ABC News Pres. eMails HIs Team With 'Great News'
December 23, 2014 at 7:20 AM (PT)
ABC NEWS Pres. JAMES GOLDSTON sent the following note to the news division this morning sharing an update on ABC RADIO:
Great news to share about the re-launch of ABC RADIO. I’m excited and proud to say that we have already surpassed our goals to sign new affiliates this year. So far, we’ve signed well over 1,000 stations to affiliation agreements for ABC NEWS, ABC DIGITAL and ABC AIR POWER -- with 200 brand new affiliates and many stations signing up for more than one ABC service.
Not only have we retained many key affiliates, but we have added several of the most iconic, most-respected and most-listened to stations in AMERICA, including WTOP/WASHINGTON D.C., WGN/CHICAGO and KFI/LOS ANGELES. ABC RADIO also will be heard globally by our servicemen and women through ARMED FORCES RADIO and will be heard across CANADA through our distributor Canadian Press.
In addition, our outstanding ABC DIGITAL service has continued to impress, signing multi-affiliate deals involving respected radio companies, such as TOWNSQUARE MEDIA and SAGA COMMUNICATIONS. And ABC AIR POWER, our top entertainment and music service, has signed hundreds of affiliates, including stations in key markets, such as WGIR in BOSTON and WWDC in WASHINGTON D.C.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without STEVE JONES, ANDREW KALB, ABE VELEZ and JEFF FITZGERALD, as well as the entire Affiliate Solutions team, leading the charge. We could not have picked a better team to represent ABC News on the front lines of this campaign.
As I said back in AUGUST when we announced our new relationship with SKYVIEW, we are entering into a new era at ABC RADIO. It is an exciting time—rich with opportunities for us to grow by investing in and developing new, cutting-edge programming.
Thanks to STEVE and his team, we are very well positioned for the future, and I look forward to seeing where they take us next.
Our new service launches on JANUARY 1.