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Hot 97’s Nessa Goes Into Syndication

Nessa On Air Hot 97 WQHT Benztown Cat Collins MTV Girl CodeHot 97” WQHT New York afternoon host and MTV personality Nessa is launching a daily five hour syndicated show to be offered in any daypart.

Nessa On Air” will be distributed by Benztown for use on CHR, Rhythmic, or Urban formatted stations. The first affiliate will be CBS CHR “99.7 Now” KMVQ San Francisco, who will air the program from 10pm-2am starting Monday, June 6. This marks a return to the market where she spent five years hosting nights at iHeartMedia’s Rhythmic CHR “Wild 94.9” KYLD prior to joining WQHT in January 2015.

Cat Collins, former PD of KYLD and Hot AC “Star 101.3” KIOI San Francisco is serving as Executive Producer for Nessa On Air.

Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voiceover services company with over 1,900 affiliations on six different continents, announces that it will syndicate a new personality-driven music radio show, “Nessa On Air”, featuring Nessa, 3PM-7PM host of Hot-97/WQHT-FM in New York City and host of shows on MTV and MTV2, including MTV’s “Girl Code”. “Nessa On Air” is a five-hour Monday through Friday show produced for CHR, Rhythmic CHR and Urban stations and designed to air in any day part.

The first affiliate to broadcast “Nessa On Air” is CBS Radio’s 99.7 Now/KMVQ-FM in San Francisco, which debuts the program on Monday, June 6, 2016. Nessa was previously on-air at KYLD in San Francisco before signing on at Hot-97 in New York City, so this week’s debut marks a return to Bay Area radio for Nessa.

Michael Martin, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Radio said: “Nessa is such a superstar! The Bay has missed her but now she’s back and I couldn’t be happier to have her back on 99.7!”

Rick Cummings, President, Radio Division, Emmis Communications said: “From her very first job in radio (Power 106 Los Angeles), we have been huge fans of Nessa. She brings so much to the party… on Hot 97, on Girl Code. Now, she can do the same for your station. Don’t miss the opportunity!”

Nessa said: “I’m so excited to take ‘Nessa On Air’ national. Cat and I have always wanted to do syndication together and we’re doing it with the family, Katrina B and Queen Kong! And going back to the Bay on our first affiliate, 99.7– Now with Michael and Jazzy! This is so perfect. Big ups to Chachi and Masa at Benztown for their belief, and thanks sooo much to my Emmis family Rick, Charlie, Pio, and Jimmy for their support. Let’s get this!”

Cat Collins, Executive Producer and co-founder of “Nessa On Air” said: “After working with Nessa for six years in San Francisco and seeing up close her extraordinary talent and true gift for connecting to her listeners and to the biggest artists in CHR and RCHR, I am thrilled to partner with her and with the Benztown team for “Nessa On Air”! Nessa has a proven track record of ratings success in New York City and San Francisco and this new show will take that success to markets of every size across the country. “Nessa On Air” is designed to offer affiliates a true competitive advantage through fun and memorable content that is seamlessly integrated into the music log with local customization for any day part. A big thank you to Michael Martin and Jazzy at KMVQ San Francisco for signing on as our first affiliate! Lets go!”

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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