Premiere Networks syndicated radio talker Andy Dean has announced that he is stepping down as host of “America Now,” effective August 8. Dean joined Premiere for the launch of “America Now” in August, 2011 and has grown the program to 130 affiliates. Details on a new host for the show will be announced after the Labor Day holiday. Joe Pags, host of the Premiere Networks-syndicated “The Weekend,” as well as “The Joe Pags Show” will serve as guest host of “America Now,” beginning August 11.
Often touted as one of the next wave of talk radio personalities, Dean now plans to focus on his technology company ConnectPal full time. Dean said in a statement, “Julie Talbott and Premiere Networks have been wonderful to me, and I am extremely grateful. I have to step down to run my technology company full-time. I started ConnectPal.com to help radio stations and hosts make more money, and the company has grown so fast, it is now expanding to all content creators. The idea is simple-anyone can create a profile on ConnectPal, then you post any type of content (podcasts, video, etc.) on your profile and then you set a monthly price for people to see your profile. This allows any person or station to have a Glenn Beck-style subscription business in less than 60 seconds at no cost.”
Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott stated, “Andy is a tremendous talent and we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished together over the past three years with ‘America Now’. We wish him all the best as he starts this new chapter of his career.”