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iHeartRadio launches Black news station in the Twin Cities

BIN launched in 21 markets nationwide, and will air on 93.3 FM in the Twin Cities.

The Twin Cities is among the 21 markets across the country where the first 24/7 Black national and local radio news service will air.

Black Information Network launched Wednesday through iHeartRadio. According to iHeartRadio, BIN will provide local and national news, traffic, weather and other content through a Black perspective.

“... Black Information Network will fill a void by providing continual news and objective information with full focus on the Black community,” said BIN President Tony Coles in a statement. “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.”

According to the Star Tribune, BIM will broadcast locally on 93.3 FM. The station is also available over the iHeartRadio app and online. 

BIN’s national partners include Bank of America, CVS Health and GEICO.

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iHeartRadio also found that 86 percent of Black listeners thought a service like BIN was necessary. In the Twin Cities, KMOJ at 89.9 FM is another station with a mission to serve communities of color.

On Tuesday, local station Go 95.3 also announced it would put $200,000 in advertising grants to Black-owned or minority businesses. 

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