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ABC Radio is a radio network in the United States. It is under the ownership of The Walt Disney Company, parent company of American Broadcasting Company (ABC) with satellite distribution being handled by Skyview Networks. It launched on January 1, 2015.

ABC Radio Origins Edit

ABC Radio originally began after the split of NBC Red and NBC Blue (later Blue Network) networks with ABC taking over operations of the latter from RCA in 1943 before adopting its name 2 years later. ABC Radio was known to broadcast the first nationwide report of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was shot in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas at 18:30 UTC on November 22, 1963 and ABC Radio's Don Gardiner anchored the network's initial bulletin at 18:36:50 UTC, minutes before any other radio or television network followed suit.

Among the networks associated with ABC included Watermark Inc. (which ABC bought in 1982), Satellite Music Network (a 1989 purchase), ESPN Radio (launched in 1992) and Radio Disney (debuted in 1996).

Despite a number of different owners (Capital Cities Communications and later Disney), the radio division remained under ABC's wing until June 12, 2007 when it was sold to Citadel Broadcasting as well as its O&O stations (not including Radio Disney and ESPN Radio nor its affiliates) in a restructuring effort. The radio division kept the ABC name for about two years until Citadel renamed it Citadel Media. Then sometime in September 2011, Cumulus Media purchased the now-defunct Citadel Broadcasting and rebranded the network division as Cumulus Media Networks. In 2013, Cumulus Media Networks merged with Dial Global Radio Networks to form the current Westwood One.

2015 Revival Edit

On August 7, 2014, ABC announced that it would relaunch its radio network division on January 1, 2015: the change occurred following the announcement that Cumulus would replace its ABC News radio service with Westwood One News (via CNN). ABC will continue to make its radio news programming (via ABC News Radio and its FM counterpart ABC News Now) available through the network, and will also expand to create new radio programming based on other ABC owned properties such as Good Morning AmericaDancing With The Stars, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Skyview Networks will handle advertising sales and satellite distribution

At the same time, The Walt Disney Company announced plans to discontinue terrestrial broadcasting of all but one of its Radio Disney stations, which by this point were the only stations outside of its four owned-and-operated ESPN Radio affiliates that Disney still owned, and sell off as many as possible (the company has since announced time-leases on HD Radio subchannels to continue airing Radio Disney in several markets). The network succeeded in selling off most of its stations, and as a result the modern ABC Radio does not have any owned-and-operated stations unlike its previous incarnation.

By December 23, 2014, ABC News had signed up over 1,000 affiliated stations for at least one of ABC News, ABC Digital and ABC Air Power networks. This included 200 new affiliates and multiple stations affiliating with more than one service, and the revived network launched on January 1, 2015

List of Affiliates Edit

City/Market Station Frequency Format
New York, NY WJZ 770 (AM) News/Talk
Gotham City, NJ WGGC 620 (AM) News/Talk/Sports
Washington, DC WJLA 1550 (AM) News/Talk
Liberty City, L.I. WFTR 680 (AM) News/Talk
Topeka, KS KTHG 97.7 (FM) News/Talk
Philadelphia, PA WAKS 1075 (AM) News/Talk
Chicago, IL WCFJ 1470 (AM) News/Talk
Union Gap, WA KKTG 107-1 (FM) Adult Hits
Casper, WY KSMA 107-1 (FM) Oldies
Brinson, TX KTFV 104.3 (FM) Country
Louisville, KY WHAS 97.5 (FM) News/Talk
Orlando, FL WOFL 95.1 (FM) News/Talk
Huntsville, AL WAAY-AM 1550 (AM) News/Talk
WAAY-FM 95.5 (FM) News/Talk
Lakeland, FL WPOK 890 (AM) News/Talk
Los Angeles, CA KFXB 790 (AM) News/Talk
San Francisco, CA KGO 810 (AM) News/Talk
Tucson, AZ KVOA 1290 (AM) Sports/Talk
Atlanta, GA WDUN 106.7 (FM) News/Talk
Cincinnati, OH WCPO 1230 (AM) News/Talk
Cleveland, OH WJTB 1040 (AM) Gospel/Religious
Salt Lake City, UT KOMB 102.7 (FM) Gospel/Religious
Portland, OR KUPL 970 (AM) Gospel/Religious
Baltimore, MD WBSB 104.3 (FM) Gospel/Religious
Knoxville, TN WNOX 990 (AM) Sports/Talk
San Antonio,TX KSAT (AM) 1550 (AM) News/Talk