximize localized content and control. Steve Swick is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer. Will Mashione is Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer.

Media Contact:

Renee Cassis | RC Communications Marketing

646-808-6505 | cassis2@msn.com

Local Radio Networks (LRN) Partners with SMARTS Broadcast Systems, Further Expanding Compatibility Options for its 24/7 Formats

ANGOLA, IN, March 8, 2018 – Local Radio Networks (LRN) and SMARTS Broadcast Systems have entered into an arrangement that makes delivery of LRN’s highly localized 24/7 music formats compatible with the SMARTS Skylla System and easily available to all SMARTS Skylla affiliates.

“We’re delighted to partner with one of the best automation systems in radio,” stated Steve Swick, Chief Executive Officer of Local Radio Networks. “SMARTS is known for exceptional customer service and state-of-the-art technology with localization capabilities, making them a perfect partner for LRN.”

“Music just appears; Playlists just appear; Current Voice Tracks just appear — all on your LRN-programmed Skylla like magic,” said Johnny Schad, Software Developer of SMARTS. “THIS is the elegant programming design for which Radio has been long waiting. Local Radio Networks provides quality music programming with none of the engineering complications or equipment needed for satellite automation. LRN has been an exceptional development partner and I think our mutual customers can look forward to more features in the future.”

LRN’s Radio Velocity Control (RVC) is a proprietary VPN-based technology that delivers maximum control for localization and customization, far exceeding the limitations of outmoded satellite downlinks. Designed by radio broadcasters for radio broadcasters, the RVC seamlessly integrates into existing playout and automation systems, provides 100 percent redundancy, flexible clocks with no mandatory fill positions, and a non-compressed music library with a broad variety of songs for each format.

Skylla is solid radio automation that accommodates satellite, music-on-hard-drive, auto recording, audio downloading, automation of sports (local and national), and more. Skylla’s main screen delivers big, readable text without overwhelming. Skylla is the work of seasoned radio professionals with decades of experience in front of mic’s, soldering under consoles, and designing radio automations systems. Skylla uses Linux, which has proven itself as the perfect, robust operating system for dedicated 24×7 industries like Radio.

Stations interested in learning more about LRN’s 24/7 music formats may contact Donna Halverson at 214-307-5087 and donna@localradionetworks.com,or Jim Ortega at 720-500-3810 and jim@localradionetworks.com. Stations interested in SMARTS Broadcast Systems’ Skylla may contact Dave Potratz or Henry Mowry at 800-747-6278 ext. 240.

About Local Radio Networks (www.localradionetworks.com)

Local Radio Networks, Inc. is a Michigan limited liability company that provides 24/7 radio programming to small and medium market stations, helping them reduce operating costs and maximize localized content. Steve Swick is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer. Will Mashione is Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer.

About SMARTS Broadcast Systems

John and Jan Schad began SMARTS in the early 1980’s to solve problems with their own radio station in small town Northwest Iowa. Since then, our family-owned company continues to provide Traffic & Billing and Digital Audio Automation to customers world-wide.

Media Contact:

Renee Cassis

RC Communications Marketing

646-808-6505

cassis2@msn.com

Former Dial Global and Jones Media Exec Jim Ortega Joins Local Radio Networks

Angola, IN, March 5, 2018 — Local Radio Networks (LRN) continues to expand its team of 24/7 radio format experts with the addition of Jim Ortega as Vice President of Affiliate Sales, announced Steve Swick, President and Chief Executive Officer of LRN. Ortega joins Donna Halverson, Vice President of Affiliate Sales, who until now has been handling national sales single-handedly. The addition of Ortega is another indicator of LRN’s aggressive advance in providing exceptionally programmed 24/7 music formats, customer service, and maximum localization technology to the radio industry.

“Our goal at LRN is always to super-serve the needs of local broadcasters,” stated Swick. “Jim’s background gives him a clear understanding of how to help local broadcasters maximize the benefits of LRN’s 24/7 music formats and our proprietary Radio Velocity Control (RVC) system. I am delighted to welcome him to our growing team.”

“The team that Steve is assembling at LRN is top-notch, and its innovative Radio Velocity Control (RVC) system has revolutionized local control of 24/7 music format broadcasts,” said Ortega. “I’m very excited and honored to be a part of this forward-thinking company.”

A seasoned radio professional, Ortega has held sales management positions at Dial Global and Jones Media, and worked in sales at WGN, Chicago. He has experience as a media broker and is a graduate of the Broadcast Leadership Training (BLT) program from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

LRN’s cloud-based Radio Velocity Control (RVC) technology delivers maximum custom localization and, integrates seamlessly into most existing playout systems, or can be used for all a station’s automation needs.

Jim Ortega will be based at LRN’s new programming and operations center in Denver and can be reached at 720-500-3810 and jim@localradionetworks.com.

