Press Release



Contact: Alan Corbeth


MEDFORD, OR April 25, 2001 - Art Bell, the overnight talk radio host who came out of retirement on February 5th of this year to resume his reign as the king of overnight talk radio is celebrating unprecedented ratings success. According to ARBITRON, in their recently released Winter Book, Art Bell returned to score a 7.5 share on WABC, topping all other stations on the AM dial in the New York City area, and placing third in the entire New York market. These results were complied during a period of time that Bell was back on the air for only two months of the three month ratings period. In Los Angeles, in the 25-54 demographics, Art went from an Average Quarter Hour (AQH) listenership of 3.8 to 6.9, for an 81.6 percent increase. In Chicago, among persons 12+ Bell went from an AQH of 11.2 to 20.1, a 79.5 percent increase. In Philadelphia, Bell dominated the market moving his local affiliate into the number one position for persons 12+ overnights.

Since the results of the Winter Book are only a partial sample of the actual listening audience, Senior Vice President, Alan Corbeth predicts even larger numbers in the Spring ratings Book, which is expected to be released in July. Corbeth explains that "ratings such as these are absolutely phenomenal. Art and I are thrilled beyond belief that even with a partial book, the ratings prove that Art's return to radio has been extremely well received. I am certain that our first complete Book, which will be Spring 2001 will show even more impressive numbers for Art."

Premiere Radio Networks, Inc., a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, currently syndicates more than 60 radio programs and serves more than 7,800 radio station affiliates. Premiere is one of the top three radio networks in the country, and the leading provider of morning show material nationwide. The number one syndicator of programming, Premiere features the following personalities: Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Jim Rome, Dr. Dean Edell, Michael Reagan, Phil Hendrie, and Rick Dees. Premiere is based in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and has eight offices nationwide.

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