All-news radio is a radio format devoted entirely to the discussion and broadcast of news.
All-news radio is available in both local and syndicated forms, and is carried on both major US satellite radio networks. All-news stations can run the gamut from simulcasting an all-news television station like CNN, to a "rip and read" headline service, to stations that include live coverage of news events and long-form public affairs programming.
Many stations brand themselves Newsradio but only run news during the morning and afternoon drive times, or in some cases, broadcast talk radio shows with frequent news updates. These stations are properly labeled as "news/talk" stations. Also, some National Public Radio stations identify themselves as News and Information stations, which means that in addition to running the NPR news magazines such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered, they run other information and public affairs programs.
In 1960 KJBS radio in San Francisco, California became KFAX and changed formats from a blend of music, news, and sports to trial the concept of a "newspaper of the air". The call letters reflected the word "facts." However, this experiment proved unsuccessful.
Broadcasting pioneer Arthur W. Arundel is credited with establishing the first 24-hour all-news station in the United States in January 1961 on his owned-and-operated WAVA and WAVA-FM in Washington, D.C. The station met with success amongst an audience in the capital city then riveted to news of the Vietnam War and of the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy. Arundel helped other stations in New York and Chicago to convert to his "All News, All the Time" format and then met direct competition from Washington Post-owned WTOP/1500 in 1969.
Radio programmer Gordon McLendon, who has been credited with pioneering Top 40, all-sports, background music and telephone talk formats, is also an acknowledged pioneer in the all-news format. XTRA News went on the air May 5, 1961 from XETRA, a station licensed to Tijuana, Mexico, whose 50,000 watt signal could be heard in San Diego and Los Angeles. Not long after, WNUS debuted in Chicago (the NUS in the call letters standing for "news").
The format, which can be heard to this day on many all-news stations, started each half-hour with world and national news, from a national network, then switched to locally anchored area news, filling out the half-hour with updates on weather, sports, business and features. XETRA had no outside reporters and got all of its local news from the AP and UPI wire services. Both stations operated using a 15-minute news cycle with newscasts repeated every 15 minutes.
Another early prototypical all-news format operated through WABC-FM in New York City during the 114-day 1962 New York City newspaper strike which lasted from December 8, 1962 to March 31, 1963. The format only lasted as long as the strike, though, and the station reverted to its regular format of Broadway show tunes and simulcasting of its AM sister station afterwards. The following year, ABC's Detroit FM station, WXYZ-FM made a similar effort during a newspaper strike. Both stations, which previously had simulcast their AM sister stations, carried ABC Radio Network news programs (including those not heard on the AM Top 40 stations), AM local newscasts plus wire service stories read to fill the balance of the time.
Group W, the broadcast division of Westinghouse, adopted an all-news format 20-minute cycle that eschewed network newscasts so that local and non-local news could be freely mixed, according to what appeared more interesting or important on any given day. Westinghouse also used field reporters at its all-news stations, which included 1010 WINS New York, KYW Newsradio 1060 Philadelphia and KFWB News 98 Los Angeles. WINS began broadcasting its all-news format in April 1965. A second New York all-news station, CBS-owned WCBS began all-news programming on August 28, 1967 (although its first broadcasts were on its FM sister station after a plane crashed into its tower, knocking the AM station off the air). CBS converted some of its other AM outlets to this WCBS "Newsradio" format over the next several months and years, including WBBM Chicago, KCBS San Francisco, KNX Los Angeles and WEEI/590 Boston (which CBS sold in the 1980s).
In 1975 the NBC Radio Network shut down its profitable weekend music- and information-service NBC Monitor to launch the "News & Information Service" (NIS), the first all-news radio network. It closed two years later in a cost-cutting move, though it had strong ratings in some markets.
In 1994 Associated Press launched an effort similar to NIS. Officially known as AP All-News Radio, it had affiliates from coast to coast. However, it was informally better known by its promotional title of "The News Station". Associated Press discontinued the all-news format in July 2005. However, the Associated Press continue to offer top-of-the-hour updates, which are streamed 24/7 online.
