Popular Show Hosted by Mark Levin Renewed Through 2020
ATLANTA, January 29, 2015 – Westwood One announces the long-term extension of the popular nationally syndicated talk radio program "The Mark Levin Show" through 2020. Levin has become one of the most trusted voices in radio, bringing a unique perspective to his show from years in constitutional law and from his experience as a guest commentator. The fast-growing show covers the most important legal and political events of the day and has become one of the top five most-listened-to programs, reaching a listener base of millions on over 300 stations across the nation.
"I am delighted to continue working with Cumulus and Westwood One and look forward to further developing the show over the next five years," Levin said. "I am passionate about challenging the mainstream media and educating the public on the most pressing political and legal issues of our time and maintain my commitment to doing so."
"Mark has established himself as a pillar in talk radio with his sharp and witty commentary, and we look forward to expanding his program's reach," said John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus.
In 2003, "The Mark Levin Show" launched on flagship station 77 WABC Radio in New York in the competitive 6:00PM – 8:00PM primetime slot, skyrocketing to #1 on the AM dial within the show's first 18 months on the air. In 2009, a third hour was added to the broadcast to keep up with the demand from his radio affiliates and fans for even more original content. Levin has become well-respected by his conservative peers, being heralded as "The Great One" and "F. Lee Levin" and his legal analysis has been used to influence the outcomes of nominations to the Supreme Court.
Prior to launching his radio career, Levin worked as an attorney in the private sector and as a top advisor and administrator to several members of President Reagan's cabinet. In addition to his hosting duties, Levin is the president of the prestigious Landmark Legal Foundation, a non-profit legal advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. Levin has also authored a number of books, including the New York Times bestsellers "Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto" and "Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America." He was awarded the inaugural Citizens United Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award in 2014, the coveted Ronald Reagan Award in 2001 and earned his J.D. from Temple University.
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 9,000 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 30 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. NASH serves over 90,000,000 Country fans through market leading broadcast radio short and long-form programming, NASH/Country Weekly magazine, NASH Live Events, NASH TV and soon to be announced NASH licensed apparel and home goods. 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.
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