Regional news outlet, RadioPa, has a new owner in Maryland Media One

    Radio PA, a Keystone State broadcast stalwart that faced the prospect of closing up shop in April, has a new owner.

    Baltimore-based Maryland Media One LLC, which runs the Maryland News Network, says it’ll take over operations of the regional news network starting April 16. In a news release, Maryland Media said Radio PA’s current affiliates will continue to receive service and the broadcast outlet will continue to operate from Harrisburg.

    “With the announcement of Radio PA closing it’s network in April, I was concerned with the affiliates that would lose content they rely on daily” Maryland Media One President and CEO, Steve Clendenin, said in a statement. “I immediately explored options to assume the operations in Pennsylvania to keep the network alive.”

    Maryland Media News Network serves 35 affiliates across Maryland and Clendenin says that, while he’s a “firm believer in the state network broadcast model … like all aspects in radio broadcasting, the model needs to be flexible. Radio PA’s future depends on the ability to super serve our affiliates and advertisers that need to reach the entire state and our model allows for that.”

    An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is The Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining The Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count, Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.

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