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More changes, Radio One to pull the plug on Syndication One

By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.


Oct. 7, 2007, 10:00 p.m. - Radio One-owned Syndication One is scheduled to be shuttered at year's end and more changes are coming at the company's XM property, according to two sources.

Producers for Syndication One were told last week that they would not have jobs at the end of the year, and that changes would be forthcoming on the company's XM 169 The Power. But the two sources failed to disclose details of the plan to Redding News Review. 
Syndication One, a joint venture of Lanham-based Radio One, Inc. and REACH Media, Inc., airs on 25 local news/talk stations across the country, according to news releases. It is not clear what those stations, most run by the company, will air instead of the cancelled programs.       

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Syndication One includes Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist, "The 2 Live Stews," a sports show, and a legal show hosted by Warren Ballentine. The three shows are also heard on XM 169 The Power, which is a joint venture of Radio One and XM Satellite Radio.

None of these shows has reached the record numbers of their competitors Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, according to industry guides.

What's more, this will be the second major change at XM 169 in less than three months, according to the two sources who failed to disclose details of the plan to Redding News Review.  On July 26, the company dumped the shows of progressive black activist Mark Thompson and Ambrose Lane. (Redding Communication's, Inc. content can be heard on XM 169)

The cuts were made after Redding News Review reported that top officials at Radio One held a money meeting with members of the Republican National Committee just before canceling the shows of its progressive XM talk hosts Thompson and Lane.  
Thompson and Lanes were temporarily replaced by conservative host Raynard Jackson.

The company has refused to comment about the meeting and declined to comment for this article.

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