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Cumulus Detroit Radio Stations and the U.S. Marine Corps Kick Off 2021 Toys For Tots Toy Drive

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CUMULUS MEDIA announces that its three Detroit radio stations, 96.3 WDVD, New Country 93.1 (WDRQ), 760 WJR, together with the U.S. Marine Corps, have launched their annual toy drive benefiting Toys For Tots of Southeastern Michigan. 96.3 WDVD’s The Blaine Fowler Morning Show kicked off this year’s campaign to help area children have a brighter holiday season with a live remote broadcast on Monday, November 1st at Gordon Chevrolet, 31850 Ford Road, Garden City, MI, where generous donors may drop off new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages now through Thanksgiving.

The 2021 Toys For Tots Toy Drive will continue to collect toy donations on Saturday, November 27th and Sunday, November 28th from 9am to 6pm, at Oakland Mall, 412 West 14 Mile Road, Troy, MI, and also at Novi Town Center, 43259 Crescent Boulevard, Novi, MI. On Saturday, December 4th and Sunday, December 5th, the 2021 Toys For Tots Drive will collect toy donations from 9am to 6pm at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI; and at The Home Depot, 23300 West Allen Road, Woodhaven, MI.

Steve Finateri, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Detroit, said: “We couldn’t be more proud to support the great work of our U.S. Marine Corps for this very worthy cause for children.”

Blaine Fowler, Host, The Blaine Fowler Morning Show on 96.3 WDVD, commented: “Toys For Tots and the U.S. Marine Corps have been helping kids receive toys since 1947. Your donation can help families to have a more joyful holiday season. It’s our privilege to get the word out and help Toys For Tots make this a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season for all!”

David Cooper, Vice President, Toys For Tots, said: “Last year despite the pandemic, Toys For Tots was able to deliver toys to almost 31,000 kids in Wayne and Oakland counties. The goal is always to do more. Thank you to Cumulus Radio Detroit for everything you do getting the word out. This year, we’re looking forward to helping as many children as possible.”


BandLab Announces Acquisition of ReverbNation

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BandLab today announced the acquisition of ReverbNation from its parent company, eMinor, Inc. The deal is effective immediately.

 

The acquisition will help accelerate BandLab’s artist services, building on recently announced features like artist-to-fan subscriptions and BandLab Distribution. ReverbNation artists will continue to enjoy uninterrupted services and can expect a seamless integration of ReverbNation’s features into BandLab’s creator capabilities in the near future. 

 

Post acquisition, eMinor will focus on its other software businesses, including its rapidly growing youth sports platform PlayMetrics. 

CEO of BandLab Technologies, Meng Kuok said, “We are very excited to welcome ReverbNation’s community to BandLab.  We have a clear vision of the role BandLab plays in supporting creators worldwide, today, and into the future. Artist services are a key part of that plan, as evidenced by our recently announced subscriptions and distribution offerings. This acquisition allows us to accelerate BandLab’s product roadmap and further enable us to break down technical, geographic, and creative barriers facing musicians and fans.

We’ve known ReverbNation for a long time and had great respect for its ability to build a terrific artist services business. There are more exciting announcements to come, but what ReverbNation brings to BandLab seamlessly fits with our vision – a future where there are no boundaries to making and sharing music.”

CEO of eMinor, Inc., Mike Doernberg says, “When BandLab approached us with their thesis for integrating ReverbNation and BandLab, it made complete sense, especially for our artists. BandLab is a natural fit. ReverbNation has long been the standard for artist promotion and growth tools. Since its evolution from a startup in 2006 to a mature, profitable business today, it has continually innovated. 

We have known and admired the management team at BandLab for some time and are excited about this extraordinary offering that will serve music makers in new and powerful ways.”

No other details of the deal have been released. More information will be shared about product roadmap and future features in due course.


iHeartMedia Denver’s HITS 95.7 Announces JR as new Afternoon Drive Host

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 HITS 95.7, Commercial Free Weekends, announced today that JR will be the stations new Afternoon Drive Host, effective November 8. JR will broadcast weekdays from 3-7 p.m. 

