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IRN/USA Radio Network

IRN/USA Radio Network formed as a result of the merger of USA Radio Network and Information Radio Network on March 5, 2008.[1] IRN's programming remains mostly separate from USA Radio's in satellite lineups, since the two networks have significantly different formats (IRN has a more religious and alternative news format.)

The USA Radio Network was a syndicator of talk radio programming established in 1985. It provides programming to approximately 1,100 radio stations around the world, plus the American Forces Network and XM Satellite Radio, and can be heard on the internet from USA Radio's website. It is of no relation to NBCUniversal Cable's USA Network.

History[edit]

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.

Programming[edit]

USA Radio Network News[edit]

Five minutes of national news at the top of the hour. ("Pre-feed": non-commercial version, at :55 past each hour, which runs four minutes and thirty seconds and includes one minute of "Christian Interest News". "NewsBreak", one minute headline news package airs at :30 past each hour. That's followed by a separate re-feed of the "Christian Interest News" at :32 past each hour.)

Daybreak USA[edit]

"Americas's First Magazine Style Morning Radio Show" Hosted by Jay Young. Focuses on national news and sports, interviews with newsmakers, entertainment, etc.

Point Of View[edit]

Talk show which brings insight of today's events from a conservative perspective. Founded by the late Marlin Maddoux, the show is now hosted by Kerby Anderson and Carmen Pate.

The Jim Sumpter Show[edit]

Conservative talk radio pjimrogram.

Marriage Builders[edit]

Willard F. Harley, Jr., Ph. D. and his wife Joyce presents the latest research, trends, and issues on marriage.

The Roth Show[edit]

Conservative talk radio program hosted by Laurie Roth, Ph. D.

Golden Age of Radio Theater[edit]

Classic radio programming from the early days of radio. Hosted by Vic Ives.

The Ron Seggi Show[edit]

A weekly two-hour, guest-driven show hosted by Ron Seggi originates from Universal Orlando. The show historically followed Lifestyles Live, a similar one-hour show hosted by Ed McMahon, until McMahon's death.

Mick Williams’ Cyber Line[edit]

A talk show that focuses on computer and technology. Broadcast on Saturdays. Also broadcast on WWCR. The show's web site and archived shows can be found at http://www.cyber-line.com

Technical[edit]

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.

The remaining two channels are aboard the SES Americoms AMC-3 Satellite located at 87° west longitude and utilizes a DVB MPEG-2 Compliant technology.

Awards[edit]

  • 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"
  • USA Radio Network is also the recipient of the prestigious Associated Press “Mark Twain Award” for “Outstanding achievement in cooperative news coverage".

Staff[edit]

Bob Morrison, News & Sports Director[edit]

Bob Morrison was the News & Sports Director at USA Radio Network from January 2000-March 2008 (until USA was sold & moved to Memphis). He has been a Broadcast Journalist for decades. Morrison's current BroadcastNewsSource.com provides daily features copy and audio sound bites for use by hundreds of radio stations (in newscasts, news/talk shows and non-news—such as entertainment-type Morning Programs—when they do bits based on the news of the day), with Google Analytics indicating stations from around the world get news & audio from BNS. In addition to USA, his résumé includes both the ABC Radio and RKO Radio Networks in New York and call letters that include KHJ in Los Angeles and, as News Director, at CBS News-Talk station KRLD, KVIL, KLTY and KCBI all in Dallas-Fort Worth. Morrison is a former president, vice-president and member of the Board of Directors of the Press Club of Dallas and is a past member and officer of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors. He has won multiple Press Club of Dallas Katie Awards including "Best Major Market Newscast", "Best Documentary" ("Axis of Evil Update"), "Best Editorial or Commentary" and "Best Specialty Reporting" ("Messiah Special").

John Scott, Anchor[edit]

John Scott anchors morning drive newscasts.

Allen Stone, Anchor[edit]

Allen Stone anchors mid-day newscasts and afternoon sportscasts.

Charlie Butts, Religion Editor[edit]

Charlie Butts the Religion Editor.

Jason Walker, Anchor[edit]

Jason Walker anchors during the overnight.

Connie Lawn, Washington Correspondent[edit]

Connie Lawn is USA Radio Network's White House Correspondent. She is also author of “You Wake Me Each Morning”. She was made an honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to New Zealand–United States relations in the 2012 New Year Honours.[2]

Ray Canevari, Sports Anchor[edit]

Ray Canevari anchors morning drive sportscasts on USA.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IRN & USA Merge". USA Radio Network. 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2008-03-05. The new company will be called IRN/USA Radio Network... 
  2. ^ New Year Honours List 2012. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 27 February 2013.

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