Weekly Hour and Daily Features to Explore and Honor
the 40-Year Career of Led Zeppelin
New York, NY – January 22, 2009 -- United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., (USRN) today announced that it will be expanding it’s menu of rock radio offerings with the addition of Carol Miller’s Get the Led Out, a programming package of long and short-form features hosted by New York Radio legend, Carol Miller. Affiliates will be provided with a 1-hour weekly program and 5 weekly short features which can double as podcasts, all of which examine the career of the band that is generally acknowledged as the greatest hard rock band of all time, Led Zeppelin. The launch of the new programming is timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the release of the first Led Zeppelin album which arrived in the U.S. in January of 1969. The programs will be effectuated via a production partnership with Denny Somach Productions (DSP) based in Philadelphia. The announcement came from USRN’s EVP/Programming, Andy Denemark, at the network’s New York headquarters.
Carol Miller’s Get the Led Out has been on the air locally in New York for over twenty-five years, most recently at WAXQ (Q-104.3) where Miller holds down the 7pm to Midnight air shift. Past episodes of the daily Get the Led Out feature have been created with scripts written and researched by Miller and broadcast both on air and as a podcast. The GTLO podcast has regularly ranked as the top music podcast in the New York market, and the feature generates unprecedented website traffic for Miller’s New York station. It is also the highest rated feature on her station, generating much recognition and numerous premium sponsorships.
The national expansion of the daily vignette along with a highly produced weekly long-form program will be enhanced by tapping into the production resources and extensive interview library of Denny Somach Productions. The first week of broadcast for the combined long and short form package will be January 26, 2009, and the launch is timed to coincide with the start of Led Zeppelin’s 40th Anniversary Year.
Carol Miller is one of the longest-running New York radio personalities, from years at WPLJ and WNEW and currently Clear Channel’s WAXQ-FM. She began her career as a rock jock at WMMR, Philadelphia. She has hosted numerous nationally and internationally distributed radio specials and TV like Entertainment Tonight, VH-1 and is showcased in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Carol has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (her reason for landing in Philly) and a Juris Doctorate from the Hofstra University School of Law. She is an acknowledged expert on Led Zeppelin, and has interviewed the surviving members numerous times over the years.
In making the announcement, USRN’s Denemark noted, “There have been successful shows highlighting The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Elvis… the time is right for a Led Zeppelin show. When Denny Somach came to us with the idea along with the production know-how and the Carol Miller brand, the package was an obvious green light.”
“I have had the opportunity to host many syndicated radio programs over the years, but this is one that is near and dear to my heart. The opportunity to work with producer Denny Somach and United Stations is very appealing,” said Miller.
Producer Denny Somach stated, “This is a fantastic program to work on and Carol is the consummate host. I am really looking forward to working with Andy Denemark and his team at United Stations.”
United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., is the nation’s leading independently owned and operated radio network. The company currently distributes and produces dozens of format specific programs and services to nearly 4500 rated radio stations across the country including Adult Contemporary, Album Rock, County, Contemporary Hit, Oldies, Country, Smooth Jazz, Urban and Talk. Carol Miller’s Get the Led Out joins USRN’s other rock programming which includes Nights with Alice Cooper, The House of Hair with Dee Snider, Racing Rocks with Riki Rachtman among others. The New York-based company was founded in 1994 by radio pioneers Dick Clark and Nick Verbitsky.