According to a report in MIRS, the Michigan Radio Network (MRN), which provides daily state Capitol coverage to over 60 radio stations in Michigan, is closing its doors after 36-year run at the end of March. The parent company out of Missouri, Learfield Communications, is closing the operations because it’s no longer making enough money to keep the bureau alive. MRN personnel affected by the closing include veteran state capitol correspondent Rob Baykian who started with the network in 1981. Correspondent Dale George, Bureau Chief Ryan Hermes, and morning sports reporter Chris Lepley will be released from their duties.
The MAB would like to thank past and current owners of MRN and their staff for all the help they have given the MAB over the years, including help with radio distribution of the State of the State Address, the Governor’s Inauguration, and serving as relay for EAS. Your help has been greatly appreciated.
Learfield acquired MRN in December, 2014 from Michigan-based Saga Communications.
With the MRN shutdown, Michigan News Network (MNN) has stepped up its affiliation efforts throughout the state. MNN offers both 1 and 2-minute hourly news updates Monday-through-Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m, In addition, the network offers a 1-minute Michigan sports update three times daily each weekday. All content is produced by CBS Radio’s WWJ-AM (Detroit).
Presently, MNN serves 30 radio stations throughout Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsula. Stations interested in an affiliation should contact affiliation information, contact Christopher Conn at (248) 327-2748 or [email protected].
This article was updated on March 28 to include a thank you message from the MAB.