Premiere Networks will end its seven-year relationship with CMT after December 31, 2021, a representative said. Billboards. Premiere Networks will end its nightly radio distribution CMT Radio Live after December 31, a move that coincides with the impending departure of media personality Cody Alan from CMT After MidNite With Cody Alan at the end of 2021 (After MidNite will also drop the CMT branding after December 31, 2021).
Billboards also learned that CMT Radio Live will be paused, pending rebranding of the program.
Starting January, Premiere’s After MidNite will welcome BBR Music Group artist Granger Smith as the new host and will change his name to After MidNite With Granger Smith.
“I am extremely honored to take on the role of After MidNite! ‘ Smith said in a statement. “The unique opportunity to bring great music and speak to such a wide audience from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. can have a profound impact on people’s lives, and that responsibility is not lost on me. . I’m excited to get started! ”
In addition to his new role on After MidNite, Smith will continue to organize and produce Granger Smith his podcast and family shows on YouTube Smiths. He also oversees the Yee Yee Apparel clothing/lifestyle brand, which he launched with his brothers Parker and Tyler.
Julie Talbott, president of Premiere Networks, said: “We couldn’t be happier to welcome a cross-platform talent of Granger’s caliber to our Premiere family. “His unique point of view is nation The musical artist is sure to resonate with our loyal listeners, and we’re confident he’ll bring a new source of energy and excitement as well as a connection to those who will. really shine After MidNite. ”
Alan announced his upcoming departure from After MidNite through the Instagram on Tuesday, declaring, “I’m going to host After MidNite Show for iHeartRadio on New Year’s Eve — excited to bring you something new in 2022! ”
After MidNite, which had 200 affiliates, launched in 1993 and was hosted by Blair Garner until 2013. The show was later renamed to CMT After MidNite With Cody Alan after the partnership between parent company Premiere iHeartMedia and CMT.
As part of that deal, Premiere also began offering CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan. After MidNite airs Monday through Sunday, midnight to 6 a.m., as well as on the US Forces Network and the iHeartRadio app.
A CMT representative said, “Cody Alan is a precious member of the CMT family, most notably continuing to be the highest-rated weekend host. Countdown CMT Hot 20, with a contract extension just announced in 2022. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Cody in the new year and beyond in a variety of projects. ”
https://www.billboard.com/business/radio/granger-smith-after-midnite-cody-alan-premiere-cmt-1235007270/ Granger Smith Hosts ‘After MidNite’ As Premiere Ends CMT – Billboard Partnership