Audacy (NYSE: AUD) announced the launch of “The Ed Lover Experience” starring on-air host Ed Lover. The nationally syndicated program, which launches October 17, will be heard in various dayparts on 104.3 Jams (WBMX-FM) in Chicago, Q100.5 (KXQQ-FM) in Las Vegas, 94.7 The Block (WXBK-FM) in New York, 102 Jams (KRBQ-FM) in San Francisco and HOT 103.7 (KHTP-FM) in Seattle.
On “The Ed Lover Experience,” Lover brings his humor, stories, and his philosophy to Audacy’s classic hip-hop brands. The show will also feature music key to each respective market during talk breaks.
“Ed Lover is the guy who introduced an entire generation to hip-hop, and became arguably the face of hip-hop as it blew up across America,” said Dave Richards, Senior Vice President of Programming, Audacy. “Since his days at MTV, Ed has established himself — amongst other things — as a tremendous radio host, and now we’re proud and excited to take this icon nationwide. Look out for ‘The Ed Lover Experience.’”
“Life is all about discovering new adventures. Throughout my career I’ve been lucky enough to do so,” said Lover. “I’m excited about this new opportunity to spread love and laughter to so many people!”
“The Ed Lover Experience” weekday schedule is as follows.
104.3 Jams in Chicago: 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. CT
Q100.5 in Las Vegas: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. PT
94.7 The Block in New York: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET
102 Jams in San Francisco: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. PT
HOT 103.7 in Seattle: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT
James “Ed Lover” Roberts launched his career in hip-hop as one of the original hosts of “Yo! MTV Raps!” on MTV, internationalizing and establishing the now iconic genre of music known as hip-hop around the globe. In 1993 Ed Lover along with his partner and friend Doctor Dre dove into morning radio becoming the first all hip-hop morning show on the all hip-hop FM station HOT 97 in New York City. In 1999, Ed Lover left Hot 97 to reunite with Doctor Dre on LA’s 92.3 The Beat. Two years later, Ed Lover returned home to New York to become an original on-air talent for hip-hop and R&B station Power 105.1. In 2010, Ed Lover hosted “Backspin” on SiriusXM satellite radio before launching was his syndicated morning show, “The Ed Lover Show with Monie Love,” in 2016. In addition to radio, he also does stand-up comedy around the country opening for, sharing the stage with some of the biggest names is comedy; has co-starred in several movies and TV shows, and is the host of C’mon Son, a weekly podcast available on all podcast platforms. He joined Audacy’s 94.7 The Block (WBMX-FM) in March 2022 as evening host.