iHeartPodcasts Teams Up With Dwyane Wade to Launch “The Why with Dwyane Wade” – A New Weekly Podcast Featuring Intimate Conversations with Trailblazers At the Top of Their Games

Launching January 17, the new series will feature exclusive interviews with notable names in sports and culture including Carmelo Anthony, Rick Ross, and Pat Riley


NEW YORK – January 10, 2024 – iHeartPodcasts, the No. 1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, today announced “The Why with Dwyane Wade” -- a new original podcast series hosted by NBA Hall of Famer, three-time NBA Champion, and entrepreneur, Dwyane Wade. Premiering on Wednesday, January 17, the debut two-part episode will feature a candid roundtable conversation with Wade’s fellow Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker and Pau Gasol. The group will cover a range of topics including personal challenges amongst themselves, the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat rivalry, their experiences as rookies, and what really makes someone a GOAT. Fans can listen to the trailer here, now.

Each week on “The Why with Dwyane Wade,” the NBA legend will sit down with pioneers in sports, fashion, music and business for an intimate conversation about their rise to success and the reasons they keep pushing to innovate. These all-time greats, who are interesting and inspiring to Dwyane, talk through memorable moments from their careers and personal journeys, including their struggles and triumphs, as well as share their excitement as they push forward to their next challenge. Guests will include Carmelo Anthony, Rick Ross, Pat Riley, David Grutman, Lindsey Vonn and more.

"As someone who is always curious and wanting to learn, I am looking forward to sitting down with some of my friends, peers and people I admire most to hear more about their 'why' and what motivates them to get up every day to do what they do," said Dwyane Wade. "iHeartPodcasts is a true leader in the industry and I am excited and grateful to partner with them for my first show."

“Dwyane Wade has always been a force on and off the court, and his influence reaches fans of sports, pop culture and beyond,” said Will Pearson, President, iHeartPodcasts. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the iHeartPodcasts family, and excited for listeners to get up-close-and-personal with Dwyane and his guests.”

“The Why with Dwyane Wade” is a co-production of iHeartPodcasts and Wade’s 59th & Prairie Entertainment. The first episode will be available on the iHeartRadio app and all major podcast platforms beginning Wednesday, January 17, 2024. Exclusive video from each podcast will also be available on YouTube.

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Dwyane Wade is an entrepreneur with partnerships including Way of Wade, MISSION, Stance, BallerTV, Proudly, Versace Eyewear, TMRW Sports, Wade Cellars, Thorne, and Jeeter. Wade has stakes in the Utah Jazz, Chicago Sky and Real Salt Lake ownership groups. He is a board of trustee member for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and a UC Davis Executive Leadership Board member for the department of Viticulture and Enology to support their efforts in bringing more diversity to the wine industry. Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union co-founded Proudly, a baby care brand made specifically for babies and children of color. Founder of 59th & Prairie Entertainment, he is an executive producer of D. Wade: Life Unexpected, the Sports Emmy–nominated documentary Shot in the Dark, the Oscar-winning animated short Hair Love, Legacy: In The Shadow of Greatness (Discovery+), the Sports Emmy-winning documentary The Redeem Team (Netflix), the documentary short The Dads (Netflix), and award-winning short documentary The Barber of Little Rock (The New Yorker Studios). Wade executive produces and hosts The Cube on TBS. He is the New York Times bestselling author of A Father First, co-authored the New York Times bestselling children’s book Shady Baby, and released his photographic memoir DWYANE in 2021. Wade co-founded the Social Change Fund United to invest in and support organizations focused on empowering communities of color and advocating for the human rights of all Black lives. The Wade Family Foundation provides relief to marginalized communities in need. Wade remains committed to using his platform to help advance racial justice and LGBTQ equality. Wade played in the NBA from 2003 to 2019, primarily for the Miami Heat. He was selected as an NBA All-Star 13 times, won three NBA championships, and was named the 2006 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. He is the Heat’s all-time leader in points, games played, assists, and steals and the NBA’s all-time leader for blocks by a guard. His number three jersey has been retired by both the Miami Heat and his college team, the Marquette Golden Eagles. He represented the United States in the 2004 Athens Summer Games and brought home the Gold representing the USA in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Wade was named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary team as one of the 75 greatest players in NBA history and was inducted into the 2023 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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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