All Columns in Alphabetical Order

Monday, May 19, 2014

Congratulations to Mover and Shaker Rita Cosby! Starting May 21, 2014 Rita Cosby Joins WABC As Co-Host of “The Ride Home." An Excellent Choice, WABC & Cumulus Media Says Whom You Know. Rita Rocks!

Cumulus announces that award-winning broadcaster Rita Cosby joins Pat Kiernan as co-host of 77 WABC’s “The Ride Home” beginning May 21st, 2014. “The Ride Home” debuted in January of this year as the signature drivetime show featuring the latest information, insight and opinion on news, sports and pop culture with an emphasis on the New York area. “The Ride Home with Pat Kiernan and Rita Cosby” airs weekdays from 5pm-6pm. 

Cosby said: “I am so delighted to join my friend and NY1 icon Pat Kiernan along with the rest of the 77 WABC family. While I’ve been fortunate to cover the biggest national and international stories for years, there’s nothing better than covering stories that touch the very cornerstone of my own neighborhood and place of birth, New York City. I’m excited to be a part of an exceptional and passionate team, bringing listeners context to the biggest stories impacting The Big Apple and showcasing some of the most noteworthy guests making headlines.”

Kiernan said: “Since launching the show earlier this year, we’ve put a great deal of thought into bringing on board a dynamic and top New York personality to join me in hosting the show. The search is over and I’m thrilled to welcome Rita Cosby, an acclaimed broadcaster and quintessential media star, to our team.”

Randall Bloomquist, Cumulus Corporate Programmer of News/Talk, said: “We're excited to welcome such an extraordinary journalist and compelling host as Rita Cosby to the 77 WABC family. Together, Pat and Rita bring decades of broadcasting experience and a proven ability to jump between topics and deliver the day’s most important news. As New Yorkers make their way home at the end of the day, our listeners can look forward to being kept informed and entertained by two of the best in the business.”

Guests on Kiernan and Cosby’s first show together will include New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Martha Stewart.

Born in Brooklyn, Cosby brings a deep knowledge of the New York area to 77 WABC’s “Live & Local” programming. She is a renowned Emmy-winning TV host, veteran correspondent and New York Times best-selling author who anchored highly rated primetime shows on Fox News and MSNBC. As a special correspondent for a wide variety of leading national news programs, she has interviewed more than twenty world leaders, including five U.S. Presidents. Honors for the three-time Emmy winner include the Matrix Award, Headliner Award and Jack Anderson Award for journalism excellence. Because of her “extraordinary journalism and exemplary service on behalf of her community,” October 11th, 2010 was officially named “Rita Cosby Day” in the state of New York. In 2011, she was recognized by the U.S. Congress for her professional achievements.

Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands in order to deliver premium choices for listeners, provide substantial reach for advertisers and create opportunities for shareholders. As the largest pure-play radio broadcaster in the United States, Cumulus provides exclusive content that is fully distributed through approximately 460 owned-and-operated stations in 89 U.S. media markets (including eight of the top 10), more than 10,000 broadcast radio affiliates and numerous digital channels. Cumulus is well-positioned in the widening digital audio space through a significant stake in the Radio digital music service, featuring 25 million songs on-demand in addition to custom playlists and exclusive curated channels. Cumulus is also the leading provider of Country music and lifestyle content through its ‎NASH brand, which will serve Country fans through radio programming, NASH magazine, concerts, licensed products and television/video. For more information, visit

Back to TOP