Transtar Radio Networks

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This article is about the 24 hour radio network. For the airline, see TranStar Airlines.

Transtar was the first radio network to provide 24-hour music programming to local affiliates. The slate of 24-hour networks is now owned by Westwood One and operated by Dial Global. The studios are located in Valencia, California.

Transtar was founded in 1981 by C. Terry Robinson. In 1989, the company merged with the United Stations Radio Network (which had already bought the RKO Radio Networks in 1985). The new company was named Unistar. That entity, in turn, was bought by Westwood One in 1993. [1] The music networks were run as a self-branded division of Westwood One until 2006, when the agreement with Dial Global began.

Formats Formerly Owned By Transtar[edit]

Network Ident Format Additional Notes
Triangle-gold.svg Adult Rock and Roll Classic rock
Triangle-blue.svg America's Best Music Adult Standards Formerly known as "AM Only". To replace Jones Standards by September 30, 2008.
Triangle-gold.svg Bright AC Hot Adult Contemporary
Triangle-blue.svg Hot Country Current Country Hits
Triangle-blue.svg Hits Now! Contemporary Hit Radio
Triangle-gold.svg Kool Gold Oldies Formerly known as "The Oldies Channel".
Triangle-gold.svg Mainstream Country Country Includes syndicated Young and Verna morning show, a.k.a. "Your Kind of Country, The Best of the New and Gold".
Triangle-gold.svg S.A.M.: Simply About Music Variety/Adult Hits A jockless format that predates Dial Global's acquisition of the rights to Jack FM.
To replace Jones Variety Hits by September 30, 2008.
Triangle-red.svg Westwood One 70s 1970s music Discontinued prior to 2000.

Later Added by Dial Global[edit]

Network Ident Format Additional Notes
Triangle-blue.svg Jack FM Variety hits Acquired from ABC Radio in 2008.
Triangle-blue.svg KPIG Americana/Deep cut Classic rock/Alt-Country Simulcast of the Freedom, California based superstation.

Triangle-blue.svg = Active on Dial Global affiliates
Triangle-gold.svg = Due to the purchase of Dial Global, Waitt, and Jones Radio Networks by Triton Media Group; consolidation is pending.