LRN, Skyview, ABC Radio Form Partnership


Local Radio Networks has announced it is collaborating with Skyview Networks and ABC Radio on several aspects of its business. Skyview Networks will provide LRN its satellite distribution platform and become the exclusive network sales partner for LRN’s 24/7 music formats. ABC Radio will provide resources to help LRN with additional programming opportunities for its affiliates.

LRN CEO Steve Swick said, “This is really an exciting time for Local Radio Networks.  Launching this relationship with ABC Radio and Skyview Networks allows us to expand our 24/7 programming footprint and distribute our music formats with dual delivery platforms of cloud-based and now satellite delivery via XDS smart receivers to potentially thousands of stations, effortlessly and efficiently. Steve Jones and ABC Radio bring some very special content opportunities to the table, as well. With the addition of Skyview Networks’ distribution and network sales expertise, we’re able to elevate our business across radio dials. This transition reflects our commitment to deliver superior 24/7 music programming to small- and medium-market stations every day, while increasing the power and flexibility affiliates have locally.”

Skyview President Ken Thiele said, “We’re very pleased to welcome LRN to the Skyview family and deepen our relationship with ABC Radio. Skyview is in a tremendous period of growth, which is a result of dynamic partnerships and investments. Our next-generation distribution technology allows us to provide the marketplace and local owners new and better 24/7 music formats from LRN, which is great news for the industry.”

ABC Radio Vice President & General Manager Steve Jones said, “The 24/7 music format business is a storied part of ABC Radio’s heritage, so this is a natural extension of the ABC Radio brand. We’re already providing an ABC News Radio option for LRN affiliates, so taking this next step in our relationship just makes sense.  Congratulations to Steve Swick on the growth of LRN and to Ken Thiele and the Skyview Networks team.  This demonstrates our shared commitment to moving our business forward.”

Radio stations that would like more information on LRN may contact Donna Halverson at 214-307-5087 or [email protected], or Jim Ortega at 720-500-3810 and [email protected]. ABC Radio will handle affiliate services for the news products. For ABC Radio affiliation information, contact Heidi Oringer at 212-456-5541 or [email protected].


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