FOX to Air First-Ever AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS, 12/15
FOX, Cumulus and dick clark productions announced today the television debut of the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS, bringing country music's longest-running radio countdown show to a national television audience for the first time. The two-hour live concert event will broadcast from Nashville on Monday, Dec. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, and will honor the year's best country music with awards, thrilling performances, special moments and additional surprises. Country music's biggest stars will participate in the show and also pay tribute to the first-ever "NASH Icons" award winner.
"American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks" celebrates its 41st year as America's longest-running country music countdown show on radio. Since launching in 1973, the radio show now airs on more than 280 radio stations in 155 markets, covering 90% of the country.
"Fans of the 'American Country Countdown' are some of the most loyal and passionate fans around, so it's a natural next step to bring that popular brand to television," said Simon Andreae, Executive Vice President of Alternative Entertainment for FOX. "FOX has a long history of big, bold music events, and we can't wait to bring down the house in Nashville this December with some of the most popular names in country music."
"Expanding our NASH brand and the audience for our iconic 'American Country Countdown' franchise to a national TV audience is an exciting example of how we're committed to serving the needs of America's rapidly growing passion for country music," said John Dickey, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Cumulus. "We're also grateful to our partners, dick clark productions and FOX, for making this possible."
"The 'American Country Countdown' radio show is one of the most respected brands in country music, highlighting the most successful stars on country radio," said Mike Mahan, President of dick clark productions. "Through our broadcast partnership with FOX and Cumulus, we are able to create an innovative and new television format honoring superstars and spectacular emerging talent that fuel American country radio."
Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally Syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands in order to deliver premium choices for listeners, provide substantial reach for advertisers and create opportunities for shareholders. Cumulus provides exclusive content that is fully distributed through approximately 460 owned-and-operated stations in 90 U.S. media markets (including eight of the top 10), more than 10,000 broadcast radio affiliates and numerous digital channels. Cumulus is well-positioned in the widening digital audio space through a significant stake in the Rdio digital music service, featuring 25 million songs on demand, in addition to custom playlists and exclusive curated channels. Cumulus is also the leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which will serve country fans through radio programming, NASH magazine, concerts, licensed products and television/video. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.
ABOUT DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world's largest producer and proprietor of televised events. dcp produces perennial hits such as the "American Music Awards," "Golden Globe Awards," "Academy of Country Music Awards," "Hollywood Film Awards," "Billboard Music Awards" and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest." dcp also produces popular weekly television programming, including "So You Think You Can Dance," and owns one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of dcp's award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.