ABC News Now (radio network)
|Availability||National, but not available in all areas|
|Slogan||"Customized. Targeted. Relevant."|
|Owner||Cumulus Media Networks
(through Cumulus Media)
ABC News Now is an Internet-delivered news radio network distributed by Cumulus Media Networks (through Cumulus Media) and licenses the ABC branding from its former owner The Walt Disney Company (which produces the network's programming via its ABC News Radio unit). It draws a music audience between the ages of 25-54 with the latest news interlined into the individual affiliates' music playlist.
When The Walt Disney Company still owned ABC Radio, it launched the network as ABC FM News on a dozen affiliates in 2006 with the news beginning at :15 past the hour, but due to low ratings and the fact that ABC News is distributed hourly on thousands of AM radio affiliates, the FM news unit was discontinued in early 2007. However shortly after the ABC/Citadel merger, the "FM" network was reactivated. Depending on the current affiliates, times may vary. In December 2010, the network was changed to "ABC News Now". Despite having the same name as the now-former digital TV network, they are not owned by the same broadcasting company.
Each newscast ends with the "ABC News" branding.
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