Cumulus and WestwoodOne Partner with the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions to Offer Exclusive Content from Events Around the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards®

 

WestwoodOne's "Backstage at the ACM Awards" Radio Row Will Offer Interviews with A-List Country Superstars, Live Performances, and Special Programming to be Offered to More than 30 Radio Stations and Their Listeners

LAS VEGAS (April 4, 2014) — The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions, partnering with Cumulus and WestwoodOne, announce they will provide exclusive backstage audio coverage from the WestwoodOne Backstage at the ACM Awards Radio Row for two days leading up to the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards held on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and airing LIVE 8pm ET/PT on CBS. The day prior to the ceremony, Lon Helton, host of the WestwoodOne-syndicated Country Countdown USA, will be honored with his third ACM “National Radio Personality of the Year” Award. He was also honored in 2008 and 2011.

Backstage at the ACM Awards will offer candid interviews with A-list superstars of Country Music and other special programming to more than 30 radio stations from across the U.S. Backstage at the ACM Awards will be held in the Studio Ballroom of the MGM Grand on Friday, April 4th from 12 noon-4 pm PST and Saturday, April 5th from 10 am-4 pm PST. WestwoodOne’s Backstage at the ACM Awards Radio Row sponsors include Grainger, JCPenney and Jesse James Bourbon.

"We are excited to partner with Cumulus and WestwoodOne to bring exciting country music programming and content to music fans nationwide," said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. "The behind-the-scenes content fromBackstage at the ACM Awards Radio Row is just one more way music lovers can feel they are a part of the ACM Awards."

"Partnering with Cumulus and WestwoodOne for the Academy of Country Music Awards further builds on our extremely successful relationship with Cumulus," said Mike Mahan, President of dick clark productions. "Cumulus and WestwoodOne add tremendous value to the live television event by extending the reach of the ACM Awards, engaging millions of listeners with exclusive content through their radio and social media platforms."

"Cumulus and the Academy of Country Music have joined forces to engage fans by delivering exclusive cutting edge content through affiliate platforms, including radio, station websites and social media," said John Dickey, Cumulus Executive Vice-President and co-COO. "Cumulus reaches more country fans through its platform than any other broadcaster in the world. Our radio coverage of the ACM Awards provides prime positioning and unprecedented access to talent, offering an unparalleled and unique experience for millions and millions of listeners."

On Sunday, April 6, at 5:00 pm ET, WestwoodOne will present a two-hour red carpet special and a one-hour nomination special for radio stations across the country and their listeners. The special programs will be hosted by Country Music artist Kix Brooks and Suzanne Alexander, Kix's new co-host for the syndicated radio show, "American Country Countdown." Video content will be produced for station websites, along with a JCPenney's Photo Booth. Confirmed participants include Tyler Farr, Kelli Pickler, Kacey Musgraves, Austin Webb, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Rascal Flats, and Big & Rich, among many others.

"WestwoodOne is proud to extend our partnership with the Academy of Country Music Awards and dick clark productions this year," said Charles Steinhauer, WestwoodOne Chief Operating Officer. "The ACM’s are Country Music's celebration of the power of sound through the artists and music that make Country Music what it is today. The ACM brand and experience provides a perfect opportunity for marketers to engage and connect with an audience that only grows in buying power and influence."

About the Academy of Country Music
The 49th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

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. In 2014, dcp will debut “The PEOPLE MAGAZINE Awards” on NBC and joint venture Keshet DCP will premiere the weekly television series “Rising Star” on ABC. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

About Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media (CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands in order to deliver choices for listeners and advertisers and create opportunities for shareholders. As the largest pure-play radio company, Cumulus' exclusive audio content is fully distributed through approximately 460 owned and operated stations in 89 U.S. media markets, over 10,000 broadcast radio affiliates and through numerous digital channels, including a national streaming/mobile platform and partnership with digital audio provider, Rdio. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.

About Westwood One
Westwood One, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cumulus, activates the power of sound to deliver compelling cross-platform audio content to more than 9,100 media partners and 225 million consumers each week. Westwood One’s rich array of content and services includes live play-by-play sports and sports talk programming; music and entertainment programs; news, talk, and information programming, 24/7 music formats; prep services; customized music, jingles and imaging; and national sales representation. www.westwoodone.com.

Press Contact

Jana Polsky
Westwood One
jpolsky@westwoodone.com
(212) 641-2101

Brooke Primero 
Academy of Country Music 
brooke@acmcountry.com 
(818) 815-4219

Liz Morentin 
dick clark productions 
lmorentin@dickclark.com 
(310) 255-4602



Brooke Primero 
Academy of Country Music 
brooke@acmcountry.com 
(818) 815-4219

Liz Morentin 
dick clark productions 
lmorentin@dickclark.com 
(310) 255-4602

Brooke Primero 
Academy of Country Music 
brooke@acmcountry.com 
(818) 815-4219

Liz Morentin 
dick clark productions 
lmorentin@dickclark.com 
(310) 255-4602