About Local Radio Networks (www.localradionetworks.com)

Local Radio Networks, Inc. is a Michigan limited liability company that provides 24/7 radio programming to small and medium market stations, helping them reduce operating costs and maximize localized content. Steve Swick is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer. Will Mashione is Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer.

Media Contact:

Renee Cassis | RC Communications Marketing

646-808-6505 | cassis2@msn.com

Local Radio Networks Signs Exclusively with ABC News Radio, Bringing ABC’s Award-Winning News Service to Affiliates

Angola, IN – February 14, 2018 – Local Radio Networks (LRN), the producer of 24/7 radio formats with maximum localization features, has signed with ABC News Radio to bring ABC’s award-winning service exclusively to LRN affiliates. LRN affiliates will have access to the worldwide resources of ABC News and ABC News Radio, including hourly newscasts from ABC News Now, ABC Digital and ABC Cuts.

“With ABC News Radio as our partner, LRN affiliates will receive world-leading, highly respected news, along with ultimate flexibility,” said Steve Swick, Chief Executive Officer of Local Radio Networks, “LRN affiliates already experience maximum local control of their 24/7 format broadcasts, and now, with the freedom to choose from a variety of ABC News Radio options, they can continue to meet the specific needs of their individual markets.”

ABC News Radio is America’s largest commercial radio network reaching, over 76-million listeners each week across broadcast and digital audio platforms. This partnership allows affiliates to have the flexibility of running ABC News Radio newscasts wherever they deem it will be the most valuable for driving tune-in and keeping its listeners informed.

“We’re excited to provide LRN affiliates with our award-winning national and international news coverage along with powerful audio and digital tools for LRN affiliates to win with locally,” said Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager, ABC Radio. “This partnership continues ABC Radio’s momentum with music radio stations seeking to provide their listeners with breaking news coverage from a trusted source.”

Radio stations that would like more information on Local Radio Networks may contact Donna Halverson, Vice President of Affiliate Sales, at 214-307-5087 or donna@localradionetworks.com. ABC News Radio will handle affiliate services for the news products. For ABC News Radio affiliation information, contact Heidi Oringer 212.456.5541 or heidi.b.oringer@abc.com.

About Local Radio Networks (www.localradionetworks.com)
Local Radio Networks, Inc. is a Michigan limited liability company that provides 24/7 radio programming to small and medium market stations, helping them reduce operating costs and maximize localized content. Steve Swick is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer. Will Mashione is Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer.

About ABC Radio:
ABC Radio syndicates America’s largest commercial radio news network, ABC News Radio, along with the ABC Radio Lifestyle and Entertainment network, ABC Sports Radio and ABC Radio Digital to over 1650 radio stations and multiple digital distributors.  ABC Radio reaches more than 76-million listeners each week across broadcast and digital audio platforms.  ABC Radio is part of the Disney ABC Television Group.  For more information: www.abcradio.com.

Local Radio Network Media Relations
Renee Cassis
RC Communications Marketing
(646) 808-6505
cassis2@msn.com

ABC News Media Relations
Elizabeth Russo
(212) 456-7414
Elizabeth.russo@abc.com

Local Radio Networks Opens Programming Headquarters Near Denver Tech Center to Accommodate Rapid Expansion and Growth

ANGOLA, IN – February 1, 2018 – Local Radio Networks (LRN) has opened Programming Headquarters in a deluxe executive-suites facility near the Denver Tech Center to accommodate its rapid expansion. Last year, in a highly publicized move, three executives exited Westwood One’s 24/7 formats division to join LRN, which is quickly gaining ground in the space. In addition to high quality programming and exceptional customer service, LRN’s state-of-the-art, cloud-based technology provides unprecedented local control, with an easy-to-use dashboard and effortless integration. Just last week, LRN announced 20 new affiliates, and many more announcements are imminent.

“We needed office space that could accommodate our new programming and operations teams and offer opportunities for expansion as we continue to grow,” stated Steve Swick, Chief Executive Officer of Local Radio Networks and Swick Broadcasting. “Plus, Denver is the ideal location for supporting affiliates across all time zones, further enhancing our commitment to customized localization.”

“With programming and operations settled in the new offices, we can put greater focus on new content development and enlarging our national on-air talent pool,” added Chris Reeves, Executive Vice President, Programming & Operations for Local Radio Networks. “Since joining LRN six months ago, my team and I have witnessed a high level of satisfaction from affiliates… and we’re just getting ramped up, in a big way.”

LRN’s corporate headquarters remain in Angola, IN. Radio stations that would like more information on Local Radio Networks may contact Donna Halverson, Vice President of Affiliate Sales, at 214-307-5087 or donna@localradionetworks.com

About Local Radio Networks (www.localradionetworks.com)

Local Radio Networks, Inc. is a Michigan limited liability company that provides 24/7 radio programming to small and medium market stations, helping them reduce operating costs and maximize localized content. Steve Swick is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer. Will Mashione is Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer.

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