iHeartPodcasts and Veteran Comedian Michael Colyar Team Up for New Podcast “Michael Talks To Errbody”

Tune in for bold and unfiltered conversations on life, politics, love, sex and everything in-between with all-star guests including TS Madison, Mike Tyson, Regina King and more

WHAT: iHeartPodcasts and veteran comedian Michael Colyar announce “Michael Talks To Errbody,” a new podcast centering on bold, unfiltered and thought-provoking conversations with some of the biggest names in entertainment. Each week, listeners will join Michael as he sits down with some of the smartest, funniest and most adventurous celebrities in Hollywood to discuss topics ranging from real to raunchy with lots of laughs in between.

“In today’s society and political climate, people need laughs and a positive outlet,” said Colyar. “Conversations often help us unfold into our greatest selves and ‘Michael Talks to Errbody’ is 30 minutes of conversation filled with laughter, enlightenment and feel-goodness.”

In episode one, “Life as an Authentic Person”, Michael sits down with YouTube Star and LGBTQ+ Activist TS Madison to discuss the importance of authenticity, what TS really means and asks the questions others are afraid to ask. Her stories will knock listeners out while agitating their Funny Bone.

WHO: From films like “Hollywood Shuffle,” “House Party” and “The Princess & The Frog” to hundreds of sold-out comedy shows on stages across the country, Chicago born comedian Michael Colyar is no stranger to the microphone. Colyar started acting at an early age and eventually took his comedic talents to the big stage, appearing on national television programs including “Def Comedy Jam” and “ComicView.” Through the years, Colyar has continued to share his talent and love for creative expression through comedy and entertainment. His conversations with guests will lean into his experiences and lessons learned.

WHEN: The podcast premieres Monday, December 5, with new episodes airing three days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

WHERE: “Michael Talks To Errbody” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts and is available on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard. Listen now.

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iHeartPodcasts and NBA Team Up With Emmy-Award Winning Sports Analyst Sarah Kustok to Launch “NBA Pulse with Sarah Kustok”

The new podcast will offer an inside look at basketball’s biggest news stories from the perspective of the game’s most prolific writers and analysts

Listen to the trailer HERE

WHAT: iHeartPodcasts and the National Basketball Association (NBA) will debut on December 12 “NBA Pulse with Sarah Kustok”, a new thrice-weekly podcast hosted by Emmy-Award winning sports analyst, host and reporter Sarah Kustok. Throughout the season, Kustok will meet with a rotating group of the most respected NBA App writers to discuss recent articles and feature stories and hear their perspectives on big news around the league.

WHO: Holding the distinction of becoming the first female solo analyst for an NBA team, Sarah Kustok has consistently made groundbreaking moves in the world of sports media. As YES Network’s Brooklyn Nets game analyst, Kustok also became the first female to win a New York Emmy as an analyst, doing so in back-to-back years. Kustok began her career in Chicago as a host and reporter for NBC Sports Chicago, covering every professional sports team in the city. She attended DePaul University where she played basketball for the Blue Demons as team captain. Kustok was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, The Illinois Basketball Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame in 2021 and the Carl Sandburg High School Hall of Fame in 2018. Currently, Kustok hosts programs on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Fox Sports, NFL on FOX and CBS Sports’ "We Need To Talk."

WHEN: “NBA Pulse with Sarah Kustok” premieres December 12, with new shows airing three days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Listen to the trailer now.

WHERE: “NBA Pulse with Sarah Kustok” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts and will be available on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard.

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iHeartMedia Celebrates Bono in Latest ICONS Event; 2022 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capital One Kicks Off

Mimi Webb, Darren Criss and More Artists Take Over iHeartLand

NEW YORK, N.Y. – December 2, 2022 – iHeartMedia celebrated superstar artists in recent weeks with a slew of special programming, including the latest iHeartRadio ICONS event with U2 star Bono. On December 1, “iHeartRadio ICONS with Bono: Celebrating his Memoir, Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story” aired across iHeartRadio Classic Rock stations. During his iHeartRadio ICONS show, Bono took fans through his new book during an exclusive and intimate Q&A hosted by iHeartRadio's Jim Kerr.