As afternoon drive host, JR will broadcast all of the latest hits from top artists including Arianna Grande, Ed Sheeran, Post Malone and more. In addition, listeners will have an opportunity to participate in fun on-air games and have the chance to win cool prizes. 

“JR is a super talented jock, with a track record of success in Top 40 stations, said John E. Kage, Program Director for HITS 95.7. “His social media skills are next level and I’m excited to bring his passion and excitement to HITS 95.7 and the Mile-High City.”

“JR is one of the final pieces to the puzzle to level up Hits 95.7,” said JoJo Turnbeaugh, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Denver. “His passion, content and social media skills are a perfect match to drive home Mile High city listeners.” 

“I’m excited to be a part of the iHeartMedia Denver team,” said JR. “I can’t wait to get to work and help build HITS 95.7 into a powerhouse while connecting with the Colorado community. I’m thrilled to call Colorado my new home.” 

JR joins the Denver market from Midwest Communications Inc. in Nashville, where he most recently served as the PM Drive Host on WNFN-FM. He began his career at Q97.9 (WJBQ) in Portland, Maine. 

iHeartMedia is the leading media outlet in the Denver market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with 3 billion app downloads and more than 150 million registered users.


IHEARTMEDIA SAN DIEGO’S ROCK 105.3 FM EXTENDS AGREEMENT WITH “THE SHOW”

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 iHeartMedia San Diego announced today that it has renewed its agreement with “The Show” for Rock 105.3 (KIOZ-FM), San Diego’s Rock Station. “The Show” will continue to broadcast weekdays from 6 – 10 a.m. for another five years.

“The Show,” featuring Eddie Pappani, Sky Williams, Tylhor “Thor” Dodd, and Emily Griffiths has been entertaining San Diego audiences during morning drive since 2010 on Rock 105.3 FM with their relatable, and sometimes irreverent behavior. 

“I couldn’t be more excited and thrilled to continue our run at iHeartRadio and Rock 105.3 in San Diego, said Pappani. “Sky and I have been on-air in morning drive at Rock 105.3 since 2004, and I can’t believe they haven’t grown sick of us yet!  I want to thank the rest of ‘The Show,’ Sky – my partner in crime for 21 years, and Thor and Emily for their dedication and hard work. Big thanks to everyone at iHeartMedia San Diego for their continued support. We are excited to continue to entertain with our hot discussions about sandwiches for years to come.” 

“I am thrilled to continue our amazing run with ‘The Show’ on Rock 105.3! Their years of hard work, dedication, adaptability, evolution and just plain true grit have been amazing to watch. Their listener’s loyalty is unparalleled, and I look forward to watching them grow their audience and show, even more, said Shauna Moran, Program Director for Rock 105.3 FM. “Cheers to another five years!” 

Rock 105.3 is San Diego’s active rock station, playing artists like Metallica, Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Imagine Dragons, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day and more. 

iHeartMedia is the leading media outlet in the San Diego market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with 3 billion app downloads and more than 150 million registered users.


CHART-TOPPING POP HITMAKERS ADAM LEVINE AND BLACKBEAR JOIN ASCAP FAMILY

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Two of today’s foremost hitmakers, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and singer, songwriter and producer blackbear, have signed with ASCAP. Levine is the frontman of Maroon 5, and co-writer of their multi-platinum hits including “Girls Like You,” “Don’t Wanna Know” and more. blackbear, aka Matthew Musto, is one of music’s most versatile hit creators whose work spans pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop. The two are also co-writers of this year’s #1 Billboard Hot AC and #10 top 40 hit “Beautiful Mistakes” and recently concluded a US tour together.

“Adam’s craft as a songwriter has made Maroon 5 one of the top groups of all time on the airplay charts. Matthew has managed the rare feat of conquering the pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop charts with his songs in just a few short years,” said ASCAP Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Matthews. 

“We are thrilled to have both of these incredible artists join the ASCAP family and to help support and nurture their future success as they continue to create some of the world’s best-loved music.” 

“ASCAP is without a doubt the best at what they do,” said Levine. “They’re champions of the greatest songs in the world and I am happy to be in business with them.”

“ASCAP is the best advocate for songwriters and their team is committed to helping us maximize our creative potential,” said blackbear. “I’m excited to be working with them in the next phase of my journey.”

