Westwood One News lands four big fish


Westwood-One-LOGO-2014Brand new radio news service Westwood One News will come out of the gate when it launches later this year with four major market stations in the CBS Radio stable.

Included in the package are WINS-AM New York, WBZ-FM Boston, KYW-AM Philadelphia and WNEW-FM Washington DC.

The service is produced in collaboration with CNN and takes a place in the Westwood portfolio that once belonged to NBC News Radio.

The network just announced key reporter hires — Steve Kastenbaum, Bob Constantini, Jim Roope, and Alan Scaia – and says it will be naming anchors soon.

“Westwood One is proud to have major market CBS RADIO stations join our Westwood One News Network from the outset,” said Dennis Green, Westwood One’s SVP, Affiliate Sales.  “These stations are among the most innovative and trusted brands in radio news.  To have major news brands become early adopters of this service speaks volumes to broadcasters looking for superb content by which to build their local news brands.”

Scott Herman, Executive Vice President of Operations & NY Market Manager for CBS RADIO, said “We are very excited to be part of the launch of Westwood One News.  The ability to get in on the ground floor and help establish what our all news stations needs are was very enticing for us.  Our stations have a huge appetite for news material and Westwood One News gives us the flexibility to get what we need when we want it.”