LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15, 2003 - George Noory, who became the full-time host of Coast to Coast AM in January of this year, has signed a long-term contract with Premiere Radio Networks, according to Kraig T. Kitchin, president/COO of Premiere. "George has come on the national scene fast, taking over Coast to Coast AM with a steady 475 affiliates," said Kitchin. "The show has also continued its remarkable position as the highest rated overnight talk show in the nation. We are very pleased with his success," he added.
Growth stories can be found across the board of the show's 475 affiliate base. For instance, from winter 2003 to spring 2003, Coast to Coast AM is up eight percent in Los Angeles, up 44 percent in Seattle, up 115 percent in Tampa, up 88 percent in Portland and up 60 percent in Las Vegas. Noory is number one in his time slot in all of these markets for persons 12+, with the exception of Los Angeles, where he's #1 for adults 35-64.
In addition, Noory's online subscriptions to Coast-to-CoastAM.com (Streamlink) have increased by 25 percent, making it one of the largest subscription-based websites in the radio industry.
"I'm extremely excited about the long term prospects for Coast to Coast AM and the confidence that Premiere's management has demonstrated in me," said Noory. "None of this would have happened without the tremendous support of our affiliates and faithful listeners."
Prior to joining Premiere, Noory was the host of a late-night radio program on KTRS-St. Louis similar to Coast to Coast AM. Known as "the Nighthawk," listeners in five states regularly tuned in to hear Noory discuss unexplained phenomena. With an extensive broadcast career spanning 33 years, Noory is the proud recipient of three Emmy Awards.