Adam Levine

As both frontman and primary songwriter of multi-Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5, Adam Levine has indelibly impacted the face of modern popular music. His characteristic falsetto is the infectious driving force behind the band’s hit anthems and heartfelt ballads, all of which have helped propel Maroon 5 into becoming one of the most successful worldwide acts in today’s popular music.

Maroon 5 holds a top 40 record for the most #1 hits among pop duos or groups, with 11 #1 entries, and has earned 22 top 10 entries on the chart, including their most recent single “Beautiful Mistakes,” hits “Sugar,” “Memories” and more. They are the only band to achieve these accolades.

Maroon 5 reaches over 50 million monthly Spotify listeners, and at the end of their recent 2021 tour had played over 750 concerts in 30+ countries, with 7,500,000 tickets sold worldwide, remaining “one of the world’s best-selling artists.”

Outside of Maroon 5, Levine has taken on a variety of TV and motion picture roles. He served as a coach for 16 seasons on top-rated, four-time Emmy Award-winning NBC hit series The Voice. Other credits include TV series American Horror Story: Asylum, Family Guy and 30 Rock, and critically acclaimed films Begin Again and Sing Street. 

blackbear

Multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter/producer blackbear is known for his cross-pollinated brand of pop, hip-hop and alt-R&B. The Los Angeles-based artist has released five studio albums in the last six years, including 2020’s gold-certified everything means nothing (#15 on the Billboard 200).

Hyper-creative and massively prolific, blackbear has collaborated with Pharrell Williams and Linkin Park, and brought his top-notch songwriting skills to Justin Bieber’s six-times-platinum single “Boyfriend.” In August 2019, he dropped his biggest smash to date with the triple-platinum hit “hot girl bummer” – the anthem reached #2 at top 40 radio, #11 on Billboard’s 2020 Year-End Top 40 Radio chart, and #26 on the Year-End Hot 100 chart.

blackbear’s hitmaker prowess is undeniable on numerous recent collaborations, most notably Machine Gun Kelly’s “my ex’s best friend” and All Time Low’s “Monsters,” both of which spent multiple weeks at #1 at radio. He kicked off 2021 garnering nominations for two 2021 Billboard Music Awards and two 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. blackbear returned with his new EP misery lake via ALAMO/Columbia Records. 


Pandora Launches Half Time Radio Station After Overwhelming Fan Response to Big Game Half Time Performers Announcement

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You don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy the anticipation of Pro Football’s Big Game in L.A. on February 13, 2022. Pandora fans are already getting into it by flocking to stations by the five superstar performers who are scheduled to rock the epic half-time performance. 

Altogether, nearly 200,000 Pandora listeners have added Pandora stations by Dr. Dre, Eminem Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar, and those artists have also garnered more than 2 Million thumbs up on Pandora since they were named in late September to perform at the Big Game.   

With so much on-platform popularity for all of these special artists who will be making  once-in-a-lifetime performance at SoFi Stadium, Pandora has launched a brand new station, Half Time Radio to celebrate.  

Half Time Radio, of course, features all of the biggest hits by these five legends, but also digs deep into their catalog to feature some deep cuts that have cemented them into music’s pantheon. 

Pandora’s Half Time Radio station is perfect for diehard football fans who want to start pre-gaming, or for music fans who only tune in for one reason – to watch Half Time!


Rock Station 105.1 The X Hires New Host

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CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it has appointed Jaye Powers as On-Air Host, Afternoon Drive, for Kansas City Rock radio station 105.1 The X, KCJK-FM. Powers can be heard on 105.1 The X weekday afternoons from 3:00pm-7:00pm. Previously hosting Afternoon Drive, Cassiday Proctor transfers to Cumulus Buffalo-Erie. 

Powers joined Cumulus Kansas City in 2020. In addition to weekend host duties on 105.1 The X, he served as in-studio producer of sister-station 94.9 KCMO-FM’s top-ranked “Kelly and Mackenzie” morning show. Powers remains part of the sideline production team for Kansas City Chiefs home games. 

