iHeartMedia has announced it has signed Ryan Seacrest to a three year contract extension that will see the host take on an expanded role with the company.
Seacrest will retain his duties hosting “On-Air with Ryan Seacrest” in mornings at 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles and syndicated to multiple dayparts around the country and weekend mainstay “American Top 40”. He will also be a “key advisor” to iHeartMedia Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman, and President/COO/CFO Rich Bressler.
iHeartMedia, the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any other radio or television outlet, announced today that it has extended and expanded its agreement with Ryan Seacrest, the nationally-celebrated media and entertainment entrepreneur, radio personality, television host and producer, and unmatched creative talent, reflecting the impact that he continues to have on the company’s brand partnerships, media platforms and signature events.
Under the new agreement, Seacrest will increase his responsibilities with iHeartMedia, leveraging his leadership and unique perspective as one of the country’s best-known – and most trusted – curators and influencers. He will continue to be a key advisor to iHeartMedia, continuing to work closely with the company’s Chairman and CEO, Bob Pittman, and President, COO and CFO Rich Bressler, and will provide input into all the company’s major events and initiatives as well as developing new ways to connect advertisers closely to consumers. Seacrest will also continue in his role as one of the core personalities across all iHeartRadio platforms, hosting and producing his market-topping #1 Los Angeles morning drive-time show for iHeartMedia’s 102.7 KIIS-FM; the nationally-syndicated “ On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” heard on 170 stations across America; “American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest”; and the weekday vignette “Direct from Hollywood,” and continue his key role in all of iHeartMedia’s nationally recognized events.
Seacrest brings to the company his unparalleled skill as a pop culture curator and stature with American consumers, his great relationships with America’s biggest artists and stars, and his enormous social footprint and influence – all of which highlight his unparalleled ability to interact with and respond to his millions of listeners nationwide.
“In the new iHeartMedia, where we connect our fans to their favorite programming and music – and advertisers to consumers – innovation and creativity is more important than ever,” said Pittman. “Ryan is unique, standing alone in today’s world as someone who crosses all media as an expert on both the talent and business sides, and we are fortunate to have him as a member of our core team.”
“I’ve been active in everything from broadcast radio to digital, from television to social media and more – and the wonderful thing about my extended relationship with iHeartMedia is that it ties everything together,” said Seacrest. “I’m grateful for the support of Bob and Rich. Their continued confidence fuels my creative spirit and inspires me to do a job I’ve loved since I was 15 years old.”
“Ryan is an amazing talent whose impact on iHeartMedia continues to grow,” said Bressler. “He plays a critically important role in our company across all our platforms – everything from entertaining listeners and breaking talent on his top-rated morning show to working closely with advertisers, hosting tentpole events like our iHeartRadio Music Festival and iHeartRadio Music Awards, and interacting on a personal level with top celebrities and talent. We are thrilled to have him extend and expand his role with us.”