Westwood One To Launch Rick Party & Sasha The Diva Morning Show

Westwood One Podcast NetworkWestwood One is debuting a new Urban AC targeted morning show in January 2019.

Former “Hot 105” WHQT Miami afternoon host Rick Party and “Kiss 104.1” WALR Atlanta afternoon host Sasha The Diva will host “Rick and Sasha” along with comedian Benji Brown. Party, who exited WHQT in May, also has spent time at WGCI and WKSC Chicago, WBLS New York and WEDR Miami. Sasha The Diva first came to Atlanta in 2002 and spent two terms at WALR. She previously worked in Baltimore hosting middays at “Magic 95.9” WWIN-FM.

The company says that the show will superserve females 35-44 and will launch on 20+ stations.

Westwood One, the largest audio network in the U.S., will be nationally syndicating a new weekday morning show pairing two of the most popular Urban voices in the country — Former Hot 105 FM/Miami personality Rick Party and Former Kiss 104.1 FM/Atlanta personality Sasha the Diva. Rick and Sasha will air live mornings from 6-10 am in all time zones across America plus be available for other dayparts and Urban formats.

This new morning drive program will include comedian Benji Brown along with other incredible talent. Rick and Sasha targets 25-54 Urban AC listeners looking for great music, hot conversation, and interactive discussions, while super serving females 35-44. An impressive station list of 20 plus stations are earmarked to join as part of the national rollout.

Rick Party, a 30+ year veteran radio host, has established a solid reputation as one of the best voices in Urban radio. Boasting a track record of success on radio stations in cities such as New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Miami, just to name a few, he is known as a ratings giant. Rick credits his ability to make listeners feel like they’re a part of the show as his secret to success. Sasha the Diva, a 20+ year veteran radio host, established a successful career in Baltimore before entering the Atlanta market where she emerged as one of Atlanta’s most recognized personalities. She brings energy, charisma and an innate ability to connect with listeners that has transcended both radio and the big screen with appearances in movies and television.

“The natural chemistry between Rick and Sasha is undeniable and deserves a wide audience with the reach and scale that only Westwood One has to offer,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing for CUMULUS MEDIA and President, Westwood One. “Rick and Sasha delivers personality, energy, and authenticity to younger Urban AC listeners and the brand marketers hoping to reach them.”

“We’re very excited about this opportunity! It’s been our life-long dream to have a syndicated platform that allows us to inspire, inform, educate, entertain and bring ‘Real People, Real Radio.’ We look forward to connecting, engaging and entertaining listeners across the U.S,” said Rick and Sasha.

Co-Creator/General Manager Gary Bernstein, with a stellar track record of building many successful syndication brands says, “This kind of Urban AC program is very necessary right now. You have a dream duo coming together who are both touchable, reachable, and relatable because of their depth, character, and talent. As naturally good-looking, hard-working, and charismatic individuals, Rick and Sasha is a total package of professionalism and electricity that will turn on the Urban AC audience with consistently meaningful, relevant, and entertaining content. They are all about the grind and serving the listeners as opposed to themselves.”

For more information on Rick and Sasha and how it can serve your station or company, contact Neal Bird, nbird@westwoodone.com or (310) 840-4207, or Gary Bernstein, gary@oceanictradewinds.com or (508) 245-1776.

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