Monday, June 11, 2012

Beck Renews His Radio Deal

Glenn Beck, who departed Fox News last year and started his own Internet television network, is sticking with his radio network partner.

His company, Mercury Radio Arts, will announce on Monday that it has renewed its contract with Premiere Networks, keeping “The Glenn Beck Program” in syndication for five more years.

Mr. Beck’s show entered national syndication via Premiere, a unit of Clear Channel, 10 years ago. Now carried by more than 400 stations, the show typically ranks No. 3 among all news-talk radio shows, behind Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, so the contract extension brings a measure of stability to local stations that carry it.

The show is broadcast from 9 a.m. until noon in most markets. Last week, another host in the time period, Neal Boortz, announced that he would retire next January. Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate and businessman, will start hosting a show in Mr. Boortz’s place.

On Sunday another competitor was announced, as Cumulus Media said it would start distributing Geraldo Rivera’s New York and Los Angeles talk show to stations nationwide from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning in August.

But Mr. Beck’s show is the biggest by far in the mornings.

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