CMT and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment have formed a multiplatform partnership that the companies say will create the largest country music platforms in radio and television, citing CMT’s reach of 92 million households and Clear Channel’s reach of 89 million monthly country music listeners.
Under the agreement, CMT and Clear Channel will work together to develop additional programming and events across radio, television and digital platforms. Additionally, the partnership will allow for cross-promotional opportunities across 125 Clear Channel Country stations in 105 markets and on iHeartRadio, as well CMT and its digital platforms.
In addition, country radio and CMT personality Cody Alan will debut as the new host of Premiere Networks’ syndicated radio program “After MidNite” on Jan. 6. The country music radio program will be rebranded as “CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan” and will originate from the CMT Radio studios in Nashville and be available on iHeartRadio.
Premiere will also be the exclusive distribution partner for “CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan,” effective Jan. 1. Premiere will handle all syndication and ad sales for the nightly program. The program broadcasts weeknights from 7 p.m. to midnight ET. Alan will also host a one-hour weekend program, the details of which will be announced at a later date.
Alan will serve as executive producer, with Dingo O’Brien as supervising producer, of “CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan,” along with producer Curt Miller. Alan and O’Brien will also continue to oversee production with producer Cory Linton, in collaboration with Clay Hunnicutt, executive vice president of programming for Clear Channel and Justin Cole, director of country programming for Premiere Networks.
In other Clear Channel partnership news, its Total Traffic + Weather Network and navigation and location-based product provider TomTom will join in a multiyear partnership to combine TomTom’s real-time and predictive traffic flow data with TTWN’s traffic incident, construction and congestion data to create a comprehensive traffic solution for North America, a release says.
The combined data offering will be available across multiple platforms including radio, television, automotive, online and mobile.
“The combined assets and resources of both companies will deliver the most precise, up-to-date information for millions of drivers on every journey,” said Charles Cautley, managing director of TomTom’s automotive, enterprise and government business unit.
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment National Sales division has also announced the promotion of Amy Stanek to vice president/director of sales for Clear Channel Radio Sales.
Stanek has over 15 years of radio and advertising experience. Since 2011 Stanek has served as an agency sales director and local sales manager for WKSC(FM) 103.5 KISS FM and WLIT(FM) 93.9 MYfm in Chicago. Prior to joining Clear Channel, Stanek held account management positions at WPLT(FM) in Detroit, WLUP(FM) in Chicago and The Learning Networks.com.