Miller comes to radio via Westwood One
EmptyComedian Dennis Miller has signed on with Westwood One to do a daily three-hour talk show that will start in March and feature "high profile guests" and listener phone calls.
"This is an absolute home run," Westwood One CEO Peter Kosann said in a release. "Dennis Miller fits our programming criteria in spades -- unique, foreground, compelling, hip. Everyone in this country knows Dennis. Anyone with ears will be interested in hearing what he has to say. Westwood One will move mountains to support Dennis' program."
"This seems like a great fit for me since I grew up in Pittsburgh where broadcast radio was born," Miller said. "I always knew I would try radio and right now seems like the perfect time. In a world where the stakes are high, the medium is a nice blend of the comfortable and the provocative. I look forward to working with Westwood One and soon being able to finally say aloud the words, 'I'm up against a hard break'."
As part of the show's debut, Westwood One will re-launch Miller's official Web site as a fully interactive digital space offering a host of digital features to support the show, including: premium services, live streams, listener blogs, exclusive audio content and podcasts to download.
Miller is best known for his six seasons behind the "Weekend Update" anchor desk of "Saturday Night Live," plus his nine-year run on HBO as host of "Dennis Miller Live." In addition to being an accomplished author with four Writers Guild honors, Miller also enjoyed a short stint as a color commentator on ABC's "Monday Night Football" broadcast.
In other news, Westwood One has partnered with NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution to be the exclusive distributor of two daily 90-second radio features, "Last Night on Tonight With Jay Leno" and "Last Night on Late Night With Conan O'Brien." Both will feature comedy monologue excerpts from the previous night's television broadcast.
Already in production, "Last Night on Tonight With Jay Leno" currently airs on more than 150 stations nationwide. "Last Night on Late Night With Conan O'Brien" will debut in the first quarter of 2007.