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Westwood One to Launch “With Elaina,” A Dynamic New Weekend Show Featuring Podcaster, Red Carpet Correspondent and “Nash Nights Live” Host, Elaina Smith

Elaina Smith

Westwood One, the largest network in the U.S., has announced the launch of With Elaina, a new weekend entertainment show featuring the charming and charismatic Elaina Smith, -host of the network’s NASH Nights Live weeknight program, host of the groundbreaking Women Want to Hear Women podcast, Westwood One Backstage red carpet host, and voice of the Academy of AwardsWith Elaina debuts on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

With Elaina, a two-hour program designed for pop culture junkies, entertainment fans and Country music lovers, showcases Elaina doing what she does best – talking about life, love, movies, music, celebrity news, and of course, Country music.  Elaina hosts a serious hang with guests who like to have fun, get real, and share stories – from heartfelt to heartache. Listeners can do chores with Elaina, work out with Elaina, meal prep with Elaina, even nurse a hangover with Elaina. She doesn’t judge!

“Launch day can’t come soon enough. I’ve been waiting to do a show like this for years,” said Elaina.  “We’re going to have a blast bringing my pop culture and millennial vibe to Country music fans in a whole new way. I’m psyched to be working with one of the most talented, minds in the industry, who happens to be one of my best friends — super producer, Ryan Kershner. Plus, a huge thank you to Mike McVay, Suzanne Grimes, John Shomby, Bryan Switzer, Charles Steinhauer, everyone at Westwood One and for believing in me.”

“Elaina is a rising star with smarts, spirit, and a little sass,“ said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing, CUMULUS MEDIA and President, Westwood One. “Her success with NASH Nights Live, her innovative podcast on Westwood One Podcast Network, and her red carpet mastery has demonstrated her appeal time and again. With this new platform, she can share her passion with Country fans and listeners nationwide, every weekend.”

Elaina, a native, has become one of the strongest female presences in Country radio. While working at Entertainment Tonightand The Insider in Los Angeles, she found her true passion when she got an opportunity to work with the wildly popular Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw morning show. She caught the bug and never looked back. Since then, Elaina has hosted shows in San Diego, Florida, and now over 100 stations simultaneously on NASH Nights Live each night. If there is a Country music red carpet, she’s on it. In to her on-air presence, Smith has become a go-to person in the industry when it comes to social media.

Elaina is a Gracie Award-winning broadcaster who also added “actress” to her resume when she appeared as herself on CMT’s Nashville. You might also recognize her voice as the newest addition to the ACM Awards announcing team on CBS along with her NASH Nights Liveco-host Shawn Parr. Elaina’s Women Want to Hear Women female-focused podcast has touched a nerve and is leading the conversation within the industry about the lack of females in Country Music.

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