Sports Byline USA, “America’s Sports Talk Network,” is celebrating its 25th anniversary year as the pioneering and first national, sports talk radio network and content company. Launched in 1988 with 12 radio stations, SBUSA today has nearly 200 U.S. terrestrial radio affiliates and is heard in Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Orlando, San Diego, Kansas City, Portland, Las Vegas, Memphis, Salt Lake City and many other great markets around the country.
Also, SBUSA network programs are heard on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and on 500 stations in 177 countries on the American Forces Network. SBUSA programming is streamed live on the Internet (www.sportsbyline.com) and aired nationally and internationally on the in-flight audio programming of all U.S. Airways flights. Other Sports Byline USA programming and content delivery platforms include Voodoovox (mobile phones), CRN Digital Talk Radio reaching 25 million homes, iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and Hark.
In 2012, Sports Byline USA became SBNation’s exclusive sports talk broadcast partner. Sports Byline’s content and programming is incorporated into SBNation’s website content. SBNation is the fastest-growing and one of the largest online sports destinations in the country with 20 million monthly unique visitors and 100 million page views.
Veteran sportscaster Ron Barr is the founder of Sports Byline USA. Also, Barr hosts the networks’ flagship program, “Sports Byline USA,” Monday thru Friday, from 10pm to 1am, Eastern. Barr sums up his love for sports saying, “I work in the toy department of life.” The company and network started in October 1988. Included in the SBUSA Limited Partnership group is 21-time Wimbledon Champion Billie Jean King, agent Leigh Steinberg, NFL and Super Bowl winning coach Brian Billick, former NFL running back Darrin Nelson, former San Francisco 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo, Jr. and 13 year NBA veteran Adonal Foyle.
“My goal has always been to give fans quality programming to satisfy their individual sports interests,” Barr said. “We not only have programs on mainstream sports like football, baseball, basketball, etc., but we also reach the passionate, niche, sports fans who like pro wrestling, mixed martial arts, poker, soccer, auto racing, horse racing, fantasy sports, boxing, sports video games, golf and fishing through our unique, specialized sports programs. You won’t find that on other sports radio networks. We’ve created a very special and unique broadcasting network and business.” Barr feels strongly that the Internet is the present and the future for sports content, information and entertainment. “Our company is aggressively pursuing the distribution of our unique sports content through various Internet partnerships and I’m very excited about what we’re going to be able to do with those partnerships,” Barr said.
In addition to Sports Byline USA’s unique lineup of broadcast sports programming, SBUSA has also accumulated a large and valuable library of sports interviews from its 24 years of operation. The library numbers more than 12,000 interviews and covers the who’s who in sports, from athletes and coaches to owners and commissioners. Barr’s unique interviewing style makes these conversations insightful, interesting, entertaining and timeless. “One of the things that makes our library unique is there won’t be any more interviews with John Wooden, George Steinbrenner, Bill Walsh, Kirby Puckett, Mickey Mantle, Lamar Hunt, coach Eddie Robinson and others who have passed away, but we have them in our library talking about their lives, careers, successes and failures. Our library is truly special and it continues to grow with each added interview,” said Barr.
Sports Byline USA recently announced a licensing agreement with the Library of Congress which will allow these unique and unforgettable interviews to be saved and listened to by future generations of sports fans and scholars.
Additional programming information can be found at www.sportsbyline.com.