USRN Acquires All Of Nineball Radio Networks
January 13, 2016 at 4:03 PM (PT)
UNITED STATIONS RADIO NETWORKS (“USRN”) has acquired the 50% of NINEBALL RADIO NETWORKS that it did not already own, and that the assets of the national program supplier are completely owned by USRN effective immediately. USRN will now oversee the production, distribution and affiliate relations efforts for NINEBALL’s entire lineup of programming.
USRN acquired half of the company in 2008 and has been acting as NINEBALL’s marketing partner to the advertising community for the last decade. NINEBALL RADIO will continue to operate its own programming properties as a distinct brand.
Launching as an independent provider of radio Prep Services in 2005, NINEBALL RADIO NETWORKS has branched out in program creation and representation and its lineup includes multiple services geared toward personality-driven, local radio shows as well as some long-form offering. Overall, NINEBALL services hundreds of radio stations in a variety of formats.
Concurrent with this acquisition, NINEBALL founder STEFAN JONES will join UNITED STATIONS as SVP/Content Sales and Affiliations. He will focus on both USRN and Nineball services geared towards morning shows his concentration will be on the acquisition and maintenance of major market and/or group affiliations.
“Through his efforts at NINEBALL, STEFAN has built a successful company and has also demonstrated his own ability to service the needs of radio stations all over AMERICA," USRN Chairman/CEO NICK VERBITSKY said. "Merging his efforts with ours at UNITED STATIONS makes sense both creatively and economically, and we’re really excited about this opportunity.”
“There is no company in the network business that is offering better ad sales representation, better services and better programing than USRN," STEFAN JONES said. "I’ve had a long-standing relationship with NICK and with Pres./COO JIM HIGGINS, since NINEBALL started, and I can’t think of anyone else in our business that I would rather join forces with. NINEBALL will continue to be a formidable brand under their umbrella and I'm excited about the future with USRN.”