Beginning 6/30, Premiere will assume distribution rights to the top-rated morning show, which will continue to originate from CCME’s CHR KZZP-FM Phoenix. Airing Monday-Friday from 5 to 10 a.m. MT, The Johnjay & Rich Show is a non-stop blend of pop culture, news and events, welcoming a wide range of music artists, newsmakers and celebrities. The show already airs on 11 stations via CCME. Joined on-air by Kyle, the show is a special brand of “reality radio,” with listeners engaged and interacting with the crew via every form of social media – Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, email and text messaging.
“Premiere is such a good fit for our show, in that Premiere is carved in excellence,” says Johnjay Van Es. “The best of the best, they sell, market and distribute great shows. They know what they are doing and we most certainly do not.” Rich Berra adds, “Darren, Julie, Jenn and the crew at Premiere have all been around the morning show in one way, shape or form for decades now. We’ve wanted to work with Premiere to get the word out about our show forever. We are so excited about the possibilities and reach of this partnership.”
The Johnjay & Rich Show debuted in Tucson on KRQQ in 2001. The program moved to KZZP in Phoenix in 2006, and later expanded to KKRZ/Portland, Ore.; KFMB/San Diego, Calif.; KRQQ/Tucson, Ariz.; KLQT/Albuquerque, N.M.; KVUU/Colorado Springs, Colo.; KSME/Fort Collins, Colo.; and KFSZ/Flagstaff, Ariz. The program is ranked #1 with Women 18-34 in several markets, including Phoenix, Portland, Tucson, Colorado Springs and Ft. Collins (Source: Nielsen Audio, WI’14 or FA’13, MF 5A-10A, AQH Rank, W 18-34). The Johnjay & Rich Show is also available on iHeartRadio.
“Johnjay and Rich are one of the best examples of where the strongest radio talent is going,” says Mark Kopelman, EVP of Partnerships for Workhouse Media. “They have a tremendous understanding of their audience and the role of social media with their listeners, generating creative viral content which leads to constant audience engagement and growth. At Workhouse Media, we are combining an ever changing and data-driven understanding of our clients and their markets with an equal passion for the personal qualities that helps reward talent with tremendous growth opportunities like this. It’s a win for radio and a win for our talent, and we could not be more excited to partner with Premiere.”
Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott notes, “Johnjay and Rich have created a go-to destination for quality entertainment that wins across varied formats. They have a long, successful history in radio and we look forward to expanding their distinctive style and original, compelling content to additional markets across the country.”