Additionally, two artists have taken residence in the metaverse as part of iHeartLands’ winter lineup of events. Darren Criss took over iHeartLand during Thanksgiving weekend with a spectacular performance of songs from his holiday album “A Very Darren Crissmas.” Fans were able to watch his performance from November 25 to November 27. And earlier this week, British singer-songwriter Mimi Webb performed several songs, including her single “Ghost of You,” in State Farm Park for fans in iHeartLand. Her performance streamed from November 29 to December 1. For a full list of the winter programming coming to iHeartLand in the next month, click here.

This week, the 2022 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capital One kicked off in Dallas/Ft. Worth on November 29 and continues with a stop in Los Angeles on December 2. The lineups include artists like Dua Lipa, Jack Harlow, Pitbull, Black Eyed Peas, Khalid, Lauv, Bebe Rexha, Lewis Capaldi and much more. Fans can still get tickets to the upcoming stops – from Chicago to Ft. Lauderdale/Miami – at iheart.com/jingle-ball.

For the latest news, music fans can follow iHeartRadio on InstagramTwitterFacebook and YouTube, and visit iHeartRadio.com.

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iHeartPodcasts and Curiosity Debut Narrative Podcast “Red Elvis” With School of Humans

New Series Tells the Story of American Singer Dean Reed Who Gained Stardom in

Communist Europe During The Cold War Then Mysteriously Died

 

Listen to the trailer HERE

 

New York - November 30, 2022 - iHeartPodcasts, Curiosity Inc., and School of Humans today debut “Red Elvis,” the first narrative podcast in the Curiosity Audio Network. “Red Elvis” explores the incredible life and death of Dean Reed, an American singer and actor who struggled in Hollywood during the late 1950s but became a superstar behind the Iron Curtain. Listeners can hear “Red Elvis” on iHeartRadio and anywhere podcasts are heard beginning December 7. The official podcast trailer is available now, HERE.

After decades living abroad and speaking out against the American government, Reed died mysteriously months after telling friends and family he planned to come home to the United States. Was it an accident? Did he commit suicide? Or was he killed for his political beliefs?

Dean Reed's daughter Ramona Reed is the host and executive producer of Red Elvis. Over six episodes, she explores her father’s legacy and the unanswered questions surrounding his death.

“Dean Reed was an all-American boy who became a superstar in the Eastern Bloc. For 25 years, he was a worldwide rockstar, actor, director, producer and revolutionary,” said Ramona Reed. “He crusaded for leaders such as Chilean President Salvador Allende, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and communist revolutionary Che Guevara. But as he made plans to attend my graduation in Los Angeles, he disappeared and was later found dead in an East Berlin lake. Suspicious, yes, unbelievable, yes - but all true.”

Red Elvis” features interviews with Dean Reed’s friends, family, and fans, as well as Cold War experts to provide critical context for Reed’s time living in South America and Eastern Germany.

The podcast is based on the Curiosity original documentary “Red Elvis: The Cold War Cowboy” produced by Talos Films and directed by Thomas Latter. The film is available to watch on Curiosity Stream.

Curiosity Inc., the leading global factual media and entertainment company, partnered earlier this year with iHeartMedia, the No.1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, to launch the Curiosity Audio Network. Together they are developing and releasing several podcast projects over the next year, covering true crime, history, and pop culture. The Curiosity Audio Network will feature original content as well as podcasts that complement programming from Curiosity’s library of award-winning documentary films, shows and series. The Curiosity Audio Network is distributed by iHeartPodcasts.

About Curiosity Inc.