The last national all-news radio service in the United States, the audio feed of CNN Headline News, began a long phaseout in 2007. Headline News's audio feed was popular among some all-news stations, particularly after the AP disbanded the format in 2005, until the TV network decided in 2006 to abandon its all-news format and add talk-show programming in prime time, when many smaller stations do not have air staff and rely on a network feed. Most of the Headline News affiliates became talk-radio stations, with a handful of daytime-only stations keeping the feed. CNN also for a time offered a second all news-channel with the hour filled with CNN Radio newscasts on the hour and half-hour and business, sports and feature segments from CNN Radio and Headline News at specific points each hour, plus time segments for local news to be inserted. Many smaller affiliates, however, preferred Headline News audio which was more suited to turn-key (or unattended, automated) operation. CNN Radio ceased operations April 1, 2012 although CNN continues to stream an ad-supported audio simulcast of CNN on TuneIn Radio.
While not a full-time NIS, the CBS Radio Network provides significant content for most all-news radio stations in the United States. WestwoodOne offers two morning news magazines (First Light and America in the Morning) on weekdays, which many talk radio stations air at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. The network's mobile app also contains a 24/7 stream featuring rolling news and features on a set schedule, along with breaking news coverage.
All-news has for years been a top-rated radio format in New York, Washington, D.C., and other cities, but as big-city traffic worsens and people work longer hours that increase the urgency of planning their day ahead, the focus of such stations has increasingly turned to traffic and to weather, updated every 10 minutes. Attempts at long-form commercial all-news stations, such as Washington Post Radio, have been largely unsuccessful.
A newcomer to all-news in the early 2010s, Randy Michaels, acquired FM stations in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia (through his Merlin Media company) in preparation for all-news formats in those cities (although the Philadelphia station never made the switch and aired talk shows instead). Michaels gave up on the format after approximately one year and changed formats on both the New York and Chicago stations to music formats, later selling the stations off to other parties.
Talk Radio Network launched America's Radio News Network, a 15-hour weekday block of news, in January 2011; the company had been launching three-hour news blocks in specific dayparts since January 2009. The network was syndicated mostly to smaller stations in need of turnkey news operations during the day; the network never produced programming for overnights or weekends. The service shut down in September 2013.
In 2012 Cumulus Media added more all-news hours on KGO in San Francisco and KLIF in Dallas and switched WYAY Atlanta to all-news under the branding "News & Information", but all three stations have since regressed back to news/talk formats due to audience rejection of the formats as presented on the stations, along with various position cuts by Cumulus due to budget issues.
In September 2012 Clear Channel (subsequently iHeartMedia) began a web-only All-News radio channel on iHeartRadio called "24/7 News." "24/7 News" has since been customized for local cities in the top twenty radio markets. As of 2016 "24/7 News on Iheartradio has been renamed NBC Newsradio. Also Iheartradio carries a second web and app only All-news radio channel called AP Radio News.
In 2016 Tunein carried a deal with Newsy to air an all news radio channel for that app.
For a near-complete list of News/Talk radio stations, see Category:News and talk radio stations
Many all-news stations only operate as such during the daytime, or may preempt news with live sports coverage. To be included in this list, a station must broadcast all-news programming during a majority of a normal broadcast day.
