CMT INKS MULTI-YEAR RENEWAL WITH IHEARTMEDIA’S PREMIERE NETWORKS
After MidNite Host Cody Alan Nominated for ACM Radio Awards National On-Air Personality of the Year
LOS ANGELES AND NASHVILLE, TN – March 2, 2018 – Country music’s leading content creators CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) and iHeartMedia’s Premiere Networks (PINK: IHRT) today announced a multi-year deal extension that keeps intact the world’s largest country music platform spanning radio, television, digital and social, and reaching more than 100 million combined fans. Award-winning country radio and CMT personality Cody Alan will continue as host of Premiere Networks’ long-running syndicated radio program CMTAfter MidNite with Cody Alan, which celebrates 25 years on-air this year. Alan was recently nominated for ACM Radio Awards’ “National On-Air Personality of the Year.”
Under the agreement, CMT and Premiere Networks will continue to collaborate and develop programs and events for multiple platforms and screens that give fans insider access to the artists and music they love. Additionally, Premiere Networks serves as the exclusive distribution partner for CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan, which broadcasts weeknights from 7 p.m. to midnight ET. CMT Radio, including shows After MidNite and CMT Radio Live, originates from the network’s Nashville-based studio bringing fans the latest in news and entertainment direct from Music City. The shows can be heard on more than 210 country broadcast stations in over 110 markets, and via iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio app.
“Music is the center of our brand and we look forward to exploring new avenues of growth with Premiere,” said Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land. “Our partnership with Premiere Networks provides endless opportunities and unrivaled reach to connect even more with fans everywhere, and on every platform.”
“I’m honored to continue our work with Premiere Networks, and humbled by the ACM nomination for ‘National Personality of the Year,’” remarked Cody Alan, Host of After MidNite and CMT Radio Live. “It’s a real testament to the hard work of our team. We take pride in creating engaging content for our fans every day.”
iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the fastest growing digital audio service in the U.S. and offers users thousands of live radio stations, personalized custom artist stations created by just one song or seed artist and the top podcasts and personalities. With over 1.7 billion downloads, iHeartRadio reached 110 million registered users faster than any other radio or digital music service. iHeartMedia’s platforms include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, podcasts, personalities and influencers, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRT). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.
ABOUT CODY ALAN:
As the host and executive producer of CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan and CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan, Alan is undoubtedly one of the most recognized names in radio. Broadcast on radio stations across America and originating from the CMT studio in Nashville, his shows feature the biggest names in Country music and entertainment. With live interaction, Alan connects fans with their favorite stars, from the red carpet to backstage. Combining his passion for entertainment with television, he also serves as host of CMT’s signature music show, Hot 20 Countdown, seen Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9/8c. Follow Cody on Twitter @CMTCody or visit www.CMTCody.com or www.AfterMidNite.com.
CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT App, CMT.com) and social (CMT on Facebook, CMT on Instagram and CMT on Twitter). CMT is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB). For more information, please visit CMTPress.com.
Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling entertainment content - including television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, games, consumer products, podcasts, live events and social media experiences - for audiences in 183 countries. Viacom's media networks, including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, VH1, TV Land, CMT, Logo, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina), Colors (India) and Paramount Channel, reach approximately 4.3 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Paramount Television develops, finances and produces original programming for television and digital platforms.
ABOUT PREMIERE NETWORKS:
Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia, syndicates more than 100 radio programs and services to more than 6,000 radio affiliations and reaches a quarter billion listeners monthly. Premiere offers the best in talk, entertainment and sports programming featuring the following personalities: Rush Limbaugh, Ryan Seacrest, Glenn Beck, Delilah, Steve Harvey, George Noory, John Boy and Billy, Sean Hannity, Elvis Duran, Dan Patrick, Kane, Mario Lopez, Bobby Bones, Cody Alan, Colin Cowherd, Johnjay and Rich, Rich Eisen, Big Boy, Brooke & Jubal, Buck Sexton, Doug Gottlieb and others. For more information, please visit www.PremiereNetworks.com.