Westwood One and Harpo Radio Announce Partnership
-- Westwood One to distribute Harpo Radio's The Gayle King Show, Dr. Oz and others to terrestrial radio stations --
NEW YORK, March 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Westwood One (Nasdaq: WWON) and Harpo Radio, Inc. today announced a multi-year partnership to distribute The Gayle King Show, a two-hour, daily radio talk program hosted by acclaimed newscaster and television personality Gayle King, to be broadcast on Westwood One's affiliate radio stations. The partnership will include distribution of additional Harpo Radio programming, including Gayle King Evening, a new, five-hour weeknight entertainment program featuring music, guests and topical conversation. Westwood One will also distribute a daily feature from Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of daytime television's newest hit, The Dr. Oz Show, and a three-hour weekend program, with content from Gayle King, Dr. Oz and other Harpo Radio programs. These programs will also be streamed on Westwood One's affiliates' websites.
This agreement expands the distribution of The Gayle King Show, which is currently in its fourth year on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, to include Westwood One's affiliate base of more than 5,000 radio stations.
In addition to hosting her radio program The Gayle King Show, King is Editor-at-Large for O, The Oprah Magazine and occasionally appears on The Oprah Winfrey Show. King's extensive media experience leads to in-depth on-air discussions about an array of topics ranging from current events and cultural trends to politics and more. King is a three-time Emmy® Award-winning newscaster who anchored the local news at a CBS affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut for 18 years. In 2008, she won the American Women in Radio & Television Gracie Award® for Outstanding Radio Talk Show and in 2010 the Individual Achievement Award for Host – Entertainment/Information. She is also a 2010 New York Women in Communications' Matrix Award recipient.
Renowned surgeon and best-selling author Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the nationally syndicated The Dr. Oz Show, daytime television's newest hit series, and host of a daily radio show where he offers listeners health and wellness advice. Reaching millions of people each week, Dr. Oz provides trusted medical advice critical to his audiences' well-being.
"Today marks an exciting new day for Harpo Radio as we partner with Westwood One to bring our award-winning content to their listeners," said Erik Logan, President, Harpo Productions, Inc. "We are delighted to be joining forces with one of the nation's largest and most esteemed radio providers and look forward to a longstanding relationship."
"We are thrilled to be able to bring Harpo Radio's world-class programming to a wider audience," said Gary Schonfeld, President, Westwood One Network Radio. "Gayle King and Dr. Oz both connect with their audiences in a personal, powerful way that is perfect for radio today, and our combination of talk shows, music programming, and features on weekdays, evenings and weekends, offers a wealth of talent to our affiliates and advertisers."
About Westwood One
Westwood One (Nasdaq: WWON) is one of the nation's largest providers of network radio programming serving more than 5,000 radio and 170 TV stations in the U.S. Westwood One provides over 150 news, sports, music, talk and entertainment programs, features and live events to its media partners and also provides digital and other cross-platform delivery of its network content.
Harpo Productions, Inc. produces the number-one-rated, award-winning The Oprah Winfrey Show; creates and develops original TV programming for primetime, syndication and cable television; and operates Oprah.com (www.oprah.com), a premier lifestyle website. ZoCo Productions, LLC, an affiliate of Harpo Productions, Inc., and Sony Pictures Television co-produce The Dr. Oz Show. Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines publish the monthly O, The Oprah Magazine publication. Harpo Films produces feature films and, through an exclusive deal with HBO, scripted television programming. Harpo Radio, Inc. produces Oprah Radio for SIRIUS XM (XM channel 156, Sirius channel 195 as part of its "Best of XM" package) and Westwood One. A joint venture between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a multi-platform company, will debut in January 2011 in approximately 80 million homes, on what is currently the Discovery Health Channel.
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