New York, NY – December 13, 2012 - Courtside Entertainment Group announced today a new agreement to distribute The Laura Ingraham Show to her national radio audience beginning January 2, 2013. Ingraham’s highly anticipated return to her more than 300 radio affiliates will offer audiences an expanded show experience and a heightened presence on new media platforms.
One of the most popular radio hosts in the United States, Ingraham returns to radio coast-to-coast, while significantly increasing her audience through Launchpad Digital Media, a division of Norm Pattiz’s Courtside Entertainment Group. Launchpad will digitally stream the three-hour program live online, make it available as an on-demand podcast, and feature new original content from Ingraham’s Dream in My Head Productions. The Laura Ingraham Show will be produced by Dream In My Head Productions with ad representation residing at Courtside.
“I guess this means putting aside my xylophone and modern dance ambitions,” Ingraham quipped. “I’m thrilled to partner with Norm Pattiz, who originally brought my show to radio in 2001 and humbled by the outpouring of affection from my listeners. Courtside's commitment to our team, our audience, and stations will broaden the reach of the Laura Ingraham Show to new radio markets nationwide. The exciting collaboration with Launchpad gives us the opportunity to establish a strong digital presence—a place where our audience can always find their ‘Healthy Radio Addiction’ on-demand and more. Via Dream In My Head Productions, my partner Raymond Arroyo and I are creating original digital programming and new television and multi-media content.
“I look forward to resuming the conversation with the greatest audience in radio and those who have never listened before--making news, creating laughs, and talking about the things that really matter. People need more laughter and fewer lectures; more fresh insights and fewer stale talking points. Each day the Laura Ingraham Show will drive the national conversation with humor and inspiration for a nation that sorely needs it."
“The wait is over. The most listened to woman on political talk is returning to the national airwaves and is making a major move into the on-demand digital space,” said Norm Pattiz. “Laura Ingraham is one of the most popular and well-known personalities in America today. Recognizing the rapidly growing demand for great on-demand digital content, we are honored that Laura has chosen Launchpad to share her wit and wisdom with the widening online audience. Launchpad is currently delivering over 90 million downloads per month, and we are excited to continue adding powerful radio personas like Laura Ingraham to the expanding roster of Launchpad podcast offerings.”
Major programming executives are already reacting to the announcement:
Dave Houston, the GM of Ingraham's flagship WTNT in Washington, DC, said, "Since the announcement of Laura's radio hiatus, our listeners have been clamoring for her return. This is fantastic news--her voice is unique and was sorely missed."
Laura Scotti, the General Manager at Crawford Broadcasting Company (Ingraham affiliates in Denver and Birmingham) enthused, "Laura Ingraham provides top quality programming which our listeners thoroughly enjoy. We all look forward to hearing her on air again.”
About Laura Ingraham
Laura Ingraham is the most listened-to woman in political talk radio in the United States. "The Laura Ingraham Show" is heard on hundreds of stations nationwide and has been addicting legions of listeners since its launch in 2001. Always smart and entertaining, Laura is a regular Fox News contributor and the principal substitute host on The O'Reilly Factor. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of five books: The Hillary Trap, Shut Up & Sing, Power to the People, The Obama Diaries, and new smash hit Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots. A former litigator and Supreme Court law clerk, Laura is a graduate of University of Virginia School of law and Dartmouth College. She is also an avid supporter of our troops and a variety of military organizations. Laura lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her three children.
About Launchpad Digital Media
Launchpad Digital Media (www.launchpaddigitalmedia.com) is one of the largest players in the on-demand media world. Lead by digital, online and podcast sales pioneer Kit Gray, Launchpad’s podcast platform includes some of the biggest names in digital entertainment including Adam Carolla, CBS News, Afterbuzz TV with Maria Menounos, Jay Mohr, Dr. Drew, Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist), Mark & Lynda, Brian & Jill, and Penn Jillette. Launchpad is also home to the Sideshow Network, The Fake Mustache Network, Riotcast Network, Splitsider Network and the Toad Hop Network making Launchpad one of the industry’s largest players.
About Courtside Entertainment Group
Courtside Entertainment Group produces and finances multi-platform, quality programming, including: Bill O’Reilly’s Talking Points, Loveline, One Minute Clinic with Dr. Drew Pinsky, The Dave Koz Show and a wide variety of music specials featuring exclusive interviews with the biggest names in every music genre. Courtside is the latest venture from Westwood One founder, Norman Pattiz.