Westwood One to launch “VH1 Classic Rock Nights”


VH1 Classic and Westwood One announced “VH1 Classic Rock Nights,” the new syndicated nightly radio show hosted by classic rock radio veteran, Eddie Webb. Beginning Monday, 5/17, the show will air weeknights from 7:00pm—12:00am ET live from VH1 Classic’s studio in NYC.

During its first week, “VH1 Classic Rock Nights” will welcome guests Ray Manzarek and John Densmore of The Doors, Mick Jones of Foreigner and Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company – who will help kick things off on day one.  At launch, “VH1 Classic Rock Nights” will be available in 20 markets.

“VH1 Classic Rock Nights” will offer fans of classic rock the music and artists they love each night with radio-friendly music programming, new in-studio interviews with the biggest names in classic rock, road reports from the hottest tours, promotions and giveaways, and vintage performances and interviews  from VH1 Classic’s vast classic rock archives.

The show will also offer listeners several ways to interact with the station and host, Eddie Webb. In addition to a live studio hotline for call-in requests, the show’s Web site VH1ClassicRockNights.com will feature streaming audio and video from in- studio interviews, news, links to affiliate sites and more. Listeners can also connect to the show via Facebook, Twitter and Myspace.

“When you combine legendary artists, a powerhouse brand and an energetic, dynamic host you strike radio gold,” said Gary Schonfeld, President Westwood One Network. “We are thrilled to partner with VH1 Classic to bring what is sure to be a massive hit show to our affiliates and advertisers nationwide.”

Cumulus Media has partnered with “VH1 Classic Rock Nights” to broadcast the live radio show to markets throughout the country.

Webb began his radio career at 15 in a small town in Iowa. Since then, he has worked for leading radio stations including KUPD-Phoenix, WRCX and WLUP-Chicago, WAAF-Boston and XM Satellite Radio as one of the original dirty dozen PD’s. He has worked for Skid Row, Guns N’ Roses and most recently for Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s Ozzfest where he ran the VIP program for the tour.