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TheBlaze Inks Buckeye, Shentel Carriage Deals

Conservative Opinion/Entertainment network TheBlaze has reached carriage deals with Buckeye CableSystem and Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel), network officials announced Tuesday.

With the additions, the conservative-skewing service from Glenn Beck is now on cable systems in six of the top 30 content distributors, including DISH, Cablevision, Buckeye CableSystem and RCN, although network officials would not reveal TheBlaze’s current subscriber count. TheBlaze.com website does generate over 20 million unique visitors per month, according to network officials.

"Audiences across the country have been asking their television providers to add TheBlaze and we are proud to have Buckeye and Shentel join our growing list of partners," Lynne Costantini, TheBlaze president of business development, said in a release.   

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.