Jim Fox, Operations Manager, Cumulus Kansas City, said: “Jaye’s excitement about radio and willingness to work tirelessly to pursue his dream is reminiscent of the passion that drove so many of us to this industry. If ever there was someone who truly earned a gig, it’s Jaye!”

Jagger, Program Director, KCJK-FM/KCHZ-FM, commented: “Jaye lives the Rock lifestyle and completely understands the brand and strategy behind 105.1 The X. He’s worked hard to develop into a strong on-air personality. I’m happy he’s officially joining us as a full-time member of our team.” 

Jaye Powers remarked: “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity and contribute to our next steps growing the huge KC rock brand of 105.1 The X. Many thanks to Donna Baker, Jim Fox, and Jagger for the trust and consideration, also to Kelly Urich and Mackenzie Justice for letting me learn while being a part of record ratings on 94.9 KCMO.”

For more information or to stream 105.1 The X, visit: https://www.1051thexkc.com/.


Ingrooves Music Group Signs Ziggy Alberts’ Commonfolk Records to a Global Distribution Deal

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 Ingrooves Music Group, a world leader in music distribution, marketing and technology, announced today that they have signed Commonfolk Records, the label founded and led by singer-songwriter Ziggy Alberts, to a global distribution deal. Alberts, who is known the world over as a truly independent artist who has amassed a powerful fan base on his own terms, will continue to oversee the label along with Anneka Alberts, Co-Founder and General Manager of Commonfolk Records.

“I can’t wait to work with the wonderful team at Ingrooves,” said Ziggy Alberts. “I love all the different genres they distribute, and I’m excited to continue innovating and improving how we release music in an ever-changing industry!”

The first release under the new deal is the Ziggy Alberts single “I  BELIEVE,” which drops tomorrow, November 5th, on all streaming services.
“This is one of these partnerships where everything felt right from the very beginning,” said Nina Rabe-Cairns, Managing Director of Ingrooves Music Group in Australia/New Zealand.

“Ziggy, Anneka, and the rest of the Commonfolk team have created a very special business. We were instantly drawn to how open and welcoming the team is and their level of professionalism with such an organised focus on business growth. It makes us very proud that Commonfolk Records chose us to help expand on Ziggy’s already impressive success story as an artist globally. The label’s next chapter will be an exciting one.”

Anneka Alberts commented: “We are truly excited to begin our journey with team Ingrooves! As an independent label, we are grateful for the support and enthusiasm from a talented international team who are ready to hit the ground running alongside us and all of our upcoming projects.”  
Rick Butterworth, Label & Business Development Manager at Ingrooves Music Group, added:   

“We look forward to collaborating with the team at Commonfolk to build on Ziggy’s story locally and sharing his music with fans worldwide. Our global team will use Ingrooves’ innovative proprietary analytics and solutions to help spread Ziggy’s story into other regions and seize opportunities wherever they exist.”

Described by Australian radio station Triple J as “a self-made success,” Ziggy Alberts has garnered the kind of commercial achievements not common among indie artists. With eight records under his belt that have driven gold, platinum and multi-platinum sales, Alberts has also been a force on the road, playing to sold-out houses around the world.


iHeartMedia Announces Inspirational Podcast Series Celebrating Black Culture and the HBCU community

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iHeartMedia, the No. 1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, announced today the launch of “iHeartRadio’s Black and Inspired HBCU Celebration,” presented by Hyundai. The special four-episode podcast series will celebrate Black culture and the passionate alumni community of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

The first episode of the podcast series launches today with new episodes dropping every other Wednesday on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard. Listeners can hear the first episode HERE

iHeartRadio’s Black and Inspired HBCU Celebration” will feature conversations that educate, inspire and celebrate the HBCU experience through intimate conversations with iHeartRadio’s most popular and prolific Black personalities, experts and celebrity guests covering topics important to the Black community as well as distinguished HBCU alumni.

The debut episode, titled Black & Tech, will discuss the need for more Black representation in the tech industry, how to bring overall awareness of tech implications to HBCUs and the Black community as well as advice to HBCU students that aspire to work in tech one day.

