NEW YORK, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Westwood One, Inc. (Nasdaq: WWON) announced today that Doug Urbanski, who has guest hosted for Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Dennis Miller, Laura Ingraham, Fred Thompson, Michael Savage and others, will host a three-hour daily talk show airing live Monday-Friday beginning in January, 2011.
Urbanski has gained wide acclaim in talk radio and entertainment where he has won awards for his theatrical productions on Broadway and London's West End, took home a British Academy Award for Best Picture, has produced Academy Award nominated films, and as a talent manager, represented major artists associated with three of the biggest franchise pictures in history: the Harry Potter series, the Batman series, and the Crocodile Dundee series. The Washington Post singled him out for his "dead-on impression" of President Obama's former Director of the White House National Economic Council, Larry Summers, in the country's hottest movie, The Social Network, written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher. Currently, Urbanski is in London serving as Executive Producer of the film version of John LeCarre's cold war spy thriller, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth, to be released in 2011.
"When you find someone as schooled in talk radio as Doug Urbanski, with a resume so unique that it can't be matched by anyone else in the business, that spells 'winner' to me," said Westwood One's founder, Norman Pattiz. "His experiences are so varied and unique that his conservative, yet very independent, approach will be truly special. Add to that his charm, and the fact that he is genuinely funny, and you can see why we're so excited about this project."
Commenting from London, Urbanski said, "I am fortunate to have known everyone, been everyplace and done everything. My entire life people have said I should be on radio. These past five years speaking to millions of people for Rush, Savage, O'Reilly, Ingraham and others, combined with my own brand of humor, my love of telling 'the story', and my conviction that I am actually one thousand pundits rolled into one, it seemed to make sense to give me my own microphone."
"Doug is already known as AGH, 'America's Guest Host,' so we knew it was time he had his own show," said Bart Tessler, SVP News and Talk for Westwood One. "He combines politics, entertainment and humor like nobody else in talk radio."
Urbanski will be broadcast from Westwood One's studio in Los Angeles, California, starting in January, 2011.
About Westwood One
Westwood One (Nasdaq: WWON) is one of the nation's largest providers of network radio programming and one of the largest domestic providers of traffic information in the U.S. Westwood One serves more than 5,000 radio and 165 TV stations in the U.S. Westwood One provides over 150 news, sports, music, talk and entertainment programs, features and live events to numerous media partners. Through its Metro Traffic business, Westwood One provides traffic reporting and local news, sports and weather to more than 2,250 radio and TV stations. Westwood One also provides digital and other cross-platform delivery of its Network Radio and Metro Traffic content to over 700 radio, television and newspaper affiliates.
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