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Radio Disney To Halt Operations In Early 2021, Capping 25-Year Hitmaking Run

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Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country will cease operations in the first quarter of 2021 as the company’s top-to-bottom realignment continues.

The move is related to the effort to have Disney Branded Television focus more on upping production of kids’ and family content for Disney+ and Disney Channels.

Radio Disney launched in 1996 as a terrestrial network and had expanded over the years to satellite radio and other platforms. By 2005, it reached 97% of the U.S. and played a key role in putting Disney stars like the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and many more on the broader pop-culture map.

Artists on major labels like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, N’Sync, One Direction and many more hugely benefited from Radio Disney exposure. As streaming fundamentally altered the music business in the 2010s, laying waste to radio assets and

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Radio Disney Is Shutting Down in Early 2021

Bad news, 90s kids: Radio Disney will be no more come 2021. THR reported that the Radio Disney division, which includes Radio Disney Country, will stop broadcasting in the first quarter of 2021. All of the division’s 36 full-time and part-time employees have been laid off. The news was announced by Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Branded Television, on Thursday. Per THR, the decision to shutter Radio Disney was a byproduct of the rise of streaming audio and uncertainty regarding the future of live music events due to the pandemic. Radio Disney in Latin America, a separate operation, will continue.



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Radio Disney launched in 1996 as an over-the-air network and at its peaked owned 23 stations and reached over 97% of the U.S. In 2014, Radio Disney shifted distribution to strictly digital and satellite,

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ESPN says Le Batard leaving radio, TV shows next month

ESPN announced Thursday that Dan Le Batard will be leaving the network next month.

Le Batard hosts a late-morning show on ESPN Radio as well as the “Highly Questionable” afternoon program on ESPN. Le Batard will make his final appearance on both shows on Jan. 4.

Le Batard had a year left on his ESPN contract. But Norby Williamson, the network’s executive vice president and executive editor, said in a statement that “it was mutually agreed that it was best for both sides to move on to new opportunities and we worked together closely to make that possible.”

ESPN Radio also announced that Mike Greenberg’s radio show “Greeny” will move to 10 a.m. ET while Bart Scott and Alan Han will have a two-hour show starting at noon. The two have had a show on ESPN Radio’s New York affiliate since January.

“Highly Questionable” will remain a part of ESPN’s

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Radio Disney, Radio Disney Country to End Operations in Early 2021

Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country are shutting down early next year.

Disney Branded Television president Gary Marsh announced the news Thursday, which impacts 36 part-time and full-time employees. The move comes as Marsh’s division looks to emphasize the production of kids and family content for streaming service Disney Plus and the linear Disney Channels.

Radio Disney first debuted in Nov. 1996 as a terrestrial broadcast network, aimed at kids, who would pick music playlist by calling a toll-free phone request line. The station was key to amplifying a bevy of musical artists, including the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Hilary Duff, Aaron Carter and others.

Radio Disney Country launched in 2015 as a digital platform, expanding two years later with two Los Angeles terrestrial stations.

Per a statement from Radio Disney:

Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country will cease operations in the first quarter of 2021.

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Radio Disney to Shut Down as Disney Undergoes New Round of Layoffs

The Walt Disney Company is shuttering Radio Disney. The news comes as additional layoffs hit Disney-owned ABC News.

In a statement obtained by the TheWrap, the company said Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country will cease operations in the first quarter of 2021. The 36 full- and part-time employees who will be affected were notified Thursday by president and chief creative office of Disney’s branded television, Gary Marsh. They will all be laid off in February, TheWrap has learned.

