Company

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

  • sroberts-profile90x90Scott 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.

  • jdearing-profile90x90Joel 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.

  • jenaustin-profile90x90Jen 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-avatar80x80Kipper 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.

  • stormreport-profile80x80The 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.