- ABC News Radio
Infobox Broadcasting network
name = ABC News Radio
branding = "ABC News"
country = USA
available = National, through regional affiliates.
slogan = "Trusted. Credible. Complete."
owner = Disney/ABC
(distributed through ABC Radio Networks)
January 1, 1968
former_names = ABC Radio News
website = [http://www.abcnewsradio.com abcnewsradio.com]
ABC News Radio is the radio service of
ABC News, a division of the ABC Television Network. Formerly known as ABC Radio News, ABC News Radio feeds, through ABC Radio Networks, newscasts on the hour to its more than 2,000 affiliates. ABC News Radio is the largest commercial radio news organization in the US.
ABC Radio aired the first broadcast report of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on
November 22, 1963. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas at 18:30 UTCand Don Gardiner anchored the initial bulletin at 18:36:50 UTC, minutes before any other radio or television network.
Beginning in the late 1950s, ABC fed hourly newscasts to affiliates at :55 past the hour until
January 1, 1968, when the singular ABC radio network "split" into four separate and distinct programming services. The "American Contemporary Network", on major-market music stations like WABC New York, aired news at :55. "American Information Network" news ran at the top of the hour on major-market stations like KGO San Francisco. The "American FM Network" (now ABC FM News) carried news geared toward adult FM listeners at :15 past, while the "American Entertainment Network" had news at the bottom of the hour.
Before the "split," ABC reached an understanding with the FCC concerning the "Chain Broadcasting" rule, which forced the sale of NBC's Blue network and enabled ABC's creation in 1943. Each of the four networks could be cleared only when no other ABC network was on the air in a particular market. Though each of the four new "networks" were distributed to all member radio stations nationally over the same broadcast-quality telephone line, the move allowed ABC to have as many as four affiliates in one city -- a major competitive advantage and a dramatic turning point in the history of network radio. Two additional news networks, "ABC Rock" and "Direction", were added on
January 4, 1982after the network became a satellite-delivered service. The network was strict in its insistence that there be no simultaneous broadcast of more than a single network in a market, except during crisis or special event coverage.
Of the six networks, only Information and Entertainment remain as separate newscast services today, with their programming delivered via satellite. The "Information" network newscasts clear on major-market stations like WABC New York, KABC Los Angeles, WLS Chicago, KGO San Francisco,
WMALWashington, and WBAPFt. Worth/Dallas (all of which were owned by ABC prior to the sale to Citadel) and many other large market stations. "Entertainment" network news airs mainly on small and medium-market stations. These ABC News Radio newscasts originate from the news division's bureaus in New York, Washington and Los Angeles and air exactly at the top of the hour. The standard format is the same for both, with the Entertainment network having shorter stories and the Information network having slightly longer stories and more global coverage.
Individual soundbites and reporter packages are fed to stations via satellite and an affiliate website. In 2006, ABC News Radio launched an internet-delivered "FM" news product targeted toward a younger music audience, often customized for individual affiliates.
In addition to the top-of-the-hour newscasts, ABC News also provides its radio affiliates with headlines, briefs and "status reports" that air at :30, :45, :50, and :57 past the hour, as well as special reports, special event coverage and longform programming.
ABC News Radio also produces "
Paul HarveyNews and Comment", which originates from Chicago and began in 1951. On January 1, 1968Paul Harvey became a part of ABC's "American Entertainment Network", although the program was also heard on stations affiliated with all four ABC Networks, if the "Entertainment" affiliate was not as powerful as another ABC affiliate in a given market.
Anchors and Correspondents
These broadcasters are staff anchors for ABC News Radio:
- Doug Limerick (Weekdays 6a-11a ET, Information network)
- Cheri Preston (Weekdays 12p-5p ET, Information network)
- Brad Wheelis (Weekdays 6p-11p ET, Information network)
- Karen Chase (Weekday mornings, Entertainment network)
- Daria Albinger (Weekday afternoons, Entertainment network)
Charles Gibsonanchors the 5 PM EST Information Network weekday newscast, except when he is away from New York or Washington.
These are staff radio correspondents for ABC News:
- Jim Hickey, New York
- Aaron Katersky, New York
- David Blaustein, New York
- Linda Albin, London
Ann Compton, the White House
- Vic Ratner, Capitol Hill
- Pam Coulter, Washington
- Steven Portnoy, Washington
- Jim Ryan, Dallas
- Alex Stone, Los Angeles
- Dave Alpert, Los Angeles
- Matt Gutman, Jerusalem
* [http://www.abcnewsradio.com/ ABC News Radio official website]
* [http://abcradio.go.com/show?id=92 "ABC News Radio" Show Page on ABC Radio Networks]
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