United Stations Radio Networks
Nicholas J. Verbitsky
|Nicholas J. Verbitsky (Chairman, and CEO)|
Ed Salamon (Chief Programming Officer)
|Availability||Distributed nationally and internationally by affiliates|
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United Stations Radio Networks (USRN) is a radio network that provides a variety of radio programs and programming services for radio stations throughout the US and elsewhere. It is based in New York City.
USRN's offerings include Rewind with Gary Bryan, Nights With Alice Cooper, The House of Hair, various programs hosted by Tom Kent, Lex and Terry, HardDrive/HardDriveXL with Lou Brutus, Absolutely 80s with Nina Blackwood, Open House Party, Dick Bartley's Rock & Roll's Greatest Hits, The Classic Countdown Show, Bloomberg Radio, the Pulse of Radio morning prep service, Rick Jackson's Country Classics (added 2012), and reruns of Dick Clark's Rock, Roll & Remember and the daily Music Calendar. The network also co-manages, along with iHeartMedia, the Your Smooth Jazz network provided by Broadcast Architecture. United Stations also specializes in comedy services for radio. The station also provides a weather network; since 2009, the company has distributed Accuweather's forecasts (taking over the distribution from Westwood One). Previously, Al Roker and John Wetherbee ran USRN's weather division. The company also distributes Touchdown Radio Productions' college football broadcasts.
The company was founded in February 1994 by pop icon Dick Clark and radio veterans Nick Verbitsky and Ed Salamon. Verbitsky continues to serve as the company's CEO, while Andy Denemark serves as the Vice President of Programming and plays a large role in company contributions.
The similarly named "United Stations Radio Network" (singular), also founded by Clark, Verbitsky, and Salamon in 1980, bought the RKO Radio Networks in 1985 and eventually merged with CBS Radio and the original incarnation of Westwood One.