IHeart to switch to NBC Radio News

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IHeart (Clear Channel) has announced a partnership with NBC to carry top of the hour news. For several years, IHeart stations have been carrying Fox Radio News.

NBC Radio died as a brand when GE bought NBC and immediately bailed out of the radio business. The rights to “NBC radio” were sold to Westwood One, now owned by Cumulus Media. A couple years ago, Cumulus revived the NBC news radio brand and it went nowhere and was canceled after a year. Cumulus itself currently uses a generic news service with content provided discretely by CNN

The press release doesn’t mention the timing or whether all stations are affected. Most music stations don’t carry top of the hour news.

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7 Responses to IHeart to switch to NBC Radio News

  1. briand75 says:

    Thanks for the warning. I refuse to have anything to do with NBC. Too bad for WTAM – my local iHeart radio station. I won’t bother listening anymore.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      That is interesting. WTAM has a long history with NBC, both before and after its years as KYW.

      Interestingly, WTAM is in the city hosting the Republican Convention and the station it traded its call letters with, KYW is in the city hosting the Democrat Convention.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        They should hire Bruce Williams and restart the NBC Red network. Ohioans would enjoy Jersey pork roll.

        I learned the other day what scrapple is. There is this strange series of YouTube videos done by Zagat hosted by a millennial named Molly who is about as clueless as her generation in general. We really allowed them to be screwed up.


        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          It is interesting. I’ve never seen pork roll outside of NJ and I’ve never seen scrapple outside of Philadelphia.

          In this more and more global world, it is hard to find a food type that is so local (as opposed to a local brand of a common food type).

          When I was a kid, bagels and nachos were in that category- hard to find bagels outside the NYC area and hard to find nachos outside the southwest.

          I’d put cactus candy in this category – I’ve never seen it outside Arizona and surrounding states.

      • briand75 says:

        I listen to Mike Trivisonno who is a rough around the edges Independent. He can make you smile or make your blood boil with some of his rants. In any event, I tolerate rest of the mob on the station because of Triv. I listened to the news more carefully and I hear local news (which is fine – I live here) and then Bloomberg News which I tend to ignore completely. Let’s see if I can even hear Fox News now.

        One thing they already have is Tom Brokaw. A more worthless 2 minutes I can’t imagine. I tune away at 4:37 PM needless to say.

  2. Fred Stiening says:

    WELI-AM was carrying Fox News still. The details about the cutover are unclear. I noticed Mark Levin is gone from WELI. The separation between iHeart and Cumulus probably continues, but honestly I pay a lot less attention

    Meghan McCain was on WELI complaining because the world is still unequal. People ask her why she has no children, but they never ask men that question. I’m pretty sure I know several reasons why…

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