Talk Radio Network
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|Type||Privately held company|
|Headquarters||Central Point, United States|
|Area served||United States|
|Key people||Mark Masters (CEO)|
|Services||Radio syndication, Production|
Talk Radio Network (abbreviated TRN) is an independent, American producer and national syndicator of news and talk radio programming. The network emphasizes conservative talk on weekdays and variety talk radio on weekends. It is headquartered in Central Point, Oregon.
Talk Radio Network was founded in 1993. It is made up of several affiliates that produce and syndicate their own radio content. The Original Talk Radio Network produced and syndicated The Savage Nation from 1999 to 2012; Talk Radio Network Enterprises produces and syndicates The Jerry Doyle Show, and it produced and syndicated The Laura Ingraham Show from 2004 to 2012; Talk Radio Network - FM produced and syndicated The Mancow Experience until 2014 and The Phil Hendrie Show ; Talk Radio Network Entertainment produces and syndicates America's Morning News; and America's Radio News Network "produces and syndicates four separate three-hour daily weekday news programs" and it has produced and syndicated "top- and bottom-of-the-hour news reports on a 24-hour per day, 7-day per week basis."
Bear Stearns issued a report in 2007 that concluded TRN was the second-largest provider of top-tier nationally syndicated radio talk shows in the United States, behind only Premiere Radio and ahead of prominent competitors ABC Radio and Westwood One for national talk programming.
The network's first offering was Art Bell's Coast to Coast AM; TRN, in a massive reorganization, sold the rights to Bell's program (and its owned-and-operated stations, held under Chancellor Broadcasting) to Clear Channel Communications in 1996. Mark Masters is the CEO of TRN and its subsidiaries. From 1998–2000, TRN was a for-profit subsidiary of the Foundation for Human Understanding, a nonprofit organization founded by Roy Masters, Mark Masters's father. Roy Masters continues to have a significant presence on the network, including a daily overnight two-hour overnight program and unspecified executive roles.
The Savage Nation was heard on TRN from 1999 to 2012. Host Michael Savage sued TRN in 2010 in an attempt to invalidate his allegedly perpetual contract with the network; the case was decided in Savage's favor in September 2012. Savage is now with Cumulus Media Networks.
The Laura Ingraham Show was heard on TRN from 2004 to 2012. Host Laura Ingraham unsuccessfully attempted to leave the network in June 2008 before successfully leaving in November 2012, shortly after Savage's successful legal actions. Ingraham is now with Norman Pattiz's Courtside Entertainment Group.
Amid numerous legal disputes and financial strains, TRN suspended the operations of America's Radio News Network, along with the shows of several of its hosts, in September 2013.
Talk Radio Network's programming is arranged in the format of a 24-hour network, such that the programming rarely overlaps, with the programming split up among three satellites. Aside from encores, almost all of TRN's programs air live. TRN currently carries no short-form programming; in April 2007, Talk Radio Network debuted its first short-form program, a daily commentary hosted by Dick Morris, but it has since left the air.
TRN's weekday programs have mostly been distributed individually as opposed to a straight network, while the network's weekend programming is mostly syndicated as a large block. Since the late 2000s, however, TRN been increasingly fed its weekday programming to stations in multi-program blocks; according to TRN, the network is "capable of delivering a full turn-key talk operation to one radio station."
Much of TRN's programming could be heard on CRN Digital Talk Radio Networks until November 2009, when CRN dropped the network and replaced it with Air America Media. Most TRN programs returned to CRN in 2010 after Air America's demise. TRN programming is split up among CRN2, CRN4 and CRN5, with most weekday programs on CRN4 and weekend shows airing on CRN5.
TRN also operated America's Radio News Network, which produced fifteen daily hours of all-news radio programming (running from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.) as well as hourly newscasts each weekday. ARNN was carried on CRN7.
General market talk
- Monica Crowley, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday
- Flashpoint Live with Sam Sorbo and Marius Forte, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m Saturday
- Sarah Hiner's Bottom Line on Your Health, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (separate satellite)
- Science Fantastic with Dr. Michio Kaku, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday
America's Radio News Network
In January 2011, TRN began rolling out an all news network service for stations, called America's Radio News Network (ARNN). ARNN began with a three-hour news block airing from 12 noon to 3 pm (Eastern Time) and has since added blocks broadcast from 3 pm to 6 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm, five days a week. ARNN called these news blocks "long-form" coverage, similar in format to NPR's morning and afternoon news magazines. ARNN says the format was designed to be flexible to all stations to take the entire package or include local news segments within each news block. ARNN was a non-partisan radio network. As of September 6, 2013, ARNN has suspended operations due to Talk Radio Network's ongoing battle with Dial Global/Westwood One as the network's merger with Cumulus Media Networks is pending. TRN's CEO said the following about the merger in a statement:
The truth about the proposed merger between Dial Global/Westwood One and Cumulus is a dark one for our industry. Dial Global/Westwood One’s market power in programming and sales representation, combined with Cumulus Network’s programming and distribution power in the top 100 U.S. markets, will have a devastating effect on most every area of the radio industry. Our previous experience with Dial Global/Westwood consists of improper, illegal, and/or unethical conduct that is set forth in the second amended complaint in our pending antitrust action against Dial Global/Westwood One and others. If this merger is allowed to occur, the results of our previous experiences with Dial Global/Westwood One will be magnified tenfold to radio stations and content producers, which will be at the mercy of the newly empowered Dial (Westwood One)/Cumulus and the leverage that can be brought to bear by this new behemoth.
— CEO Mark Masters
- The Original Talk Radio Network Inc., et al., v. Dial Global, Inc., et al. (C.D. Cal.). Text
- "The TALKERS magazine interview: Talk Radio Network (TRN) CEO Mark Masters". Talkers. Nov 2008.
- Shock Jock Savage Wants out of Contract. Courthouse News Service. Retrieved 2010-12-22.
- McCartney, Anthony. Michael Savage leaves radio show after legal win. Associated Press. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
- Ingraham Speaks Up About Her Silencing on Talk Radio
- No byline (November 27, 2012). Radio's Laura Ingraham off the air. Associated Press. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
- Talk Radio Network Makes Statement; Shuts Down ARNN – Radio insight (released September 9, 2013).