CCM+E, CMT To Partner In Multi-Platforms; Cody Alan To Host 'After Midnite'
November 26, 2013 at 6:00 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA + ENTERTAINMENT (CCM+E) and CMT have forged a multi-platform partnership that will create the largest Country music platforms in radio and television, with access to CMT’s reach of 92 million households and CCM+E’s reach of 89 million Country music listeners per month. In addition, Country radio and CMT personality CODY ALAN will debut as the new host of PREMIERE NETWORKS’ syndicated AFTER MIDNITE on JANUARY 6th, 2014.
Under the agreement, CMT and CCM+E will work together to develop additional programming and events across radio, TV and digital platforms to provide Country fans with unparalleled access to Country music and artists. Additionally, the partnership will allow for cross-promotional opportunities across 125 CLEAR CHANNEL Country stations in 105 markets and on iHEARTRADIO, as well CMT and its digital platforms that include the 24/7 music channel CMT Pure, CMT.com and CMT Mobile and the network’s more than seven million fans across social media.
AFTER MIDNITE, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year and reaches nearly two million weekly listeners on more than 200 radio stations, will be rebranded as CMT AFTER MIDNITE WITH CODY ALAN and will originate from the CMT Radio studio in NASHVILLE and be available on iHEARTRADIO. PREMIERE will also be the exclusive distribution partner for CMT RADIO LIVE WITH CODY ALAN, effective JANUARY 1st, 2014.
CMT RADIO LIVE WITH CODY ALAN broadcasts weeknights from 7p-midnight ET. For more information, visit www.cmtcody.com. ALAN will also host a one-hour weekend program, the details of which will be announced at a later date.
"I feel like JIMMY FALLON right now!' ALAN said, " To be named host of such a highly regarded late-night franchise is an exciting and humbling honor. We’ll bring new energy, lots of star power and deep resources only CMT and CLEAR CHANNEL can deliver. And with this new partnership, I can’t wait to give fans 360-degrees of country music coverage, across multiple media platforms.”
“I like to think there was an inevitability to this partnership,” CMT Pres. BRIAN PHILIPS said. “We know CCM+E’s leadership and we share their excitement and tenacity in working with music and talent to bring the most exciting entertainment to all of these platforms. On a personal note, I am ecstatic to once again work with former colleagues JOHN SYKES and TOM POLEMAN, among CCM+E’s many forward-thinking creative executives. Country is enjoying a big moment. CLEAR CHANNEL and CMT will capture it, celebrate it and spread the excitement across AMERICA to hundreds of millions.”
“We’re excited to join with CMT in this multi-faceted alliance, which will create one of the most powerful platforms in Country music,” CCM+E Pres./National Programming Platforms TOM POLEMAN said. “By leveraging our combined national broadcast, digital and event content, we’ll now have the opportunity to reach even more Country fans than ever before and provide even more unique experiences with music and artists, while also delivering unmatched results for our partners. We’re also excited to work with someone of CODY’s caliber. He’s a household name in the Country music industry, and his energy, passion and charm make him the ideal host to connect our audience across these incredible platforms.”