About Federal News Radio

Federal News Radio 1500 AM and FederalNewsRadio.com comprise the key source of breaking news, information and analysis for the individuals responsible for carrying out and supporting the missions of federal agencies.  Federal News Radio addresses federal agency managers, policy makers and contractors.

Federal News Radio’s coverage is non-partisan, non-political and is designed to help executives more clearly understand and make better decisions about issues affecting their agencies and their companies.

Federal News Radio broadcasts live on 1500 AM throughout the Greater Metropolitan Washington area. FederalNewsRadio.com distributes government-to-government and business-to-government news and information worldwide.

Federal News Radio features the talents of some of the best federal minds in the industry. The Federal Drive with Tom Temin airs weekdays from 6-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. Our reporters, Jason Miller, Jared Serbu, Nicole Ogrysko, Scott Maucione and Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, make Federal News Radio an up-to-the-minute source of news and information.

History

During the late 1990’s, with the rapid growth of the Internet and email, Washington’s all-news station, WTOP 103.5 FM, noticed a tremendous amount of correspondence was coming from addresses with .gov and .mil extensions. Many of these emails requested that WTOP cover more federally-focused content. At the same time, the number of companies advertising on WTOP in order to reach federal decision makers was increasing rapidly.

On February 22, 2000, FederalNewsRadio.com, the world’s first, Internet-only, all-news radio station was born as a sister station to WTOP. Our focus was, and still is, the federal community. Both stations are now owned by Hubbard Radio.

In 2004, Federal News Radio moved onto the radio airwaves on 1050 AM. In 2008, it moved again to a clear channel1 50,000 watt station on 1500 AM.

In addition to broadcasting on 1500 AM, our radio station can also be heard live online.

We’re glad you’re here and we hope you enjoy the site and the radio station. We encourage your feedback. Send us an email, contact us via phone at 1-202-895-5086, or engage with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Awards

Federal News Radio’s coverage of the federal community has won multiple journalism awards over the years including the following:

  • 2015 – Society of Professional Journalists (DC Pro Chapter) winner Dateline Award (Series) for “Questioning Clearances”
  • 2015 – Society of Professional Journalists (DC Pro Chapter) finalist Dateline Award (Investigative Reporting) for “Questioning Clearances”
  • 2015 – Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association award for Multimedia/Online Journalism for “Hidden Treasure”
  • 2014 – National Headliner Awards – 3rd place for Best Radio-Affiliated Website
  • 2014 – National Headliner Awards – 1st Place for Best Online-Only Writing (Mike Causey)
  • 2013 – Edward R. Murrow regional award for Best Broadcast-Affiliated Website
  • 2013 – Society of Professional Journalists (DC Pro Chapter) finalist for Best General News-Website for “Shutdown 2013”
  • 2012 – National Headliner Awards – 2nd place for Best Radio-Affiliated Website
  • 2011 – Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association award for Outstanding Multimedia/Online Journalism for “Muslim feds faced discrimination, saw an opportunity”
  • 2006 – Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association award for Outstanding Documentary/In Depth Reporting for “Feds and the Flood”
  • 2006 – Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association award for Outstanding Enterprise Reporting for “Paying for the Motorcade”
  • 2004 – VA Associated Press Broadcasters award for Best Website-Metro Radio
  • 2003 – VA Associated Press Broadcasters award for Best Website-Metro Radio

Footnote:

1 Clear channel stations are those that reach a wide geographic area. The Federal Communications Commission considers clear channel stations a protected class of frequencies, which allows them to be heard for hundreds of miles, especially at night.