America’s leading African-American-targeted station, Radio One, has forged a deal with ABC Radio Networks to form an urban radio network available to 93% of African-Americans.

Under the deal, Radio One’s 65 stations will hand a portion of their commercial inventory to ABC’s Urban Advantage Network, which has 163 affiliates, creating the largest urban radio audience and national ad opportunities for marketers trying to reach African-Americans.

Following the deal, UAN will see its national audience jump by almost 250%, lifting it from number 25 in the list of most popular networks among 18–49-year-olds to number six.

The tie-up could extend to other areas, such as “sports, syndicated music programs, gospel and urban talk radio,” according to Darryl Brown, executive vp and general manager of ABC Radio Networks.

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