The Miami Herald and WLRN 91.3 FM reached an agreement in April 2003 through which the newspaper began producing news and information to air on the radio station. The Herald hired a full-time staff of five radio journalists who work out of two radio studios in The Herald’s downtown Miami newsroom. Since then WLRN | Herald News has grown to include 18 broadcasts a day. Newscasts air every half-hour in the mornings between 5 and 11 a.m and in the afternoons at noon and 1pm. In-depth sound-rich features are highlighted during All Things Considered at 4:30 and 5:30 pm with a final newscast at 6:30pm.
Reports feature local reporting by professional radio journalists and contributions from Herald staff writers who are trained to do radio. Special weekly programming includes “The Friday Business Report,” a special segment, produced by a Herald Business Reporter that airs daily at 5:45pm.
Since the WLRN/Herald relationship began, the newspaper and public radio station have developed special public affairs programming on the crisis in Haiti, including an hour-long special with Acting Prime Minister Gerard Latortue, the election in Venezuela and The Herald Americas Conference and the FTAA conference in Miami. WLRN-Herald News also broadcast live special reports during the Historic 2008 Presidential Election, Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, and the Democratic and Republican conventions.
The Herald, owned by Sacramento, Calif.-based McClatchy, and the radio station, a member station of the National Public Radio network, also collaborate in promotional efforts.