Curiosity Inc. is the entertainment brand for people who want to know more. The global media company is home to award-winning original and curated factual films, shows, and series covering science, nature, history, technology, society, and lifestyle. With approximately 23 million subscribers worldwide and thousands of titles, the company operates the flagship Curiosity Stream SVOD service, available in more than 175 countries worldwide; Curiosity Channel, the linear television channel available via global distribution partners; Curiosity Now, a free, ad-supported channel; Curiosity Audio Network, featuring original content and podcasts; and Curiosity Studios, which oversees original programming. Curiosity Inc. also owns and operates One Day University, which provides access to engaging talks and lectures from leading university and college professors in the United States. Curiosity Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of CuriosityStream Inc. (Nasdaq: CURI). For more information, visit CuriosityStream.com.

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iHeartLand Transforms Into a Winter Wonderland Full of Star-Studded Holiday Programming and Much More

iHeartLand’s State Farm Park Hosts Music Performances by Darren Criss, Mimi Webb and Pentatonix as well as Podcast Events with the Glee Rewatch show, “And That’s What You REALLY Missed,” and Curiosity Show “BrainStuff”

The Snowy Makeover Features All-New Winter Elements, Games and Holiday Fun

NEW YORK – November 30, 2022 – iHeartMedia today announced that iHeartLand, the premiere metaverse destination and always-on entertainment space where music and gaming collide, will transform into a Winter Wonderland to celebrate the changing season. Along with fresh snowfall, brand-new minigames and plenty of opportunities for users to experience holiday joy, iHeartLand will host a packed slate of exciting events in the coming weeks. 

The iHeartLand transformation centers around a new user experience to mirror the changing seasons with ice skating, snowball fights, hot cocoa, new winter-themed games, virtual merchandise (verch) and more. Along with the changing landscape will come a star-studded slate of events at iHeartLand’s State Farm Park including special metaverse podcast events and incredible musical performances. Darren Criss kicked off the lineup of events by performing songs from his holiday album “A Very Darren Crissmas” over Thanksgiving weekend. 

Upcoming list of winter programming includes:

  • British singer-songwriter Mimi Webb takes over iHeartLand’s State Farm Park stage singing her latest single “Ghost of You'' and more now through December 1. Webb’s metaverse performance comes ahead of her debut studio album, Amelia, set to release on March 3, 2023 via Epic Records. Users will also have the opportunity to use in-game currency to purchase special verch to celebrate her show and take part in interactive quizzes about the singer.

 

  • The iHeartPodcast “And That’s What You REALLY Missed” will stream a special episode event in iHeartLand’s State Farm Park beginning December 8 at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT. Hosts Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz will be joined by their former “Glee” co-star Darren Criss for a special episode where they talk about holiday traditions, both from the hit show and their own personal lives. The can’t-miss conversation will include the trio singing some holiday favorites and decorating cookies together with hilarious results. The event will stream in iHeartLand through December 11.

 

  • iHeartPodcasts’ curiosity show “BrainStuff” will bring an informative special exploring science in the everyday world to the metaverse beginning December 15 at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. Users will be able to interact while the podcasting event takes place in State Farm Park with features like quizzes and a scavenger hunt. The episode will stream in iHeartLand through December 19. 

 

  • Starting December 23rd at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT, Pentatonix will celebrate the holiday season with an epic a cappella performance full of holiday favorites and songs from their new album, Holidays Around The World and more. The concert will stream in iHeartLand through December 25 and fans will be able to participate in a special quiz, have access to a limited holiday onesie and experience an exclusive interview with the group members. 

For more information on the changes coming to iHeartLand in Fortnite, click here. Learn more about the new winter landscape coming to iHeartLand on Roblox here

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iHeartMedia to Launch All New Slate of Comedy Podcasts Featuring Star-Studded Lineup Including Rosie O’Donnell, Jason Alexander, Eric Andre, Amber Ruffin and More

New shows also include a limited series with ‘The Daily Show’s’ Jordan Klepper, a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” rewatch series with Jeff Garlin and Susie Essman, and several new podcasts from Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players Network

NEW YORK – November 29, 2022 – iHeartMedia, the No. 1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, today announced a new lineup of comedy podcasts coming to the iHeartPodcast Network in the upcoming months. The new slate includes top comedic talent Rosie O’Donnell, Jason Alexander, Eric Andre, Amber Ruffin and more. Additionally, several podcasts from Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players Network and one limited series with Comedy Central will debut by the first quarter of 2023. This slate furthers the growth of the company’s robust list of over 750 original shows including “The Ron Burgundy Podcast,” “Fake Doctors, Real Friends,” “Las Culturistas,” among others, that are distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and are available on iHeartRadio and all major podcast platforms.

