Tony Sweet, previous founder of LA-based Global Voice
Broadcasting, and award-winning TV, film and stage actress Ann Walker
(“Sordid Lives”), have partnered on the launch of Universal Broadcasting
Network (UBN), a new international media platform, which includes an
Internet-based multimedia radio network.
Broadcasting live from Hollywood’s Sunset Gower Studios, Universal
Broadcasting Network is already host to a diverse spectrum of talk radio
shows, including those geared towards entertainment, children and
family, love and relationships, LGBT and women’s issues, and sports and
fitness, among many others. The station currently airs 16 shows, and is
growing with the capability to host up to 100 in the future.
Having hosted his own No. 1 entertainment talk radio show, “On Air
With Tony Sweet,” with over 500,000 loyal listeners for five years, it
was an organic evolution that led Sweet to join with Walker on building
their own radio network that would not only allow him to continue to
host his own show, but to create a platform for others to share their
talents with the world. Initially, Walker was a co-host with Sweet, but
then also became a host of her own popular show, “The Ann Walker Show,”
which now broadcasts on UBN.
“Universal Broadcasting Network is my child, my vision and my
creation of what I have always dreamed to build: a multi-media company
that entertains, inspires and educates,” said Sweet, President of UBN.
“To me, UBN Radio is a place that combines Reality Radio with honesty,
integrity and entertainment without limits. My vision is for it to
become an international Internet television and radio station that will
take us into the new age of technology and media.”
“When Tony approached me about starting a new station, I was
intrigued by the possibility and opportunities that new technologies
bring to our industry and decided to jump on board as his partner,” said
Walker, CEO of UBN. “Having been an actress for 35 years, I was excited
about a new adventure that still holds true to what I set out to do all
those years ago, which is to entertain, inspire and connect. UBN not
only allows me to do this, but provides a platform for other voices and
entertainers to do the same.”
A self-proclaimed ‘country boy from Kansas,’ Tony Sweet began a
modeling career in his early twenties, and became a professional
bodybuilder. In 2002, he moved to Los Angeles and in 2008, he auditioned
alongside thousands for the Gospel Music Channel’s “Gospel Dream,”
where he was selected to move onto Nashville, as one of the top 16
contestants. Sweet’s first chance to inspire others came when national
LGBT magazine The Advocate featured him as the face of Gay America.
After receiving thousands of supportive letters from fans around the
world, he took to the airwaves with his own show formatted for Internet
radio. In 2008, “On Air With Tony Sweet,” made its debut. Since then,
Sweet has had the opportunity to interview hundreds of top stars on his
show, including Debbie Reynolds, Melissa Etheridge, Mo’nique, Dustin
Lance Blance, and Rue McClanahan.