Talk Radio Network
Talk Radio Network (abbreviated TRN) is an American radio network providing talk radio and all-news radio programming. The talk network emphasizes conservative talk on weekdays and variety/general interest talk radio on weekends. It is headquartered in Central Point, Oregon. TRN is distributed by Dial Global Radio Networks.
Mark Masters is the president and CEO of Talk Radio Network and its subsidiaries. The company began offering its syndicated programs in 1993.citation needed Bear Stearns issued a report in 2007 which concluded that TRN was the second largest provider of top tier nationally syndicated radio talk shows in the U.S., making TRN (according to the Bear Stearns report) larger than ABC Radio Networks (ranked 3rd) and CBS controlled Westwood One (which is now ranked 4th) for national talk programming.1 Since that time, the network has been in decline; in fall 2012, both of its most widely distributed shows, The Savage Nation and The Laura Ingraham Show, left the network.2
Talk Radio Network's programming is arranged in the format of a 24-hour network, such that the programming rarely overlaps, with the programming split up among three satellites. Aside from encores, almost all of TRN's programs air live. TRN currently carries no short-form programming; in April 2007, Talk Radio Network debuted its first short form program, a daily commentary hosted by Dick Morris, but it has since left the air.
TRN's weekday programs are mostly distributed individually as opposed to a straight network, while the network's weekend programming is mostly syndicated as a large block. In recent months, however, TRN has been increasingly feeding its weekday programming to stations in multi-program blocks; according to TRN, the network is "capable of delivering a full turn-key talk operation to one radio station."
Much of TRN's programming could be heard on CRN Digital Talk Radio Networks until November 2009, when CRN dropped the network and replaced it with Air America Media. Most TRN programs returned to CRN in 2010 after Air America's demise. TRN programming is split up among CRN2, CRN4 and CRN5, with most weekday programs on CRN4 and weekend shows airing on CRN5.
TRN also operates America's Radio News Network, which airs fifteen daily hours of all-news radio programming (running from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.) as well as hourly newscasts each weekday. ARNN is carried on CRN7.
- Andrea Tantaros and Jason Mattera, 9 a.m. to noon
- Rusty Humphries, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (encore 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.)
- Jerry Doyle, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- The Phil Hendrie Show, 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. (encore 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.)
- Roy Masters, 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. (encore 3 a.m. to 5 a.m., brokered)
- Mancow's Morning Madhouse, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
(In conjunction with Dial Global)
- The Ellis Henican Show, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday
- Watchdog on Wall Street with Chris Markowski, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday
- Motor Trend Radio Magazine, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
- Monica Crowley, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday (separate satellite)
- Flashpoint Live with Sam Sorbo and Marius Forte, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m Saturday (separate satellite)
- Barry Farber, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
- Sarah Hiner's Bottom Line on Your Health, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
- Science Fantastic with Dr. Michio Kaku, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday
- Rusty Humphries, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
In January 2011, TRN began rolling-out an all news network service for stations, called America's Radio News Network (or ARNN). ARNN began with a three-hour news block airing from 12 noon to 3 pm (Eastern Time) and has since added blocks broadcast from 3 pm to 6 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm, five days a week.3 ARNN calls these news blocks "long-form" coverage, similar in format to NPR's morning and afternoon news magazines. ARNN says the format is designed to be flexible to all stations to take the entire package or include local news segments within each news block. ARNN is a non-partisan radio network.
- "The TALKERS magazine interview: Talk Radio Network (TRN) CEO Mark Masters". Talkers. Nov 2008.
- No byline (November 27, 2012). Radio's Laura Ingraham off the air. Associated Press. Retrieved November 27, 2012.