All-news stations and networks in the United States
- WBZ - Boston, Massachusetts (CBS Radio News) (all-news 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. only)
- WBBM - Chicago, Illinois (CBS Radio News)
- KRLD - Dallas, Texas (CBS Radio News)
- WWJ - Detroit, Michigan (CBS Radio News)
- WLRI-LP - Gap, Pennsylvania (Pacifica Radio)
- KNX - Los Angeles, California (CBS Radio News)
- WCBS - New York City (CBS Radio News)
- WINS - New York City (CBS Radio News)
- KYW - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CBS Radio News)
- KQV - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (ABC News Radio) (all-news weekdays 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. only)
- KCBS - San Francisco, California (CBS Radio News)
- KOMO - Seattle, Washington (ABC News Radio)
- WTOP-FM - Washington, D.C. (CBS Radio News)
- KSL - Salt Lake City, Utah (ABC Radio News) (all-news weekdays 11 hours a day only)
- WXIS-FM - Tri-Cities TN/VA (CBS Radio News)
- AP Radio Network - national
- Fox News Headlines 24/7 - national
- NBC News Radio - national
All-news stations in Australia
- ABC NewsRadio - National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- RPH - capital cities and some regional centres (various)
All-news stations in Canada
Between 1977 and 1989 Canada All News Limited operated Canada's first attempt at all news radio with a network of eight FM stations and one AM station in major Canadian cities, all using the call letters CKO (or CK News). The effort was similar in some ways to NBC Radio's News and Information Service, mostly national news programming with cut-ins for individual stations to broadcast local news. The network was also the first to offer live broadcasts of Question Time in the Canadian parliament. The network was plagued by low ratings and poor advertising sales (similar to problems faced by all-news radio networks operated by NBC, CNN and AP in the US). Ironically, the stations listed below operate in cities which CKO News had served previously.
Note: All are owned by Rogers Broadcasting unless noted
- CFFR (660 News) - Calgary, Alberta
- CFTR (680 News) - Toronto, Ontario
- CKWX (News 1130) - Vancouver, British Columbia
- CHQT (iNews880) - Edmonton, Alberta (Corus Entertainment)
- Canada 360 (XM Radio Canada)
- Quoi de Neuf (French) (XM Radio Canada)
News-talk radio stations 570 News in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario, News 95.7 in Halifax (also Rogers Broadcasting-owned stations) use an all-news wheel for their morning and afternoon shows, simulating their sister station, 680News in Toronto.
In February 2001, Corus Entertainment launched an all-news sister station to Vancouver news-talk station CKNW. All news NW2 (CJNW AM730, formerly CKLG) was branded as "24 hour news radio, powered by CKNW." NW2 shared newsroom resources with CKNW, including several anchors and reporters. However, NW2 did not achieve broad appeal, and was shut down in May 2002. The station currently airs an all-traffic format under the call sign CHMJ.
That same year, Corus acquired two all-news stations in Montreal, CINW ("940 News") at 940 AM in English and CINF ("Info 690") at 690 AM in French, which had launched in late 1999. These frequencies were previously operated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's English and French radio services respectively before the public broadcaster switched to the FM dial. But as AM radio listenership in Montreal declined sharply in recent years – only longtime talk-radio stations CJAD in English and CKAC in French (now an all-sports station) remained popular – neither CINW nor CINF were able to make a profit (even after several format changes on CINW), and Corus finally shut down both stations on January 29, 2010.
Every all-news stations in Canada broadcast live 24/24H.
All-news stations in the United Kingdom
- LBC News 1152 - Rolling news for London from 5.00 am to 7.00 pm, with simulcast of LBC 97.3 at other times.
All-news stations in Germany
Most all news stations in Germany are operated by the local public broadcasters in the different states.
- Deutschlandfunk (DLF) in all of Germany by Deutschlandradio
- SWR info (Formerly: SWR cont.ra) in Baden-Württemberg an Rhineland-Palatinat broadcast by Südwestrundfunk
- Inforadio from Broadcasting Berlin/Brandenburg Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
- B5 aktuell (B5 up-to-date) from Bavarian Broadcasting Bayerischer Rundfunk
- hr-info from Hessian Broadcasting Hessischer Rundfunk
- MDR Info from Central German Broadcasting Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk
- NDR Info from North German Broadcasting Norddeutscher Rundfunk
- Euronews Radio
All-news stations in Italy
- Radio 24 - The main Italian private all-news radio, owned by the economical newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.
- Babboleo News - Italian first local all news radio in Genoa, Liguria.
- Euronews Radio
All-news stations in Ireland
- RTÉ Choice is a news service with news from around the world including several broadcasts from international stations.
- RTÉ Radio 1 is a Mixed Genre service but it provides the most comprehensive news and current affairs coverage in the country.
