CMT inks multi-year renewal with iHeartMedia’s Premiere Networks

After MidNite Host Cody Alan Nominated for ACM Radio Awards National On-Air Personality of the Year

Country music’s leading content creators CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. and iHeartMedia’s Premiere Networks have announced a multi-year deal extension that keeps intact the world’s largest country music platform spanning radio, television, digital and social, and reaching more than 100 million combined fans. Award-winning country radio and CMT personality Cody Alan will continue as host of Premiere Networks’ long-running syndicated radio program CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan, which celebrates 25 years on-air this year (It originally aired as After Midnite with Blaire Garner before Garner stepped aside years ago to pursue other endeavors). Alan was recently nominated for ACM Radio Awards’ “National On-Air Personality of the Year.”

Under the agreement, CMT and Premiere Networks will continue to collaborate and develop programs and events for multiple platforms and screens that give fans insider access to the artists and music they love. Additionally, Premiere Networks serves as the exclusive distribution partner for CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan, which broadcasts weeknights from 7 pm to midnight ET. CMT Radio, including shows After MidNite and CMT Radio Live, originates from the network’s Nashville-based studio bringing fans the latest in news and entertainment direct from Music City. The shows can be heard on more than 210 country broadcast stations in over 110 markets, and via iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio app.

“Music is the center of our brand and we look forward to exploring new avenues of growth with Premiere,” states Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land. “Our partnership with Premiere Networks provides endless opportunities and unrivaled reach to connect even more with fans everywhere, and on every platform.”

“I’m honored to continue our work with Premiere Networks, and humbled by the ACM nomination for ‘National Personality of the Year,’” remarks Cody Alan, Host of After MidNite and CMT Radio Live. “It’s a real testament to the hard work of our team. We take pride in creating engaging content for our fans every day.”

iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the fastest growing digital audio service in the U.S. and offers users thousands of live radio stations, personalized custom artist stations created by just one song or seed artist and the top podcasts and personalities. With over 1.7 billion downloads, iHeartRadio reached 110 million registered users faster than any other radio or digital music service. iHeartMedia’s platforms include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, podcasts, personalities and influencers, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc.

The network has delayed filing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy claim by getting a forbearance after years of suffering losses. The company is looking to secure a debt of $5.75 billion and a new revolving credit facility. The company is expected to file on Wednesday, March 7th.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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