In 2003, Fox News began syndicating one-minute radio updates to radio stations via syndication service Westwood One. Some years later, Fox opted to make a full foray into network radio news services. On June 1, 2005, Fox News Radio employed 60 people and provided hourly five-minute newscasts and a one-minute newscast half-hourly. At its launch, 60 stations participated in the network, with more joining under a deal struck between Fox and Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia). This allowed many Clear Channel stations to carry Fox News Radio newscasts and allowed Fox News Radio to use and nationally distribute news content produced by Clear Channel, with several of those stations ending decades-long relationships dating back to the Golden Age of Radio with ABC News Radio (now owned by competitor Cumulus Media) and CBS Radio News to carry Fox News Radio.
Fox also produces Fox News Talk, with talk radio programs featuring Fox News personalities. The programs are broadcast on terrestrial radio stations in the U.S. as well as a dedicated channel on SiriusXM Satellite Radio's digital platform on Channel 450.
In late 2015, Fox News Radio began offering Fox News Headlines 24/7 exclusively to SiriusXM subscribers on Channel 115. The program is a live-anchored all-news radio station offering news, sports, entertainment and social media discussion in fifteen-minute blocks. It is a companion channel to the audio simulcasts of the Fox News Channel on SiriusXM 114 and Fox Business on SiriusXM 113.
The network provides around-the-clock newscasts hourly and half-hourly. Depending on a station's affiliation, they either receive a five-minute newscast or a one-minute newscast. Breaking news reports (dubbed 'Fox News Alerts'), correspondent and expert interviews, special broadcasts marking historic or newsworthy events, anchored live coverage and clean feeds of news events complete the affiliate service package. Affiliates also have access to a web site with a constantly updating selection of newsmaker audio and correspondent reports.
The five minute audio version of the hourly newscast consists of two minutes of news, one minute of advertisements or Fox promotions and two more minutes of news. In February 2017 the audio version eliminated the commercial break at the two-minute mark, so that the newscast ran for only four minutes. The commercial minute was restored in May 2017, returning it to a five-minute newscast. It is available as a podcast. As of 2011, typically only one MP3 file, the most recent one, is available at any time. The Eastern Time hour number converted to 24-hour time is incorporated into the file name (for example, 5minpodcast21.mp3 for 9 PM). However, if there has been exceptional news (a 'Fox News Alert'), the file for that hour's podcast will be retained for a few hours. The current hour's file is usually available within 10 minutes of its broadcast, i.e., by a quarter past the hour.
Newscasts are regularly anchored by Dave Anthony, Lisa Brady, Jane Metzler, Joe Chiaro, Lisa Lacerra, Chris Foster, Pam Puso, Rich Denison, Paul Stevens, Jack Callaghan, Kerin McCue, Pat O'Neill, Carmen Roberts, and Lilian Woo. Correspondents include Gurnal Scott and Tonya J. Powers in New York; Jon Decker (White House), Jared Halpern (Capitol Hill) and Rachel Sutherland in Washington; in Los Angeles, Jessica Rosenthal and entertainment reporter Michelle Pollino. Jeff Monosso reports from Chicago. Eben Brown reports from Miami. Simon Owen and Kitty Logan in London, Jessica Golloher in Jerusalem, Courtney Walsh in Rome, and Alastair Wanklyn in Tokyo serve as foreign correspondents. Daily short commentaries are delivered by Todd Starnes.
Fox News Radio also syndicates the following talk radio programs:
In June 2017, Fox News Radio re-organized its talk show line up. The noon show, which had been hosted by John Gibson, was turned over to Todd Starnes. Gibson continues his show online. The 3 p.m. show, which had been hosted by Tom Sullivan, was turned over to Tom Shillue. Sullivan continues on his local Sacramento radio stations KFBK and KFBK-FM. Alan Colmes, who hosted the 6 p.m to 9 p.m. slot, died unexpectedly on February 23, 2017, and his timeslot currently remains unfilled.
Several other radio programs hosted by current or former Fox News Channel personalities are or were distributed by other companies. The Radio Factor hosted by Bill O'Reilly was produced by Fox News Radio but syndicated separately by Westwood One. When Fox News started producing O'Reilly's radio show in 2002, it did not have the resources to syndicate and thus outsourced the distribution to Westwood One. Fox and Westwood One renewed the agreement in 2006 and again in 2007. O'Reilly decided to leave the show in February 2009.
The talk radio programs hosted by FNC's Sean Hannity and former FNC personality Glenn Beck are syndicated by Premiere Networks. Hannity's show debuted before Fox News Radio had launched and Beck did not join the Fox organization until several years after his radio show had been on the air. (He has since left Fox). Hannity and Beck are also heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
Main newscasts start and end with a 5 note orchestrated sounder. Before that, Fox aired a 6 note guitar sounder. Both were written and arranged by Bruce Upchirch and Dave Meffert from Zone Radio Imaging, based in New York. FNR stations can use both sounders for local newscasts. Fox News reports use the same sounder used on the Fox News Channel.