Diversion Podcasts and iHeartMedia Team Up to Launch “The Dream Team Tapes”
NEW YORK – May 4, 2020 – iHeartRadio, the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher globally, and Diversion Podcasts today announced the launch of “The Dream Team Tapes,” a new podcast featuring exclusive audio from players of the greatest sports team ever assembled, the 1992 U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball Team. The series will launch with the first two episodes which feature Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and Karl Malone on May 18 and will be available on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard. Listen to the trailer official now here.
“The Dream Team Tapes” is hosted by longtime Sports Illustrated writer and New York Times bestselling author, Jack McCallum, who covered the “Dream Team” at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Utilizing never-before-heard recordings of NBA legends including Michael Jordan, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Charles Barkley and Larry Bird, McCallum relives the magic and delivers thrilling memories, personal stories and sometimes surprising anecdotes of 12 historic players during a defining moment in the golden age of basketball.
“We’re overjoyed to debut Diversion Podcasts with a show as engaging and well-timed as “The Dream Team Tapes,” with writing talent as reputable as Jack McCallum, and with a partner as strong as iHeartRadio,” says Scott Waxman, CEO, Diversion Podcasts. “It’s an incredible way to kick off our new network.”
“iHeart is thrilled to partner with Diversion Podcasts on a series that will offer audiences an opportunity to listen to never-before-heard audio from the greatest NBA players of all time, with riveting stories told from the perspective of renowned sportswriter and author Jack McCallum, who was there with them through every step of their journey to Olympic gold,” said Sean Titone, Lead Executive Producer of Sports, iHeartPodcast Network.
McCallum is the author of 10 books, including the New York Times bestseller “Dream Team.” He also is a recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for excellence in basketball writing.
“I captured this incredible audio material with the guys from The Dream Team,” said McCallum. “Diversion worked with me to create what I hope will be a really entertaining podcast about a great time in hoops. And, with iHeartRadio, we now have the perfect partner to reach fans young and old.”
“The Dream Team Tapes” is a weekly Diversion and iHeartRadio Original Podcast publishing new episodes each Monday beginning May 18. The series is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network which is home to more than 750 original podcasts with over 200 million downloads each month. iHeartRadio Original Podcasts span every category from business, sports, spirituality and technology to entertainment, family, comedy and true crime – and everything in between – making iHeartRadio the largest publisher of podcast content in the world. The platform is also home to the most successful podcast of all time, “Stuff You Should Know,” and creator of hits like “The Ron Burgundy Podcast,” “Disgraceland” and the “Atlanta Monster” series as well as fosters over a hundred shows from its on-air talent like the popular “Bobbycast” and “The Breakfast Club” radio show podcasts. These shows are distributed on all major podcast platforms including the iHeartRadio app, which additionally distributes more than 320,000 shows.
About Diversion Podcasts
Diversion Podcasts creates immersive non-fiction audio stories that engage and amaze listeners. Through rare primary source interviews, elegant sound design, and author perspectives unavailable anywhere else, Diversion’s informative and entertaining productions take you deep into worlds and introduce you to characters you’ll never forget. From sports to spies, from true crime to true adventure, across history, music, and even war, Diversion brings real stories to life. Diversion’s 2020 shows launching soon include “The Good Assassin” (6/1/20): part spy thriller, part detective story, part Holocaust history, “The War Queens” (6/15/20): revisiting extraordinary women leaders in history, and “Guest of Honor” (6/29/20): about a 1901 scandal that divided the country and almost started a second Civil War. Visit diversionpodcasts.com for more information.
About iHeartMedia, Inc.
iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month. It consists of three business groups.
With its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. Its leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 860 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; its National Sales organization; and the company’s live and virtual events business. It also includes Premiere Networks, the industry’s largest Networks business, with its Total Traffic and Weather Network (TTWN); and BIN: Black Information Network, the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service for the Black community. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio suite of data targeting and attribution products using data from its massive consumer base.
The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the company’s fast-growing podcasting business — iHeartMedia is the number one podcast publisher in downloads, unique listeners, revenue and earnings — as well as its industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service, available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; its digital advertising technology companies; and its audio industry-leading social media footprint.
The company’s Audio & Media Services reportable segment includes Katz Media Group, the nation’s largest media representation company, and RCS, the world’s leading provider of broadcast and webcast software.
Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.