SRN came into existence in 1992 as a seven days-a-week of nightly sports programming in Chicago. Our original name was Sports Radio Nightly. Within a year we had branched out into non-sports talk, and when we incorporated, the company name was changed to SRN Broadcasting. By 1995, we could see that the world wide web provided opportunities for broadcasters that terrestrial radio could not, so we created the brand name InternetFM, and registered the domain name InternetFM.com. In 1998, we leveraged the emerging technology of streaming audio to expand our sports coverage nationwide and provide audio services to newspapers (and their websites) across the US and Canada. To this day, we maintain a network of reporters and contacts in every major pro sports market. In addition to Chicago, we also have offices in Los Angeles, Toronto, and Phoenix.
Today, SRN and InternetFM.com is comprised of four radio stations, three long form programs, and eight affiliates carrying our programming. This is collaboration between many creative people, whose talents and skills have resulted in the web site, its content, and the streaming radio feeds and podcasts. In 2018 we launched our first mobile app, leveraging our relationship with other independent Internet broadcasters, adding our favorite rock stations in an easy to use, ad free presentation. Get more information and download links to the app stores.
Steve Leventhal – Owner, GM, Sports Director (NFL, College Football, PGA). He has tried to remain ahead of the technological learning curve, being quick to adopt emerging technologies. Steve brings his expertise in studio engineering, music programming, radio production, web development, content management, copywriting, and on-air personality. There he produced talk shows “Home Improvement USA,” “The Bears-Packers Showdown,” “ Diamond Gems Baseball” (where he helped grow the affiliate base from just under twenty to nearly fifty radio stations,) and currently produces and co-hosts the “The Sports Report with Packer Dave.” Leventhal also produced the music show “Acid Flashback” at WCBR-FM from 1994-95, and its syndicated successor, “Psychedelic Time Warp.” He is the studio engineer for Cubs play-by-play broadcaster Pat Hughes’ acclaimed series of tribute CD’s – “Baseball Voices.” An early proponent of the Internet, Steve built his first web site in 1995. In 1998, he pioneered the use of then- emerging format RealAudio to provide post-game sports interviews to the web sites of some of the biggest names in the newspaper business, including the New York Times, Gannett, Knight Ridder, Tribune Companies, and E.W. Scripps. He also edited and written for a daily blog, “Booth Reviews,” on the Tribune companies owned site ChicagoNow.com. Leventhal’s latest venture is streaming Internet music radio station “Acid Flashback,” and the accompanying portal, InternetFM.com.SRN Broadcasting now streams audio in the mp3 format, and builds web sites, blog sites, and Facebook landing pages. The company also pro
David Rusch – former VP at SRN, founder of David Rusch Media. Rusch continues to work with SRN under a reciprocal sales and marketing agreement. He is the executive producer and host of Home Improvement USA radio, recorded and edited at SRN’s Chicago studios. Home Improvement USA is one of America’s premier home improvement radio shows that has been broadcasting weekly since 1994. Home Improvement USA focuses on renewable energy sources and environmentally friendly products for powering the home. Solar, hydrogen, and wind discussions educate the listener and help create awareness of alternative energy sources. The show, along with four other home improvement shows around the country is the foundation of our 24/7 streaming channel Home Improvement USA network.
Rusch is also the host of The Sports Report with Packer Dave. This podcast is a lively discussion of Chicago, Milwaukee, and national sports stories. Dave, along with Steve Leventhal, Jeff Rich and John Poulter cover everything from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, college sports to English Premier League soccer. It’s a jam med packed hour of who’s who and what’s what to get you ready for your sports weekend.
Phil Meyers – Assistant Sports Director (NBA, MLB, Soccer, College Basketball)
Mark Meyers – LA bureau chief, national correspondent. He is a veteran radio reporter with 33 years experience. In addition to SRN, Mark has served as an on-air correspondent for national sports networks, including Fox Sports Radio, The Associated Press, ESPN Radio, SiriusXM, Westwood One, CBS and Yahoo! Radio. He regularly covers each of Southern California’s major professional and college teams, plus marquee national events. His resume includes the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, NCAA Final Four, Championship Boxing, the Rose Bowl, College Football Championship Game, Stanley Cup, MLB All-Star Game and the World Series.
Zecom Communications has two streaming stations, now managed by SRN
GEMZ Radio featuring Top 40 Hits from 1964 to 1980, presented as a living sound tribute to the lives and times all who were listening to radio in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
The Choice – playing classic rock, deep tracks, and short/long form programming from Chicago, including The Grateful Dead Hour, Bart Shore’s Sunday Time Warp Show, 3D RadioActivity, Psychedelic Time Warp, Rockback with Jill Urchack, and Air Candy.
Handcrafted Brewing – streaming album rock, progressive rock and the cooler top 40 tracks from the 60’s to the present. Deep cuts, b-sides, rare live tracks and more 24/7 from Okemos, Michigan USA.
SRN Broadcasting’s – Acid Flashback – A psychedelic blend of album rock, progressive rock, new wave, blues, indie-pop, jazz, and reggae. It’s programmed to be trippy during the day, and rockin’ out at night. A library of more than 10,000 songs ensures very few repeats and a fantastic variety of music spanning seven decades.
