Westwood One

Westwood One and Loyal Ears Bring Fantasy Free Gaming to Radio Stations Nationwide

Westwood One offers audio products to engage listeners whenever, wherever they are. We are a trusted connection between audio companies, advertisers, and audience, reaching 245 million people each week through 453 owned-and-operated stations in 90 US media markets, more than 8,200 broadcast radio affiliates and numerous digital channels. Our portfolio features exclusive brands people love, such as the NFL, NASH, and more. As the national-facing arm of Cumulus, we represent more than just a radio network; we are a multi-platform provider of sports, music, news, spoken word, and digital content.



Service Offers FREE Fantasy Games on Station Websites

NEW YORK, June 14, 2016Westwood One announces it has signed a multi-year partnership with Loyal Ears Digital to bring Fantasy Free — FREE fantasy sports and entertainment games — to its broadcast radio affiliates, starting with the upcoming 2016 NFL season.

The average fantasy player spends 9.5 hours a week constructing fantasy lineups. Westwood One’s Fantasy Free package allows stations to tap into that heavily-engaged audience with FREE games that are 100% legal and that bring all the excitement that comes with fantasy gaming. The games are integrated into a station’s website, with station and client branding opportunities.

The Fantasy Free package allows stations to increase their digital footprint, bring in local advertisers, and find new ways for local talent to interact with listeners and give away prizes — all at no cost to the audience. There will be local and national winners every week.

Dennis Green, SVP Affiliate Sales for Westwood One, said “We are proud to offer our affiliates a terrific way to leverage the fantasy sports world, which shows no signs of slowing. Stations and their listeners will get a chance to play fantasy sports through their favorite stations from coast-to-coast, absolutely free, while competing for unique prizes. Let the games begin!”

Gabe Hobbs Media partnered with Loyal Ears Digital on the Westwood One integration. Hobbs said, “What station wouldn’t want a contest that drives digital engagement through the roof, and is driven by on-air promotion with no special programming required?! Advertisers and clients can create incredible online impressions, all driven by traditional radio. Everyone wins except the station that DOESN’T have it across the street.”

Loyal Ears Digital CEO Jimmy Risk added, “Westwood One has a wide scope of exceptional programming that harnesses a huge fan base. It’s the perfect landscape for radio stations to target the fantasy phenomenon that has captivated America.”

Local stations can brand their own games starting with the NFL 2016 season. For more information, contact Rich Burg at (212) 824-2994.

Click here to learn more and to demo the Fantasy Free product.

About Westwood One

Westwood One, the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media, offers audio products to reach listeners whenever, wherever they are. Westwood One is a trusted connection between audio companies, advertisers, and audience — with 8,200 broadcast radio stations and media partners who reach 245 million weekly listeners. The company’s portfolio features premium content with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, Westwood One Backstage, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the Billboard Music Awards. For more information please visit www.westwoodone.com.

Press Contacts:

Jana Polsky

Westwood One

jpolsky@westwoodone.com

(212) 641-2101