Further layoffs were underway at ABC News on Thursday. A source familiar with the situation confirmed to TheWrap that there were cuts across the news division’s departments, affecting a percentage of employees in the low single digits. A spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

The Radio Disney announcement acknowledged that

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TV tonight: Andrew Marr hails Elizabeth II’s remarkable Britons | Television & radio

New Elizabethans With Andrew Marr

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Andrew Marr presents his new series examining the lives of remarkable British people spanning Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, from 1952 onwards. Taking his cue from Churchill’s observation that the Queen’s coronation would spark “a new Elizabethan era”, Marr begins his account with an exploration of how in the 1950s a patriarchal, class-obsessed society was somewhat dismantled by the increasing visibility of figures such as the transgender journalist Jan Morris and actor Diana Dors, risque in her time. Ammar Kalia

DIY SOS: The Big Build

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More household renovations with Nick Knowles and his team. Tonight, they are looking to assist the Sweet family from Weston-super-Mare: parents Cat and Chris’s three brave children have severe medical issues, and the two youngest will become wholly dependent on wheelchairs as they reach their teens. Ali Catterall

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Disney shutters influential Radio Disney after two decades

Radio Disney, which had a hand in launching the careers of such pop stars as Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, is ending its run after more than two decades.

Walt Disney is shuttering Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country, two children’s radio programming networks, in the first quarter of next year, the Burbank-based studio said in a statement.

Radio Disney first hit the L.A. airways in 1997 via KDIS-AM (1110) and more recently has been piping children’s music programs such as “Radio Disney Junior,” dance music show “Saturday Night Party” and morning program “Morgan & Maddy in the Morning,” through digital and satellite distribution partners including Sirius/XM. Radio Disney in Latin America is a separate operation and will not impacted, Disney said.

The move comes as the entertainment giant aggressively pivots toward streaming and has been under pressure to cut costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The health crisis

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Radio Disney Is Ceasing Operation in Early 2021 After 25 Years

Radio Disney is coming to an end.

The long-running network, which launched in 1996, will be ceasing operations in the first quarter of 2021 alongside Radio Disney Country, Deadline reported Thursday (December 3).

Over the years, Radio Disney was a key factor in the success of young superstars like the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato.

The shutdown will affect 36 full and part-time employees, according to the company.

“Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country will cease operations in the first quarter of 2021. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Branded Television, who today addressed the 36 full- and part-time employees who will be impacted by the closure early next year. Radio Disney in Latin America is a separate operation and is not impacted by the announcement today. The difficult decision to close these two

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Radio Disney Shutting Down Amid Restructuring

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Disney is shuttering its Radio Disney division amid the ongoing restructuring at the media giant.

Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country will both stop broadcasting in the first quarter of 2021, resulting in layoffs for 36 full- and part-time employees. Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Branded Television, made the announcement Thursday.

The decision comes as Disney is undergoing a restructuring of its divisions and priorities. As part of that, Marsh’s Branded Television group has a mandate to increase production of content for streaming platform Disney+ and Disney Channels.

The rise of streaming audio and the pandemic-fueled uncertainty about the future of live music events also contributed to the decision.

Disney Channel head Marsh was recently upped to lead the Disney Branded TV

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MCC Theater Announces THIS IS WHERE WE GO Radio Play Podcast Launch Party

MCC Theater Announces THIS IS WHERE WE GO Radio Play Podcast Launch Party

MCC Theater in association with The Parsnip Ship and Business Lunch Productions announced a listening party for This Is Where We Go, a six-part radio play podcast. MCC Theater, The Parsnip Ship, and special guests will launch the first two episodes tonight, Thursday, December 3, 2020, during the listening party at 7:30pm EST Facebook Live. Follow @mccnyc and @theparsnipny on Facebook to tune in.

Following the premiere, the first two episodes will be available for download on Spotify. The subsequent four acts will be released on Tuesdays and Thursdays through December 17.

This Is Where We Go is by Amara J. Brady (Last Ones First), Jessie Rivera DeBruin (Luciérnagas), Gina Femia (Allond(r)a), and Nina Ki (Taemong (Birth Dream)), and directed by Tamilla Woodard (Where We Stand).

Developed with The Parsnip Ship’s Radio Roots Writers Group, MCC’s first commission takes a closer look at the different ways that theater can be

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