America’s Radio News Network (ARNN) has added Jay Alan as co-anchor for its “The Drive Home” news block, airing from 6 p.m-9 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday. He joins Molly Paige, who was News Director or News Anchor on stations like KRLA LA and WAOI San Antonio. Jay spent five years as an award-winning host on News/Talker 1530 KFBK, Sacramento, where he received the Edward R. Murrow Award. Alan also anchored News/Talk stations including KSTE, Sacramento; KNEW, San Francisco and KTAR-FM Phoenix, AZ, and also anchored programs that were nationally syndicated.
Mark Masters, CEO of ARNN, and its representative, Talk Radio Network Syndications Ltd. Tells RBR-TVBR: “Jay is the quintessential newsman from the California state capital, and Molly is the top flight news pro from LA. Both can provide a West coast, afternoon drive prospective on the fast moving events of the day, for both coasts.”
ARNN now delivers non-partisan co-anchored, long form live news coverage from Noon-9 p.m. ET, providing 9 hours of live back to back radio news programming to affiliates.
Jay Alan also anchored TV newscasts and was the lead news anchor on FOX 40 KTXL, Sacramento; KPHO-TV, Phoenix and WSET-TV, Lynchburg/Roanoke, VA, where he also was Managing Editor. Alan co-anchored TV newscasts for many TV stations including KTVB-TV, Boise, ID; KREM-TV, Spokane, WA and WSAW-TV, Wausau, WI.
His most recent position was as the Director of Communications for the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) and Deputy Director for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security (OHS) which he held since 2007. Prior to this, Alan was Director of Communications for the California Conservation Corps, and served on other California State Boards including the Homeland Security Advisory Board. He has taught Crisis Communications at the University of California where he taught the course to many of California’s elected officials.
ARNN is also anticipating the launch of an additional 3-hour news block before year’s end. That news block, combined with ARNN’s news blocks already airing, and TRN-E’s and TWTs’ AMN, will then provide 15 hours of back to back syndicated long-form co-anchored news to affiliates across the nation, many of which may be considering ARNN’s turnkey all-news syndicated programming solution.