Gossip blogger Perez Hilton (Mario Lavandeira) is set to launch a weekly countdown radio show via Westwood One that will aim to compete head to head with to Ryan Seacrest’s daily Top 40 morning show. Hilton’s show promises a “cooler alternative” to “On-Air with Ryan Seacrest.”
“The Fab 30 Countdown with Perez Hilton” will debut the weekend of April 3. The four-hour weekend countdown show will broadcast live from Los Angeles and will launch on stations in the top 3 markets, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, among others. Stations airing the show will be announced in the coming weeks.
Hilton will supplement the top 40 tunes with his own hand-picked songs. The show air in addition to the Citadel Media-syndicated “Radio Perez” (about his blog). Citadel confirms with RBR-TVBR “Radio Perez” will stay with them.
“I am beyond excited for The Fab 30 because it is the perfect vehicle for my skills and passion – celebrity news and music!” says Perez. “Nobody does gossip like I do and over the years I have earned the respect of my readers and the industry alike with my music recommendations. I’m determined to produce the best weekly show out there with the best music, the best gossip and – very importantly – the best guests. I can hear Ryan Seacrest crying already!”
“We are thrilled to partner with Westwood One to bring the biggest celebrity blogger in the world to listeners coast-to-coast,” said Steve Lehman of C Student Entertainment, which produces the show. “Perez is a pop culture icon. His priceless gift of gab, passion for music and uncanny sense for ‘the next big thing’ are a perfect fit for radio.”