“We are thrilled to share the newest slate of iHeartPodcasts, hosted by some of comedy’s biggest icons and hilarious new voices,” said Will Pearson, President of iHeartPodcasts. “We are so proud of the success our company has seen in the comedy podcast space and cannot wait to bring audiences even more laughs with these comedians in the coming months.”

iHeart’s All New Slate of Comedy Podcasts Includes:

  • “Jordan Klepper Fingers the Conspiracy from The Daily Show” — Now Available, HERE -- On his adventures into MAGA country during The Daily Show’s short-form series “Jordan Klepper Fingers The Pulse,” Jordan Klepper encountered some of the more imaginative, conspiratorial minds America has to offer. In his all-new six-episode limited podcast series by Comedy Central and iHeartPodcasts, “Jordan Klepper Fingers the Conspiracy from the Daily Show,” Jordan steps off the trail to dig deep into some of the wildest theories he’s heard, and trace their origins with journalists, experts, and anyone who might have a lead on when JFK Jr. is coming back. The podcast offers an opportunity to better understand some of the most extravagant stories Americans tell themselves. Listen now, HERE

 

  • “Man Thinkers” — Now Available, HERE -- Hosts George Kareman and Dan Klein welcome you to “Man Thinkers,” a podcast from iHeartMedia and Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players Network where the facts are up for debate. For decades, the lamestream media has prevented real men from sharing their knowledge. On “Man Thinkers,” there are no degrees and no rules. The hosts aren't impressed by run-of-the-mill "experts." “Man Thinkers” is a new space populated by iconoclastic thinkers, academic renegades, and media personalities that sound unlike anything else. Cable news is for the old and social media has become too toxic to trust. George and Dan courageously have the tough conversations that mainstream media won’t touch. Man Thinkers is a safe space from safe spaces, nothing is off limits. Listen now, HERE.

 

  • “The History Of Curb Your Enthusiasm With Susie Essman and Jeff Garlin” — January 2023 -- Jeff Garlin and Susie Essman are joined by cast, crew and super fans of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to break down every episode to date of the infamous HBO program. 

 

  • "Onward with Rosie O’Donnell" (working title)  — February 2023 -- Legendary entertainer Rosie O'Donnell shares her take on fame, family and fun from her vantage point at 60. Onward Folks! We have no other choice. During her weekly show, Rosie will speak with friends, celebrities, newsmakers, artists, poets and TikTokers. 

 

  • “Really? No, Really?” — February 2023 -- Every Tuesday best friends Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) and Peter Tilden are joined by experts, newsmakers and celebrities in an attempt to find answers to the things that make people go…"Really? No, Really?” Listeners can even suggest topics as the two hosts search for the answers to life’s most baffling, intriguing, confusing and annoying questions.

 

  • “The Amber and Lacey Show / Lacey and Amber Show” (working title) – Launching 2023 -- From late-night comedian Amber Ruffin (Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Amber Ruffin Show) and her sister Lacey Lamar comes “The Amber and Lacey Show / Lacey and Amber Show” a new comedy podcast from iHeartMedia and Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players Network featuring celebrity guests, comedic games and a huge dose of sibling rivalry.

 

  • “Bombing with Eric Andre” — Spring 2023 -- Coming to iHeartMedia and Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players Network, “Bombing with Eric Andre” is a comedy interview show featuring comedians, musicians, and artists sharing their best stories of bombing on stage in front of a live audience and more outlandish comedy premises in Eric Andre's signature style.

