iHeartRadio and Pride Media Team Up to Launch Slate of LGBTQ+ Podcasts

Partnership Kicks-Off with “The Outcast” an iHeartRadio Original Podcast Co-produced by Out Magazine

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–iHeartMedia, the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher globally, and Pride Media, the premier LGBTQ+ media company and home to publications including Out, The Advocate, and Pride, today announced a partnership to co-produce a slate of LGBTQ+ podcasts in 2019-2020 that will be available on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcast are available.

The partnership will kick off with the launch of “The Outcast,” a brand new iHeartRadio Original podcast co-produced with Out Magazine. Hosted by Fran Tirado, Deputy Editor of Out Magazine, this weekly podcast will explore queer and queer-adjacent topics as they pertain to politics, pop culture, fashion, relationships, money, and more. Each episode takes a deep dive into one theme or story — some tied to timely news topics, others evergreen — expanding on Out magazine’s brand of thought-provoking coverage using a combination of interviews, reporting, and roundtable discussions. The first episode of the series will launch on July 18.

“A podcast by the world’s premiere queer media brand is long overdue, and I am more than honored to help it along the way,” said Tirado. “Podcasting and audio storytelling, particularly in the LGBTQ+ space, needs more voices in it. I can’t wait to help elevate and uplift those voices.”

“Pride Media has long been committed to providing relevant and engaging content for the LGBTQ+ community – whether we’re creating a podcast on dating and relationships, or sharing accurate, comprehensive health information,” added Orlando Reece Interim CEO at Pride Media. “We’ve seen the power of podcasting firsthand, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with the leading podcast platform to create shows that we know our audience will love. By combining our established brand with iHeart’s massive scale, we’ll be able to reach even more LGBTQ+ individuals across the country through audio.”

iHeartMedia will also welcome “Food 4 Thot”, a podcast hosted by four queer men who discuss sex, relationships, race and identity, to the iHeartPodcast Network this month. In addition, iHeartMedia and Pride Media will co-create and launch a slate of new podcasts in 2019-2020 with more to be announced.

“At iHeartMedia, our goal is to connect exceptional content with diverse audiences,” said Conal Byrne, President of iHeartMedia Podcast Network. “Pride Media has been an authentic voice for the LGBTQ+ community for years, and this partnership would not be possible without their unique expertise. We are proud to partner with them to create and distribute exciting new podcasts for the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.”

“I’m so thrilled that Fran is blessing us with his unique talents in the podcasting space,” said Phillip Picardi, Editor-in-Chief of Out. “Under his vision and direction, I’m hopeful that the stories we’re so proud to tell at Out will be given new dimension and texture.”

iHeartRadio featuring more than 25,000 podcasts, with more than 750 iHeartRadio Originals and is available on over 250 platforms and over 2,000 different connected devices — including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, televisions and gaming consoles. Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen to “The Outcast” on your favorite device now.

About iHeartMedia

iHeartMedia is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms including more than 850 live broadcast stations; streaming music, radio and on demand via its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, TVs and gaming consoles; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher globally. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics and attribution technology for its marketing partners, using data from its massive consumer base. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: IHRT). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

About Pride Media

Pride Media is the largest publisher of LGBTQ content in the U.S., including OUT, The Advocate, Out Traveler, Plus, and PRIDE. With over 50 years of award-winning editorial spanning digital, print, social and experiential, our content shapes the LGBTQ landscape—serving as the go-to destination for our audience across entertainment, news & politics, LGBTQ rights, travel, wellness, finance food & spirits and fashion. By covering every aspect of the LGBTQ experience, Pride Media’s brands use the power of words to inspire the full spectrum of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people to live life with pride.



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