ABC Radio and Skyview Networks are further aligning their resources in a move that is intended “to identify, develop and syndicate talent and programs to broadcast radio.” ABC Radio will assess talent syndication opportunities for both music and news/talk formats and provide affiliate sales, while Phoenix-based Skyview will handle national sales and distribution.
The companies will begin immediately focusing on opportunities that can scale nationally.
“We are building on the momentum and tremendous success we’ve already seen in our existing partnership,” said ABC VP/GM Steve Jones. “ABC Radio has always represented creative and innovative programming and we are excited to offer programmers and talent a new, stable business environment to grow and monetize their brands.”
ABC Radio currently has more than 1,650 affiliates; it the producer of ABC News Radio, which counts among its newest affiliated Hubbard Radio’s all-news WTOP-FM in Washington and the “WTOP Network” of stations serving the National Capital Region.
“The timing of our syndication partnership couldn’t be more perfect,” said Skyview President Ken Thiele. “We’ve heard from a significant number of programs and clearly there is a need for another syndication option in the marketplace. We’re growing and continue to make substantial investments in technology and our staff, and it’s paying off. This new venture is really a reflection of the dynamic synergies between ABC Radio and Skyview, and our positive business trajectory.”
The expanded partnership follows a July 2016 renewal of the content, ad sales, affiliate sales and audio distribution agreement between ABC Radio and Skyview.
Skyview has national sales offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix, Miami and Louisville.