Westwood One

Westwood One, owned and operated by Cumulus Media, is an American mass media company headquartered in New York, New York, specializing in radio syndication and audio content.

Westwood One, the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media, offers iconic, nationally syndicated sports, news and entertainment content to 245 million listeners each week across an audio network of 8,000 affiliated broadcast radio stations and media partners. Westwood One is the largest audio broadcast network in America, home to premium content that defines the culture, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, Westwood One Backstage, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the Billboard Music Awards. The rapidly growing Westwood One Podcast Network delivers popular network and industry personalities and programs. Westwood One connects listeners with their passions through programs and platforms that have everyone listening.

The company was, at various times, managed by CBS Radio, the radio arm of CBS Corporation and Viacom. It was later purchased by the private equity firm The Gores Group and then sold to Dial Global in 2011. In September 2013, Dial Global rebranded under the name Westwood One and announced a merger agreement with Cumulus Media; the transaction was closed on December 12, 2013.

Westwood One now includes the combined network of Westwood One and Cumulus Media Networks, the former radio network of Cumulus.

The company takes its name from an earlier network also named Westwood One, a company founded in 1978 before merging with Dial Global in 2011.

Westwood One delivers content and services to thousands of radio stations and digital partners across the U.S., including music and entertainment; talk; and sports programming, including coverage of the NFL on Westwood One Sports.

Westwood One, Inc.
Subsidiary
PredecessorDial Global, X Radio Networks, Jones Media Group, Cumulus Media Networks
Founded2006
Headquarters
Area served
United States
Key people
Suzanne M. Grimes, President
ParentCumulus Media
Websitewestwoodone.com

History

Dial Global was founded as X Radio Networks, a division of Excelsior Radio Networks. It merged with Dial Communications and Global Media in 2006, from which it derived the Dial Global name. Dial Global initially specialized in syndicated weekend music programs of various types. In 2007 it acquired the former Transtar Radio Networks from the original Westwood One. Triton Media Group, a subsidiary of Oaktree Capital Management, purchased Excelsior in early 2008, and soon bought two of its three main competitors: Waitt Radio Networks and Jones Radio Networks. Triton used the Dial Global name for all of its programming and later bought the remainder of Westwood One in 2011, folding it into its Dial Global subsidiary.

Dial Global began exhibiting signs of financial distress in late 2012, a possible side effect of its numerous acquisitions. On November 15 of that year, Dial Global announced a disappointing third quarter that it attributed in part to the financial impact of its exposure to the controversy surrounding a certain controversial talk personality, which was widely assumed to be a veiled reference to Rush Limbaugh in the wake of the Rush Limbaugh–Sandra Fluke controversy (although Limbaugh has no direct association with Dial Global). It simultaneously announced that it had filed for delisting from NASDAQ.[1] At the time of the announcement, Dial Global stock was trading at $2.00 a share; by mid-January 2013, DG's stock was trading at .30 a share. In a SEC 8-K filing dated January 15, 2013, DG announced that it had extended a loan waiver agreement with certain lenders.[2]

On August 29, 2013, it was announced by The Wall Street Journal that Cumulus Broadcasting will be purchasing Dial Global. Cumulus will be paying $260 million in cash for this programming syndication service, part of which will be used to pay off Dial’s debt before it is folded into Cumulus Media Networks. To fund that sale, Cumulus will make a pair of station deals with Townsquare Media, Oaktree Capital Management's radio station ownership division.[3]

On September 4, 2013, Dial Global announced that - as of that day - the company was renaming itself Westwood One.[4]

Both transactions on the Cumulus-Townsquare deal were closed on November 14, 2013 and the transaction on Cumulus' buyout of Westwood One was also closed a month later on December 12, 2013. As a result of all of these acquisitions, Cumulus Media now controls the remnants of all four of the major networks from the Golden Age of Radio: the former NBC Radio Network, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the distribution rights to most of CBS, the former ABC Radio Network, and CBS Sports Radio (CBS Radio owned stations, but were merged with Entercom on November 17, 2017; ABC, which still owns a few stations outside its original network primarily for ESPN Radio as of December 18, 2015, pulled its content from Cumulus on January 1, 2015; and NBC, after having its content dropped from Westwood One in 2015, moved its content to iHeartMedia in 2016.) Among the numerous other holdings Cumulus now controls are the libraries of Transtar, RKO, Waitt, Jones, BPI, Watermark, and Drake-Chenault.

