Reach High Media Group is the new successor to Luken Communications. As such, RHMG will continue to engage audiences nationally as a multi-platform digital media production and distribution hub based in Chattanooga.
Reach High Media Group currently boasts 223 affiliates in 135 cities across the country and offers diverse, family-friendly programming on The Heartland Network, Retro TV, Rev’n, The Action Channel and The Family Channel. With a combined reach of over 50 percent of U.S. households, the networks provide free content through a blend of over-the-air, cable, streaming and satellite television.
Reach High Media Group has already initiated plans to expand its predecessor’s footprint with streaming access across all of its networks, allowing viewers to enjoy programming through OTT (over-the-top) devices and apps including Roku, Android, iOS, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. These expanded streaming offerings will include VOD (video-on-demand), livestream broadcasts and audience engagement features, including exciting live trivia events, in-app chat functions and interactive polls.
Joel Wertman, president of Reach High Media Group and a veteran in the music and television industries, said, “Streaming options will give us the opportunity to engage our audience more than ever before. Our fans will have the ability to watch, share and interact with the programming that they love in new and exciting ways.”
During his tenure, Mr. Wertman has already spearheaded production of new, original programming and has ramped up acquisition of additional content. Mr. Wertman sees the changing digital landscape as an opportunity for his Chattanooga-based company to compete on a new playing field by emphasizing unique, original content and a comprehensive distribution model.
“Making the leap into original productions was no small undertaking and I’m proud that our networks and programming are being embraced by viewers and affiliates across the country,” said Mr. Wertman. “From original programming to a growing streaming footprint, our networks are easy to access with compelling and engaging content for everyone.”
This year Heartland debuted Morning Beats, an all-new morning show featuring host Ashley Larsen exploring everything from health to exercise trends and organizing your life to inspiring conversations with experts about art, books, movies, music and more. Morning Beats airs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-9:30 a.m. ET/PT with plans to expand its time period this quarter. The Heartland Network’s lineup of original programming also includes More Than The Music and The Unseen World. Hosted by Stacy Newman, More Than the Music was the network’s first original series and takes viewers along for the ride on chats with legends and rising stars from Los Angeles to Nashville. The Unseen World, another RHMG original, is a travel and adventure series documenting curiosities, oddities and wonders across America. Episodes of these original programs are available online at watchheartlandtv.com and streaming through app-based platforms on Roku, Android, iOS, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.
In addition to the Heartland Network, Reach High Media Group hosts Retro TV, Rev’n, the Action Channel and the Family Channel, offering a variety of free content through a blend of over-the-air, cable, streaming and satellite television.