All shows will be distributed by iHeartPodcasts and available on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard.

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The American Advertising Federation (AAF), Together With iHeartMedia and Known, Launch New Podcast Series, “Future Legends of Advertising”

Series pairs Advertising Luminaries with Rising Stars in Conversations about Issues of Interest to the Industry, Now and in the Future

Antonio Lucio, Bozoma Saint John, Daisy Expósito-Ulla, Deborah Wahl, Louis Carr, Michael Kassan, Renetta McCann and Wenda Harris Millard Among the List of Headliners

WASHINGTON, DC -- November 16, 2022  -- The American Advertising Federation (AAF), the "unifying voice for advertising," announced today the launch of a new podcast series – "Future Legends of Advertising" – co-produced by iHeartMedia and Known. The podcast is being launched on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement (AHOA) and will pair advertising luminaries with this year's AHOA inductees in an eight-part series that will explore issues of interest to the industry.  Among the topics to be explored:  branded content, data science, DEI and social impact, the war for talent, public service, the future of the CMO and more. 

"Who better to talk about the issues affecting our industry today and tomorrow than those advertising luminaries who have been there; and those who are plotting the course of our future," said Gayle Troberman, Chief Marketing Officer, iHeartMedia. She added, "Marketing geniuses like these deserve the biggest stage in podcasting. That's why we're excited to help them drop their advertising wisdom on the #1 iHeartPodcast Network."

Season one of the eight-part series will debut today, concurrent with this year's 30th anniversary induction ceremonies for the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement. The first episode will feature a conversation between Wenda Harris Millard, Former Vice Chairman of MediaLink, Independent Advisor and the only AAF Advertising Hall of Fame and Advertising Hall of Achievement inductee, and Crystal Zerrenner, Chief Growth Officer at Thinx Inc and of Barbie fame. They will be talking about the power and responsibility of taking big risks, among other topics.  Future episodes will pair the following AHOA inductees and advertising luminaries:

  • Antonio Lucio, Principal & Founder of 5S Diversity and former global CMO at Meta, HP, Visa and PepsiCo, and Stephanie Nadi Olson, Founder & CEO, We Are Rosie, discussing the importance of matching talent with brands
  • Bozoma Saint John, marketing executive, author and former inductee into the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement, and TJ Adeshola, Head of Global Content Partnerships for Twitter, talking about the things you most want to achieve
  • Daisy Expósito-Ulla, Latino trailblazer, Partner/President-CEO at d exposito & Partners and Advertising Hall of Fame inductee, and Angela M. Guzman, SVP & Head of Supplier Diversity, Americas, dentsu, talking about how to change the industry from the inside
  • Deborah Wahl, Global CMO at General Motors and prior AAF Hall of Achievement inductee, and Elle McCarthy, VP of Brand and Social Impact, Electronic Arts, on the future of gaming and mobility
  • Louis Carr, President of Media Sales at BET, and Jordan Muse, Managing Director, The Martin Agency, in a discussion on the importance of diversity in the workplace, why brands should focus on inclusion as a business imperative and the responsibility of leading by example for future generations
  • Michael Kassan, Chairman & CEO at MediaLink and AAF Advertising Hall of Fame inductee, and Bing Chen, Executive Chairman, CEO & Founder, AU Holdings & Gold House, exchanging ideas on the creator economy
  • Renetta McCann, Chief Inclusion Experience Officer at Publicis Groupe, and Bernice Chao, Head of Integrated Creative, Zambezi and co-Founder, Asians in Advertising, on DEI and what it takes to make a social impact

Details regarding the air dates for each of these additional episodes will be announced at a later date.

Ross Martin, president of Known, Hayley Romer, former Chief Revenue Officer and Publisher at The Atlantic, and Laura Correnti, Partner, Giant Spoon will serve as creators and executive producers for the podcast. All three are former inductees into the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement. Martin and Romer also recently served as Co-Chairs of this year's AHOA Council of Judges. Additionally, Ryan Martz and Noelle Flores will serve as producers for iHeartPodcasts. 

