Westwood One to Represent Affiliation and Ad Sales
NEW YORK, NY, February 14, 2017 – Westwood One announced today that it has partnered with Entercom Communications to nationally syndicate its popular Beyond Reality Radio program, a two-hour talk show about the paranormal, launching on Monday, March 6, 2017. The show is co-hosted by Jason Hawes, co-founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) and creator and star of Syfy’s blockbuster hit Ghost Hunters, and JV Johnson, a long-time paranormal investigator and former publisher and editor of TAPS ParaMagazine.
Beyond Reality Radio delves into the normal, the abnormal, the paranormal, and everything that falls in-between, including pop culture topics. It currently airs weekdays from 12 am – 2 am ET on 16 Entercom stations, including KJCE/Austin, WRKO/Boston, WBEN/Buffalo, KEZW/Denver, WSKY/Gainesville, WYRD/Greenville, WBZU/WKZN/WILK/Wilkes-Barre, KMBZ/Kansas City, WWL/New Orleans, WBT/Charlotte and KNSS/Wichita. Westwood One will roll out syndication to stations nationwide and represent ad sales.
“Beyond Reality Radio has been a hit with our audience since the show’s launch in August,” said Pat Paxton, president of programming, Entercom Communications. “This partnership with Westwood One is a great next step to maximize the reach of our innovative programming and underscores our commitment to developing and delivering best-in-class content to listeners across the country.”
“At Westwood One we connect listeners to content they are passionate about,” said Suzanne Grimes, Westwood One President and EVP, Corporate Marketing for Cumulus Media. “Beyond Reality Radio opens up a national discussion on ghosts, aliens, conspiracies – anything beyond our reality. We’re excited to offer this perspective to our affiliates and advertisers.”
“We are excited about this partnership with Westwood One,” said both Jason Hawes and JV Johnson, on-air talent, Beyond Reality Radio, in a joint statement. “This is an incredible opportunity to reach more listeners and grow our audience in a strategic and organic way.”
Hawes made paranormal investigation a mainstream, pop culture phenomenon when Ghost Hunters premiered on SyFy in 2004 and became the channel’s most popular original program, drawing millions of viewers each week. The TAPS web site has 90 million visitors annually and Hawes has co-authored six New York Times bestseller books. He is one of the most sought after experts on the paranormal and has appeared on numerous TV shows, including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The View, Today, Ellen, South Park and many others.
JV Johnson is a long time radio personality, radio station owner, paranormal investigator and paranormal journalist. He is formerly the publisher and editor of the world’s leading paranormal magazine, TAPS ParaMagazine, as well as promoter and organizer of SCARE-A-CON – a world-class horror and paranormal fan convention.
Each episode of BRR presents a real-time, interactive discussion about the stranger side of life—including ghosts, UFOs, psychic phenomenon, cryptozoology and more, featuring A-list guests from the world of the paranormal, and engages with listeners through call-in, chat rooms, and Facebook.
Learn more about “Beyond Reality Radio” at: http://beyondrealityradio.com
Entercom Communications is the fourth-largest radio broadcasting company in the U.S. and one of today’s fastest growing and best performing media companies, reaching more than 40 million people a week through its 127 highly rated stations in 28 top markets across the country. Entercom is a purpose-driven company, dedicated to serving its local communities and entertaining and informing fans with the best locally curated music, news and talk content, over 4,000 events each year and a rapidly growing roster of sports broadcasting partnerships, all delivered by compelling local personalities. As a leading local marketing solutions partner, Entercom delivers superior ROI for its customers through its influential local brands, creative campaigns, connected digital extensions and great community engagement. Entercom also owns and operates an award-winning digital agency, Smart Reach Digital, offering a robust suite of digital products and strategic solutions. For more information, visit Entercom.com.
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.
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