Increased Demand for Credible, Trustworthy News Content Boosts Affiliations with More Than 150 Stations Recently Added

Westwood One News Kicks off 2018 with its Third Straight Golden Mike Award

New York, NY – January 29, 2018Westwood One News, the Edward R. Murrow Award-winning, highly-regarded full-service news division of the largest radio network in the U.S., is fast approaching the 900 station mark in its first three years on the air. The total station count has dramatically increased for 2018 with recent renewals, new affiliations, and more than 100 Westwood One affiliates converted from CBS News Radio to Westwood One News. The current total number of stations is 875 with many more in the pipeline.

The accelerated increase in stations is enhanced by Westwood One News’ growing industry recognition. This past weekend, Westwood One News won its third straight prestigious Golden Mike Award for correspondent Jim Roope’s reporting on social media bullying. The honor is for “Best News Reporting by a Radio Network or Content Syndicator,” and is the only award in the network category.

“As the radio landscape changes, Westwood One News is at the vanguard, with a highly in-demand award-winning product that provides national and international coverage and programs customized to accentuate station branding,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “We thank all the affiliates that have driven our explosive growth and for the tremendous feedback. This is unprecedented for a three year-old network that continues to expand its offerings and we look forward to more upcoming big announcements.”

Westwood One News affiliated stations currently reach 25,753,600 Persons 12+, 24,256,100 Adults 18+, and 10,795,100 Adults 25-54.
(Source: Nielsen Audio Spring 2017 Nationwide, DMA, Weekly Cume of all WWO News-affiliated stations, Mon-Sun 12m-12m)

Westwood One News, launched in January 2015, was created to offer radio stations greater flexibility and local branding opportunities, enabling them to integrate network news into their local operation. In addition to 875 broadcast radio stations, Westwood One News can also be heard anywhere in the U.S. on Bloomberg Radio and the SiriusXM POTUS and Progress channels.

What can Westwood One News do for your station? Learn more by contacting Jim Jones at jimjones@westwoodone.com or (202) 840-7933.

About Westwood One
Westwood One, the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media, offers iconic, nationally syndicated sports, news and entertainment content to 245 million listeners each week across an audio network of 8,000 affiliated broadcast radio stations and media partners. Westwood One is the largest audio broadcast network in America, home to premium content that defines the culture, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, Westwood One Backstage, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards and the American Music Awards. The rapidly growing Westwood One Podcast Network delivers popular network and industry personalities and programs. Westwood One connects listeners with their passions through programs and platforms that have everyone listening. For more information please visit www.westwoodone.com.

Contact: Jana Polsky | Westwood One | jpolsky@westwoodone.com | (212) 641-2101