USA Radio Network
USA Radio Network (http://www.usaradionetworks.com) is a division of Cross Platform Media, LLC., (CPM) (http://www.crossplatform.cc). CPM is an American mass media company headquartered in Raleigh, NC.
USA Radio Networks (established 1985), formerly IRN/USA Radio Network, produces and distributes 24-hour news, news/talk, information, opinion and talk/entertainment radio programming to approximately 1,100 radio stations around the world on 3 full-time satellite channels and through various digital protocol systems. It is of no relation to NBCUniversal Cable's USA Network.
- 1 History
- 2 Relaunch
- 3 Programming
- 4 Technical
- 5 Awards
- 6 Departments and Key People
- 6.1 USA Radio Networks (a division of Cross Platform Media, LLC)
- 6.2 USA Radio News Staff
- 7 References
- 8 External links
USA Radio Network was established in 1985 by the late Marlin Maddoux. Maddoux had hosted his own local conservative news talk program, Point of View, in Dallas, Texas since 1972. In 1982, the program began broadcasting nationwide on the Satellite Radio Network.
Mr. Maddoux identified the need for a national news service for radio stations not served by the major networks. The newly chartered USA Radio Network went on the air with its first newscast via satellite on September 15, 1985.
Maddoux died on March 4, 2004.
In 2008, USA Radio Network merged with Information Radio Network. The combined company was known as IRN/USA Radio Network. The ownership of company went into receivership in 2013 due to legal issues of its sister company First American Monetary Consultants. Cross Platform Media took over day-to-day management of the network under the direction of the courts until Cross Platform purchased it from receivership in September 2014.
Cross Platform Media immediately removed the IRN moniker and relaunched the original USA Radio Network brand as their first step in an aggressive revitalization program that included overhauling USA's mainstay program, USA Radio News and rebuilding its programming lineup. Sam Hassell and Cross Platform's COO, Sherrie Roberts, brought Tim Maranville on board as Chief Content Officer to oversee the programming content and technology development.
Russ Jones stepped in as Senior Vice President and News Director to oversee the 24-hour news department. One of his first moves was to open a Middle East News Bureau in Jerusalem. Jones, along with Maranville, implemented proprietary news production protocols and hired experience anchors and reporters to write and host the news and to launch and maintain its new web presence USA Headline News (http://www.usaheadlinenews.com).
In early 2014 USA added one of the most politically-influential radio host in the country, The Steve Deace Show, to its line up. In quick succession USA launched or added 6 shows to its national syndication roster including America Continues with Jim Sharpe and Cherylyn Harley LeBon, The Real Side with Joe Messina, The Scot Ferrell Show and introduced Angie Austin as the new host of USA's morning magazine show, Daybreak USA.
USA Radio News
USA Radio News airs at the top and bottom of every hour, ever day. Separate Sports News and Business News segments air multiple times per hour.
The network's morning talk show, anchored by Angie Austin.
The Steve Deace Show
Steve Deace, one of the youngest syndicated political talk show hosts in the nation, airs from 3pm-6pm eastern time.
The Chuck Morse Show
The Roth Show
Conservative talk radio program hosted by Laurie Roth, Ph. D.
America Continues with Jim Sharpe
The Real Side with Joe Messina
The Golden Age of Radio
America's Greatest Heroes
Bible's Greatest Heroes
The USA Radio Network distributes its programming via satellite. The USA Radio Network holds 3 satellite channels. The first channel is located aboard the SES Americom's AMC-8 Satellite located at 139° west longitude and utilizes the StarGuide Satellite Transmission System. This channel is obtained through ABC Satellite Services.
- 2002 Press Club of Dallas Katie award for "Best Major Market Newscast"
- 2004 Press Club of Dallas Katie award for "Editorial or Commentary"
- 2004 Press Club of Dallas Katie award for "Best Major Market Newscast"
- 2005 Press Club of Dallas Katie award for "Best Major Market Newscast"
- 2005 Press Club of Dallas Katie award for "Editorial or Commentary"
- 2005 Press Club of Dallas Katie award for "Specialty Reporting"
- 2006 Press Club of Dallas Katie award for "Best Major Market Newscast"
- 2006 Press Club of Dallas Katie award for "Best Major Documentary"
- 2006 Press Club of Dallas Katie award for "Editorial or Commentary"
- 2007 National Religious Broadcasters award for "Best News Format"
- Recipient of Associated Press “Mark Twain Award” for “Outstanding achievement in cooperative news coverage".
Departments and Key People
USA Radio Networks (a division of Cross Platform Media, LLC)
Sam Hassell, President and Chief Executive Officer
Sherrie Roberts, Chief Operations Officer
Tim Maranville, Chief Content Officer
Bud Garner, Director of Sales & Marketing
Keith Makayenko, Director of Affiliate Relations
USA Radio News Staff
Russ Jones, SVP of News Operations
Russ Jones is the news director and head of the broadcast news department.
Jason Wert, Assignment Editor & Senior Correspondent
Jason Wert is the assignment editor for the network, coordinating stories between correspondents and reporters. He is also the evening anchor from 6pm to Midnight Eastern Time.
Ron Taylor, Morning Anchor
Ron Taylor anchors newscasts from 6am to noon Eastern Time and contributes to the network's morning show, DayBreak USA.
Kelly Sloan, Midday Anchor
Kelly Sloan is a reporter and also anchor from Noon to 6pm Eastern Time.
J.J. Jeffries, Overnight Anchor
J.J. Jeffries is a reporter and also anchor from Midnight to 6am Eastern Time.
Jett Williams, Sports Anchor
Jett Williams is sports anchor and reporter.
John Clemens, Christian Interest News
John Clemens is the network's Christian Interest News reporter and also reporter for general market news.
Weekend and fill-in anchors and reporters include: Bob Kellogg, Cub Buenning, Greg Moore, Rich Strong