At West Palm Beach Improv; Moderated by Radio Personality Warren Ballentine
Nationwide Arena Tour Kicks Off January 4 in Fort Lauderdale - Exclusive Presale for the WW Community Begins September 9 - Tickets Go On Sale to General Public Starting September 13
Today global media leader Oprah Winfrey announced her first national arena tour in five years, Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus. Presented by WW (NASDAQ: WW) - Weight Watchers Reimagined - Oprah will bring a full day wellness event to nine U.S. cities beginning January 2020. Joined by high profile guests, Oprah will help motivate audiences across the country to make 2020 the year of renewal and celebrate all we are meant to be.
“What I know for sure is we can all come together to support a stronger, healthier, more abundant life - focused on what makes us feel energized, connected and empowered,” said Oprah Winfrey. “As I travel the country, my hope for this experience is to motivate others to let 2020 be the year of transformation and triumph - beginning first and foremost with what makes us well. This is the year to move forward, let’s make it happen in 2020!”
On each stop, attendees will spend the day with Oprah as she shares the personal ups and downs of her wellness journey and guides them to develop their own 2020 action plan through motivating conversations, the latest in wellness research and insightful interactive workbook exercises. Every city will feature a different lineup of high-profile guests, electrifying experiences and invigorating talks as well as highlight inspiring individuals who took charge of their lives and created lasting change. Each tour stop will also feature a signature Oprah interview as she sits down for an intimate one-on-one conversation with some of the biggest celebrities, headline-makers and game-changers.
"This is an extraordinary opportunity for WW to do what we do best: bring communities of people together with a shared goal of health and wellness," said Mindy Grossman, President and CEO, WW. "As the leader in weight loss and the world’s partner in wellness, we look forward to giving people the tools, content and inspiration that can help them on their journey during this tour and beyond, through our engaging digital experience on our app or our face-to-face group Workshops.”
“For more than three decades, Oprah has used her unparalleled gift to empower audiences to live their healthiest and best lives," said Amy Weinblum, Chief Business Development Officer, WW. “Creating energizing events and experiences with partners like Oprah and Live Nation is the next iteration of WW showing up to inspire community, making wellness accessible to all." The tour will be produced by Live Nation in conjunction with Women Nation, the newly formed division dedicated to women-led and women driven live events. The day-long event will kick off Saturday, January 4 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and make stops in St. Paul, Charlotte, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Dallas, San Francisco and Los Angeles before wrapping Saturday, March 7 in Denver, CO. Exclusive presale access for the WW community begins Monday, September 9 at 10am local time. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, September 10 at 10am local time through Thursday, September 12 at 10pm local time.
Over $1 million from tour proceeds will benefit WW Good, the philanthropic arm of WW that helps bring fresh, healthy food to underserved communities nationwide.
“It is an honor to partner with Oprah and WW in bringing this one-of-a-kind tour to life in 2020,” said Ali Harnell, President and Chief Strategy Officer of Women Nation at Live Nation. “We look forward to sharing Oprah’s captivating message with the country as she motivates audiences to be the best versions of themselves in the new year.”