"What makes this podcast so timely and amazing is that it is an opportunity to showcase the new spirit of creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and public service that is embodied by this year's Advertising Hall of Achievers," said Mr. Martin. Added Ms. Romer, "History is about learning from the past to help make a better future. Pairing legends of the past with leaders of tomorrow is a unique and exciting way to explore where we have been and where we are going."

Said Steve Pacheco, President and CEO of AAF, "AAF prides itself on being a unifying voice for advertising and a beacon for attracting talent to the advertising industry. The new 'Future Legends of Advertising' podcast series will bring both of these promises to life."

"Future Legends of Advertising" will be distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and will be available on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard beginning today, concurrent with induction ceremonies for this year's AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement. Ceremonies will take place at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. More than 400 corporate business leaders are expected to attend. 

Click here to listen to the first episode in the series. 

ABOUT AAF

The AAF's Board of Directors guides and oversees the Federation's signature events and initiatives, including the Advertising Hall of Fame Advertising Hall of Achievement American Advertising Awards Advertising Day on the HillNational Student Advertising Competition (NSAC), Mosaic AwardsMost Promising Multicultural Students ProgramHBCUs for Advertising and AdCamp for high school students -- all serving the Federation's 35,000+ professional members nationwide, 4,000+ students and educators, and more than 60+ corporate members spanning media and tech companies, advertisers and agencies. Established in 1905, the American Advertising Federation (https://aaf.org) acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising."

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iHeartRadio Presents Elton John’s Thank You to America: The Final Song

iHeartRadio Will Take America Live to the Stage at Dodger Stadium to Hear Elton John’s Final Song and Farewell Remarks After Touring 50 Years in North America

The Live Stage Moment Will Be Included in an Hour-Long iHeartRadio Special Celebrating Elton’s Career Broadcast Across More Than 320 Stations Nationwide on Sunday, November 20 

NEW YORK- November 14, 2022- Today, iHeartMedia is inviting listeners nationwide to celebrate Elton John’s iconic career with “iHeartRadio Presents Elton John’s Thank You to America: The Final Song,” an hour-long special that will broadcast across more than 320 stations nationwide on Sunday, November 20 at 10 p.m. PT /1 a.m. ET. The broadcast special will feature legendary moments from Elton John’s career and include a live simulcast of Elton John’s final song and closing remarks during his last performance in North America at the “Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, presented by Alliance for Lifetime Income” at Dodger Stadium. Additionally, iHeartRadio AC, Hot AC, CHR, Classic Rock and Classic Hits stations exclusively announced today that special guests Dua Lipa, Brandi Carlile and Kiki Dee will be joining Elton John at his final performance in America at Dodger Stadium. 

To kick off the celebration, select iHeartRadio Hot AC, Classic Rock, CHR and Classic Hits stations will air vignettes highlighting Elton John’s iconic career beginning today and leading up to the broadcast special. The broadcast special will take listeners through the timeline of Elton John’s legendary career featuring exclusive interviews throughout the years and recorded versions of his classics and historic live performances, showcasing his greatest achievements. The special will be culminated with a live simulcast of Elton John’s final song and closing remarks during his last performance in North America the “Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, presented by Alliance for Lifetime Income” at Dodger Stadium.

“This historic night will mark the end of a legendary five-decade touring run in North America for one of the greatest artists of our time,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises. “This is a rare, once in a lifetime chance for millions of fans to hear Elton’s last song on a touring stage and his goodbye.”

Fans can tune in to on select iHeartRadio Hot AC, CHR, Classic Rock and Classic Hits stations and on digital stations Big Classic Hits and Today’s Mix through the iHeartRadio website and the iHeartRadio app on November 20, 2022 at 10 p.m. PT /1 a.m. ET.

