MILLER’S POPULAR PROGRESSIVE VOICE RETURNS TO RADIO WITH NATION’S
FASTEST GROWING RADIO FORMAT
YORK, NY – September 7, 2004 – (PR Newswire) Strong
listener response to the rapidly developing progressive talk format
is spurring the emergence of new politically progressive radio programs.
And that’s why broadcast executive Ron Hartenbaum of WYD MediaManagement,
LLC, in association with Washington based Democracy Radio, is launching
THE STEPHANIE MILLER SHOW, featuring the popular media personality
from Los Angeles, THE STEPHANIE MILLER SHOW, premieres today, airing
live, 9AM-noon, ET (6AM-9AM, PT) weekdays on radio stations across
talk radio has more and more become a sea of right-wing wackos,
I think the audience has finally recognized the need to balance
that with some good left-wing wackos, and I’m thrilled to
be able to fill that need,” said the funny daughter of William
Miller, who was on the Republican Presidential ticket with Barry
Goldwater in 1964. “I’ll be broadcasting from Rodney
King’s hometown of Los Angeles, and in these divided political
times, I think the answer to his famous question: ‘Can’t
we all just get along?’ is clearly, ‘No, we can’t,
but at least we can make it funny,’ Stephanie Miller said.
active media life includes hosting duties for I’ve Got a Secret
on cable’s Oxygen channel and celebrity game show panelist
on the PAX Network’s Balderdash. Miller has 15 years of major
market radio experience at KABC and KFI in Los Angeles and other
stations in New York and Chicago. She hosted a late-night network
television talk show syndicated by Disney and guest hosted on CNBC’s
EQUAL TIME as the liberal counterweight to Bay Buchanan. She also
has appeared on ABC’s “GOOD MORNING AMERICA,”
NBC’s “TODAY” and “TONIGHT SHOW,”
CNN’s Larry King, FOX’s “O’REILLY”
and many others.
STEPHANIE MILLER SHOW joins The Ed Schultz Show as a progressive
talk radio program whose introduction was fostered by Democracy
Radio. Democracy Radio is the Washington-based production company
that develops progressive programs to put an end to the political
imbalance on talk radio.
very proud to announce The Stephanie Miller Show as Democracy Radio’s
next new program.” said Tom Athans, executive director and
co-founder of Democracy Radio. “Just as Ed Schultz is growing
by leaps and bounds, we know that Stephanie Miller will make a significant
impact as a progressive talker. She’s an outstanding talent
that offers a combination of humor and sharp political commentary
that will keep her audience both captivated and in stitches.”
The Ed Schultz program, which airs on 45 radio stations and has
marked dramatic audience growth since its launch earlier this year,
also is distributed to radio stations by the Jones Radio Networks.
movement of listeners to ‘progressive talk’ has gotten
the attention of major broadcast groups who recognize the power
and ratings trends at AirAmerica Radio’s WLIB, New York, Clear
Channel’s KPOJ, Portland, and other stations around the nation.
stations going in this new direction are generating terrific audience
growth,” Mr. Hartenbaum said. “We are witnessing the
emergence of a new radio format—progressive talk, and it is
attracting impressive and growing audiences,” Mr. Hartenbaum
distribution and station clearances for THE STEPHANIE MILLER SHOW
are being handled by the Jones Radio Networks, where Amy Bolton,
Vice President and General Manager/News & Talk, observed: “How
long did programmers think AM radio would last if all it offered
was same conservative spin? There is a remarkable thirst for the
entertaining point of view and sheer humor that Stephanie Miller
radio advertising sales is being handled by Jones MediaAmerica,
the company Mr. Hartenbaum headed until forming WYD last month.
and more stations are adding liberal and progressive talk programs
to their lineups—some on format pure basis with 24-hour clearance—and
others on a hybrid basis. There are now talk radio stations with
both politically liberal and conservative programs on the same station,”
Mr. Hartenbaum observed.
emerging power of ‘liberal and progressive talk radio’
in key younger demos and the solid 18-49 and 25-54 audience numbers
being generated by early adaptor stations are very positive indicators
for this new brand of talk radio.”
“THE STEPHANIE MILLER SHOW is important programming that will
generate strong ratings for stations and provide a gateway for her
highly entertaining and important point of view,” Mr. Hartenbaum
said. “She is irreverent, fresh and is a proven entertainer
as well as radio personality. The program will be fast-paced and
topical, relating to current issues but not consumed by them. Ultimately,
the goal is entertaining radio, Mr. Hartenbaum said.
Miller is also well known on the stand-up comedy club circuit in
New York and Los Angeles and has appeared on virtually all of the
top stages: in New York, at Caroline’s, Gotham, Stand Up New
York, Catch A Rising Star, The Comic Strip and the Comedy Cellar,
among others. In Los Angeles, she’s a major attraction for
audiences at The Improv, The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store and
for his media development credentials, Mr. Hartenbaum created programming
and marketing strategies that helped build Jones MediaAmerica into
a national radio program distribution powerhouse. He developed sales
strategies that enabled Rush Limbaugh’s radio program to gain
market acceptance in network radio.
Athans is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Democracy Radio.
Formerly a congressional staffer and political strategist, Athans
founded Democracy Radio as a production company to work within the
radio industry to create a greater progressive presence in talk
radio. Democracy Radio produces The Ed Schultz Show, the nation’s
fastest growing progressive talk radio program.
WYD MediaManagement, LLC is a media consulting firm based in Connecticut.
The company provides management and integrated marketing services
for media companies and entertainment interests across the universe
of broadcast and broadband-based distribution platforms.
Radio is a nonprofit radio production company dedicated to ending
the political imbalance that exists on America's radio airwaves
by developing, funding and launching compelling progressive talk
radio programming that will compete and succeed in the challenging
marketplace of talk radio.
Jones Radio Networks™ is America's leading independent radio
programming company, with offices or production centers in New York
City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Denver, Seattle, and Nashville.
The company serves more than 5,000 radio stations with a full menu
of radio programming solutions.
WYD CONTACT: PROGRAM WEB LINK:
Henry Kavett www.stephaniemiller.com
JONES RADIO NETWORKS
Amy Bolton, VP & GM, News/Talk