The episode will feature insightful discussions from business experts and entrepreneurs Will Lucas, Brand Manager for AfroTech and host of “Black Tech Green Money,” and Morgan Debuan, Founder & CEO of Blavity Inc. This fireside chat will be moderated by social influencer, digital media veteran and iHeartRadio’s very own marketing project manager, Jasmine Sweet. 

 “As an HBCU graduate, I know first-hand Historically Black Colleges and Universities have an unparalleled impact on our community and play a vital role in Black students’ success across the country,” said Thea Mitchem, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia. “These intimate conversations will help to educate, uplift and amplify the Black community and its aspiring young leaders, and we’re thrilled that these important voices will be able to reach millions of listeners through iHeart’s massive digital and broadcast reach.” 

The biweekly limited series will also include: 

Show Me The Money – (November 17) Moderated by Rashad Bilal, a skilled financial advisor and co-host of the hit podcast “Earn Your Leisure,” this episode will cover the basic principles of personal and business finance and will feature in-depth discussions with Founder, CEO of CreditRich and Hampton University alumni Angel Rich; respected educator and co-host of “Earn Your Leisure,” Troy Millings; and founder of FUBU and reoccurring Shark Tank investor Daymond John.

The fireside chat will also explore ways that HBCUs can inspire and empower students with greater knowledge about digital currency, cryptocurrency, NFTs, the stock market, and more. In addition, they will share which college disciplines provide the best long term investment on post-graduation salary. 

We Do This For The Culture – (December 1) This episode will recognize established and new Black culture creators that are dedicated to amplifying creative voices in the culture as well as building and growing platforms to connect and shape the overall view of Black culture.

The discussion will include an array of topics, such as why it is vital to ensure that inclusivity and representation are displayed in all forms of media and the importance of having a strong Black lead. Listeners will hear insightful discussions on the topic from cultural game-changers including actor, comedian, television personality and Howard University alumni Nick Cannon (The Masked SingerThe Nick Cannon ShowWild N’ Out); and rapper, songwriter, record executive and Albany State University alumni Rick Ross. 

Black Girl Magic – (December 15) Moderated by on-air personality Angela Yee of the nationally syndicated morning show, “The Breakfast Club,” this special episode will be recorded as a virtual panel celebrating the beauty, power and resilience of Black women and honoring their many achievements.

Fans can learn the pathway for young aspiring women of color to attend HBCUs and why Black women must lead the charge in politics, culture and society. Fans will also be able to video stream the virtual panel on iHeartRadio’s YouTube page beginning December 1. The panel will include Gizelle Bryant from The Real Housewives of Potomac, with more guests to be announced at a later date. 

iHeartRadio’s Black and Inspired HBCU Celebration” is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network.


CUMULUS MEDIA Signs New Deal

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CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it has signed a new long-term agreement with Country Radio Hall of Famer Mark “Hawkeye” Louis, longtime Morning Personality on Dallas radio station New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM.

Louis hosts the ever-popular morning show, Hawkeye in the Morning, along with 10-year station veteran Michelle Rodriguez. DFW’s longest-running morning show on the FM dial, Hawkeye in the Morning airs on New Country 96.3 weekdays from 5:30am-10:00am.

Louis has been heard on the station since 1988. He is a member of the Country Radio Hall of Fame and the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. He was honored by the Academy of Country Music as On-Air Personality of the Year and the show was recently nominated for the 2021 Marconi Awards Major Market Personality of the Year.

Louis is an active supporter of the DFW community through his work for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Cook Children’s, and Cook Children’s summer camp for kids living with cancer, Camp Sanguinity. He is also Chairman of the non-profit BMW Dallas Marathon.

Mike Preston, Program Director, KSCS/KPLX, said: “It’s a joy to listen to the magic that Hawkeye and Michelle create every morning on New Country 96.3. Our audience will be in good hands for years to come with the legendary Hawkeye in the Morning show!”

Mark “Hawkeye” Louis commented: “It’s been a great year at KSCS and I’m excited for the future. Cumulus has made a commitment to local talent. We added station veteran Michelle Rodriguez to the show this past year and she took us to a new level of success.

We have six stations in our Dallas cluster and all of them have local morning shows – two of which were nominated for Marconi Awards. Is there another radio cluster in America that can say all that?”


