Radio America (United States)
Radio America is an American radio network specializing in conservative-oriented talk programming. A division of the American Studies Center, the network describes its mission as "to produce and syndicate quality radio programs reflecting a commitment to traditional American values, limited government and the free market." The American Studies Center has funded special broadcast projects at Radio America, such as a documentary series on African American conservatives, and conservative programming like The Alan Keyes Show; What's the Story? With Fred Barnes; Common Sense Radio with Oliver North; Bob Barr's Laws of the Universe; Veterans Chronicles with Gene Pell; The G. Gordon Liddy Show; The Greg Knapp Experience; and Dateline Washington with Greg Corombos.
The network, as of spring 2015, currently broadcasts a mix of general interest programming (including Doug Stephan) and conservative talk (Dana Loesch and Chad Benson) during the week, and a variety of assorted talk shows on various topics (such as The Money Pit and The Pet Show with Warren Eckstein) on the weekends. The station redistributes Salem Radio Network newscasts at the top of each hour.
Radio America weekday programming airs on CRN Digital Talk Radio Networks, with its own dedicated channel, CRN5.
Radio America was founded in 1985 by its current president, James C. Roberts. In 1997, it achieved full network status, broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Currently, Radio America distributes 21 hours of programming each weekday. Throughout its existence, Radio America has been producing news, talk, documentary and short-features programming that has been picked up by stations around the nation.
More than 500 affiliates carry Radio America programming, which is broadcast via three satellites. In addition, programs are available on the Internet through RealAudio. Weekdays feature mainly news and talk shows, while weekends offer specialty programs ranging from home finance and sports to medical advice and politics.
All Radio America programs are streamed live on the Internet for free, and podcasts of each show are available online for downloading. With the recent addition of Paltalk, listeners can also watch radio show hosts and producers live via webcam, chat with the hosts, and send questions that may be answered live on the air. Radio America also posts video clips and video presentations of the hosts on its own YouTube channel, which is updated daily.
Radio America has a sister organization, the American Veterans Center, which is also funded by the American Studies Center.
The network has won a host of other awards, including the New York International Radio Festival's Gold and Silver medals, the ABA Silver Gavel, Gabriel,[clarification needed] Ohio State,[clarification needed] and Freedom Foundation.[clarification needed]