Dana Cortez Show Makes Move To ABC/Skyview Networks

Dana Cortez Show Energy 94.1 98.5 The Beat KBBT San AntonioAs expected ABC Radio and Skyview Networks announced their deal to bring former “98.5 The Beat” KBBT San Antonio morning show “The Dana Cortez Show” to syndication. Cortez’s program will be targeted at CHR, Rhythmic and Hip Hop stations and features herself, husband/producer DJ Automatic, and comedian Anthony Almanzar.

Cortez joined KBBT for mornings in October 2015 after a long run at then sister “Kiss 97.3” KKSS Albuquerque. Cortez will announce her first batch of affiliates on Monday.

ABC Radio and Skyview Networks announce syndication of The Dana Cortez Show, a fresh, new approach to entertainment programming for CHR, Rhythmic and Hip Hop music formats. The Dana Cortez Show features an ensemble cast led by one of radio’s rising stars and one of the first Latinas to host a nationally syndicated show. The collaboration is the first result of ABC Radio’s and Skyview Networks’ joint syndication and sales initiative announced April 2018.

“Partnering with ABC Radio and Skyview Networks is the realization of a lifelong dream,” said Cortez. “From day one, Steve Jones and his team have championed having a female host as the lead for their morning syndication. It sends a very powerful message and I’m excited to help pave the way. Today’s audience expects authenticity, there are no secrets between us and nothing is off limits. Every morning is brimming with culture and content. Originality is at the core of everything we do! We believe our show is radio reimagined. It’s not what we do, it’s how we do it.”

The Dana Cortez Show has consistently achieved #1 ranking in-demo in each local market it has performed, most recently in San Antonio and previously in Albuquerque. The show is powered by one of radio’s most dynamic casts including Cortez; DJ Automatic, her executive producer and husband; and comedian Anthony Almanzar, their best friend. For five hours every day the show delivers fresh, relatable content where real life is played out on the radio.

“Dana is a transformational talent whose voice connects with a very broad audience and women in particular,” said Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager of ABC Radio. “We are extremely proud to syndicate The Dana Cortez Show and help Dana, DJ Automatic and Anthony A. entertain more listeners and drive affiliate revenue.”

“When we started this collaboration with ABC Radio, The Dana Cortez Show is exactly the type of gold we were hoping to find, programs and personality with momentum, on the rise,” said Ken Thiele, President Skyview Networks. “Congratulations to the show and we welcome them to the family.”

“When you spend time with Dana, DJ Automatic and Anthony, they just exude pop culture. The show delivers a key demographic, millennials; it’s an area where we plan on excelling for our agencies this upfront season,” said Jeanne-Marie Condo, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Skyview Networks. “Custom integrations are very important to our agencies and their clients and The Dana Cortez Show adds another dynamic layer of experiences we bring to the table.”

Original Report 8/2: The Dana Cortez Show has exited Univision Rhythmic CHR “98.5 The Beat” KBBT San Antonio.

Cortez joined KBBT for mornings in October 2015 from then sister “Kiss 97.3” KKSS Albuquerque. She also was tracking middays at “Hot 105.7/100.7” KVVF/KVVZ.

In June we noted that ABC Radio Networks registered a pair of domains tied to a potential syndication deal for Cortez, whose show also includes her husband DJ Automatic and Anthony A. While nothing has been announced by ABC yet, this page promoting the show came up on a Google search for Cortez. We are told an official announcement is forthcoming.

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