Zep Drummer will get birthday radio tribute on Memorial Day

Independent program supplier United Stations Radio Networks (“USRN”) and Denny Somach Productions (“DSP”) announced that the Memorial Day Weekend episode of Carol Miller’s Get the Led Out will feature a tribute to Led Zeppelin’s late drummer, John Bonham. Bonham, who died in 1980, would have turned 63 on May 31st had he survived, and this special edition of the program will air as part of the weekly radio series during the week of May 23-29. Additionally, prospective affiliates who reach out to United Stations can have a chance to use this special edition of the series for free over the holiday weekend, and this announcement comes jointly from USRN’s EVP/Programming, Andy Denemark along with Denny Somach.

This special episode of Carol Miller’s Get the Led Out will include interviews with Simon Kirke of Bad Company, Glenn Hughes of Black Country Communion, Alan White of Yes and the late drummer’s son, Jason Bonham. The show will also spotlight the original US and UK newscasts announcing the untimely death of the legendary rocker. The news reports are from the archives of Producer Denny Somach who broke the original story on NBC’s “Rock Report” in September of 1980. Kirke and Bad Company were Swan Song label-mates with Led Zeppelin and they also shared Peter Grant as their manager. Glenn Hughes was a confidant of John Bonham and currently fronts Black Country Communion, which also features Jason Bonham. Yes’s Alan White was a long-time Bonham friend and label-mate at Atlantic Records.

Carol Miller’s Get the Led Out is a programming package of long and short-form features hosted by New York Radio legend, Carol Miller. Affiliates are provided with a 1-hour weekly program and 5 weekly short features which can double as podcasts, all of which examine the career of the band that is generally acknowledged as the greatest hard rock band of all time, Led Zeppelin. The program series is now in its third year of national distribution. The series and its staff also maintain the show’s sister website, www.ledzeponline.com . Denny Somach Productions maintains one of the largest archives of classic rock content and has a long history of creating some of the most memorable programs in rock radio. DSP produced feature programming for NBC’s The Source, NBC Radio Entertainment, ABC Radio, CBS, MTV and the highly acclaimed award winning Beatles program, Ticket to Ride.

Carol Miller is one of the longest-running New York radio personalities, from years at WPLJ and WNEW and currently Clear Channel’s WAXQ-FM. She began her career as a rock jock at WMMR, Philadelphia. She has hosted numerous nationally and internationally distributed radio specials and TV like Entertainment Tonight, VH-1 and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Carol is an acknowledged expert on Led Zeppelin, and has interviewed the members numerous times over the years.

United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. is the leading independently owned and operated radio network in the U.S. The company maintains offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington and Nashville and services programming to over 5,000 rated radio stations across the country in every major format. The New York-based company was founded in 1994 by radio pioneers Dick Clark and Nick Verbitsky.


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