Tom Kent Radio Network Now Partnering With United Stations
Deal Covers Six Separate Programs Plus New 24/7 Network
January 4, 2012 at 9:54 AM (PT)
UNITED STATIONS RADIO NETWORKS has announced a partnership with legendary broadcaster TOM KENT where USRN takes over the distribution and ad sales from CUMULUS MEDIA NETWORKS, for program offerings from the TOM KENT RADIO NETWORK, effective FEBRUARY 1st. TKRN programs currently air on over 300 affiliates nationwide since its inception in 2008.
The TOM KENT RADIO NETWORK now includes:
- Tom Kent (Weeknights 7p-mid)
- The Ultimate Party (5 hours on Saturday nights)
- My '70s Show (5 hours for weekends or as a Mon-Fri strip)
- Lovin' Life, Livin' in the '80s (5 hours for weekends or as a Mon-Fri strip)
- Your Live Request Show (a live daily request block)
- The Customized Linked Automatic System Solution (C.L.A.S.S.)
- 24/7 Fun
The last two offerings are unique platforms for content delivery with one of them, C.L.A.S.S., being completely customizable integrating TOM KENT's national content into local stations music and playlists delivering his show to not only Classic Hits but to AC, Top 40 and Hot AC stations. The other, "24/7 FUN" started feeding a round-the clock Classic Hits format last APRIL with all delivery handled via satellite. The full-time 24/7 format features BILL SHANNON mornings, STEVE KENT and JACKIE NEWTON middays and TOM KENT hosting late afternoons and nights.
USRN Chairman/CEO NICK VERBITSKY expressed his excitement about the new deal commenting, "UNITED STATIONS has always valued talent and hard work, and we've admired TOM KENT for a very long time because he embraces and delivers on those same ideals, and we're looking forward to pairing our two organizations."
KENT commented to ALL ACCESS, "Independent meets independent and entertainment meets entertainment and we're married now. We've known each other, dated for a while, and now we've made it official. I've been blessed to have worked with some of the best folks in this business and no doubt I'm about to do the same thing yet again! USRN has made it clear they are passionate about our products and with that, the future looks very bright! Hold on, I gotta get my shades!"
USRN EVP/Programming ANDY DENEMARK told ALL ACCESS, "We share a lot of the same values and points of view and passion about creating and delivering outstanding programming. We're all on the same page and are ready to start this adventure together."