Twentieth TV-distributed syndie strip Dish Nation has been renewed for Season 3 on the Fox Television Stations. The announcement was made today by Paul Franklin, EVP & General Manager of Broadcast Sales, Twentieth TV. The half-hour entertainment news program features drive-time radio personalities from various markets riffing on what’s hot and happening that day in pop culture. According to Twentieth TV, Dish Nation ranks No. 1 with Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49 among all freshmen and sophomore first-run syndicated programs. Additionally Dish Nation, the youngest skewing first-run program in all of syndication, has grown to 1.3 million viewers daily this season – an +8% increase over a year ago. Dish Nation is produced by Studio City and distributed by Twentieth Television. Matt Blanock and Michael Bachmann serve as Co-Executive Producers.
EXCLUSIVE: As Twentieth Television‘s Dish Nation gears up for its second season, the syndicated show’s creator/executive producer Stu Weiss, is leaving to return to Studio City, North America’s largest on-air marketing agency, which he co-founded in 1995 and serves as the Chief Creative Officer. Studio City has been the official marketing partner of the Olympic Games on NBC since 2010 and Weiss, who took a step back from his duties over the past year to focus on Dish Nation, will now oversee the on-air promotions campaign for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, as well as developing new original programming for the company.
In light of Weiss’ departure, his No.2s on Dish Nation, co-executive producers Michael Bachmann and Matt Blanock, will take oversight of the day to day operations on the half-hour entertainment program, which features drive-time radio personalities from various markets riffing on what’s hot and happening that day in pop culture. The radio shows whose teams are on Dish Nation include Rickey Smiley In The Morning (out of Atlanta), Kidd Kraddick In The Morning (Dallas), The Heidi & Frank Show (Los Angeles), and Brooke & Jubal In The Morning (Seattle). Kraddick died suddenly a couple of weeks ago, but the other four personalities from his show are returning to Dish Nation. Dish Nation is kicking off its second Season on September 9 after a successful first cycle. It is the youngest-skewing first-run program in all …
Radio host Kidd Kraddick, co-host of Twentieth TV’s syndicated program Dish Nation, died suddenly today at age 53. Kraddick passed away at a golf tournament in New Orleans raising money for his Kidd’s Kids Charity. “Twentieth Television and the team at Dish Nation are heartbroken and deeply saddened by the loss of a great talent and friend,” the studios said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his longtime radio crew during this very difficult time.” Kraddick’s nationally syndicated Kidd Kraddick In The Morning show aired in nearly 100 cities.