Virtual News Center was founded in 2005 by Scott Roberts, a long-time news anchor and Internet entrepreneur. The company practically invented the independent remote news industry, being the first to virtualize both the business and the product. Virtual News Center is the only local radio news provider to extensively vet each person seeking to be part of our team, to ensure you receive only the top quality. Our anchors and reporters each have years of experience providing quality local news in communities of all size.
The company is based in Wichita, KS and has anchors and reporters throughout the nation.
Meet our Management Team
- Scott Roberts, Founder & EVP/Technology
Scott brings nearly 30 years of radio industry and technology industry experience to his role. He wrote Virtual News Center’s “News Dashboard” software used for copy and audio management, designed the news gathering infrastructure, and handles the day-to-day management of our servers, phone systems, and the software platforms used by all our staff.
- Joel Dearing, EVP/Affiliate Relations
Joel brings extensive experience in Programming and Operations to his role with Virtual News Center. He’s the first person you’ll talk to when you’re looking to find out more about us. Joel’s expertise will help you design a custom solution that meets your station’s needs and budget. Joel is also the company’s primary Business Development contact.
- Jen Austin, EVP/Content
Jen is the person ultimately responsible for all the content produced by Virtual News Center each day. She is the direct supervisor of all our anchors and reporters. Jen is also the primary force in production of demo content for your station, assigning an anchor to return a custom demo as soon as possible.
Our Strategic Partners
- Kipper McGee, Content & Branding Consultant
A veteran broadcast manager and former PD at such legendary stations as WLS/Chicago, WDBO/Orlando and KBEST 95/San Diego, Kipper is Virtual News Center’s product consultant. He handles our talent recruiting and coaching and will be among the first contacts for prospective anchors and reporters.
- The Storm Report Radio Weather
The Storm Report provides services to radio stations and companies who rely on accurate and dependable information to serve the public. Led by Meteorologist Dan Holiday, the team of meteorologists and forecasters provide daily forecasts and emergency storm coverage for radio.
- United Stations Radio Network