Syndication Notes 2/11: JR Jaus Takes Over 20Twenty Country Countdown

Entravision Debuts Neteando with Kate and Jessica

20Twenty Country Countdown JR Jaus Timothy LearyUnited Stations Radio Network has announced that “Y100” KCYY San Antonio morning host J.R. Jaus has been named the new host of the weekly 20Twenty Country Countdown.

Jaus, who has been serving as a fill-in host for the past few months, replacing “98.9 The Bull” KNUC Seattle morning host Timothy Leary as host of the show. Leary had anchored the show since its launch in March 2015.

United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., (USRN), an independent leader in the creation and marketing of network radio programming, has made it official that air personality J.R. Jaus will officially take over the hosting duties on the network’s country countdown show, The 20Twenty Country Countdown. Jaus is the morning drive host at Cox Media’ Group’s KCYY, San Antonio, known locally as “Y-100.” J.R. has been interim host for the program for several months, but he’s been named the permanent host starting this week, and the announcement comes from USRN’s EVP/Programming, Andy Denemark, in New York.

The 20Twenty Country Countdown debuted in March of 2015, and since its introduction it has remained the most current and most timely Countdown show ever produced for the Mainstream Country radio format because of its unique presentation of two charts in one show. Each weekend, The 20Twenty Countdown presents one 20-song countdown of what’s trending in the digital space for Country music, and that’s followed by a 20-song countdown representing the week’s top song in terms of Country radio airplay. Clearly, streaming and other digital playback of music has altered everything about the ways in which music is consumed, and this show presents the two charts back to back each week. For radio programmers there’s the added plus that the show’s unique format often delivers the top songs in the nation twice in each 3-hour show with roughly 90-minutes of separation, and that closely matches the regular music rotations that radio stations use for the hottest songs of the week. Plus the show presents other features including artist interviews, news pieces and recaps of Twitter feeds from prominent artists. Overall, it just might be the hippest countdown in the Country format.

J.R. Jaus is currently the Host of the “J.R. and Beth Morning Show” at KCYY-FM (“Y-100”) in San Antonio. J.R. has had a huge passion for Country Music ever since he was introduced to some of the giants of Country music while working on his uncle’s ranch located north of Bakersfield, CA, the city where Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and others created the famous “Bakersfield Sound.” J.R. started in radio at the age of 19 in San Diego, CA, and has worked for Clear Channel, CBS Radio and now Cox Media Group along the way. He’s also appeared on television as an awards show host and had been featured on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” where he co-starred alongside Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande. Most recently in radio, as part of the Cox Media Group, J.R. was heard in afternoons at WWKA, Orlando and then in 2016 he transferred to Y-100 where he’s been heard in mornings ever since. You can find J.R. Jaus on all social media using @therealjrj. Y-100 will air the program on Sundays from 7-10am.

In announcing J.R. Jaus as the new host, USRN’s Andy Denemark commented, “We love having hosts who can do it all… communicate well, speak to music fans and engage the audience via social media. J.R. does all that and more. We’re grateful to Cox Media Group’s Jeff Garrison for introducing us to J.R. and for his support of our exciting production.” J.R. added, “”So happy to be a part of this new countdown that I truly believe reflects the voice of country music fans. To host a project like this and be able to make it my own is really exciting for me. Thanks to Andy and the entire United Stations team for this opportunity.”

Entravision has announced it will launch Neteando (“Real Talk”) with Kate and Jessica into syndication in April 2019.

Hosted by actress Kate del Castillo and television host Jessica Maldonado, the weekly program currently exists as a podcast. Entravision describes the show, which will air on their stations across the country, as “a “tell it like it is” intimate conversation between best friends. One is a popular outspoken actress and the other an award-winning journalist. When they get together, the conversation can be powerful, relevant, entertaining, and heartfelt. It’s about two best friends, and their occasional guests, being comfortable to speak their minds on popular culture and other trending topics.”

Entravision Communications Corporation (NYSE: EVC), a diversified global media and advertising technology company serving Latino consumers, today announced it has entered an exclusive audio partnership with actress and ratings sensation Kate del Castillo and television personality Jessica Maldonado to produce and launch a weekly syndicated radio and podcast show. Neteando (“Real Talk”) with Kate and Jessica, is expected to launch in April 2019 and will be carried on Entravision’s owned and operated radio stations, along with other stations throughout the country.

“Kate and Jessica are incredibly talented and recognized personalities that will bring exciting content to our listeners and benefit from the reach of our platform. Entravision has been at the forefront of introducing iconic and top syndicated personalities and we are excited to be working in partnership with Kate and Jessica as they launch their radio careers around their already successful podcast,” said Jeffery Liberman, President and Chief Operating Officer, Entravision.

Neteando with Kate and Jessica is a “tell it like it is” intimate conversation between best friends. One is a popular outspoken actress and the other an award-winning journalist. When they get together, the conversation can be powerful, relevant, entertaining, and heartfelt. It’s about two best friends, and their occasional guests, being comfortable to speak their minds on popular culture and other trending topics.

“Neteando is what Jessica and I do in our daily lives…we call things as they are,” said Kate del Castillo. “We are very genuine and real, and that is exactly how we are on our show. We complement each other perfectly and have lots of fun!”

Jessica Maldonado added, “Because both of us have such a powerful outlook on life, our show is smart, witty, informative and honest.”

Kate Del Castillo has worked in telenovelas and films since her early youth. She’s won critical acclaim from both Spanish and English audiences with her performance in movies such as, “Under the Same Moon,” “Colosio,” “K-11,” “No Good Deed,” and “The 33.” She lent her voice talent to Guillermo Del Toro’s Golden Globe nominated, “The Book of Life.” She’s also seen in popular TV shows including, “Weeds,” “Grimm,” and “Jane The Virgin.” Currently, Del Castillo is enjoying the massive success of her Netflix original series, “Ingobernable,” which she also co-produces, and is looking forward to the launch of the highly anticipated La Reina Del Sur 2 this spring. Besides being a successful actress, she is also an outspoken activist and humanitarian. She was appointed as Ambassador for the Mexican Commission on Human Rights to help combat human trafficking. She is a spokesperson for PETA and has received numerous humanitarian awards and recognitions, including the key to the City of Los Angeles, where she currently resides.

Jessica Maldonado, an Emmy award-winning journalist, is considered one of the most respected and influential Mexican American reporters in the US. She joined Univision Network in the summer of 1999 as a correspondent for the number one rated, Spanish-language entertainment and news program, “El Gordo y La Flaca.” She would regularly fill in as co-host on the show. She traveled all over the US and Mexico to report stories and host specials. Based in Los Angeles, Maldonado is best known for her exclusive interviews with the most prominent celebrities, as well as for her breaking news coverage. She has covered a wide variety of stories, from the celebrity arrivals at the Academy Awards to the Latin Grammy Awards to Michael Jackson’s “Trial of the Century,” to OJ Simpson’s sentencing in Las Vegas, and the tragic death of Latin superstar, Jenni Rivera, among other historical events in entertainment. Jessica is currently the entertainment correspondent for the Telemundo newsmagazine, “Al Rojo Vivo”.

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