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

By: - February 5, 2019 4:06 pm

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.”

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

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