The parent company out of Missouri, Learfield Communications, is closing the operations because it’s no longer making enough money to keep the bureau alive. MRN personnel affected by the closing include veteran state capitol correspondent Rob Baykian who started with the network in 1981. Correspondent Dale George, Bureau Chief Ryan Hermes, and morning sports reporter Chris Lepley will be released from their duties.
Learfield acquired MRN in December, 2014 from Michigan-based Saga Communications.
With the MRN shutdown, Michigan News Network (MNN) has stepped up its affiliation efforts throughout the state. MNN offers both 1 and 2-minute hourly news updates Monday-through-Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m, In addition, the network offers a 1-minute Michigan sports update three times daily each weekday. All content is produced by CBS Radio’s WWJ 950 AM in Detroit.
Presently, MNN serves 30 radio stations throughout Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsula. Stations interested in an affiliation should contact affiliation information, contact Christopher Conn at (248) 327-2748.