For nearly 30 years they provided bizarre news material for Carson and Leno’s Tonight Shows, The Daily Show and David Letterman–but the San Diego-based news service FlashNews is shutting things down.
According to founder and managing editor Patrick Glynn, the wacky wire service is closing down for a number of reasons, including a depressed economy, a decrease in radio barter availabilities, slashed advertising budgets, a decline in terrestrial radio listening and dwindling newspaper subscriptions.
Glynn said the decline was slow and arduous and coincided with the rise of the Internet in the late 1990s. At its peak during the early 1990s, FlashNews, then known as Wireless Flash News Service, served 800 media outlets worldwide, including all the major late-night shows.
Below, video of Johnny Carson reading FlashNews material.