CMT, the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment (CCM+E), the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any radio or television outlet, have announced a multi-platform partnership that will create the largest country music platforms in radio and television. The deal provides access to CMT’s reach of 92 million households and CCM+E’s reach of 89 million country music listeners per month.
Under the agreement, CMT and CCM+E will work together to develop additional programming and events across radio, television and digital platforms to provide country fans with unparalleled access to the music and artists they’re passionate about. Additionally, the partnership will allow for cross-promotional opportunities across 125 Clear Channel country stations in 105 markets and on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s free, industry-leading digital music service which recently surpassed 40 million registered users and 260 million downloads, as well CMT and its digital platforms which include the 24/7 music channel CMT Pure, CMT.com, CMT Mobile and the network’s 7 million fans across social media.
In addition, award-winning 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, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year and reaches nearly 2 million weekly listeners on more than 200 radio stations, will be rebranded as CMT After MidNite With Cody Alan and will originate from the CMT Radio studio in Nashville and be available on iHeartRadio.
Premiere will also be the exclusive distribution partner forCMT Radio Live With Cody Alan, effective Jan. 1. Premiere will handle all syndication and ad sales for the award-winning nightly program, which features the biggest hits in country music, as well as exclusive interviews and performances, event coverage and live fan interaction. CMT Radio Live With Cody Alan 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.