The First Seven Episodes Each Feature One BTS Member per Show

New York, NY, May 14, 2018 – Westwood One, the largest audio network in the U.S., is launching Stokes & Friends: KPOP WITH T.H.I.S on Westwood One Podcast Network today. T.H.I.S in the show title stands for “The Hottest International Stars.” The podcast features award-winning recording artist Stokes Nielson and his famous friends getting up close and personal with the biggest K-pop stars. The show kicks off with an intimate seven-week look at the wildly-popular South Korean boy band BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys. Read more in today’s excusive in Billboard.

The first episode of the Stokes & Friends: KPOP with T.H.I.S podcast dropped just days before BTS’ highly-anticipated scheduled performance at the Billboard Music Awards on May 20th. BTS is also releasing their Love Yourself: Tear album two days before the awards show, as they gear up for a world tour across seven countries, including already sold-out U.S. stops in Los Angeles, Oakland, Fort Worth, Newark, and Chicago.

Offering unprecedented access — the first seven shows each feature one member of BTS:

  • May 14 – Episode 1: V
  • May 21 – Episode 2: Jimin
  • May 28 – Episode 3: J-Hope (featuring content recorded in Japan)
  • June 4 – Episode 4: RM (featuring content recorded in Korea)
  • June 11 – Episode 5: Suga (featuring content recorded in China)
  • June 18 – Episode 6: Junkook (featuring content recorded in Singapore)
  • June 25 – Episode 7: Jin (featuring content recorded in Thailand)

Stokes & Friends: KPOP with T.H.I.S will be released every Monday on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and the Westwood One Podcasts App.

“The vibrant subculture of K-pop is heavily influencing music and fashion across a global community of tens of millions of international fans. Stokes & Friends: KPOP with T.H.I.S explores what’s fueling this sonic pop culture phenomenon, which is particuiarly timely given the backdrop of political news playing out in Korea this year,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Stokes is a musician, subject matter expert, and an enthusiastic storyteller with a deep respect for the K-pop community. He’s the perfect host to showcase K-pop through the intimacy of podcasting, as he shares the scene from all over the world.”

“Whether it’s trampling through the hills of Bukchon in historic Seoul, blazing across Japan in Shinkansen trains, or braving the spiciest hot-pot huts of China, I will stop at nothing to bring the inspiring stories, sounds, and fan-love of K-pop to music fans everywhere,” said Stokes. “I can’t wait to share my BTS interviews with the inspiring and respectful BTS Fan Army, as BTS kicks off a summer of TV appearances, live performances, and my new podcast!”

Stokes Nielson has over 15 years of experience in the entertainment business as a new media entrepreneur, original video pioneer, musician, and producer. As the founder of the media content provider and online video channel-building company, Channel Greatness, Nielson produces content and consults for major brands and broadcast media companies featuring the hottest artists in the entertainment industry. Nielson is a BMI Award Winning Songwriter and 3-Time Academy of Country Music Award Nominee, who is credited with six Top-40 Billboard Country Chart placements for radio play and album sales. He has toured and/or performed with Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Maroon 5, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, The Allman Brothers, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Outkast, and John Mayer.

You can take the journey with Stokes & Friends: KPOP with T.H.I.S on social media on Twitter @stokesnfriends and Instagram @stokesandfriends, #westwoodone.

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