CMT’S NEW SYNDICATED NIGHTLY RADIO SHOW“CMT RADIO LIVE WITH CODY ALAN” LAUNCHES TONIGHT

01/26/09

CMT RADIO LIVE Debuts This Evening In More Than 50 Markets Nationwide With First In-Studio Guest, Dierks Bentley


NASHVILLE – January 26, 2009 – CMT RADIO LIVE WITH CODY ALAN, the new syndicated nightly radio show from the CMT Radio Network and Westwood One, debuts this evening in over 50 markets nationwide, including WSM-FM Nashville, KPLX-FM Dallas, KEGA-FM Salt Lake City and KNTY-FM Sacramento. CMT RADIO LIVE will air live on weeknights from 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. EST from Nashville. Country star Dierks Bentley will be the first in-studio guest with host Cody Alan.

CMT RADIO LIVE will feature not only the latest country music hits along with classic favorites, but also exclusive interviews and performances, on-location event coverage and live fan interaction via call-ins to 1-866-877-4CMT, emails and instant messaging. In addition, a comprehensive CMT RADIO LIVE website via cmt.com will launch in the coming weeks and will highlight each night's show with guest profiles, photos, exclusive interviews and more. Cody Alan will also blog on the show website and Westwood One will offer tools for CMT RADIO LIVE affiliates to use on their websites so listeners can become part of the show.

“We are thrilled to launch CMT RADIO LIVE,” said Alan. "As we broadcast live nightly from the heart of Nashville, we will give listeners across the country direct access to the music, stars and newsmakers in entertainment."

Cody Alan is a respected veteran personality in the radio industry. After stints in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, Alan made it to the major leagues at age 23 when he landed a gig at KPLX/99.5 The Wolf in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Along the way, Alan has received numerous national awards including DJ of the Year from Country Radio Broadcasters, with his most recent nomination from the Academy of Country Music. Nominated for Radio Music Awards Air Personality of the Year, Alan has been honored at the Grand Ole Opry, seen on CMT, featured in USA Today and GQ magazine. Alan was also named Radio and Records Music Director of the Year five times, while Billboard magazine and the Radio Music Awards honored Alan with the annual title. Alan relocated to Nashville from Salt Lake City, Utah where he functioned as the afternoon host and program director at KEGA/101.5 The Eagle.

The CMT Radio Network is a broadcasting partner to Westwood One and seeks to provide the most complete coverage of music and entertainment news available to country radio stations around the United States and has over 160 active affiliates. Stations interested in airing CMT RADIO LIVE WITH CODY ALAN or interested in becoming a CMT Radio Network affiliate should contact Westwood One.

CMT, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 88 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website, CMT.com, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 350 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Noggin, The N, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire.

Westwood One delivers more country music programming than any other radio network. In addition to CMT Radio Live, Westwood One’s country music lineup includes CMT Radio Network, CMT Radio Insider, Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton, The Country 6-pack music series, America’s Grand Ole Opry Weekend, Stars of Country, and more. Westwood One is also a partner of the Academy of Country Music Awards and produces a live remote broadcast from the event each year. Westwood One’s country music programming airs on over 2000 stations nationwide in more than 200 markets.

Westwood One is the largest independent provider of network radio programming and the largest provider of traffic information in the U.S. Westwood One serves more than 5,000 radio and TV stations in the U.S. The Company provides over 150 news, sports, music, talk and entertainment programs, features and live events to numerous media partners. Through its Metro Traffic division, Westwood provides traffic reporting and local news, sports and weather to over 2,200 radio and TV stations. The Company also provides digital and other cross platform delivery of its network and Metro content.

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