The Black Effect Podcast Network Names John Hope Bryant to Its Board of Directors

Bryant Will Also Host a New Podcast for The Black Effect Focusing on His Compelling Vision of Building Capital and Bringing Financial Literacy Directly to the Black Community

NEW YORK – June 15, 2023 - The Black Effect Podcast Network, the historic joint media venture partnership between iHeartMedia and Charlamagne Tha God, today announced that John Hope Bryant, American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist and prominent thought leader has been named to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Bryant is the Founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc., the largest non-profit provider of financial literacy and economic empowerment tools and services in the United States for youth and adults. He is also chairman and chief executive officer of John Hope Bryant Holdings, Bryant Group Ventures and The Promise Homes Company, the largest for-profit minority-controlled owner of institutional-quality, single-family residential rental homes in the U.S.

“We are pleased to welcome John Hope Bryant to The Black Effect Podcast Network’s Board of Directors,” said Charlamagne Tha God. “John brings a strong track record of business success, broad leadership experience in philanthropy, education, public engagement and innovation, and a deep appreciation for black culture that makes him the perfect choice to help steer and shape the future of the network.”

“I am honored to join the Board of The Black Effect Podcast Network, supporting the groundbreaking vision of Charlamagne tha God,” said John Hope Bryant. “Black voices have been underrepresented and overlooked for far too long, and I applaud the leadership of Charlamagne, iHeart Radio’s Bob Pittman and the entire Black Effect team in standing up this platform for Black voices to inspire and inform each other. I’m with them 100%. They have every opportunity to be best-in-class and transformational platform for the culture - and for business."

Bryant is also a founding member of Clinton Global Initiative and a member of the World Economic Forum’s “The Forum of Young Global Leaders.” He has served as an advisor to three U.S. presidents from both political parties. Additionally, he hosts a podcast series “BUILDING The Good Life,” on the iHeartPodcast Network and serves as guest host and contributor on CNBC, Huffington Post and Black Enterprise. Bryant has received hundreds of awards and citations for his work, including Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award, and the John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education from the U.S. Department of Treasury.

In addition to joining the board, Bryant will also host a new show for The Black Effect Podcast Network focusing on building wealth in the Black community. Launching this summer, the new podcast will feature Bryant’s unique brand of “Straight Talk” and offer listeners insight into his compelling vision of building capital – in the mental, physical, relationship and, ultimately, financial spaces of life. More details about the podcast and the launch date coming soon.

About The Black Effect Podcast Network
The Black Effect Podcast Network is a transformative network founded by renowned cultural architect, executive producer, bestselling author, and media mogul Charlamagne Tha God. In a historic joint venture with the world’s number one commercial podcast publisher, iHeartMedia, Charlamagne and iHeartMedia created the groundbreaking first-ever Black Effect Podcast Network, celebrating the most important Black culture-shapers on the planet—in education, politics, entertainment, sports and pop culture. The Black Effect Podcast Network gives rise to emerging and established content creators and storytellers whose perspective and creative vision have been marginalized and overlooked while serving an audience that has been underserved. The Black Effect Podcast Network helps its partners define their place in podcast culture through influence, ideas, and experiences that engage, inspire, inform and empower.

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 500 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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