ABC Radio and Emmis New York Team Up with New Urban Content

April 13, 2016, 9:53 AM

— -- Starting Today ABC Radio Programing Will Be Available on Emmis New York’s Top Stations

 ABC Radio and Emmis New York team up to offer new on-air and digital content.  Beginning today ABC Radio programming will be available on Emmis NY’s top stations: WQHT-FM (Hip Hop), WBLS-FM (Urban Adult Contemporary/R&B) and WLIB-AM (Praise and Inspiration).

 In addition, WBLS 107.5 will be the launch affiliate for ABC Urban Suite, a variety of weekly programming from ABC Radio that features profiles of iconic names in entertainment, music and sports, including Tyler Perry, Beyonce, Anthony Anderson, Misty Copeland, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Hart, Spike Lee and Lebron James, among others.  The ABC Urban Suite also includes web content and promotional opportunities exclusive to Urban affiliates.  The ABC Urban Suite will be offered in conjunction with Air Power Urban, ABC’s latest comprehensive web-based prep service that offers relevant content and audio, updated 24 hours a day, for Urban format stations to use and share with their listeners.  Be sure to tune into WQHT’s Ebro in the Morning to hear segments of Air Power Urban beginning this week.

 “We’re excited to work with Emmis NY on new programming and to expand our audience in New York,” said Steve Jones, Vice President/General Manager of ABC Radio. “What Emmis has achieved in New York is remarkable. They’ve developed iconic properties and personalities that resonate in America’s most competitive market and have created an unmatched connection to fans and pop culture.”

 Continuing its dominance in New York in the latest PPMs, WQHT-FM & WBLS-FM have over 5.1-million combined weekly listeners (Cume 6+)*.

 “Through this partnership with ABC Radio, Emmis NY is able to provide our listeners with original content, groundbreaking news, and the best in entertainment,” adds Charlie Morgan, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, Emmis NY. “This deal not only allows us to leverage the global resources of ABC locally, but also to collaborate on content and ideas providing rich, seamless experiences for both our fans and advertisers whether they are on-air, online or on the red carpet.”

 Available immediately to prospective affiliates, ABC’s Urban Suite includes exclusive access to A-list celebrities and the biggest names in Urban music, TV, films and pop culture — from Rhythmic CHR to Hip Hop, Urban and Gospel.

 *Arbitron Survey – New York PPMs. March 2016, Cume 6+.

About ABC Radio:

ABC Radio syndicates America’s largest commercial radio news network, ABC News Radio, along with the ABC Radio Lifestyle and Entertainment network, ABC Sports Radio and ABC Radio Digital to over 1500 radio stations and multiple digital distributors.  ABC Radio reaches more than 67.5-million listeners each week across broadcast and digital audio platforms.  ABC Radio is part of the Disney ABC Television Group.  For more information:

About Emmis Communications:

Emmis Communications Corporation is a diversified media company, principally focused on radio broadcasting.  Emmis operates the 9th largest radio portfolio in the United States based on total listeners. Emmis owns 19 FM and 4 AM radio stations in New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Austin (Emmis has a 50.1% controlling interest in Emmis’ radio stations located there), Indianapolis and Terre Haute, IN.

About WQHT HOT 97 FM:

WQHT HOT 97 FM is the world's first all Hip Hop station and has held the dominant position in New York for over twenty years.  HOT 97 is best known for its celebrity on air talent, such as Ebro Darden (Asst. Programming Director, radio host for Beats1), Funk Flex (television host, multiple gold records) and Nessa (television personality and host for MTV), as well as being the world's premier source for Hip Hop music culture. HOT97 online and the Where Hip Hop Lives app are the destinations for original web series, celebrity content, concerts and music videos.  For more information, please visit,, or

About WBLS 107.5 FM:

WBLS 107.5 FM is a New York Urban Adult Contemporary station with 2.3 million listeners.  60% of WBLS’ listeners are between the ages of 25-54. Broadcasting from its signal are award winning and internationally known personalities like Steve Harvey, Shaila, Lenny Green, Donnie McClurkin, Dahved Levy, DJ Marley Marl and more.  WBLS has been America’s most recognizable black radio station, as the #1 source for R&B music and lifestyle reaching the tri-state area.  For more information, please visit,, or

About WLIB 1190 AM:

WLIB 1190 AM is New York’s leading Gospel and Inspirational station with over 300,000 weekly listeners.  50% of WLIB’s listeners are between the ages of 35-64.   WLIB hosts award winning and internationally known personalities including Yolanda Adams, Rev. Al Sharpton, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Lady Niecy T and more, as well as ministry leaders such as Pastor Floyd Flake of the Greater Allen Cathedral AME Church and Pastor David Jefferson Sr. of the Metropolitan Baptist Church.  WLIB is also one of the country’s leading sources for Gospel Music and Motivation.  For more information, please visit,, or


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