Rick Dees to Syndicate Radio Disney Top 30 (Exclusive)

From left: Ernie D. Martinez and Rick Dees

The Radio Disney Top 30 weekly countdown show is entering syndication via Dees Entertainment. The goal is to develop more family-oriented programming, expand the Radio Disney brand and drive advertising growth.

The three hour program, with Ernie D. Martinez as host, will be sold to Hot AC and Top 40 formats. Radio Disney intends to expand local cross-promotional opportunities and events in markets where the Top 30 show is broadcast.

Dees Entertainment's Joe Kieley and Bob Catania will oversee affiliate relations for the Radio Disney Top 30.

Dees Entertainment, owned by radio on-air host Rick Dees, syndicates more than 50 hours of content each week including five editions of Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 countdown show to more than 1,000 affiliates. Radio Disney Top 30 focuses on music, new and events that are relevant to children, tweens and families.

"Disney is synonymous with world-class family programming, and Ernie Martinez brings likeability and broad appeal as well as relevant music for kids and families, a reason why this show has such terrific potential for stations who are looking for family-friendly music programming," Dees said in a statement.

Radio Disney is on 24 local stations in the top 25 media markets, on Sirius XM and available online and on mobile devices. The network's current playlist includes Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Haim, R5, Pharrell, Austin Mahone, Fifth Harmony, Demi Lovato, Becky G, One Direction and the Vamps.

"Rick Dees is a visionary who has long tapped into exactly what people want in pop music so we stand to benefit enormously from the expertise and resources of the global business he's built," said Phil Guerini, vp, programming and general manager, Radio Disney.