The company's numerous acquisitions prompted rival Talk Radio Network to file an antitrust lawsuit against what was then Dial Global in August 2012.[5] Cumulus settled the lawsuit with TRN on amicable terms in March 2014,[6] which was followed by TRN filing another lawsuit over the issue in April 2016.[7] Cumulus won the lawsuit in late 2017, and TRN ceased operations at the end of that year.

Cumulus filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2017. In January 2018, it began moving to terminate its broadcast contracts, including those through Westwood One. It emerged from bankruptcy protection in June 2018.

Talk programming

Sports programming

Music and entertainment programming

News and weather

References

  1. ^ Dial Global Posts Disappointing Q3 Financials, Points Finger At Rush Limbaugh For Some Problems All Access Radio Group, November 16, 2012
  2. ^ Dial Global files 8K on loan waiver extension Radio Business Report, January 16, 2013
  3. ^ Cumulus Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Deals Official - Radio Insight (released August 30, 2013)
  4. ^ Ahead Of Cumulus Merger, Dial Global Changing Its Name To Westwood One Forbes, September 4, 2013, "That’s why, as of today, Dial Global is renaming itself Westwood One."
  5. ^ Tuesday, August 28, 2012. RadioInfo.com. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
  6. ^ TRN companies and Cumulus Media announce amicable Westwood One settlement. Press release (March 7, 2014). Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  7. ^ "Cumulus Hit With Antitrust Suit Over Advertising Payouts - Law360". www.law360.com. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Zach Sang Launching Syndicated Nights Show". allaccess.com. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
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List of Super Bowl broadcasters

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NFL on Westwood One Sports

The NFL on Westwood One Sports is the branding for Cumulus Broadcasting subsidiary Westwood One's radio coverage of the National Football League. The broadcasts were previously branded with the CBS Radio and (for one season) Dial Global marques; CBS Radio was the original Westwood One's parent company and Dial Global purchased the company in 2011. Dial Global has since reverted its name to Westwood One after merging with Cumulus Media Networks.

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NHL Radio

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The Lost Lennon Tapes

The Lost Lennon Tapes was an American music documentary series presented by Elliot Mintz, comprising a three-hour premiere episode and 218 one-hour episodes, broadcast on Westwood One Radio Network between 24 January 1988 and 29 March 1992. The premiere episode features an introduction from John Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono, explaining why she chose to give Westwood One Radio access to the tapes on which the shows' content is based. She described the selection of Elliot Mintz as the presenter not so much as a choice, but a "karmic destiny", as Mintz had been a close friend of the Lennons for some time.Some of the recordings featured throughout the series also appear on the Beatles Anthology documentary series, which began three years after the final broadcast of this radio series.

WICC (AM)

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Weekends feature shows on money, real estate, computers, Italian music, oldies and adult standards. Weekend hosts include Kim Komando and Jim Bohannon.

WICC's offices and studios are located in Bridgeport and its transmitter is on Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport on a peninsula extending into Long Island Sound. WICC's signal is heard in much of Southern Connecticut and reaches into Long Island, New York.

WTMA

WTMA (branded as News Talk 1250 WTMA) is an AM radio station licensed to Charleston, South Carolina with a Talk radio format. This station operates on 1250 kHz and is under the ownership of Cumulus Media. WTMA airs a local news and interview morning show hosted by Charlie James. The rest of the weekday schedule is made up of nationally syndicated talk shows from Cumulus subsidiary Westwood One Networks. They include Chris Plante, Clark Howard, Michael Savage, Mark Levin, John Batchelor, Red Eye Radio and First Light. Weekends feature shows on money, health, real estate and gardening, with syndicated shows from Larry Kudlow, Bob Brinker and repeats of weekday shows. Each hour begins with Westwood One News.

