Always relevant, insightful and provocative, Award-winning journalist and host of News One Now Roland Martin is announcing a new partnership between his media company Nu Vision Media and Empowerment Radio Network to launch a new syndicated daily radio show. Covering pop-culture, entertainment, breaking news and political topics of the day, “The Roland Martin Show” will premiere on Monday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET in 20 markets across the nation.
“The Empowerment Radio Network is excited to add Roland Martin to its midday line up Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET,” says David Anderson, Founder of Empowerment Radio Network. “Roland Martin is the most significant voice in America for Black issues and he will now be distributed on the only 100% wholly-owned black talk radio network in America… Empowerment Radio Network.”
The new syndication deal represents both a day part change and expansion for Martin on the radio platform, while it comes on the heels of a recent announcement by TV One that Martin’s NewsOne Now – the first morning news program in history to focus on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective – has finished as the number one cable news show in 2014 in its time slot among all African American viewer. Including broadcast television, NewsOne Now’s performance among Black viewers in the aforementioned demos was second only to NBC’s Today.
In fact, December 2014 was the program’s best month ever, since premiering in November 4, 2013, among Total Viewers 2+, Households, Persons 25-54, Women 25-54, Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49.
Martin is thrilled to launch the new show and excited to offer another platform for his audience to remain informed about the issues affecting our community, as well as a forum to weigh in on the most buzzed-about stories of the day from the headlines and social media. As the host and writer for the radio show, Martin continues to convey relevant information with his quick wit delivery.
“Radio is a tremendously powerful medium. It allows me to get up close and personal with the audience, and to hear what is happening on the ground around the country,” says Martin. “I am excited to own my show, and to grow it in partnership with David. It’s time to #bringthefunk!”
Roland Martin on NewsOne Now’s recent ratings success:
“The strong Black viewership of NewsOne Now in our first year proves what we knew all along: African American desire strong, compelling ad engaging news and information that speaks directly to them,” said Martin. “Whether it was Ferguson, voter suppression, Ray Rice or the Bill Cosby story, African Americans want to hear the news of the day from their perspective and from voices they know and trust.”
Additional 2014 NewsOne Now ratings highlights:
NewsOne Now’s performance in December 2014 was up by double digits vs. November 2014 among Persons 25-54 (+29 percent) and Households (+23 percent).
NewsOne Now’s performance in December 2014 was up by double digits vs. December 2013 among Persons 25-54 (+48 percent) and Households (+59 percent).
The past four months have been the best in NewsOne Now history among Adults 18-49 (#1 – December 2014; #2 – October 2014; #3 – September 2014; #4 – November 2014).
Roland Martin is available for interview opportunities. To submit a request for an interview, please contact The FrontPage Firm at Jalila(at)thefrontpagefirm(dot)com or call 818-985-0042.
About TV One
Launched in January 2004, TV One (http://www.tvone.tv) serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is owned by Radio One (http://www.radio-one.com), the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners; and Comcast Corporation; (http://www.comcast.com), one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information, and communications products and services.
About Empowerment Radio Network
Empowerment Radio Network, was the founded In 2012 by David Anderson. Its goal is to control the distribution of its audio content to terrestrial, satellite, and internet mediums. This venture was established to insure that information of relevance and importance gets disseminated into the markets that need it the most. Empowerment Radio Network oversees production and distribution of a number of radio programs including “BLACKANOMICS”, “The Bev Smith Show”, and formally the “Warren Ballentine Show”.
Currently Empowerment Radio Network is engaged in the clearing of terrestrial radio stations that are interested in its content. You can listen to the Empowerment Radio Network 24/7 on the TUNE IN RADIO PLATFORM by going to TUNEIN.com or by downloading the TUNEIN RADIO APP onto your IPHONE or Android Phone or at http://www.empowermentradionetwork.com.
About NewsOne Now
Emanating from the heart of Washington D.C. in a state-of-the-art studio that offers a stunning view of the Capitol building, NewsOne Now airs Monday through Friday from 7-10 a.m. ET on Radio One network stations in select U.S. markets, and is simulcast on TV One from 9-10 a.m. NewsOne Now is hosted by Roland S. Martin, the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists’ Journalist of the Year and former host of TV One’s long-running, award-winning weekly news program, Washington Watch with Roland Martin. Each morning, Martin – who also serves as the program’s managing editor – sifts through the headlines of the day to spotlight matters that greatly impact the African American community. Beyond radio and television, NewsOne Now reaches audiences 24/7 with exclusive program content and extended editorial on NewsOne.com and the NewsOne mobile app. News One Now is an evolution of Interactive One’s award-winning digital brand NewsOne.com that launched in 2008 and reaches millions of African Americans each month.
About Roland Martin
Noted among TV Week’s “Top 12 To Watch In TV News,” Roland S. Martin is a nationally syndicated, award-winning journalist and columnist. Currently, Martin is the chief political editor and face of the revolutionary daily news program News One Now for TV One Network. News One Now is an innovative multi-platform media source, delivering up-to-the-minute topical, political, entertainment, sports and pop culture information and analysis via radio, TV and social media, through NewsOne.com, a website from Radio One’s web division, Interactive One.
Martin is a columnist with Creators Syndicate, and senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his daily segment is heard on more than 100 stations and 8 million people daily. Capturing a cameo in this year’s best love story, Roland Martin guest stars in Beyond the Lights, starring Nate Parker, Minnie Driver and Gugu Mgatha-Raw. Playing himself, Martin shares some savvy media strategy with the main character.
Honored by Ebony Magazine for the past five years, Roland Martin again makes the 2015 Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list that highlights the movers, shakers and ignitors in Black America.