BIN: Black Information Network Launches 24-Hour Radio News Service

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iHeartMedia is launching the first national and local radio news network for the Black community.

Called Black Information Network (BIN), the audio service will provide 24-hour national and local news coverage with a Black voice and perspective, iHeartMedia announced Tuesday.

“BIN: Black Information Network will fill a void by providing continual news and objective information with full focus on the Black community,” BIN President Tony Coles said in a press release. “We began developing our 24/7 Black news source last year, and events of the last few weeks, especially the senseless and tragic death of George Floyd, highlighted the need for this network. Now is the time for our voice to be heard, and I could not be more proud of our work and the team we are assembling at BIN.”

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The launch of BIN makes it the first 24/7 nationwide all-news audio network for the Black community.

BIN officially went live on June 30. It can be found nationally through the iHeartRadio app and is accessible via mobile, smart speakers, smart TVs and other connected platforms, and on dedicated all-news local AM/FM broadcast radio stations in select cities, including Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Greenville, Macon, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Norfolk, Riverside, San Francisco and Seattle. More markets will be added in the next few months.

BIN will also provide news coverage for iHeartMedia’s 91 Hip Hop, R&B and Gospel stations across the country, including Power 105.1 in New York; Real 92.3 in Los Angeles; WDAS and Power 99 in Philadelphia; WGCI and WVAZ in Chicago; WJLB in Detroit; The Beat in Houston; The Beat in Miami; WQUE in New Orleans; KMEL in San Francisco and more.

Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia said, “The commitment to service, and the immediate need we saw for a news and information destination for the Black community, accelerated the launch of BIN: Black Information Network to serve this community in an important new way.”

The launch comes after a study that iHeart conducted last year, which found 83 percent of its Black listeners said a service like BIN would help fill a void in the current mainstream news information market. Founding partners include Bank of America, CVS Health, GEICO, Lowe’s, McDonald’s USA, Sony, 23andMe and Verizon.

BIN is currently hiring for various positions. For information, candidates can visit