More Seacrest 'On Air'; Dobbs bows

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Ryan Seacrest must have a lot more hours in his day than the rest of us.

The ubiquitous TV personality and radio host has inked a three-year deal with Clear Channel Communications for a new three-hour syndicated radio program intended for national and international distribution across audio, video and online platforms.

In related news, Lou Dobbs has inked a deal with CRN Digital Talk Radio for his first radio show.

As for Seacrest, the syndicated show will be a mix of edited and live content from his morning show on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles as well as new original content; it's designed so that each station can plug in its own playlist. Seacrest also will share ownership in the new venture.

At the same time, Seacrest has renewed deals to continue as host of the "American Top 40" countdown, which is nationally syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks to 500 stations, and the KIIS show "On Air With Ryan Seacrest," which airs from 5-10 a.m. daily on the Clear Channel Radio station.

Like Seacrest's KIIS program, the nationally syndicated show will be called "On Air With Ryan Seacrest." It will be available for air daily from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. local time, launching in the spring, and will be broadcast from E! Studios in Hollywood.

"Ryan has found a way to use his entrepreneurial instincts to address the need to give people a reason to find terrestrial radio," said Seacrest's attorney, Scott Zolke of Loeb & Loeb.

WMA-repped Seacrest also hosts Fox's "American Idol" and "The Entertainment Edge," which is syndicated throughout the U.K.; serves as managing editor and lead anchor of "E! News"; produces series like E!'s "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" through his Ryan Seacrest Production Co.; leads E!'s red-carpet coverage at Hollywood's major awards shows; and executive produces and co-hosts "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" on ABC.

Meanwhile, Dobbs' show, produced by United Stations Radio Networks, will debut Monday. Dubbed "The Lou Dobbs Show," the three-hour program will air live via satellite at noon PT weekdays on CRN-4.

Dobbs, anchor and managing editor of CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight," plans to examine issues from the point of view of an independent pluralist.

"The political climate is rapidly changing," Dobbs said. "Independents are registering at an unprecedented rate and will determine the outcome of the 2008 election. I'm excited to be adding my voice to the talk show arena and have the opportunity, along with my listeners, to help enrich our national dialogue."

CRN, headed by founder and CEO Michael Horn, reaches more than 24 million households nationally and abroad via cable television, broadcast radio, satellite and the Internet.

It's been a busy week for radio companies: On Tuesday, Billy Bush finalized a deal with Westwood One to host his own nationally syndicated talk and music show airing weeknights. (Full story)
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