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The Genesis Communications Network, often referred to as GCN, is a radio network created in 1998, owned by Ted Anderson. The network currently produces 45 shows, distributed on more than 780 radio stations nationwide. The network is known for talk programming; Alex Jones is its most prominent syndicated personality.
Ted Anderson is the owner of Genesis Communications Network. Anderson created the network in 1998 as a way to promote his company, Midas Resources, a precious metals firm. As of September 11, 2015, Anderson's bullion coin representative registration, No. 40389579, was revoked. Further, Anderson was prohibited from being an owner, officer, member, or shareholder of any entity that holds a bullion coin dealer registration in the State of Minnesota for two years.
Based in Minnesota, the network carries "a lot of conspiracy talk radio". "By far the biggest star" on the network is Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who became one of Genesis Communications Network's first personalities in 1999, after Jones was fired by an Austin radio station. Jones promoted the 9/11 Truth movement and claimed that the Boston Marathon bombing, Washington Navy Yard shooting, and other events "are actually 'false flag' operations" by the U.S. government "or evil 'globalist' forces planning to take over the world." Jones' syndication with the network allowed him to reach a much larger audience; "[a]lmost overnight, he was on a hundred stations."
In May 2018, Genesis Communications Network and Midas Resources were named in a defamation lawsuit brought against Alex Jones and his syndicators. The suit was brought by the families of six victims killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and an FBI agent who was at the scene. In July 2022, Genesis was dropped as a defendant, with one of the plaintiff's lawyers stating that having Genesis involved at trial would have distracted from the main target: Mr. Jones and his media organization.
The network's shows include:
Brokered programming, some for alternative medical products, fills out the rest of the schedules.
Jeff Rense was carried by Genesis Communications Network after the Premiere Radio Networks dropped the show in the late 1990s. GCN took over distribution at that time, and carried the show through August 2009, at which point Rense pulled the show from the network, after he accused fellow Jones of terrorizing his family.
Psychologist Joy Browne hosted her nationally syndicated program on the network in the last few years before her death.