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Published:April 2nd, 2008 11:01 EST
Radio News merger delivers 'The Truth Listeners Crave'

Radio News merger delivers 'The Truth Listeners Crave'

By SOP newswire

Memphis, TN-- "Most journalists simply don't have a clue." And the recent merger of Memphis-based Information Radio Network and Dallas-based USA Radio Network, it is hoped, will help to remedy the situation, say corporate officials.

"Audiences are not getting the truth from the current uninformed, controlled media who perpetrate a kind of intellectual incest on listeners," says Dr. Larry Bates, CEO of the Information Radio Network.

USA Radio Network, Inc., a privately held company, merged with the Information Radio Network on March 3, 2008, to form IRN USA Radio News. "Our whole mission is to raise up wisdom in a generation that lacks wisdom," says Bates. "If you have real knowledge, then you have an understanding of what's going on. From there you can assess how things will impact your everyday life."

According to Nielsen Media Research, the merger has created one of the largest news networks in America - a union the new organization promises will be a powerful voice for accurate information around the globe.

Bates just returned from Singapore where IRN USA Radio News is expanding its operations in the Asia- Pacific region.

"There is an enormous amount of activity in Asia today," says Chee Kang Seng, IRN USA Radio News' Singapore bureau chief. "With the upcoming Olympics, the economic problems, and the political unrest in parts of the region such as China, the Asia- Pacific region has become a news-rich environment that cannot be ignored. We will provide IRN USA Radio News listeners with up-to-date reports on how the unrest in this part of the world affects the United States, particularly in terms of the economic turmoil America is currently experiencing."

With the combined global reach of Information Radio Network and USA Radio Network, the newly formed IRN USA Radio News organization will be able to provide timely and relevant news and information to an affiliate base of over 2500 AM/FM radio stations across America.

"We're thrilled at the opportunity to join forces with such a well respected news organization," says Tim Maddoux, vice president of the USA Radio Network. "With our combined resources, the potential for growth is astounding."

USA was founded in 1985 by Marlin Maddoux who pioneered conservative talk radio in 1972 with Point of View out of Dallas. The network originally identified the need for a national news service for radio stations not served by major networks. In 2007, Maddoux was inducted into the NRB Hall of Fame, and USA received the NRB award for Best News Format that same year.

At the forefront of radio news for over a dozen years, IRN has news bureaus around the world. The IRN and USA business merger combines the strengths of both networks, making the new IRN USA Radio News a powerful mega radio network with over two hundred and fifty years of broadcast news experience.

"We have compatible corporate cultures, and everyone at the helm and in the trenches carries the same mission in their hearts - to provide truth and information to the listening public everyday," says Bates.

Offering all the programming previously available on both networks, IRN USA Radio News is broadcast from five satellites at its new base of operations - a state-of-the-art control room in Memphis. In addition to several former USA staff, IRN USA Radio News anchors continue to report the news from a lengthy roster of longstanding popular programs.

IRN USA Radio News flagship programs include News and Views. This confrontational show focuses on economics, politics, and religion, and connects the dots on how these sectors of society affect the culture. The thirty-six-year-old Point of View - another flagship program - defends a biblical worldview, and proclaims Godly solutions for America's problems. The Matthew Hill Show brings youth to the airways in a newly syndicated talk show hosted by 29-year-old Tennessee state legislator, Matthew Hill. And Treehouse One is the only live call-in talk show in the nation for children.

"All of our people are cross-trained and carry full journalist credentials," says Bates. "In other words, the brass is in the newsroom and in the trenches along with everyone else, with their sleeves rolled up, busy working in whatever capacity they are needed in order to get the truth out to listeners around the world."

Officers at IRN USA Radio News are Dr. Larry Bates, CEO; Chuck Bates, executive vice-president and news director; Mark Maddoux, vice-president of finance; Tim Maddoux, vice-president of operations; David Maddoux, vice-president / chief technology officer; Robert Jimenez, national manager of affiliate sales; Tiffany Forney, national sales director; John Clemens, Dallas bureau chief; Chee Kang Seng, Singapore bureau chief; and Connie Lawn, White House bureau chief.

"We have seen a lot of other networks become tabloid news rather than hard-hitting news," explains Bates. "At IRN USA Radio News you're going to hear news that will make a difference.

"People aren't really interested in what Britney Spears is wearing or not wearing, or what professional athletes or actors are doing in their private lives. This kind of information really doesn't affect peoples' daily lives. We think there are more important things going on in the world."

For additional information about the merger, or the Information Radio Network, please contact Dr. Larry Bates at 901-573-2844 or drlbates@inforadionet.com.

About Information Radio Network, Incorporated (IRN USA Radio News)

With the Bates family at its helm, Information Radio Network (IRN) has been in business for a dozen years as a news provider network. In March 2008, IRN merged with USA Radio Network (USA) - spearheaded more than three decades ago by talk radio pioneer Marlin Maddoux - to become IRN USA Radio News. With a combined 2500+ AM/FM radio affiliates including several independent news stations, IRN USA Radio News is one of the largest radio news networks in America, and the largest internet radio news product on the market. IRN USA Radio News has news bureaus in Singapore, the White House, Dallas, Rocky Mountain in Colorado, and runs its news operations out of Memphis.

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