- Newstalk is an independent national all news radio service operated by Communicorp.
All-news stations in France
- France Info - Europe's first all news radio station broadcast since 1987.
- BFM Business - Business information.
- Euronews Radio
All-news stations in the Netherlands
- BNR Nieuwsradio - Non-stop live news and info.
All-News Radio Stations in Norway
NRK Alltid nyheter- NRK's All-News Station.
All-news stations in Malaysia
- Radio24 (Malaysia) - All news station operated by state news agency, BERNAMA.
All-news stations in the Philippines
Almost all AM stations in large broadcast markets of the Philippines are all-news stations while smaller markets employ a full-service format. The stations listed are flagship stations based in Manila.
- DWIZ 882
- GMA Super Radyo DZBB 594
- RMN DZXL 558 kHz
- DZRH - The oldest radio station.
- ABS-CBN DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 - The leading and outstanding AM station in Manila.
- Radyo Inquirer 990
- Radyo ng Bayan 738
- Radyo Agila DZEC 1062
- DZRJ 810AM The Voice of the Philippines (English)
- Aksyon Radyo
- Sonshine Radio 1026 AM
- DZAS 702 AM
- Bombo Radyo (does not have an AM station in Manila but maintain its Makati newscenter)
Since 2009, key stations in the country had begun a trend on operating all-news radio networks on FM. This foray has a major advantage from the long-standing "news-intensive AM" because of high-quality broadcasting and penetrates all locations, unlike AM transmissions that are blocked by electric and other signal interference.
Two major companies have their distinction of this format on the FM band.
- TV5 Network, Inc.
- Radyo Singko News FM (three originating stations and two relay stations in large radio markets)
- Brigada Mass Media Corporation
- Brigada News FM (25 stations in large and mid-sized radio markets)
All-news stations in Nepal
- Image News FM - "All news. Always news."
All-news stations in Spain
- Radio 5 Todo Noticias - National news station from the Spanish public broadcaster
- Catalunya Informació - Catalan news station for Catalonia
- Radio Andalucía Información- Regional news station for Andalusia
All-news stations in China
- Beijing Xinwen Guangbo (Beijing)
- Long Guang Xinwen Wang (Guangdong)
- Dong Guang Xinwen Tai (Shanghai)
- Tianjin Xinwen Guangbo (Tianjin)
All-news station in Korea
- YTN News FM 94.5 (hourly news bulletin with traffic and weather at :56 between 6am and midnight)
- ↑ Schneider, John F. "The History of KJBS Radio San Francisco, California". Voices out of the fog. Bay Area Radio Museum. Retrieved 2016-04-11.
After several decades as one of the Bay Area's dominant stations, KJBS had lost its momentum by the late 1950s. [...] When the station was sold to Argonaut Broadcasting in 1960, an idea was devised that, for its time, was revolutionary and untried - the 'newspaper of the air.' The station presented continuous news in the style of a newspaper, complete with a sports page, cooking features and a 'comics page' (comedy records). [...] KJBS became KFAX ('K-Facts'). The entire broadcast industry watched the KFAX experiment with great interest as the station began its new service in May of 1960, the first station in the country to attempt around-the-clock news programming. Unfortunately, by September the station had already lost a quarter of a million dollars. The station decided to drop the all-news format in favor of a sure-fire moneymaker, radio religion.
- ↑ Hinckley, David. "WRKS SHOWS WHY NO RACE HAD 'SOUL' POSSESSION", Daily News (New York), November 29, 1997. Accessed January 18, 2009.
- ↑ NBC News to beef up radio news as CNN withdraws. Associated Press. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
- AM Broadcasting History - Various Articles
- 1 Radio News mobile app and radio news directory
- Cumulus plans to spread all-news to other Markets.
- Iheartradio (Clear Channel) will have Local Variations of 24/7 News Radio Network
- Associated Press Feeds exclusive to Tunein.com
- Sky Radio News Service UK
- Rolling Bulletin service in the UK
- | NBC News Radio to Iheart Radio