Tulsa talk radio host, Pat Campbell, teased an announcement as he signed off, on his Friday show. He said that a big announcement is scheduled for his Monday morning show. KFAQ Radio program director, Shelby Travis is slated to announce some programming changes.
Monday is coincidently the day that podcasting god, Ben Shapiro; will be launching his national radio show, taking on 2 hours which Michael Savage is vacating, on the Westwood One network. The Shapiro daily offering is a simulcast of his webcast show for DailyWire.com at 2pm, CST. From 3-5pm, his radio-only show will air. Many stations will take the Michael Savage live show for the 2pm hour, followed by the 2 hours of Shapiro Radio.
Ben Shapiro is a young prodigy who began his syndicated commentary in print at age 17. He has a law degree from Harvard and was a producer for the Michael Savage radio show several years ago, along with Laura Ingraham. He then joined the staff of Breitbart News, eventually becoming the editor, before leaving in protest to the coverage Breitbart was giving to the Trump Presidential Campaign.
Shapiro has been on a station in the OKC market, on KZLS-1640, on tape delay at 10am, after the Tod Tucker morning drive show. It's not clear what exposure Shapiro will have in the OKC metro market as these changes roll out.
The Daily Wire Sensation Will Host Two LIVE Hours in Addition To His Groundbreaking Podcast-to-Broadcast Radio Show
Three Hours of Unique Content Will Be Available for Radio Broadcast Daily
Westwood One, the largest audio network in the U.S., and podcast-to-broadcast innovator Ben Shapiro are launching a nationally syndicated two-hour LIVE radio show. The first live episode of The Ben Shapiro Show will air in January 2019.
Earlier this year Westwood One made history as the first company to bring a podcast to broadcast in the commercial segment when The Ben Shapiro Show podcast became a dedicated radio show in 60 markets — debuting on WABC-AM in New York and top market stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington D.C. The show has been so successful that Westwood One and Ben Shapiro are adding the two-hour LIVE radio show in addition to the one-hour podcast broadcast. The live show will air from 4-6pm EST.
Breaking the mold once again, the live radio show will forego nationally recorded ads, and restrict advertising opportunities to a limited number of powerful live reads like the ones heard in Ben’s podcast.
“I grew up on talk radio and cut my teeth there,” Shapiro says. “There’s no medium that allows the exchange of ideas and the explanation of detailed narratives better than talk radio, and I can’t wait to bring two more live hours to listeners across the country. And we’re going to bring the values of podcasts – islands of advertising surrounded by oceans of content – to talk radio, too, merging the best of both worlds. Westwood One is a tremendously innovative partner, and I can’t wait to get started!”
“Ben Shapiro is a luminary for young conservatives, and a stunningly exciting discovery for political talk radio fans,” said Suzanne Grimes, Executive Vice President, Marketing for Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One.
“Since debuting his podcast on the radio, listenership is up dramatically on his podcast and in his radio broadcast markets, in the latest testament to the power of Ben’s narrative. Expanding Ben’s reach with a two-hour live radio show is another milestone in our dynamic partnership.
The Ben Shapiro Show is a high-energy, action-packed program as Ben covers America’s most powerful political personalities, brutally breaking down the culture, while never giving an inch.
About Ben Shapiro
Ben Shapiro is editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com, and host of The Ben Shapiro Show, the top conservative podcast in the nation, which airs on Westwood One Podcast Network. He is a leading conservative speaker on college campuses, consistently defending free speech and open debate. Shapiro is the author of seven books, including The New York Times bestseller, “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (2012). Shapiro is also a nationally-syndicated columnist since age 17, and a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School.
For more information about Ben Shapiro programming on Westwood One contact Stuart Greenblatt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 419-2946.
About Westwood One Podcast Network
Westwood One Podcast Network is the fastest growing podcast network in America, engaging listeners with original content in political talk, sports and entertainment powered by a massive, multi-platform engine to grow this business. Westwood One Podcast Network’s content and advertising partners tap into the passion, energy and creativity of a start up within an audio powerhouse, capitalizing on our enormous promotional reach, established national sales team, and preferred relationships with major podcast buyers, as well as high quality production capabilities across the country. It was the first to launch multi-platform extensions with monetization at scale in the commercial segment, most notably with The Ben Shapiro Show.
Shapiro's launch includes 127 initial markets.