WTOP and PodcastOne Announce Return of “American Nightmare Series” Podcast
Award-winning podcast returns for stunning 2nd Season February 2021
Washington, D.C. (February 1, 2021) – WTOP News and PodcastOne, a leading podcast platform and a subsidiary of LiveXLive Media (NASDAQ: LIVX), announced today the return of the critically acclaimed and award-winning podcast, American Nightmare Series. Debuting February 22, 2021, American Nightmare Series: Murder in a Safe Place focuses on a cold case that has haunted the D.C. region for over 23 years – the brutal rape and murder of a 50-year-old nurse inside the hospital where she worked. Throughout the podcast, veteran D.C. crime reporter and podcast host, Paul Wagner, searches for answers and clues to Sherry Crandell’s death.
“Paul has been following this case for almost two decades. When he came to us asking if we would like to partner with him on this podcast we immediately said yes,” said Julia Ziegler, WTOP’s Director of News & Programming. “As with season 1 of our American Nightmare Series, this podcast gives us the chance to bring local and national attention to a case that shocked the D.C. region, with the hope of finding new information that can bring justice and answers to Sherry’s family.”
In WTOP’s American Nightmare Series: Murder in a Safe Place, Wagner speaks with Crandell’s children, former colleagues and the detective who has been in charge of this case since the beginning. Wagner also brings to light evidence that has never been made public before this podcast.
“The police have DNA evidence and fingerprints – even a witness to the attack – but no suspect. In this podcast, we tell a story that, by the end, will have you thinking there may be a chance for justice after all,” said Wagner.
Episode 1 of WTOP’s American Nightmare Series: Murder in a Safe Place will be available for download February 22, 2021, on PodcastOne, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and WTOP.com. The trailer for season 2 is available now on all platforms.
“The podcast audience has been anxiously anticipating this release and I can assure listeners that it more than delivers. The passion for true crime content is at an all-time high and we’re excited to be able to partner with WTOP and Paul Wagner to give the audience an intriguing deep dive into this haunting unsolved crime,” said Kit Gray, President of PodcastOne.
Season 1 of WTOP’s American Nightmare Series (22 Hours: An American Nightmare) debuted in June 2019. 22 Hours: An American Nightmare, hosted by WTOP award-winning journalists Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore, covered the horrific murder of a D.C. couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper inside their D.C. mansion. The podcast was honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, was ranked the #2 podcast of the year by The Associated Press, and was listed among Apple Podcasts’ Most Popular New Shows of 2019.
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About WTOP News
WTOP serves the Washington D.C. metro area 24/7 with top news, traffic and weather. WTOP can be heard on 103.5 FM, 107.7 FM and 103.9 FM. WTOP’s live stream and news content are also available on any device at WTOP.com, the WTOP app and on smart speakers like Alexa and Google Home. WTOP and its sister news operation, Federal News Network, are owned by Hubbard Radio, LLC. WTOP produces over a dozen podcasts including WTOP’s American Nightmare Series, Colors: A Dialogue on Race in America, The Week on the Hill and Target USA.
PodcastOne is a leading advertiser-supported podcast company, offering a 360-degree solution for both content creators and advertisers, including content development, brand integration and distribution. Acquired by LiveXLive Media in 2020, the two entities have subsequently teamed to create a new video podcast (Vodcast) network under the LiveXLive umbrella. Amassing more than 2.25 billion downloads per year with 400+ episodes distributed per week across a stable of hundreds of top podcast programs, including influencer talent like Adam Carolla, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Steve Austin, Erin Brockovich, Armando “Pitbull” Perez, Jordan Harbinger, Heather Dubrow, The LadyGang, Dr. Drew, Brett Favre, Eric Bolling, Robert Horry, Michael Cohen and hundreds more. Its shows are distributed across its own platform as well as LiveXLive’s owned-and-operated channels on mobile, mobile web, desktop and SmartTV’s. PodcastOne is the brainchild of Radio Hall of Famer, Norm Pattiz, also the founder of network radio-giant, Westwood One.
About LiveXLive Media, Inc.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, LiveXLive Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIVX) (the “Company”) (pronounced Live “by” Live) is a global platform for livestream and on-demand audio, video and podcast content in music, comedy, and pop culture. LiveXLive, which has streamed over 1,800 artists since January 2020, has become a go-to partner for the world’s top artists and celebrity voices as well as music festival concerts, including Rock in Rio, EDC Las Vegas, and many others. In April 2020, LiveXLive produced its first 48-hour music festival called “Music Lives” with tremendous success as it earned over 50 million views and over 5 billion views for #musiclives on TikTok on 100+ performances. LiveXLive’s library of global events, video-audio podcasts and original shows are also available on Amazon, Apple TV, Roku and Samsung TVs in addition to its own app, destination site and social channels. The Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, PodcastOne, generates more than 2.25 billion downloads per year with 400+ episodes distributed per week across a stable of hundreds of top podcasts. For more information, visit www.livexlive.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter at @livexlive, and YouTube.
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