Michigan Radio Network
TypeRadio network
OwnerLearfield Communications
ClosedMarch 31, 2016 (2016-03-31)
Former names
Michigan News Network
Availabilitystate of Michigan

The Michigan Radio Network (or MRN) was a satellite-distributed news service that provides actualities, newscasts, and talk shows to affiliates in Michigan. It was most recently owned by Learfield Communications and had headquarters in Lansing, Michigan. Over the years MRN had been around in various forms and names, and is a sister network to the Michigan Farm Radio Network.


The Michigan Radio Network can trace its roots to the Michigan Regional Network, the first radio network in Michigan.

The modern incarnation of the Michigan Radio Network began in 1970 with the formation of the Michigan Farm Radio Network (MFRN) in Milan. The network that came to be known as the Michigan Radio Network was first called the Michigan News Network (MNN). The MFRN and MNN were owned by a company called the Great Lakes Radio group, headed up by Jim Rayl.

The Michigan News Network split from the Great Lakes Radio group in the 1980s and moved to Caro. The MNN was bought by former Detroit Tiger Denny McLain and headquarters moved to Lansing. McLain, convicted of embezzlement and stealing from workers pensions,[1] went bankrupt. The network was sold to back to Jim Rayl, still called the Michigan News Network, and now owned by Full Circle Broadcasting.

Full Circle sold the MNN to Grosse Pointe Farms based Saga Communications, headed by Ed Christian. The name of the network was changed to the Michigan Radio Network.[2]

The Michigan Radio Network (MRN) and MFRN was sold to Learfield Communications in December, 2014.[3]

In March 2016, it was announced that Learfield would end the Michigan Radio Network on March 31 due to financial reasons, and sell MRN's Lansing studios.[4]


Special events

The Michigan Radio Network covered events related to the Michigan Legislature, including the annual State of the State address and election night coverage.



  1. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=2CoDAAAAMBAJ&dq=baseball+digest+denny+mclain&pg=PA68[dead link]
  2. ^ "Corporate Profile | Saga Communications". ir.sagacom.com. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  3. ^ "Media Confidential: Saga Sells News Networks to Learfield". mediaconfidential.blogspot.com. 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  4. ^ "Michigan Radio Network Closing Its Doors". MAB News Briefs. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-10.