CUMULUS MEDIA NETWORKS ANNOUNCES
PEREZ HILTON TO HOST DAILY RADIO SHOW
(Atlanta – May 3, 2012) -- Cumulus Media Networks, with more than 4,000 affiliate radio stations reaching 121 million listeners, will offer stations nationwide a nightly radio show hosted by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton beginning May 21, 2012. “Perez Nights Live” will air live each weeknight from 7-11pm ET, offering listeners the newest music and latest in celebrity news with co-host Adam Bomb.
Hilton will continue to offer broadcasters the twice-daily celebrity and entertainment news feature “Radio Perez,” currently in its fourth broadcast year and airing in seven of the top ten markets as well as stations nationwide. Hilton is best known for his celebrity and entertainment blog PerezHilton.com, which he continues to run in addition to his radio engagements as well as a long list of other projects.
“Perez Nights Live” will replace the “Billy Bush Show” on Cumulus stations with initial distribution in more than 50 markets including Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Detroit. “Perez Nights Live” will also be available to non-Cumulus stations nationwide.
“Successful contemporary stations all have one thing in common: they keep their listeners on the cutting edge of music and pop culture,” said John Dickey, co-Chief Operating Officer of Cumulus Media. “Leading stations in our business set trends. Perez doesn’t report on pop culture, he is pop culture. ‘Perez Nights Live’ will take the important evening daypart and turn it into a brand enhancing experience.”
"As if I wasn't busy enough! Now I'm going to be even busier! But I couldn't let this exciting opportunity pass! I love doing radio! I love entertaining listeners! And I LOVE sharing the celebrity scoop and my favorite music! ‘Perez Nights Live’ is going to be deliriously delightful and de-lovely!" Hilton said.
“As C Students, we like to surround ourselves with people who are much smarter than us,” said C Student Entertainment partners Steve Lehman and Andy Schuon. “Perez Hilton is the first blogger to succeed on radio, and succeed in a big way. We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Cumulus, and to align compelling PPM content with strong distribution,”
Since launching the celebrity entertainment blog PerezHilton.com in 2004, Hilton has created a media empire that includes publishing, television, radio, music and special live events. In addition to his blog, which has become one of the leading sources for celebrity news amassing over 300 million hits a month, he runs five additional digital properties focused on fashion, fitness, family and animals along with a YouTube channel. Hilton has published three books, hosted and appeared on numerous television programs and has taken on the role of a music manager for such recording artists as Kat Graham, IM5, CJ Baran, Kalie Shorr, VanJess and MattyB, among others. He was named the #1 Web Celeb in 2007, 2008, and 2009 by Forbes Magazine, one of the 15 most influential Hispanics in the US by People en Espanol, the 2009 Hispanic of the Year by Hispanic Magazine, one of Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People of 2007’ and as a tastemaker, Newsweek has compared his influence on the music scene to Oprah’s book club.
About Cumulus Media Networks
Cumulus Media Networks has more than 4,000 affiliate radio stations reaching 121 million listeners in the 12+ demographic each week. Programs and services include ABC News Radio, The Mike Huckabee Show, Geraldo, The Mark Levin Show, The Michael Baisden Show, The Huckabee Report, Imus in the Morning, The John Batchelor Show, Red Eye Radio, MoneyTalk with Bob Brinker, The Larry Kudlow Show, Radio Perez with Perez Hilton, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, Cannon’s Countdown with Nick Cannon and American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks. Other Cumulus Media Networks services include advanced digital media platforms with online interactive advertising; streaming audio and podcasts; ABC Sports Radio; format-specific ePrep; production libraries; and nine 24-hour formats including Scott Shannon’s True Oldies Channel and ESPN Radio. Cumulus Media Networks en Español includes leading Spanish-language programming such as Conexión Thalia and ESPN Deportes Radio.
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