ABC Radio Networks/Citadel/Cumulus had the Tom Kent Radio Network since Jan. 2009. Now, as of 2/1, Kent is partnering With United Stations for six programs and a new 24/7 Network. USRN will handle both distribution and ad sales. TKRN, which will handle affiliate clearances for its programs, says they currently air on over 300 affiliates nationwide. USRN’s EVP/Programming, Andy Denemark told RBR-TVBR a bit about the deal and the implications for RADAR. Meanwhile, we’re waiting to hear back from Tom Kent — however, he’s in bed with the flu.
The deal includes:
Tom Kent (Weeknights 7p-mid).
C.L.A.S.S.: Customized Linked Automatic System Solution. It’s a new way of delivering daily voice tracked content, unique to TKRN. Available via download or live via satellite. The C.L.A.S.S. show targets stations for afternoons in the AC, Hot AC, Classic Hits and Oldies formats but the show is available for all formats and all dayparts.
“The Ultimate Party”: Five hours of wall to wall party hits—Saturday Nights.
“My 70′s Show”: Some of the best pop music ever recorded. Artists like Elton John, Carly Simon, and Fleetwood Mac. (5 hours for weekends or as a Mon-Fri strip)
“Lovin’ Life, Livin’ the 80’s”: Celebrates music of the great decade of the 1980s. (5 hours for weekends or as a Mon-Fri strip)
“24/7 Fun” Network: Great personality radio with Classic Hits around the clock. Bill Shannon mornings, Steve Kent and Jackie Newton middays and Tom Kent late afternoons and nights.
“Your Live Request Show with Tom Kent”: Completely live, interactive and all requests (a live daily request block).