The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America is tomorrow (Jan. 20) and radio news networks are planning coverage of the historic event in Washington, just two weeks after the deadly insurrection at the Capitol building.
According to Salem Radio Network (SRN), credentialed reporters, including the network’s U.S. Senate reporter correspondent Bob Agnew, have been advised to avoid displaying media lanyards and to “be prepared for hazards such as pepper spray, tear gas, impact projectiles and water cannons that could be used by law enforcement responding to unruly crowds.” The warnings follow the recent attack on the U.S. Capitol building from some followers of outgoing President Donald Trump and subsequent Impeachment charges against Trump for inciting the violence, which led to numerous deaths and injuries.
SRN coverage includes special reports and live updates from both SRN News and Townhall News beginning at 6am (ET) Wednesday, followed by wall-to-wall live coverage starting at 11:30am, including the 12pm ceremony administering the Oath Of Office, followed by President Biden’s Inaugural address. White House correspondent Greg Clugston will anchor the live coverage from SRN’s Washington Bureau and will be joined by Agnew and U.S. House correspondent Bernie Bennett.
“The days leading up to the inauguration will be full of news, and because of the fast-moving nature of this story, radio will be a great source of information,” Chris Berry, iHeartMedia Executive VP of News/Talk Programming tells Inside Radio. “At 24/7 News, we will be keeping an eye not only on Washington, but also wherever news may break across the country. We will be gathering content from the ceremony on Capitol Hill for our live coverage from 11am-2pm, and for a three-hour Instant Special that we have planned for Wednesday night.”
Fox News Radio will provide live updates beginning at 11am, with coverage throughout the day and into the evening available on radio affiliates nationwide, FoxNewsRadio.com and the Fox News app. Coverage will be led by FNR’s national correspondent Jared Halpern and FNR political analyst Josh Kraushaar, along with Washington-based reporter Rachel Sutherland, live from the Capitol.
ABC News Radio will offer extensive live anchored coverage of the inauguration events, starting with the COVID-19 memorial ceremony today (Jan. 19). On Wednesday, ABC News Radio will offer a primetime special report that includes coverage of the planned celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. Throughout Inauguration Day, ABC News Radio will offer multiple Status Reports each hour and custom interviews with affiliates.
ABC News Radio correspondent Aaron Katersky will anchor from the Capitol with reporting by correspondents Karen Travers, Alex Stone and Mark Remillard and multi-platform reporter Ines de La Cuetara. Coverage will also include reporting and analysis by former White House correspondent Ann Compton, Political Analyst Steve Roberts, and ABC News’ political team and security experts.
Portions of the live coverage will be available after airing live as episodes of the “ABC News Radio Specials” podcast. ABC News’ flagship daily podcast “Start Here,” hosted by Brad Mielke, will post a special edition on Wednesday, featuring the latest reporting on the Inauguration.