'Rockline' Gets New Distribution, New Studio

Show went on the air in 1981; host Coburn bought it in 2003.
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Rock music interview and performance show "Rockline" has inked a distribution deal with program syndicator Dial Global.

As a bonus, the show gets new studio digs in Los Angeles starting Jan. 1.

"Rockline," hosted by Bob Coburn, comes in two flavors, Monday night's "Active Rock" and Wednesday night's "Classic Rock." The new deal stresses an increase in live performances.

The live show features interviews and performances, often "unplugged" by upcoming acts as well as music legends. Affiliate audience questions are entertained.

Mitchell Reed was the host for about six months in 1981; Coburn took over that year and held the post until 1994. It had three regular hosts after that — Steve Downes, Beau Rials and Rikki Rachmann — until Coburn returneded in 1997. Coburn bought the show from Premiere/Clear Channel in 2003, according to a timeline on its Web site, which said ad sales and radio station affiliate relations are currently handled by Crystal Media Networks.

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