Mario Lopez has renewed and expanded his relationship with Clear Channel, becoming the host of a new hot AC version of the weekly iHeartRadio Countdown. Lopez and his wife and co-host Courtney Lopez will according to Clear Channel, “welcome a different A-list artist or celebrity each week to count down the top 20” hot AC songs from the “Ultimate” chart. The husband-and-wife team will continue to host the Premiere-syndicated radio daily four-hour On with Mario Lopez airing on more than 60 stations.
“I absolutely love this platform!” said Lopez. “Clear Channel and Premiere Networks have been amazing partners. I look forward to continue growing On with Mario Lopez and launching the iHeartRadio Countdown on Hot AC stations nationwide, while sharing my life with our wonderful listeners for years to come.” Jennifer Leimgruber, Premiere Networks EVP Entertainment Programming commented, “Over the past two years, we’ve seen how Mario’s passion for music and his relationships with artists, along with his friendly, relatable style, can attract and engage audiences across multiple platforms, while enabling brands and partners to create powerful connections with consumers. What we have achieved together is only the start, and we look forward to expanding Mario’s unique and compelling brand of entertainment to more listeners nationwide as we expand On with Mario Lopez and the iHeartRadio Countdown.”
Clear Channel will be also use Mario in other ways, including hosting at next month’s iHeartRadio Music Festival in Vegas and at the iHeartRadio Theater in L.A.