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iHeartMedia Celebrates its Annual Holiday Music Flip Across Broadcast Stations Nationwide With “iHeartRadio Holiday Special” Featuring Interviews with Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Dan + Shay, John Legend and Meghan Trainor

Hosted by Mario Lopez, The Special Will Broadcast on iHeartMedia’s AC and Classic Hits Stations Nationwide on November 23 

Each Year Audiences Double on Holiday Music Radio Stations Compared to Non-Holiday Programming – Making iHeartMedia Stations Across the Country the No. 1 Most Listened to Holiday Music Destination 

New York – November 11, 2022 – iHeartMedia announced today the return of their iHeartRadio Holiday Special, a broadcasted event hosted by Mario Lopez. This two-hour special event will feature interviews with Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Dan + Shay, John Legend and Meghan Trainor discussing their favorite holiday songs and traditions. The special will broadcast across iHeartMedia’s AC and Classic Hits stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app on November 23 at 7 p.m. local time. 

Every holiday season, iHeartMedia converts music radio stations in its key markets to all Christmas music through Christmas Day. Each year, these stations continue to have the largest audiences of all radio stations in each market – often doubling the audience size from non-holiday programming – making iHeartMedia the No. 1 holiday music listening destination.  

This season, iHeartMedia’s annual station flip to Christmas music kicks off today, November 11 at 5 p.m. local time, with more than 80 stations across the country broadcasting the season’s festive music from today’s biggest artists as well as holiday classics from Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and more around-the-clock.

Listeners can hear even more holiday cheer anywhere they are across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices with the iHeartRadio app with iHeartRadio Original stations like “iHeartChristmas,” playing all the holiday favorites; “North Pole Radio,” hosted by Santa Claus and featuring a message line where kids can leave Christmas wishes for the big man himself; “iHeartChristmas Classics,” the place to hear all the timeless holiday classics; or for listeners who like to jam out, they can check out iHeartChristmas R&BiHeartChristmas CountryiHeartChristmas Rock and more. iHeartRadio has a holiday station for every musical taste and listeners can check them out on the dedicated iHeartRadio Holiday page.

“You always know it’s the holiday season when iHeartRadio stations across America start playing Christmas music,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “To get everyone in the mood we’re bringing back the iHeartRadio Holiday Special with Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Dan + Shay, John Legend and Meghan Trainor, who will be sharing holiday memories with our host Mario Lopez to help us all get in the spirit.”    

Proud partners of the iHeartRadio Holiday Special include The Home Depot, JCPenney, Disney Bundle and The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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iHeartMedia World Premieres Single from Brantley Gilbert and Blake Shelton feat. Vince Gill; Names Jessie Reyez Latest ‘On The Verge’ Artist

NEW YORK, N.Y. – November 4, 2022 – iHeartMedia celebrated new music recently with a World Premiere debut for Brantley Gilbert’s new single “Heaven By Then” with Blake Shelton feat. Vince Gill on November 10 across all iHeartRadio Mainstream Country stations.

This week, iHeartMedia named Jessie Reyez the latest ‘On The Verge’ Hip Hop artist with her single "Forever" ft. 6lack. iHeartMedia’s ‘On The Verge’ program helps build awareness for up-and-coming artists through its radio airplay reach and historically, all ‘On The Verge’ artists have charted in the top 30, with more than half landing in the top 10, and over a third claiming the No. 1 chart slot. Success stories of ‘On The Verge’ Hip Hop artists include Toosii’s "Love Cycle" ft. Summer Walker and Layton Greene’s "Leave You Alone" ft. Lil Baby, City Girls, PNB Rock, which peaked at #1.

In celebration of Black Eyed Peas’ ninth full-length album Elevation, out November 11, iHeartRadio launched a two-week on-air campaign across CHR, Rhythm CHR and Hot AC stations. iHeart produced a series of 30-second vignettes featuring audio from the band sharing the inspiration behind Elevation as well as their latest single “Simply The Best.”

For the latest news, music fans can follow iHeartRadio on InstagramTwitterFacebook and YouTube, and visit iHeartRadio.com.

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