Geraldo Rivera Joins WTAM

Geraldo Rivera

Photo by Janet Macoska

CLEVELAND – September 21, 2018 – iHeartMedia’s WTAM 1100, Cleveland’s Newsradio, welcomes Geraldo Rivera with the debut of his brand-new show, Geraldo in Cleveland, premiering Monday, September 24. Geraldo in Cleveland will broadcast weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. In addition, Rivera will host a weekly podcast for iHeartRadio.

Hosted by Rivera, one of America’s most enduring broadcasters and Fox News correspondent-at-large, Geraldo in Cleveland will discuss a range of local and national headlines, including the latest business, political and pop culture news.

“Cleveland is my home now and so is WTAM,” said the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Rivera. “History put me here by random chance and now I am a part of this great city where I fell in love with my wife of 15 years, Erica Rivera. I will continue to work on a national level with Fox News, and I look forward to sharing conversations and perspective locally with you every day. This is just the beginning of what I hope will be a long relationship with WTAM, iHeartMedia, and most importantly - YOU.”

“Geraldo Rivera is a once-in-a-generation broadcaster, storied journalist and tireless philanthropist,” said Keith Hotchkiss, President of iHeartMedia’s North Ohio Region. “Bringing Geraldo to WTAM and making him part of an already solid foundation of talk show hosts and performers helps chart a new path for the future of WTAM and redefines our position in the Cleveland community.”

Rivera began his 48-year career as a television reporter at WABC-TV in New York and was a member of the original cast of ABC's Good Morning America. He had an eight-year association with ABC's 20/20 as an investigative reporter and produced and hosted The Geraldo Rivera Show for 11 years. Prior to joining Fox News, Rivera served as host of CNBC's number-one rated prime time show, Rivera Live, where his critically-acclaimed coverage of the O.J. Simpson civil trial verdict set an all-time CNBC rating record. Rivera is a veteran foreign correspondent who has been on the frontlines of many international conflicts since 1973.

Geraldo is also a three-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award and has received more than 170 awards for journalism, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, three national and seven local Emmys, and two Alfred I. duPont - Columbia University Awards. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Brooklyn Law School and is the author of eight books, including The Geraldo Show – A Memoir.

iHeartMedia Cleveland has also added Jensen Lewis to the WTAM line-up. Lewis, a former pitcher for the Cleveland Indians and current television broadcast host for the team, will join Nick Camino and the legendary Mike Trivisonno on the newly formatted Sports Feed 2.0 program, weekdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Full Programming Line-Up:

5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.              Cleveland’s Morning News with Wills & Snyder

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.             Geraldo in Cleveland

10:00 a.m. – Noon                  Glenn Beck

Noon – 3:00 p.m.                    Rush Limbaugh

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.             Mike Trivisonno

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.             Sport Feed 2.0 with Jensen Lewis, Nick Camino & Mike Trivisonno

7:00 p.m. – Midnight             Indians Baseball, Cavs Basketball, & Nick Camino                        

WTAM is the leading media outlet in the Cleveland market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with more than 1.7 billion app downloads and 120 million registered users.

About iHeartMedia Cleveland

iHeartMedia Cleveland owns and operates WMMS, WTAM, WGAR, WAKS, WHLK, WMJI, ALT 99.1, and is part of iHeartMedia. With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 131 million social followers, iHeartMedia has the largest national reach of any radio or television outlet in America. As the leading audio and media company in the U.S., iHeartMedia serves over 150 local markets through 849 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, on satellite, at iHeartRadio.com, on the company’s station websites and on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital music, podcast, on demand and live streaming radio service, available on over 250 platforms and 2,000 devices, including on digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables and smartphones, on virtual assistants, smart speakers, TVs and gaming consoles.

 iHeartRadio offers users the country’s top live radio stations, personalized custom artist stations created by just one song or seed artist, on demand features and the top podcasts and personalities. The all-in-one digital service has more than 1.7 billion downloads, 120 million registered users and is the No. 1 commercial radio podcaster in the U.S.

 iHeartMedia’s platforms include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital, social, podcasts, personalities and influencers, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRTQ). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

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