Planet Radio – a mix of great music from the last 60 years. A little old top 40, a lot of great rock classics, that you’ve heard, others maybe not. Over 8,900 incredible songs, 1,800 unique artists. Planet Radio is a part of the St. Louis Classic Rock website. The station is run by Randy Raley, who started his radio career at 100,000 watt KFMH in Muscatine Iowa He then went to be the first mid day announcer on WXLP in the Quad Cities and got his real big break when Max Floyd offered him the night shift at KYYS (KY102) in Kansas City. He then moved to afternoons and was Kansas City’s most popular announcer in that time slot from 1983-85. In the spring of 1985, Randy had his lifelong dream come true when KSHE 95 in St. Louis came calling with the opportunity to do the 4pm to 8pm shift. “I was totally happy and content in Kansas City, there was only one station I would have ever left KC for and KSHE happened to be that station.” Randy said.
Planet Radio went on the air on January 1, 2010. “It’s kind of funny”, Raley says,”the first incarnation of planet radio contained everything from Motown to John Denver to Back Sabbath. I thought after awhile, that mix didn’t work, so I took all the top 40 and pop stuff out. That didn’t sound right either, so almost five years later, planet radio sounds pretty much like it did when it started.”
What can you expect from the planet radio playlist? “The idea that you never know what’s coming next”, Raley said. “It harkens back to my first station KFMH in Muscatine, you literally didn’t know what was next, it could be some jazz fusion, or anything really.” “I always liked the surprise factor, when if Pink Floyd was coming up, it wasn’t the same six songs played on terrestrial radio.
Music Director – Eric Berman has been sharing his creativity, passion, and his encyclopedic knowledge of music via daily “Song Of The Day” posts on InternetFM.com, as well as other websites and Facebook for several years. A long-time music industry veteran, Eric has created hundreds of successful themed music collections for the likes of Time-Life Music, Readers Digest, BMG Music, and TVmusic4U. InternetFM.com presents exclusive distribution of his informative daily feature, “Song of the Day.” Eric is also a skilled web designer and content management expert.
Mitch Michaels has a long record as a personality, innovator & communicator, in the field of radio. From his beginnings at WHFS Bethesda, Md., his native Cleveland at WNCR and WMMS, to his many years in Chicago at WGLD, WXRT(a station he helped to start), WDAI, the first voice heard on WKQX (Bob Pittman’s radio prototype for MTV), WLUP,WBBM-FM, WCKG, WLS, WXCD, 9FM and WRXQ.
As Program Director at Chicago’s famed WLUP-FM (The LOOP) he was deeply involved with “Disco Demolition”, “Day in the Park” and the 1st “Stereo/Video Simulcast” of a live rock concert (The Who)beamed direct and “live” to nine separate theaters(all of which had full concert sound & were “sold out”). He helped kick off innovative 9FM “We Play Anything” with Sky Daniels. Mitch currently hosts 3 to 7 PM Monday through Friday on 95.9 WERV-FM in Aurora, IL. In conjuction with his YeahBabyTunes.com web site InternetFM.com presents a daily “Today in Rock History” written feature.
Marty Masters got his start in the 1970’s running sound for bands and theatre groups, where he studied with Player’s Workshop of Second City. He also did “The 3D Radio Show” on WHCM in Palatine, IL. His penchant for music evolved into a position on the engineering staff with WXRT/WSCR/WSBC for 14 years. Eventually, he relocated to San Francisco where he secured a position as a Network Analyst at San Francisco State University. However the music was still running in the background of his thoughts and Marty returned to the classroom and earn his BA degree in broadcasting. It was there that revived his program as “The 3D RadioActivity” on KSFS, where he also served as Production Director. He has just started his fourth year of writing, engineering, performance, and production of the show, which won the 2011 SFSU BECA Recognition for The Best Original Radio Program.
The 3D RadioActivity is a two-hour historical snapshot of one musical topic. It’s more than a music show, it tells you a story about the songs and artists that you hear. You might call it a Rockumentary!
Psychedelic Time Warp – A two hour “mind expanding journey of music, comedy, and memories,” featuring prominent musicians, famous comedians, and snippets of politics, television, and movies. A dazzling underground FM radio and Internet experience of prog rock and new wave psychedelia featuring deep tracks, live songs, album outtakes, and covers of well known songs by other artists. Originally broadcast in 1995, now heard weekly on Zecom Radio’s – The Choice, and coming soon to Acid Flashback Radio. Hosted by Bart Shore, who also created Time Warp Radio in 2009, playing music from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s that radio forgot about. It includes a one-hour all-request aired on fifteen radio and Internet stations around the USA. There is also a short form daily “Song of the Day” feature. Both can also be heard at www.BartShore.com.
Vinyl Schminyl Radio is the brainchild of Bob Stern. Stern has worked at WLNX-FM, WPGU, WVVX-FM, WXRD, WIND-AM, WPBR, WCBR, as well as at Warner/Elektra/Atlantic. Bob is currently a successful regional manager for an international electronics company, and he decided that the podcast is where he would step back into radio. A longtime Classic Rocker in the AOR format, Bob created Vinyl Schminyl Radio, a daily featurette and a one-hour full-length show.
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