Westwood One Announces Launch of 3rd and Long With Howie Long
TO RADIO-TELEVISION, ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS EDITORS:
- New Daily Feature to Launch September 1, 2003 -
NEW YORK, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Westwood One (NYSE: WON) announced today the launch of the new one-minute daily sports feature, 3rd and Long with Howie Long, which will begin airing September 1, 2003. Hosted by NFL Hall of Famer and film and TV star, Howie Long, 3rd and Long with Howie Long will feature Long sharing his opinions on topics ranging from sports to style and current events.
"I am very excited to be joining the Westwood One family," said Howie Long. "I am particularly excited about 3rd and Long, due to the fact that the format and platform will give me an opportunity to voice my opinion on a variety of topics."
"We are thrilled to have Howie Long on the Westwood One team," said Larry Michael, Westwood One VP of Sports Programming. "His Hall of Fame credentials, plus his work on TV and in film, have made him one of the most popular figures in the entire sports world. He's a great addition to Westwood One's strong sports lineup."
Howie Long is the most recognized sports announcer in America (tied for No.1 according to a recent Q-survey). Long was a dominating defensive force in the NFL for 13 seasons (1981-93) and finished his career with eight Pro Bowl appearances and 84 sacks. Long was a member of the Raiders' Super Bowl XVIII championship team, was voted to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the '80s and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000. Long began his broadcasting career in 1994 as an NFL analyst for Fox NFL Sunday and has since been regarded as one of the top NFL analysts, receiving an Emmy Award Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst. Long is also an accomplished film actor starring in such films as Broken Arrow with John Travolta and 1998's Firestorm, which featured Long in his first lead role.
Westwood One is the leader in play-by-play sports broadcasts on radio. Westwood One's sports lineup includes regular season NFL football, the Playoffs and the Super Bowl; Notre Dame Football; NCAA Football and Basketball including the Final Four; NHL Hockey and the Stanley Cup Championship; the Olympics; the Wimbledon Championships; U.S. Open Golf; the British Open Championship; the PGA Championship; and the Master's Golf Tournament.
Westwood One (NYSE: WON) provides over 150 news, sports, music, talk, entertainment programs, features, live events and 24/7 Formats. Through its subsidiaries, Metro Networks/Shadow Broadcast Services, Westwood One provides local content to the radio and TV industries including news, sports, weather, traffic, video news services and other information. SmartRoute Systems manages traffic information centers for state and local departments of transportation, and markets traffic and travel content to wireless, Internet, in-vehicle navigation systems and voice portal customers. Westwood One serves more than 7,700 radio stations. Westwood One is managed by Infinity Broadcasting Corporation. For more information visit www.westwoodone.com.
SOURCE Westwood One