iHeartMedia Expands Original Podcast Roster, Launches "iHeartRadio Presents: Inside The Studio" Featuring Intimate Conversations with Music’s Biggest Stars

New Long-form Show Launches Today on iHeartRadio and will Air on Alt-Rock Radio Stations This Weekend Featuring Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda As First Guest


NEW YORK -- June 12, 2018 -- iHeartMedia, the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any other media outlet, today launched iHeartRadio Presents: Inside the Studio, a new original podcast series that features intimate conversations with music’s biggest stars. The podcast airs its first episode today with guest Mike Shinoda of American rock band Linkin Park. Inside the Studio will also air this weekend on iHeartMedia Alt-Rock broadcast radio stations across the country.


Each month, the series will feature a new, unscripted sit-down interview with an artist on the verge of releasing new material, embarking on a tour or celebrating an important milestone — rounded out with a sound-rich tour through their lives and discographies. Taking advantage of podcasting’s lean-in approach, Inside the Studio reveals previously unseen sides of artists, giving fans the intimate access that is missing from much of today’s music news. In the first episode, Mike Shinoda opens up about music after the loss of Chester Bennington and shares never-before heard clips of songs from his upcoming solo album, Post Traumatic, which will be released on June 15, 2018.


“iHeartRadio is known for its relationships with the biggest musical acts on the planet. With this podcast, we’re taking those relationships to an even deeper, more personal level,” said Chris Peterson, Senior Vice President of Podcasting for iHeartMedia. “The conversations on Inside the Studio will make fans feel like they’re in the room with their favorite artists as they talk openly about their lives and their music. It’s intimate and it’s real, and we couldn’t be prouder to introduce this series to fans everywhere.”  


Inside the Studio is written and hosted by Joe Levy, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and correspondent for Access Hollywood who also makes frequent appearances on The Today Show and CBS This Morning. The podcast is produced by iHeartRadio and Audiation.


“I’m thrilled be a part of iHeartRadio’s newest project, which tears down the walls between artists and fans,” said Levy. “Speaking with these musicians one-on-one is a dream for listeners, and for me. I want to have a candid, in-depth dialogue about our guests’ music and their lives. Podcasts are personal, which is why they’re the perfect format for these interviews.”


iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free digital music, podcasting, and live streaming radio service, is dedicated to providing an all-in-one listening experience that helps users discover new podcasts alongside their favorite live radio stations, personalities and on-demand music. With iHeartRadio, listeners can enjoy their music and podcasts across more than 250 device platforms including in-car, in-home, on wearables, across gaming consoles and more – making their favorite audio content available everywhere they are, on the devices they use most. Visit iHeart.com/apps to download and listen to Inside the Studio on your favorite device now.

About iHeartMedia

With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 131 million social followers, iHeartMedia has the largest national reach of any radio or television outlet in America. As the leading media company in the U.S., iHeartMedia serves over 150 local markets through 849 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, on satellite, at iHeartRadio.com, on the company’s station websites and on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital music, podcast, on demand and live streaming radio service, available on over 250 platforms and 2,000 devices, including on digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables and smartphones, on virtual assistants, smart speakers, TVs and gaming consoles.

iHeartRadio offers users the country's top live radio stations, personalized custom artist stations created by just one song or seed artist, on demand features and the top podcasts and personalities. The all-in-one digital service has more than 1.7 billion downloads, 110 million registered users and is the No. 1 commercial radio podcaster in the U.S.

iHeartMedia’s platforms include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital, social, podcasts, personalities and influencers, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRTQ). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.