December 14, 2010 in Entertainment (E)
[prMac.com] Los Angeles, California - After Hours, the weekly audio podcast starring Los Angeles radio and online media personalities Heidi Hamilton and Frank Kramer, was just named to the "Rewind 2010: Best Podcasts" year-end showcase of the iTunes Store's best podcasts of 2010. Hamilton and Kramer, formerly top-rated Los Angeles radio personalities on KLSX and KABC, who walked away from successful radio careers just two months ago to go Internet-only, are realizing massive success in the podcast and subscription content arenas alike.
After Hours is a free full-length audio podcast posted every Friday on iTunes that highlights the best after-the-show moments of The Heidi and Frank Show daily web TV series. Unharnessed from traditional media limitations, Heidi and Frank can do practically anything on their show. As a "lifestyle talk" program, they joke about everything, from weird stories in the news, to sex acts and dating techniques. There's an authenticity to who they are and how they interact that you just can't simulate.
"We feel so validated that our particular brand of lifestyle entertainment is appealing to listeners on iTunes and across the Internet," Hamilton declared. "That was one of the biggest surprises for us - that we could grow a fan base this quickly beyond the Left Coast - without a mainstream media outlet backing us up," added Kramer.
Being recognized as one of best podcasts of 2010 comes on the heels of another breakthrough success in November - Heidi and Frank became the #1 paid subscriber-supported Internet TV show in America. With more than 6,500 paid subscribers viewing the show online a total of 200,000 hours over its first eight weeks, they are pioneering the paid content industry. Furthermore, the site has attracted 650,000 unique visitors and generated over 6.2 million page views following its launch on October 4, 2010. But perhaps the most significant statistic is the average amount of time visitors spend on site: 1 hour and 40 minutes per visit. This is because each day, thousands visit the site and listen to the "Heidi and Frank Show," to hear and watch it "live."
Heidi and Frank are successful because they focus on the "fan experience" - they work directly for their subscribers. The best way to serve their existing fans and attract more subscribers is to provide them with the very best web experience possible - one that includes free and premium content and one that provides "live" and "on-demand" content experiences plus original video content just for their VIP subscribers. Taken together, the "Heidi and Frank Experience" enables everyone to enjoy the show.
After leaving KABC in October, the leading talk radio station in Los Angeles, Heidi and Frank launched www.heidiandfrank.com as the home of their Internet TV network with two original internet-only shows:
*"The Heidi and Frank Show," streamed LIVE daily at 10am-noon PST.
*"After Hours," streamed LIVE Fridays 1-2pm PST.
Every "Heidi and Frank Show" and "After Hours" is offered as a "live" audio stream, free to all visitors to heidiandfrank.com. Additionally, VIP Members can access a "live" HD video stream of each show. VIP Members can select and switch between any of the four HD cameras to view each broadcast, and chat "live" with other members.
VIP Subscription rates are as follows:
* $4.95 monthly subscription
* $14.85 three month gift subscription
* $27.50 six month subscription
* $49.95 annual subscription
Heidi and Frank's shows are powered by Nox Solutions, the website management solution preferred by top-rated talent like Bill O'Reilly, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Miller, Lou Dobbs and many more.
About Heidi Hamilton
Heidi Hamilton of the Heidi & Frank Show is the girl next door who is also one of the guys. She can dress up and look like a lady on Saturday night, but when you call her on Sunday morning, she'll help you move a couch, too.
About Frank Kramer
Frank Kramer has developed into one of radio's most outspoken, quick-witted, and funny talk show hosts. He has topped the airwaves, dominating the AM/FM and Podcast markets for nearly two decades.
About Nox Solutions
Nox Solutions builds and operates e-businesses for media personalities, broadcasters and content syndicators. Clients include Bill O'Reilly, Dennis Miller, Heidi and Frank, Laura Ingraham, Lou Dobbs, Westwood One, Loveline and many more.
After a 10-year stint on terrestrial radio (9/25/00 - 10/1/10) Los Angeles broadcast personalities Heidi Hamilton and Frank Kramer are finally doing it their way. They built a state-of-the-art studio in Frank's back yard and on October 4, 2010 producer Erik Scott Smith helped the dynamic duo launch The Heidi and Frank Show, their own daily broadcast and live streaming video webcast, which airs live from 10 a.m. to Noon PT at HeidiandFrank. The edgier "After Hours" show airs immediately following their two-hour show on Fridays. So far, they're not regretting their move to go Internet-only. Hamilton and Kramer are realizing immediate success in bringing their audience over to their Internet shows and podcasts, where more than 60 million Americans are listening weekly, according to a recent survey by Bridge Ratings. The Heidi and Frank Show offers fans exclusive videos, commercial-free on-demand broadcasts, and much more.