IHEARTMEDIA MEMPHIS TO HOLD SIXTH ANNUAL ‘COGNAC, CARS AND CIGARS’

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iHeartMedia Memphis announced today the sixth annual ‘Dr. Phillip Bowden Cognac, Cars, & Cigars’ taking place on Saturday, November 13 from 5 – 9
p.m. at the Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive, in Memphis. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit local charity Dorothy Day House, an organization fighting homelessness in the community.

iHeartMedia Memphis stations including K97, V101, WDIA, WREC, Rock 103, and 101.9 KISS FM will promote ‘Dr. Phillip Bowden Cognac, Cars, & Cigars’ on-air, on the stations’ websites and via social media encouraging listeners to attend the event. On-air personalities Big Sue, Mic Tee, Stan Bell, and more will also attend the event. Live entertainment will include local PC Band, Carmen Hicks, and DJ Mic Tee.

Attendees will enjoy beverage samples from presenting sponsor Crown Royal and other cognac brands, and a premium cigar from BeLeaf Cigars. Luxury cars from Lexus of Memphis and 360 Exotic will be staged throughout the venue as well as celebrity cars.

Local restaurants will provide a variety of cuisine for participants to sample. Restaurant partners include Characters, Li Dora Desserts, Smurfey’s Smokehouse, Original Grandmas Hands and Piph’s Sensational
Treats.

Sponsors for the event include Dr. Phillip Bowden, Crown Royal, BeLeaf Cigars, Lexus of Memphis, 360 Exotic Cars, Milanos Menswear, Memphis Grizzlies, T-Mobile, My Celebrity Smile, Capitol City Residential, Art Horne Law Office, Washington Brothers Roofing, Renewal by Anderson, TN Roots CBD, Nucor Steel, Vision Board LLC, and Crown Tower Emporium


iHeartMedia and DraftKings Ink Multifaceted Strategic Agreement

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iHeartMedia, Inc. [Nasdaq: IHRT] and DraftKings Inc. [Nasdaq: DKNG] announced today a multi-year strategic relationship, making DraftKings the official odds supplier for iHeartMedia’s broadcast, digital, podcast and social platforms. Additionally, as part of the agreement DraftKings is now able to co-create and distribute long-form content with iHeartMedia and will receive preferred access to iHeartMedia’s full roster of diverse personalities.

Furthermore, DraftKings and iHeartMedia will collaborate around a wide range of possible content development opportunities, including the distribution of shows and segments across the media giant’s radio and digital properties and integrations within iHeartMedia’s live sports broadcasts.  DraftKings and iHeartMedia will also collaborate on a number of possible experiential opportunities for listeners and fans including providing cross platform interactive games. 

“Even though we are number one in audio sports programming, we continue to build new sports content and DraftKings is an ideal partner as we expand and innovate,” said Greg Ashlock, CEO of iHeartMedia’s Multiplatform Group. “DraftKings is a premier sports technology and entertainment company that provides millions of customers with the best in real-money gaming products along with exceptional safety and security through various responsible gaming measures. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership everywhere sports betting is permissible.”   

DraftKings has the opportunity to leverage iHeartMedia’s SmartAudio suite of data-driven advertising products. The data integration would enable fact-based audience planning and targeting optimizations across iHeartMedia’s broadcast and digital platform, including its more than 270 million monthly consumers on its broadcast platform alone providing DraftKings with national exposure and at the same time reaching local audiences with a tailored approach. 

“Customer engagement remains a primary focus for DraftKings, and this latest agreement with iHeartMedia amplifies our reach immensely to a dedicated audience that spans more than 160 markets across the country with the largest audio company in the U.S.,” said Matt Kalish, Co-founder and President, DraftKings North America. “Analytically tapping into iHeart’s coveted listenership while powering authentic betting content is a landmark moment for both organizations and precursor to new possibilities in media innovation.”

iHeartMedia hosts the largest sports audio network in the U.S., with products across broadcast, streaming, digital, podcast and experiential. iHeartMedia is the number one podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac with more than 280 million monthly downloads, with the iHeartPodcast Sports Network alone featuring more than 50 million downloads a month, making it the largest for sports podcast listening.