The American Urban Radio Networks is the result of a merger between the National Black Network, founded by Unity Broadcasting in 1973, and the Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation, founded in 1972. After becoming the first African Americans to purchase a group of radio stations (WILD, Boston, WAMO, Pittsburgh & WUFO, Buffalo), SBC purchased a 49% interest in the Mutual Black Network. In October 1979 SBC became 100% owners of Mutual Black Network and changed the name to Sheridan Broadcasting Network (SBN). The merger of NBN and SBN took place in 1991. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, American Urban Radio Networks is the only African American owned network radio company in the United States. It is one of the largest networks reaching Urban America, with more than 300 weekly shows, American Urban Radio Networks reaches an estimated 25 million listeners.
Privately held American Urban Radio Networks (“AURN”), is the largest network reaching Urban America. AURN reaches an estimated 25 million listeners each week. Through four RADAR-measured networks and one marketing division, AURN reaches more African-Americans than any other medium in America and produces more urban programming than all other broadcasting companies combined. AURN broadcasts black news, entertainment, sports and informational programming to more than 300 radio stations nationwide. AURN's SPM Urban Network, specializes in the creation, implementation, and execution of national promotions and fully integrated marketing programs. They have a partnership with the Sheridan Gospel Network (SGN) which enables them to integrate marketing ideas across a 24-hour syndicated inspirational programming network. AURN also markets and distributes the nationally syndicated Doug Banks Radio Show Monday-Friday from 3 pm ET-7pm ET. The Doug Banks Radio Show is one of the premiere afternoon drive shows in urban radio. It is the only African-American broadcaster with a bureau in The White House. American Urban Radio Networks has offices and bureaus in New York, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.