Audio Up Media and iHeartMedia Premieres “Strawberry Spring” Based on the Short Story by Stephen King, His First Ever Podcast Adaptation

Podcast Stars Garrett Hedlund, Milo Ventimiglia, Herizen F. Gaurdiola, Sydney Sweeney, Ken Marino, Al Madrigal, And Brec Bassinger

Stream Episodes And Official Trailer Here

(LOS ANGELES, September 1, 2021) – Stephen King’s literary works officially entered the podcasting sphere today when Strawberry Spring premiered its first two episodes via the iHeartRadio app and across all podcast streaming platforms. This Audio Up produced podcast series is a first for King, with Strawberry Spring being the inaugural podcast adaptation of his classic 1978 short story collection Night Shift.

Strawberry Spring follows a determined reporter who hears the name "Springheel Jack" while listening to the radio, rekindling memories of a time when he was a student at New Sharon College during the sixties revolution. At this moment, he is reminded of the first time he heard of the bloody serial killer. This dark mystery quickly unfolds to a hunt for a killer, as our hero will stop at nothing to track down the vicious murderer even if it threatens his own survival. “Springheel Jack” is back to taunt New Sharon with fresh kills, each murder more violent than the last.

This unrelenting, modern-day Jack the Ripper story, is produced by Jared Gutstadt and his critically acclaimed podcast studio and network, Audio Up Media; the No. 1 global podcast publisher, iHeartMedia; written, directed and produced by Emmy Award winning producer Lee Metzger; and also produced by Philip Alberstat. The riveting eight episode series stars actors Garrett Hedlund, Milo Ventimiglia, Herizen F. Gaurdiola, Sydney Sweeney, Ken Marino, Al Madrigal, and Brec Bassinger.

Stream Strawberry Spring’s first two episodes HERE. Additional episodes to be release every Wednesday.

About Audio Up Media

Audio Up Media is a podcast content production studio, housing a world of infinite, audio-based properties. Headed by Audio Up CEO and Adweek’s 2020 Podcast Innovator of the Year and Podcast Producer of the Year recipient, Jared Gutstadt (formerly of the Jingle Punks), Audio Up is building an ecosystem of premium entertainment content within the music and audio space. From fictional scripted podcasts, which include a Marvel-like universe of musicals, where the records themselves become the story foundation, to one-on-one interview formats, Audio Up’s goal is to create a new and innovative form of IP. They are bringing audio blockbusters to life and taking this media from black and white, into technicolor. Current properties include the riveting top 20 crime podcast Where The Bodies Are Buried, Michael Cohen’s new chart-topping podcast Mea Culpa, and recent Webby honoree in Podcasts: Interview/Talk Show, Going to Bed with Garcelle with Garcelle Beauvais. Scripted projects include 2021 Webby nominee Make It Up As We Go with Scarlett Burke, Miranda Lambert, Lindsay Ell and other huge country entertainment; and recent Webby honoree for Best Limited Entertainment Series Podcast Halloween in Hell with Machine Gun Kelly, 24kGoldn and iann dior. Up next, Audio Up will debut Sonic Leap featuring Anthony Anderson and Hero The Band, and Uncle Drank: The Totally Hammered Podcast starring Gary Busy.

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.

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