LOS ANGELES, September 4, 2019 – FOX Sports Radio, a division of Premiere Networks, announced today the launch of a new iHeartRadio Original Podcast, The Fifth Hour with Ben Maller on the iHeartPodcast Network.
This new weekly podcast from the host of FOX Sports Radio’s weekday overnight program, The Ben Maller Show, will focus heavily on football and betting topics.The popular “Benny vs. Penny” football betting feature from the weeknight program will now be exclusive to the podcast. Maller will also give listeners a peak behind the curtain of his nightly radio show, and chat with friends of the program who listeners can’t get enough of.
Just in time for football season, the first episode of The Fifth Hour with Ben Maller will debut Friday, September 6, with future episodes available on Fridays!
“Hosting a radio show four hours a night, Monday through Friday, still isn’t enough time to cover all the sports topics that listeners want to hear, so I’m excited to add this ‘fifth hour’ that we’ve been promising for years – and this time, it’s not a joke!” said Maller.“I’m looking forward to diving deeper into the stories that our audience wants to hear – it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Maller will continue to host The Ben Maller Show, which airs weekdays from 2 - 6 a.m. ET on nearly 370 affiliates nationwide. In the last year, the program has experienced +28.8% growth with Men 25-54 and +25% with Adults 25-54 (Nielsen Audio: FA’18 vs. FA’17 Nationwide, Exact Times, AQH). Originating from Los Angeles, The Ben Maller Show features compelling sports talk, highlighted by Maller’s token sarcasm, informative insight, stimulating opinions and listener interaction.
Maller joined the FOX Sports Radio a month after the network’s debut in 2000, serving as an update anchor and weekend talk show host until the launch of his overnight show in 2014. He previously worked at KXTA/XTRA Sports 1150 in Los Angeles, where he hosted the popular midday program Ben & Dave Show, in addition to anchoring the post-game Dodger Talk with former longtime voice of the Dodgers, Ross Porter.Prior to that, Maller served as an International Correspondent for New Zealand’s Premier Sports Station, Radio Sport, and worked as a television sports pundit at NBC Sports Network.He began his career as a reporter for XTRA Sports 690 in San Diego. Outside of radio and TV, Maller enjoyed a successful career as a provocative sports blogger, launching sports news and gossip website BenMaller.com before writing nationally for FoxSports.com and Yahoo Sports (Postgame.com).
iHeartRadio is available on more than 250 platforms and over 2,000 different connected devices — including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, televisions and gaming consoles — allowing listeners to hear their favorite music and podcasts anywhere they are. Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen to The Fifth Hour with Ben Maller on your favorite device.
About FOX Sports Radio
The FOX Sports Radio Network, based in Los Angeles, Calif., is a division of Premiere Networks in partnership with FOX Sports. All entities have combined their considerable resources to develop a turnkey, personality driven sports programming network for radio stations nationwide. The FOX Sports Radio Network more than 15 million monthly listeners on more than 400 radio stations, and can also be heard on iHeartRadio and FOXSportsRadio.com. Fans can also follow the network on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.# # #
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