Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and Top Entertainment Personality Mario Lopez Renew and Expand Long-Term Deal
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment (CCM+E), the leading media company in America with a greater reach than any radio or television outlet, today announced a new and expanded long-term agreement with Mario Lopez, multi-platform entertainment personality and host of the Emmy Award-winning Syndicated television program "Extra." Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
As part of the agreement, Lopez and his wife/co-host Courtney Lopez will continue hosting On with Mario Lopez, which launched into national syndication with Premiere Networks in April 2012 and reaches more than three million weekly listeners on nearly 60 stations nationwide, including 104.3 MYfm/KBIG-FM in Los Angeles, 93.9 MYfm/WLIT-FM in Chicago and Mix 106.1/WISX-FM in Philadelphia. In the past year, the program has experienced double-digit audience growth: +67% with Women 25-54 and +58% with Women 18-49. (Source: Nielsen Audio, FA'13 vs. FA'12, Nationwide, Exact Times, AQH, W 25-54 & W 18-49.)
In addition, CCM+E will expand the successful iHeartRadio Countdown weekend program to reach Hot Adult Contemporary (Hot AC) stations with Lopez as host. Beginning in September, Lopez and Courtney will welcome a different A-list artist or celebrity each week to count down the top 20 Hot AC songs on iHeartRadio's Ultimate chart, which incorporates iHeartRadio airplay, top weekly song/artists from user-generated iHeartRadio Custom stations, weekly listener "thumbs-up," social and sales data. In addition to airing on Hot AC stations nationwide, the iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez will also be available on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, Clear Channel's all-in-one free digital listening service.
Lopez, who has hosted live iHeartRadio theater performances in Los Angeles for artists such as Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran, will also continue to work with CCM+E on a variety of multimedia projects and events, such as the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival, which returns to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 19 and 20.
"I absolutely love this platform!" stated Lopez. "Clear Channel and Premiere Networks have been amazing partners. I look forward to continue growing On with Mario Lopez and launching the iHeartRadio Countdown on Hot AC stations nationwide, while sharing my life with our wonderful listeners for years to come."
"Over the past two years, we've seen how Mario's passion for music and his relationships with artists, along with his friendly, relatable style, can attract and engage audiences across multiple platforms, while enabling brands and Partners to create powerful connections with consumers," stated Jennifer Leimgruber, Premiere Networks EVP Entertainment Programming. "What we have achieved together is only the start, and we look forward to expanding Mario's unique and compelling brand of entertainment to more listeners nationwide as we expand On with Mario Lopez and the iHeartRadio Countdown."
On with Mario Lopez is a four-hour, music-intensive program featuring a unique blend of entertainment stories and celebrity interviews from a multimedia star's point of view. Originating from Universal City Walk in Los Angeles, Lopez and Courtney keep listeners up to date on the latest news, gossip and events, in addition to sharing conversations with the hottest celebrities and music artists. All this and more are coupled with radio station playlists. In addition to airing on radio stations nationwide, the program can also be heard on iHeartRadio.
Stations interested in On with Mario Lopez and the iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez, should contact Premiere Networks at 818-377-5300.
About Mario Lopez
A man of many trades, Mario Lopez has the overwhelming desire to always keep active. As a host of the Emmy winning and nationally Syndicated show "Extra," Lopez is a constant presence on the pop culture scene with a legion of fans across the board. Actor, bestselling author, producer and host, Lopez's prolific career has made him one of the most sought after personalities in entertainment today. Lopez is also the host and producer of "Mario Lopez: One on One," NUVO's celebrity interview specials featuring an A-list of entertainments Latino.
About Premiere Networks
Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, syndicates 90 radio programs and services to more than 5,500 radio affiliations and reaches 240 million listeners monthly. Premiere offers the best in talk, entertainment and sports programming featuring the following personalities: Rush Limbaugh, Ryan Seacrest, Glenn Beck, Delilah, Steve Harvey, George Noory, John Boy and Billy, Sean Hannity, Elvis Duran, Dan Patrick, Nikki Sixx, Kane, Mario Lopez, Bobby Bones, Cody Alan, Johnjay & Rich, Jay Mohr and others. For more information, please visit www.PremiereNetworks.com.
About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 markets through 840 owned radio stations, and the company's radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company's radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems. iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 345 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history. Through Clear Channel's radio personalities', stations' and iHeartRadio's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, the company's social footprint includes more than 53 million people and has amassed 15.4 billion social impressions across its signature events, proving to be one of the most popular digital music destinations in the U.S.
The company's operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media & Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB:CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company. ©2014 Business Wire