Rick Dees, Westwood One Announce Syndication Deal

Westwood One has announced a partnership with Dees Entertainment to take over syndication of the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 and Top 20 countdowns for  Top 40, Hot AC, and Mainstream AC Stations. As part of the new deal Westwood also adds new syndicated radio shows from Dees including The Daily Dees, Rick Dees 80’s at 8, Rick Dees 90’s at 9, Weekly Top 40, and the Teen Top 20 with Kevin Dees.  25 Cumulus stations have agreed to immediately support the new shows

“These are innovative new products from one of the most recognizable brands in radio history, and it is a privilege to welcome Rick Dees to the Westwood One family,” said EVP/Affiliate Sales Dennis Green. “Rick has been connecting with audiences and advertisers for over 20 years, and he’s only getting better.”

Dees commented, “Having a single product on the Westwood One platform would be a thrill, but to have 10 is a dream come true! I’m excited to partner with these visionary companies to bring our topical, fun and PPM friendly shows to new audiences. It is the perfect time to launch our daily radio show, and having the Cumulus stations right out of the box is huge.”

Cumulus EVP/COO John Dickey added, “Cumulus is pleased to work with Rick’s company to find quality solutions to fit its programming needs. Rick is one of the biggest brands in radio. These new products like the Daily Dees are going to allow our radio stations to sound even more competitive and relevant to our listeners. We view Rick and his company as a true brand enhancer.”

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