New franchise will feature inspiring stories from the "Oprah Winfrey of
radio" - Delilah
TORONTO, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - Harlequin Enterprises Limited, one of the world's
leading publishers of women's fiction, unveiled today the first major
franchise acquisition for their recently announced nonfiction program. The
franchise will feature three books written by popular radio personality
Delilah - often described as "the Oprah Winfrey of radio."
Editorial content for each of the books will be based directly on
inspiring personal stories shared by listeners of Delilah's radio show, which
is internationally syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks on some 250 radio
stations in North America, including WLTW FM in New York City, WLIT FM in
Chicago, and The Mix in Toronto.
"Delilah is an incredibly popular inspirational radio broadcaster who has
struck a chord with people everywhere through the touching personal moments
and stories shared by her listeners. Harlequin recognized a unique opportunity
to translate these powerful and moving stories to books that could be read and
enjoyed by a whole new audience," says Donna Hayes, the Publisher and CEO of
With her distinctive blend of story-telling, sympathetic listening and
encouragement, Delilah's nightly five-hour radio program is all scored with
adult contemporary soft rock, making it a huge hit in both Canada and the
United States. Drawing nearly 8.5 million listeners in more than 200 markets,
the show is consistently ranked the top nighttime program among women 25 to 54
years old. Focusing on interpersonal relationships and inspirational messages,
the show receives more than 100,000 phone calls each day from audience members
who value Delilah's opinion and thoughtful advice on everything from living
life as a busy mom to welcoming a first grandchild.
"When listeners can't reach Delilah via telephone, they take to the
Internet with tens of thousands of letters, each describing their special
love, their unique life and the triumphs of the human spirit. These stories
are as fascinating in print as they are on the radio. We think there is a
reading audience ready to receive the first three books filled with such
stories," says Kraig Kitchin, Premiere Radio Networks consulting partner.
The first book in the series is scheduled to be released in October 2008,
with the two remaining volumes following in April and October 2009.
About Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Harlequin Enterprises Limited is the global leader in series romance and
one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, with titles issued
worldwide in 26 languages and sold in 109 international markets. The company
releases 120 titles monthly and publishes more than 1,300 authors from around
the world. Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media company listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TS.nv.b). Harlequin's Web site is located at www.eHarlequin.com.
Harlequin has offices in 17 countries, including Toronto, New York and London.
For more information please visit www.eHarlequin.com or press.eHarlequin.com.
About Premiere Radio Networks, Inc.
Premiere Radio Networks, Inc., a subsidiary of Clear Channel
Communications (NYSE: CCU), syndicates 90 radio programs and services to more
than 4,600 radio affiliations and reaches over 190 million listeners weekly.
Premiere Radio is the number one radio network in the country and features the
following personalities: Rush Limbaugh, Jim Rome, Casey Kasem, Ryan Seacrest,
Glenn Beck, Bob (Kevoian) & Tom (Griswold), Delilah, Steve Harvey, Whoopi
Goldberg, Blair Garner, George Noory, Maria Bartiromo, Ty Pennington, John Boy
and Billy, Donald Trump, Big Tigger, Bob Costas and others. Premiere is based
in Sherman Oaks, California, with 13 offices nationwide.
Senior Manager, Public Relations
Harlequin Enterprises Limited
For further information:
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