CMT and iHeartMedia have renewed their partnership and multi-year extension that keeps intact one of the world’s largest country music platforms. Under the agreement, Premiere Networks and CMT will continue their exclusive distribution and production partnership for two syndicated radio programs, CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan and CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan.
Country radio host, producer, and CMT personality Cody Alan (pictured) has signed on to continue as host of both programs. The deal also extends Alan’s hosting duties for CMT’s weekly flagship series CMT Hot 20 Countdown. Ashlee McDonald, Executive Producer of CMT Radio Content and Programming Partnerships, has also extended her agreement.
“Extending and expanding our partnership with CMT and Cody Alan was a no-brainer,” said Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. “The combination of our broadcast, digital, social, and event platforms provides country fans with unparalleled access to their favorite music and artists, while delivering incredible reach and results for our partners. We look forward to sharing many more years of success.”
The deal extension includes a new on-air feature devoted to CMT’s Next Women of Country initiative, and will spotlight music from a different female artist each month. CMT’s Next Women of Country: Artist of the Month debuted on January 1 with CMT Breakout Artist of the Year Ashley McBryde.