OPRAH’S 2020 VISION: YOUR LIFE IN FOCUS TOUR DATES
|Sat Jan 04||Ft. Lauderdale, FL||BB&T Center|
|Sat Jan 11||St. Paul, MN||Xcel Energy Center|
|Sat Jan 18||Charlotte, NC||Spectrum Center|
|Sat Jan 25||Atlanta, GA||State Farm Arena|
|Sat Feb 08||Brooklyn, NY||Barclays Center|
|Sat Feb 15||Dallas, TX||American Airlines Center|
|Sat Feb 22||San Francisco, CA||Chase Center|
|Sat Feb 29||Los Angeles, CA||The Forum|
|Sat Mar 07||Denver, CO||Pepsi Center|
Orlando Davis - WLLD-Tampa "WiLD 94-1 Tampa, FL. Beasley MediaOrlando Davis is one of our favorite PDs. It is rare that we see programmers utilize social media as well as he does and who find an equal balance between being a programmer, morning show host and a radio personality simultaneously. He's funny, timely and interesting and he's consistently on social media promoting his station and his morning show and keeps us up to date with what's going on with the station with a great newsletter that we get a couple of times a week. You always know to click his videos because he's going to say something interesting. In addition, he's cognizant of social issues and charitable causes and he covers quite a bit of industry ground and makes it appear effortless, but we all know the amount of work this must entail. We got a chance to talk to him recently about his station and opinions about radio and the industry. RADIO FACTS: Do you think commercial radio is going to have a hard time in the future when it comes to competing with Streaming? ORLANDO DAVIS: I believe commercial radio still has the ear of the people. We have throngs of listeners who stream, but run up with their take on the morning show's argument, from that day. Content wins and while radio has beaten into our heads that "music is the star", it may have to move over because great content has a space on the Walk of Fame, as well. What are your thoughts on Podcasting? I think podcasting is the in-depth conversation, of old. I've been in the business long enough to remember listening to the great Tom Joyner and Doug Banks interviews, where you learned more about the guest instead of gaining "oh wow click bait". Howard Stern was another that could pull things, from the subject, that made you get lost in the conversation and still does. That's what good podcasts accomplish. Less PPM mechanisms and real exchange, without being under the gun. Some PDs think the talent pool for new Radio DJs is drying up, do you? No Have you looked at Podcasters as potential Radio DJs on your station? No...luckily we've grown a lot of our own talent and drafted some great Radio DJs, to continue the WiLD tradition. However, I'm not above looking at anyone who gets how to connect with the Tampa Bay audience. Who would you consider to be your biggest competitors in the market? We've been blessed to be in that upper space, of the ratings, for numerous years now so our competition is everyone. I can't just look at the Top 40's or Urban AC, as our world. We've handily beaten them, in the last year, and are now watching them perform format tweaks and perceptual studies, trying to gain ground. We pay attention to the AC above us, the country station below us etc. We focus on our own product and relationship with the audience but welcome smoke, from all sides. Some of the other programmers say "All" when you ask about the biggest competitors. Why are stations with different formats also important? Growth...progress...more opportunity. From McDonald's to the dope boys depicted in Hollywood film, do they stop with dominating their current space? #1 at hamburgers, let's take on the coffee market. Maximizing profit, on this block, let's expand and take over "the Carter". If it's savvy enough of a business tactic for Steve Easterbrook or Nino Brown, it makes sense for us, as well. What do you think of the growing festival market? I don't believe many are making the real money, that the branded festivals (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Essence and EDC) are doing. Kids give up their hard earned money, so they expect an incredible experience. Many have been led astray by the short money outings, who do nothing but blow comps for other live performance rates. A company tried, a few clicks south of us, with the Okeechobee Festival and it's now defunct. It's harder than people think, to create the magic that audiences and artists trust. With the festival market exploding without radio, how do you think big summer station events will fare in the near future? I disagree that it's "without radio". While radio doesn't have a financial share in the festivals, those artists are cultivated and nurtured, at radio. As far as the people trying to duplicate the New York, summer radio model, that's gonna be heavy lifting. Mainly because mediocre acts are asking, AND GETTING, astronomical dollars, for sets hardly better than most high school talent shows. I've seen $150k quotes from artists topping the charts, and an artist who's never made it above 30 on the charts. Huh? If promoters are handing out big paper, to hear artists sing over their records, how is there any chance at ROI? How do you make your events different from the competing stations? We produce it. I trust my team over any of the people we compete with. Do you find it hard to find morning show producers? Morning show producers are the same as the air talent pool, you have to know where to find them and be willing to mold them to fit your needs. Are there other positions that are hard to fill? There is only one thing that is a battle in procuring talent...their expectations. We all got into radio and took roles that weren't sexy, we did grunt work and got unfettered access to a world most of us have fought to remain in. The lawsuit wielding interns, above grabbing lunch, or putting up off decorations have made their expectations the enemy. The "I've been in promotions 5 months, when do I get my shot" mentality is cancer. It's not deadly, but it is uncomfortable. What is your greatest challenge as a programmer? Time to be creative. The best ideas have come from spending time with the staff or listening to the radio station. However emailed tasks, initiatives and assignments, make it difficult. We have to be all things, which makes us have value but there is a cost of too many things that pull out of the kitchen. What do you think makes a GREAT programmer today?
- Ability to notice greatness in others.
- Awareness of who the audience is and what they enjoy.
- Time management.
- And a bomb squad of people, moving in the same direction.
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