Talk Radio Network
Talk Radio Network (abbreviated TRN) is an American radio network providing talk radio and, previously, all-news radio programming. The talk network emphasizes conservative talk on weekdays and variety/general interest talk radio on weekends. It is headquartered in Central Point, Oregon.
TRN is a for-profit subsidiary of the Foundation for Human Understanding, a nonprofit organization run by Roy Masters. Roy's son, Mark Masters, is the president and CEO of Talk Radio Network and its subsidiaries. The company began offering its syndicated programs in 1993. Bear Stearns issued a report in 2007 which concluded that TRN was the second-largest provider of top-tier nationally syndicated radio talk shows in the U.S., making TRN (according to the Bear Stearns report) larger than ABC Radio Networks (ranked third) and CBS controlled Westwood One (which is now ranked 4th) for national talk programming. Since that time, the network has been in decline; in fall 2012, both of its most widely distributed shows, The Savage Nation and The Laura Ingraham Show, did not renew their contracts.
Amid numerous legal disputes and financial strains, the network significantly cut back its operations in September 2013 and is currently undergoing a restructuring.
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. CEO Masters said 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.
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- 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).