WTMA broadcasts with 5,000 non-directional watts of power during the day and 1,000 directional watts of power at night. The station streams its programming through its website, WTMA.com as well as through iHeart Radio and free smartphone apps. WTMA's studios and offices are on Faber Place Drive in North Charleston. The transmitter is off Eton Road in Charleston.

WWSN

WWSN (97.5 FM, "97-5 Sunny FM") is a radio station broadcasting an Adult Contemporary format. Licensed to Whitehall, Michigan, the station serves the Muskegon, Michigan market. The station's programming was derived from Cumulus Media Networks' Hits & Favorites format until Westwood One took over. It is heard as far as Grand Rapids, Michigan, east of US-131, and it experiences interference from WJIM-FM from Lansing. It is now affiliated with Westwood Ones AC program.

The station began broadcasting in 1991 as WPBK-FM with a satellite-fed country format from Unistar Radio Networks, and became WEFG-FM ("Frog") soon afterward. In 1995, WEFG's format changed to a 1970s-based classic hits format (as Eagle 97.5) satellite-fed from Westwood One. In 1999 Westwood One discontinued its 1970s hits format in favor of Rhythmic Oldies (tagged as "Groovin' Oldies"), and WEFG continued with this format until switching back to country (as "Kickin' Country") in 2002 and then to sports in 2005.

On December 14, 2010, just four days after it was announced that Clear Channel/Muskegon would replace WSHZ's Adult Contemporary format with WMUS and its Country format, WEFG dropped its Sports format as "The Champ" to pick up WSHZ's former one as "Sunny FM." This marks the second time since 1996 that another station has used the "Sunny" moniker other than WSNX, whose call letters once matched that handle. Sister station WVIB was known as Sunny FM for a time until 2004.

Westwood One (1976–2011)

Westwood One is an American radio network that was based in New York City. At one time, it was managed by CBS Radio, and was later purchased by the private equity firm, The Gores Group. Due to purchases, mergers and other forms of consolidation in the 1980s and 1990s, at one time or another, it had ownership stakes in or syndication rights to some of the most famous brands in network radio, including CBS, NBC, Mutual, CNN, Fox and Unistar. The company was one of the largest producers and distributors of radio programming in the United States. It broadcast entertainment, news, weather, sports, talk, and traffic programming to about 7,700 radio stations across the United States. The company was the top provider of local traffic reports in the US through its subsidiaries, Metro Networks, Shadow Broadcast Services, SmartRoute Systems, and Sigalert.com. Westwood One also offers weather services; originally using Accuweather, Westwood switched to The Weather Channel in 2009.

Oaktree Capital Management, through its Triton Media Group division, merged with Westwood One in October 2011. Triton then folded Westwood One into its Dial Global subsidiary. The Westwood One name was initially retained for most sports programming. However, starting with the 2011–12 NFL playoffs, Westwood One's sports programming was branded as "Westwood One on the Dial Global Radio Network." After the NFL Playoffs concluded, the Westwood One name was removed altogether in favor of the Dial Global Sports Network, and the sports website was relocated to www.dialglobalsports.com.

On September 4, 2013, Dial Global announced that it was renaming itself Westwood One, citing greater brand recognition.

Westwood One News

Westwood One News is a radio news network launched on January 1, 2015 and operated by Westwood One through its parent company Cumulus Media. In conjunction with CNN it provides radio stations with hourly newscasts delivered by Westwood One anchors as well as voiced reports that can be individually used by member stations.

Unlike most radio networks, the programming is unbranded, and although the news anchors are identified, it is delivered as a "white-label" service with no mention of either Westwood One or CNN. However, subscribing radio stations can brand the newscasts with their own call letters and station slogans, for example, Nash-branded country music stations may run the content under the "Nash News" branding.

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