Westwood One has signed a new, multi-year extension with Country radio’s best-known interviewer, Lon Helton. Helton has hosted the Westwood One-syndicated “Country Countdown USA” since its inception in 1992. During that time, he’s won seven CMA and three ACM awards.
Helton’s Country radio career began in 1971. He spent 12 years as both on-air personality and programmer at stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Denver. Helton also served as Country Editor of Radio & Records before founding Country Aircheck in 2006.
Westwood One COO Charles Steinhauer said, “What more can you say about this program and Lon? For almost two and half decades they have created a special offering for the marketplace with unprecedented access and insight into the world of Country music. We are proud to be able to continue our partnership.”
Helton added, “Westwood One and I have been together for almost 24 years, seven CMA and three ACM awards. I’m thrilled to continue a partnership that has created so many hours of great content and enjoyed so much success, all thanks to the hundreds of great Country radio stations that carry Country Countdown USA and the Country stars who have been so generous with their time in joining me each week as co-host.”