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After MidNight names Aldean, Bryan, Underwood, Lady A, Owen as hosts

Thursday, July 11, 2013 – Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen and Carrie Underwood will be the first of 20 artists to take over the After MidNite show after Blair Garner steps down July 31.

Garner is a DJ at Nash FM in New York.

The takeover, which runs from Aug. 1 through the end of 2013 will also feature special performances and interviews.

Underwood will host Aug. 1-2; Aldean the week of Aug. 5; Bryan the week of Aug. 12; Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood the week of Aug. 19 and Jake Owen the week of Aug. 26.

"Premiere Networks has had a successful relationship with Blair Garner for many years and we wish him all the best with his new program," stated Jennifer Leimgruber, Premiere Networks Executive Vice President of Music Programming. "We look forward to announcing a new host for After MidNite in the near future. In the meantime, we're excited to welcome the biggest stars in country music as they put their stamp on After MidNite and help us celebrate this special milestone."

"After MidNite was just my little dream," Garner said. "Now some 20 years later, I'm so proud of what Premiere and I have accomplished. Premiere has been so gracious as I've pursued my new dreams of hosting mornings on Nash FM in NYC. It proves that even in the most competitive environments, two giant companies can work together to make big things happen. I'm so thankful to [Cumulus'] John Dickey and [Premiere's] Julie Talbott for bending over backwards for me through my transition to a morning host. Good people do good things. After MidNite was a wonderful chapter for me. But what lies ahead is the meat of the book, and I'm so glad that my partner in this new chapter is Cumulus. Congratulations to everyone involved."

On Nov. 13, 1993, After MidNite aired for the first time on 12 stations. Within 4 months, more than 100 affiliates were on board. The show is nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks and can be heard on more than 230 affiliates by 2.7 million weekly listeners.

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